The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)
The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…A LEGENDARY LOVELorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6) Details

TitleThe Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 28th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN-139781250122568
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6) Review

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    4-4,5 stars I devoured The Duke with The Dragon Tattoo. I could easily say that The Highwayman and this one are my favorite in the series!I can't stop my self from keep falling in love, with the world she has created!A world of danger,lust and passion.I loved the plot from the beginning, I was intrigued to see what will happen.There were moments it was emotional.The connection between Lorelei and Ash was amazing!They started being sweet when they were young and when they meet again after years 4-4,5 stars I devoured The Duke with The Dragon Tattoo. I could easily say that The Highwayman and this one are my favorite in the series!I can't stop my self from keep falling in love, with the world she has created!A world of danger,lust and passion.I loved the plot from the beginning, I was intrigued to see what will happen.There were moments it was emotional.The connection between Lorelei and Ash was amazing!They started being sweet when they were young and when they meet again after years it was full of tension and passion!There were some really hot moments between them!"Are you wet for me?"I-I'm...""Let me make you slick and slippery,""Make...what?""Let me make you writhe.And beg.And scream.I will exhaust you with ecstasy.You will come apart in my hands,beneath my mouth." Kerrigan Byrne keeps surprising me with this series!I can't wait to see what she has next for us!    
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  • Stacey is Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    I smiled when his knife hit its mark…You might not believe this, but I have read another AMAZING STORY!!! How do I genuinely convince you that THIS was the best book I’ve read when I’ve said that about nearly all the books I’ve read…in the LAST MONTH!! It's like authors got together for a convention and decided to release their best work over the last month. Thank you, but, geez, couldn't you spread it out a bit? Or, thank you, could you keep this going? I know my credibility must seem questiona I smiled when his knife hit its mark…You might not believe this, but I have read another AMAZING STORY!!! How do I genuinely convince you that THIS was the best book I’ve read when I’ve said that about nearly all the books I’ve read…in the LAST MONTH!! It's like authors got together for a convention and decided to release their best work over the last month. Thank you, but, geez, couldn't you spread it out a bit? Or, thank you, could you keep this going? I know my credibility must seem questionable but I am legit telling you that THIS story was splendiferously, amazingly, awesomely, HISTORICAL ROMANCE NIRVANA. Well, nirvana in a Kerrigan Byrne historical romance kind of way.Seriously, this author writes for me. OK, she doesn’t literally write for me, it just seems that way. Her heroines have struggled but still manage to have a strength that I couldn’t help but admire. The storylines grab my attention and keep it enthralled until the last page is turned. The settings are described in a way that comes to life for me. There’s this grittiness that can sometimes bring a tear to your eye but you there’s a reality to it that it could probably have happened back in the day. But, the best part, Kerrigan Byrne creates the most amazing heroes. Strong, tortured, gruff and growly men who have seen the worse life has to offer but find a light in the women they love.A few times while reading I had to put my Kindle down to absorb the giddy feeling of reading a superb book. You know that feeling when you finally find out a secret you’ve been dying to know? Well, I did the goofy smile of satisfaction when things finally become clear. It’s not like I start each book in the Victorian Rebels series hoping to finally find out the secret. When things came to light in The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo, I was gobsmacked. I got answers to questions I didn’t even know were questions. It just buffed up the diamond to sparkle even more. How cool is that?As you might have noticed, I don’t share quotes in my reviews. Mostly, because I’m too lazy to check on the final copy to make sure they’re accurate. In this case, I really don’t want to share the best parts. You have got to experience this story yourself. Sure, I’m going to share that it’s good, but I want you to meet the characters, live through their heartbreak, share their highs and lows. I don’t want you to brace for the bad parts or recognise the funny one-liners you’ve seen before. I know that quotes have a great place in reviews, but I really think you would enjoy this one with fresh eyes…just my opinion.Am I a bad person that I smiled at some of the violence? Sure, it couldn't have happened to a better person, but, you know, I tell my children that violence is bad. For a gritty read, there were some very funny scenes that had me cackling and reading them aloud to hubby and even he was chuckling. That is a BIG DEAL!! He normally gives me that fake smile, you are so weird face. So, it’s funny, but it’s also heart-poundingly emotional, extremely sexy and chock block full of action and adventure.Yeah, I know I’ve said it before but THIS is Kerrigan Byrne’s best work by far. If you haven't started this series, you must start at the very beginning. Honestly, I don’t think you will enjoy this story half as much if you haven’t read the other books in the Victorian Rebels series. You probably could read it as a standalone, but I think you would enjoy the experience more having read the other books.The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo does not shy away from violence, keeps to the realities of the time and you can bet your bottom dollar that you won’t be sighing in romantic bliss for a wee while of the story. This is what makes Kerrigan Byrne’s books so entertaining. You, along with the hero and heroine, have to earn your HEA, happy, giddy…The hills are alive… feelings. But, geez, it’s SOOOOOOO worth it.Stacey is Sassy, received a complimentary copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
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  • Caz
    January 1, 1970
    Hollis' review HERE pretty much sums up my feelings on this one.Strong start, stodgy middle, contrived ending. Plus his being a duke is completely peripheral and reads as though it's been thrown in for the sake of it. I know lots of writers these days are being told "make your hero a duke - dukes sell." I'll post a more detailed review when I review the audio version sometime in August.
