Title: The Duke
Written by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels #4
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 7th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Victorian Romance
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He is noble, notorious, and takes no prisoners...
They say that now His Grace, Collin Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth has only one hand, he might finally be a mere mortal, but no one seems willing to test the theory. Rich as Midas, big as a Viking, beautiful as Adonis, and lethal as a feral wolf, he is the English Empire’s golden son. But now he’s lost everything. Most of his family died in a terrible accident, his protégé and closest friend betrayed him on the battlefield, and his left hand was cut off while he was a prisoner of war. The only thing that’s kept him going until now is the memory of a night spent in the arms of a mysterious raven-haired woman almost a year ago…
Imogen Pritchard is a nurse by day, but a fallen woman—and a spy—by night. Seduced on the job years ago by a Duke who mourned for the loss of his family, Imogen has never shaken the memory of the man’s despair—or the fathomless depths of pleasure he brought to her. But as the threat of betrayals, blackmail, and secrets abound, Imogen and Collin are thrown back together in a dizzying swirl of dangerous games and earthshattering desire. But can their love overcome the everything that threatens to tear them apart?
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Hello to my very first disappointing read in 2017! I thought it was quite unfortunate that I finished reading this disappointment this morning!
I mean, am I reading the wrong book? Isn’t Imogen supposed to be a SPY?! I feel so betrayed! I also thought the timeline to be off. They met 1 year ago, the Duke is now injured, he had to heal, he went to America, and other places and the entire thing took 3 years from the start of their meeting! This was 1876 mind you, and I don’t think that the physicians, no matter how “advanced” they are could have the Duke up and running in a few weeks! I mean, he just lost A HAND and almost died of septicemia, for heaven’s sake. Now I’m not sure how potent the antibiotics of that time were, but I’m pretty sure it would have taken months for him to be cured. Much less go traipsing about America and going to different countries looking for Ginny and mountain climbing on his prosthetic hand? Travel back then took weeks, if not months! To say I am upset doesn’t cover it. I absolutely LOVED The Hunter and I thought The Highwayman and The Highlander were okay, but this one left me speechless. In a bad way.
The other thing that infuriated me about The Duke, was in fact, THE DUKE! He was pretty much unlikeable, in my opinion. If you know me, I absolutely adore alpha heroes with a lot of baggage but Collin just did not endear me to him at all. Not to mention that scene in the library which was pretty horrible, if you as me.
I understand his motives. He was tortured for almost a year and his only source of escape were thoughts of Ginny and their one night stand. It is understandable to say that he wanted to find her which became his obsession, but when he actually found her, well, I didn’t agree with what he did immediately after.
Books Like The Duke
I love main characters with disabilities and I also adore characters who are nurses (because I am one!). Here are a few books recs.
- Yours Until Dawn – I read this book years ago and it is about a hero is blind. The romance here is superb and I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end.
- Star Keeper – I also read this years ago in college and this features a heroine who was a nurse during the revolutionary war. She inadvertently cares for the enemy who was masquerading as a Tory and falls for him.
- The Secrets of Mia Danvers is one of the best historical romances featuring a blind heroine! The awesome thing about this book is that it has a mystery surrounding a death that Mia, the blind lady witnessed. Also, Jack the Ripper themes here are amazing!
Here’s the thing, I know the Historical Romance genre has factual and historical inconsistencies, but I do draw the line when it is glaringly obvious.
Are you okay when authors commit blatant historical and factual inconsistencies?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge
- 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge
- 2017 Review Challenge