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    Ye gads. Well, uh. I'm not sure what happened but I think this is my least favourite of the Victorian Rebels series. Being a fan of skipping blurbs, I didn't know what I was going into beyond what had been set up in the last few books. And the opening chapters of THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and the premise for the where and why of Rook's beginning (well, a certain beginning) was probably the best part. It wasn't perfect, and certainly isn't my favourite of the 'met as youngsters and later re Ye gads. Well, uh. I'm not sure what happened but I think this is my least favourite of the Victorian Rebels series. Being a fan of skipping blurbs, I didn't know what I was going into beyond what had been set up in the last few books. And the opening chapters of THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and the premise for the where and why of Rook's beginning (well, a certain beginning) was probably the best part. It wasn't perfect, and certainly isn't my favourite of the 'met as youngsters and later reunite as adults' trope (hello book one, you win that prize), but it was a sweet and sad and honest beginning for these two discarded souls. But after we survive the separation and reunite in a very explosive (not literally but hey stranger things have happened) way, a scene that had a serious 'holy shit!' reaction from me, after that point.. I kinda felt like we lost the plot. Because suddenly there wasn't really any.The big wind-up to the reveal of the Rook's identity wasn't really all that shocking as I had guessed who he was already (but, yay, confirmed!) and then we have a treasure to hunt and people to reunite. And, other than the opening chapters, I was a fan of only one reunion in particular -- mostly because we finally got confirmation of some backstory. I won't reveal who but.. it's kinda sad when your favourite moments are to do with someone who isn't one of the main characters. There was another supporting character who I thought I could love, too, a delightful new addition to this world of Byrne's, and then he later shot it all to hell, so even that didn't save the pirate plotline. Also if he gets his own book, which it kinda feels like he might, I don't even know how to feel about that.As for Lorelai, I liked her in theory; rescuing and saving creatures who didn't have a chance of surviving on their own, nursing them back to health to fulfill that part of her that had been so poorly neglected.. but honestly she didn't have much of a personality. She didn't stand out. She was too all over the place, never settling into one behaviour or another, but ultimately I guess that suited the Rook because dude was as changeable as yesterday's weather (hot, cold, hail, sunny). This book felt the least fleshed out of all of them, more like a bridging novella for the series (as it also didn't feel that long despite some of the more dragging scenes), and had it been meant as that.. I might be okay with it. As it was I'm honestly not sure I can award anything higher than a two star. It feels completely contrary to how much I love this series, and this author, but I'm honestly just so disappointed by this one. I expected a lot more. I kinda hope Inspector Morley's book is coming down the pipeline sooner rather than later (though I suspect it isn't, infact, going to be the next one after that epilogue) because while I think we might have already seen the best this series has to offer (cough THE HUNTER cough but fine okay the first three are top tier), I'm still holding out for a m/m HEA for Carlton. Please, Byrne, make my dreams come true?2.5 stars** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Bubu
    January 1, 1970
    I hope this title is meant as a joke and will be changed. No, really. This can't be for real.
  • Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
    January 1, 1970
    NEED THIS BOOK.I mean have you read the synopsis? I can't get enough of this series!"He's known only as The Rook.He remembers waking up in a mass grave with rage dissolving his soul. He has no memory of his past. His family. His sins. His name.And when his escape from the grave leaves him collapsed, he is rescued by the most beautiful young woman he's ever laid eyes on. A woman who could maybe, just perhaps, heal the broken parts of him. If only he knew who he was.Lorelai Weatherstroke is compri NEED THIS BOOK.I mean have you read the synopsis? I can't get enough of this series!"He's known only as The Rook.He remembers waking up in a mass grave with rage dissolving his soul. He has no memory of his past. His family. His sins. His name.And when his escape from the grave leaves him collapsed, he is rescued by the most beautiful young woman he's ever laid eyes on. A woman who could maybe, just perhaps, heal the broken parts of him. If only he knew who he was.Lorelai Weatherstroke is comprised of three monumental days in her life. The day her cruel brother shattered her leg and left her crippled for life. The day she rescued the broken, dark angel beneath the Ash tree as at the age of sixteen. And the day he left her house, her care, and her heart, never to return again.But even twenty years later, she recognizes Ash, The Rook, instantly, as he comes surging back into her life to avenge her tormentors. But he has more enemies than the Devil waiting to hunt him down. Ash has already claimed Lorelai in his heart, but can he win back her love as he keeps her safe?" More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞
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  • *The Angry Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC received for an honest review***That ole Kerrigan Byrne Magic - back in action. Dannnnnnnnng, y’all. Here we go with a rambling feely-feels review that doesn’t talk much about the plot - bc spoilers. ”Don’t go, she’d murmured. Stay here. With me. And so, he had. He’d lived only because she bade him to.”Basically - have you read the rest of this series? Did you love it? Did you really really really love the first one? That whole vibe with Fairy and Dougan and their lost childhood love? Do ***ARC received for an honest review***That ole Kerrigan Byrne Magic - back in action. Dannnnnnnnng, y’all. Here we go with a rambling feely-feels review that doesn’t talk much about the plot - bc spoilers. ”Don’t go, she’d murmured. Stay here. With me. And so, he had. He’d lived only because she bade him to.”Basically - have you read the rest of this series? Did you love it? Did you really really really love the first one? That whole vibe with Fairy and Dougan and their lost childhood love? Do you like heroes who are super bad dudes with hearts of gold while remaining a bit psychotic? I could quote at least 30% of the book in this review. So much swooning. So many meaningful sighs where I set down the kindle just to soak in the majesty of the Rook and his bomb-ass angsty pick-up lines. Is there anything better than a bad bad bad boy out there killin and wreaking havoc and then layin his soul bare for his lady love? ”’She...is...my...peace.’”So yeah. Read the book. Read the series. Kerrigan Byrne is a favorite. And I’m off to waller in my book-hangover.
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book. This series is great historical romance with interesting antiheroes and strong heroines. I loved learning The Rook’s story and how he fits with the other characters in this series.
  • Phoenix77
    January 1, 1970
    Is this title for real???
  • Showie Ford
    January 1, 1970
    This book was incredible. I am going to be book hungover for a while. A long while.There is no one who writes tortured heroes as effectively as Kerrigan Byrne. I have almost no words. I don't know what think or how to exist anymore. Let me enumerate my feelings.I'm SO HAPPY Dorian is found. The Rook gets his book! I could honestly go on forever about how ecstatic I was to get my hands on this story. Poor Dorian! He has been with us from book one, just lurking. lost. FOR FIVE BOOKS! It's about da This book was incredible. I am going to be book hungover for a while. A long while.There is no one who writes tortured heroes as effectively as Kerrigan Byrne. I have almost no words. I don't know what think or how to exist anymore. Let me enumerate my feelings.I'm SO HAPPY Dorian is found. The Rook gets his book! I could honestly go on forever about how ecstatic I was to get my hands on this story. Poor Dorian! He has been with us from book one, just lurking. lost. FOR FIVE BOOKS! It's about damn time! I am happy to say that this book was all that I'd hoped for and more.Dammit Morley! I KNEW there was more to ole' Dead Eye than meets the eye. I needed that glimpse into his past, and now I need his future. I won't say anything more because spoilers. But I want to! AH!Lorelei is amazing. She is everything I didn't know he needed. It takes a strong human to forgive habitual cruelty. Especially when it is delivered by someone who should protect you. Lorelei is strength and grace personified. Rather than become bitter as so many would, she helps other broken things. I found myself loving her for it.I have more, but I am going to stop gushing now. Suffice it to say, readers of the series will already know they NEED this book. Everyone else should definitely start at the beginning and read the whole thing. It is vital. No reader can be complete without experiencing the gut wrenching emotion delivered by Kerrigan Byrne.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I received this novel from net galley and the publisher for an honest review. Thank you!This novel takes place in two parts. Lorelei Weatherstoke was crippled by her brother as a child, for he is a cruel individual and her parents did nothing. She finds a boy lying naked, badly injured, unconscious, and no memory of his previous life except a dragon tattoo. Lorelei calls him Ash and she falls in love with him. Ash falls in love with Lorelei and makes her two promises, but also knows he has a dar I received this novel from net galley and the publisher for an honest review. Thank you!This novel takes place in two parts. Lorelei Weatherstoke was crippled by her brother as a child, for he is a cruel individual and her parents did nothing. She finds a boy lying naked, badly injured, unconscious, and no memory of his previous life except a dragon tattoo. Lorelei calls him Ash and she falls in love with him. Ash falls in love with Lorelei and makes her two promises, but also knows he has a dark side, even though he does not have any memory of his previous life. Ash disappears with no word to Lorelei. 20 years later, a man called the Rook appears on the day Lorelei is supposed to be married and kidnaps her. She recognizes his as Ash, even though he tells her not to call him that. Both are not the same people they were 20 years ago. The Rook has done many notorious deeds and is a killer, but he has traveled around the world. The one thing that kept him going was Lorelei, for she was his heart and light, even though he did not realize it. They begin to reconnect with each other, even though it is very difficult for them, especially Rook, who has trouble discussing the past 20 years and his disappearance. Lorelei still loves him, even though he is the Rook, but still finds glimpses of Ash. Both will need to accept the past in order to have a future together.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    After The Highwayman, I didn’t think Kerrigan Byrne could actually make me feel and fall for characters the way I did with Dorian and Farrah. Like ever. Well, Byrne gets multiple gold stars, because I loved Ash and Lorelai! (Granted, Dorian and Farrah still squeak a tiny bit ahead😊) The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo had me wishing I lived next to tumultuous coastlines, gazing longingly at the horizon, looking for pirate ships and broody captains! From the zany ups and downs between Ash and Lorelai After The Highwayman, I didn’t think Kerrigan Byrne could actually make me feel and fall for characters the way I did with Dorian and Farrah. Like ever. Well, Byrne gets multiple gold stars, because I loved Ash and Lorelai! (Granted, Dorian and Farrah still squeak a tiny bit ahead😊) The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo had me wishing I lived next to tumultuous coastlines, gazing longingly at the horizon, looking for pirate ships and broody captains! From the zany ups and downs between Ash and Lorelai, to the crazy pirates and hidden treasure (okay, I laughed when it was discovered), and especially the ‘holy cow I can’t believe that happened’ moments, I’m ready to read this book all over again!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Received for review from Netgalley and I just had to dive straight in ! Sorry but a book about a notorious pirate just fired up my imagination particularly as the author has previously teased us with the Rook as a peripheral character. If you have a soft spot for pirates ( who hasn’t?) and a hankering for a bodice ripping romance then this is the book for you. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the whole series although sadly this one perhaps lacks action and danger but nevertheless this captive and captor Received for review from Netgalley and I just had to dive straight in ! Sorry but a book about a notorious pirate just fired up my imagination particularly as the author has previously teased us with the Rook as a peripheral character. If you have a soft spot for pirates ( who hasn’t?) and a hankering for a bodice ripping romance then this is the book for you. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the whole series although sadly this one perhaps lacks action and danger but nevertheless this captive and captor story had me engrossed as previous characters are brought in which oddly enough seemed to my mind to bring a few storylines to fruition. If I’m brutal it lacked a little because I do prefer more snark from my heroines but there’s such sweetness and obvious love here that I’m not marking it down. The Victorian Rebel series has been a fabulous read but there’s a character here who I dearly hope will get his happy ending and dare I suggest I know who will tame him ? Yet for now it’s all about Lorelei and her Ash and the love that they share “always”.This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t even describe how anxious I was for this book. Kerrigan Byrne’s entire Victorian Rebels series has been nothing short of spectacular. I swear each book is more phenomenal than the last and this one was absolutely glorious. Lots of tangled connections are revealed in this intricately woven story that I promise, if you’ve read all the series, you’ll be gasping “OMG” several times. I don’t want to give anything away, but, OMG, you will be stunned. I’d been intrigued by Dorian since the fi I can’t even describe how anxious I was for this book. Kerrigan Byrne’s entire Victorian Rebels series has been nothing short of spectacular. I swear each book is more phenomenal than the last and this one was absolutely glorious. Lots of tangled connections are revealed in this intricately woven story that I promise, if you’ve read all the series, you’ll be gasping “OMG” several times. I don’t want to give anything away, but, OMG, you will be stunned. I’d been intrigued by Dorian since the first book, and his and Lorelai’s story did not disappoint. What a tragic tale. But that made their HEA all the more sweet. I fell in love right along with them in their first meeting. Of course, Dorian wasn’t Dorian then. Lorelai found him burned and beaten under an ash tree and thus named him Ash. He had no memory of who he was or what had occurred to place him there. Like the injured animals Lorelai took in, she nursed him back to health. He was a balm for her as well. Lorelai had suffered greatly at the hands of her vile, cruel brother. She was mesmerized with Ash, someone she didn’t have to fear. I loved their budding young romance with its innocent intimacies. How they both craved each other’s nearness and touch. Lorelai’s touches quieted everything within Ash that threatened to become monstrous. For Lorelai, Ash’s touch made her feel safe and cherished. I ached for them both twenty years later when Ash finally returned for Lorelai. He was no longer Ash. In those 20 years, he’d lost that part of himself and now was the Rook, a notorious, fearsome pirate. Lorelai didn’t recognize the violent man he’d become. She wanted to know what had changed him but was afraid to hear it. Still, she knew Ash was “locked away under the tattoos, the brutal strength, and the emptiness”. In spite of how cold and emotionless he seemed at times, she “wanted him with ferocity and feared him with timidity”. For Ash, Lorelai was his sanctuary but he no longer recognized his feelings as love. For him, love was soft and kind and what he felt for her was obsessive. He truly didn’t know who he was anymore. But Lorelai remembered who he had been and knew who he could be. They both had been broken in life, but “sometimes one must be broken in order to be healed”. I love a dark, emotionally gripping romance. Emotional darkness and pain are essential elements for a story to be dark to me. And this book definitely had it. Both Ash and Lorelai had terribly haunting emotional pasts. I love the way Kerrigan Byrne brings the reader through that darkness. She does so with a balance of hope and wit that I need to make their HEA believable. Ash and Lorelai were each other’s light and together they were able to not only survive, but thrive. This story could be read as a stand- alone but I recommend reading the whole series to get a real appreciation for the sheer genius Kerrigan Byrne has in weaving the characters from this series together. Many of the secondary characters come from previous books. I loved being reunited with Trenwyth and Dorian. And Morley! I have loved him since the second book and I learned so much about him in this book. I can’t wait for the rest of his story. I’m also eager to know more about Veronica and Sebastian. They were so captivating in this story and I am practically salivating to know what’s in store for them. This entire series is magnificent, so be forewarned. Once you read one, you’ll be hooked. A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection
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  • Dawn Wells
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, this is a great series and this is the best book in the series so far. It has it all, great hero with a sweet heroine not as sassy. There’s action, and some laugh out loud humor. But, what I like most is it’s likable. Fun, enjoyable read.
  • mad4rombks
    January 1, 1970
    You guys. You guys. I am exhausted today because I stayed up late and didn't get to bed until 4am just so I could finish this series by Kerrigan Byrne. I wanted to read them in order before I dived into The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo and Oh. My. God. It was so good. SO. GOOD. My heart absolutely melted for Rook. MELTED.Some of my favorite quotes from this book --"I was born the moment I heard your voice commanding me to live. And you have been mine ever since. You're right, Lorelei, there's not You guys. You guys. I am exhausted today because I stayed up late and didn't get to bed until 4am just so I could finish this series by Kerrigan Byrne. I wanted to read them in order before I dived into The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo and Oh. My. God. It was so good. SO. GOOD. My heart absolutely melted for Rook. MELTED.Some of my favorite quotes from this book --"I was born the moment I heard your voice commanding me to live. And you have been mine ever since. You're right, Lorelei, there's nothing to be done for that.""All that is or ever was good in me begins and ends with you," he breathed. "Every time I said you were mine, I meant that I was yours. I'd go through everything I've suffered in my nearly forty years on this earth if it brought me to this moment. If it meant that I'll never spend one more night of the next forty years apart from you.""What is she to you?" (this was asked by his friend.)"She is my wife. She...is my...peace."I highly recommend this series to everyone. I also recommend you not read them out of order because if you do, you'll get spoilers about other books.I am now impatiently waiting for Book 7. <3
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  • Katie Michaels
    January 1, 1970
    Loved. Review to come.*ARC provided by publisher
  • Emris Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Sexy and full of bite, this has been an enjoyable and exciting read. It’s not just your run of the mill historical, no, it is spiced with action adventure and mystery. A wonderful storyline with equally electrifying characters, giving this book its awesome enticing melody. I like the hero Rook with the chink in his armor, that being Lorelai. A wonderful climatic end that leaves me curious as to who is Veronica’s new husband, is it who I think it is. Anyway, this has been a truly entertaining rea Sexy and full of bite, this has been an enjoyable and exciting read. It’s not just your run of the mill historical, no, it is spiced with action adventure and mystery. A wonderful storyline with equally electrifying characters, giving this book its awesome enticing melody. I like the hero Rook with the chink in his armor, that being Lorelai. A wonderful climatic end that leaves me curious as to who is Veronica’s new husband, is it who I think it is. Anyway, this has been a truly entertaining read on all aspects.
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  • Juliette Cross
    January 1, 1970
    *5 million stars. Utterly astounding.Byrne has once more ensnared my soul with this bewitching, knee-buckling, and brilliantly dark love story. From the opening scene where we watch the dragon tattoo inked on our hero/anti-hero, I was spellbound.The Rook and Lorelai are the most exquisite pairing of beauty and the beast. His dark past threatens to swallow him whole, but the light and benevolence of Lorelai saves him time and time again. Completely captivating, I tried to slow my reading pace and *5 million stars. Utterly astounding.Byrne has once more ensnared my soul with this bewitching, knee-buckling, and brilliantly dark love story. From the opening scene where we watch the dragon tattoo inked on our hero/anti-hero, I was spellbound.The Rook and Lorelai are the most exquisite pairing of beauty and the beast. His dark past threatens to swallow him whole, but the light and benevolence of Lorelai saves him time and time again. Completely captivating, I tried to slow my reading pace and savor it, but it was just too good.Recommended to all Historical Romance lovers who have a pulse.
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  • Joann Maggio
    January 1, 1970
    The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ By Kerrigan ByrneI have to preface my review with, this was a phenomenal book. I find it quite difficult to review an author this tuned to the lives shared by her characters. I know this was a strong sometimes horrific read. When Lorelai finds Ashe beaten almost to death on the road she takes him in their home and cares for him. After months he is fully recuperated. He has no memory of his past of his true name but knows that although Lorelai is above his sta The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ By Kerrigan ByrneI have to preface my review with, this was a phenomenal book. I find it quite difficult to review an author this tuned to the lives shared by her characters. I know this was a strong sometimes horrific read. When Lorelai finds Ashe beaten almost to death on the road she takes him in their home and cares for him. After months he is fully recuperated. He has no memory of his past of his true name but knows that although Lorelai is above his station he loves her.Her brother is supposed to see him to an apprenticeship but instead drugs him and sells him into slavery. It is twenty years before Lorelai and Ash meet again. I found myself delighted when he returned to save her from and undesirable marriage and killed her brother. Being only midway into the book our author has prepared so many twists and turn and revelations your head will spin.Ms Byrne is a gritty writer and I enjoy her style very much.I am a fan girl when it comes to her books. This is a must read.
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  • Shannon The Romance Addict!
    January 1, 1970
    First Thanks to Netgallery for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.So this is the first time I have read a book by Kerrigan Byrne. I have to say I really enjoyed her writing style. When I read this book with the MC had a Tattoo. I had to read. I can only recall one other book I have read in Historical Romance with one of the MC's have a Tattoo. That alone got my attention. Then the whole amnesia thing was the closer. So the story is Lorelei Weatherstroke is a shy abused cripple First Thanks to Netgallery for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.So this is the first time I have read a book by Kerrigan Byrne. I have to say I really enjoyed her writing style. When I read this book with the MC had a Tattoo. I had to read. I can only recall one other book I have read in Historical Romance with one of the MC's have a Tattoo. That alone got my attention. Then the whole amnesia thing was the closer. So the story is Lorelei Weatherstroke is a shy abused cripple. her brother is just terrible and her father is a wimp and never stands up for her. One day she driving in a carriage and sees a naked dead man....or she thinks was dead till she sees him move. Her family stips and recuses the man by bringing him back to there home and Lorelei and a doctor nurse him back to health. When he finally wakes up he can't remember who he is or who beat him. They both pick him the name Ash. they are both young Lorelei is 14 at the time. they fall in love but a kids love...or.A lot happens between this and when the book really gets going. I don't want to ruin it for anyone. But when The Rook comes into Lorelei life big changes come. I have never read book by this author so that goes to say I never read the other books in the series. I had no trouble following the story. I didn't feel like I was missing anything about the story. I do wonder is Lorelei sister in-law getting a story? I would definitely read that.4 to 4.5 Stars
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Kerrigan Byrne writes wonderfully complex books that leave the reader feeling every emotion – love, hate, sympathy, worry, anger, laughter, joy and wraps them all in a great read with a HEA.Our hero was mistaken for another boy in prison, beaten and left for dead in a field. Lorelai noticed he was alive when her family carriage passed the field. They took him in and she cared for him as he got well. As he had no memory, she named him Ash. As they fall in love he hates her abusive brother, Mortim Kerrigan Byrne writes wonderfully complex books that leave the reader feeling every emotion – love, hate, sympathy, worry, anger, laughter, joy and wraps them all in a great read with a HEA.Our hero was mistaken for another boy in prison, beaten and left for dead in a field. Lorelai noticed he was alive when her family carriage passed the field. They took him in and she cared for him as he got well. As he had no memory, she named him Ash. As they fall in love he hates her abusive brother, Mortimer, for his treatment of her, especially for causing her limp. Ash vows someday he will make him pay. When he is able, he finds a job, but her brother gets rid of him.Twenty years later, Lorelai is being forced to marry an old man her brother owes money to. Her sister-in-law, Veronica, has also been badly treated by Mortimer. That is when Ash appears, and the story continues. No spoilers from me. This book is too good to ruin. I highly recommend it. It’s a keeper, as are all of Kerrigan’s books.
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  • Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Lorraine
    January 1, 1970
    the Best and most intriguing book I’ve read in a long time. Wonderful characters and a fabulous story. Villains you want dead. Cheering when they die. A man whose harsh live should make him bitter, But he has to goal To get back to the woman who iwas so kind to him. But the story is not over. It brings through a lot to get a happy ending. Not to be missed.
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  • Patrica Liebe
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley and St Martin's Paperbacks for an honest review.'The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo' by Kerrigan Byrne is the sixth book in the 'Victorian Rebels' series.This is my first book by Kerrigan Byrne and I can honestly say that I will be searching out the other five books that are in this series. The story is in at least five different locations and there is at least 20 years separation between the first part and the second. The story starts with a young m I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley and St Martin's Paperbacks for an honest review.'The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo' by Kerrigan Byrne is the sixth book in the 'Victorian Rebels' series.This is my first book by Kerrigan Byrne and I can honestly say that I will be searching out the other five books that are in this series. The story is in at least five different locations and there is at least 20 years separation between the first part and the second. The story starts with a young man in Newgate prison preparing to get a dragon tattoo and as he endure the pain he talks about a map leading to a great treasure. He receives the tattoo and will sleeping in his cell he is attacked. A young women named Lorelei is travelling in a coach with her bullying brother and her indifferent Father and she sees a body of a man under an Ash tree. The man is very badly injured and Lorelei and her family take the young man home to care for him. Lorelei calls the young man 'Ash" as he has not knowledge of his name or where is is from. Twenty years later Lorelei is being forced by her horrible brother to marry a disgusting old man to settle gambling debts when a man appears at the church and promptly kills her brother. Then Lorelei and her sister-in-law are adducted on to a pirate ship where she finds out the the young man she had loved as 'Ash" is now the pirate 'Rook". From here on the story gets better and better. I think I have given enough of the story to either intrigue the reader to buy the book to find out what happens next or not to. The rest to the story was wonderful and it kept me reading until very early in the morning.I highly recommend this book.
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  • Michelle Cunliffe
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review.This is book 6 in the Victorian Rebels series, because I haven't read any of Ms Byrne's books before I found you can read this books as a standalone, and I will definitely be reading more of Ms Byrne's books.Lorelai has such a kind heart she is always finding animals that are injured. Considering that Lorelai is so lovely, its such a shame she has the most horrible brother and her father is no better, for me a father is there to p I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review.This is book 6 in the Victorian Rebels series, because I haven't read any of Ms Byrne's books before I found you can read this books as a standalone, and I will definitely be reading more of Ms Byrne's books.Lorelai has such a kind heart she is always finding animals that are injured. Considering that Lorelai is so lovely, its such a shame she has the most horrible brother and her father is no better, for me a father is there to protect you and love you, Lorelai's father is spineless and does nothing to help Lorelai from her brother...but worry not because on one fateful day when Lorelai and her family are travelling home she spots a young injured boy, and she insists that he returns home with them and Lorelai nurses Ash. When we first meet Ash, he has no name and no memories. So Lorelai named him Ash because he was found under a Ash tree. Ash was also Lorelai's protector where her brother is concerned. It was so lovely to see that Ash and Lorelai were starting to fall in love. Now you would be forgiven in thinking what a lovely happy ending, well Lorelai's brother has a different plan altogether for Ash and not in a good way.Now from here I can't say much more, because believe me that will spoil the book...but I did cheer with what happened to Lorelai's brother.Overall this book was well written and one that I enjoyed reading. I will give 5/5 stars and I can most definitely recommend it.
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  • Jayasree B
    January 1, 1970
    There was everything in this book that makes it a good romance. A hero who has dark secrets, a heroine with a heart of gold, a treasure hunt, murder and mayhem. Ash and Lorraine are two souls meant to be together. Twenty years after they parted ways, they come together and over the course of the book, are able to heal each other's souls. It is not your average romance that is girl meets boy and falls in love. Kerrigan Byrne manages to sneak in a treasure hunt, a troubled past, abuse, and lots of There was everything in this book that makes it a good romance. A hero who has dark secrets, a heroine with a heart of gold, a treasure hunt, murder and mayhem. Ash and Lorraine are two souls meant to be together. Twenty years after they parted ways, they come together and over the course of the book, are able to heal each other's souls. It is not your average romance that is girl meets boy and falls in love. Kerrigan Byrne manages to sneak in a treasure hunt, a troubled past, abuse, and lots of love into this story. An absolute feel-good tale.For more book reviews, visit Frost At Midnite.
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  • Mercedes
    January 1, 1970
    Great Historical romance a mysterious stranger,a devil of a brother and a innocent crippled girl.Lorliae find a wounded half dead stranger nurse hi back to health a bond begins then he mysteriously disappears.Years later a stranger appears and saves her from an unwanted marriage is he really a stranger?Good drama ,mystery intrigue and romance.Really enjoyed story and characters.Voluntarily reviewed.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Swoon worthy and romantic with a dash of emotion and excitement. I love the secret that is the Rook. And the epicness of a 20 year longing has my heart all squishy. I can’t even imagine how that felt! Theirs was a romance that was meant to be. Oh, how I wanna reread it again. This series is one of my favorites and seeing a few past characters makes this book even more amazing. This series has a way of turning even the most notorious villains into heroes. Who would’ve thought I’d fall in love wit Swoon worthy and romantic with a dash of emotion and excitement. I love the secret that is the Rook. And the epicness of a 20 year longing has my heart all squishy. I can’t even imagine how that felt! Theirs was a romance that was meant to be. Oh, how I wanna reread it again. This series is one of my favorites and seeing a few past characters makes this book even more amazing. This series has a way of turning even the most notorious villains into heroes. Who would’ve thought I’d fall in love with so many of them.I received an ARC and this is my honest review.
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  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest and voluntary review. Will post full review closer to publication date of August 28, 2018.
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