REVIEW: KERRIGAN BYRNE – HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS

REVIEW: KERRIGAN BYRNE – HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYSHow to Love a Duke In Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne
Also by this author: The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 27th 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Source: St. Martin's Press
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Narrator: Derek Perkins
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
Cliffhanger: No
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Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.

LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS

Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.

HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS

by KERRIGAN BYRNE

HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS starts with a harrowing scene that had me chewing my nails, clutching my pearls, dropping my stomach and dreading the future of this brave, beautiful heroine. I was devastated for Alexandra from the very beginning of this book but this woman, this amazing, courageous, above-average intelligent woman  was everything I hoped for. Alexandra never wanted to get married, or even be touched by another man but in order to keep her secrets and protect the two women she loved most in this world, she offered the man, called “The Terror of Torcliff” her hand in marriage. That’s the kind of loyalty that is unequaled and only grows through a special bond of trust and shared secrets. That’s, in a nutshell, Alexandra and her friends Cecilia and Francesca.

The man called this beastly name is Piers, a man who has had his share of heartbreak. While he was fighting death abroad his cousin stole his fiancee and married her, a woman Piers thought to be in love with. His mother was a harlot who couldn’t keep her skirts down. Piers is no stranger to betrayal so he finds Alexandra’s forwardness and honesty refreshing.

Could she be real? Did he hold in his arms the rarest of creatures? A woman of substance. Of integrity? One who tended more carefully to the capacity of her heart than to her coiffure? One who thrived on intellect and honor and genuine interaction rather than the empty endorsements of her peers?

When you see how this heroine makes a purring cat, a besotted fool out of this hero with her gentleness, her courage, her sweetness you get really angry when he behaves like a jerk. Thankfully, that never lasted very long. I loved this man – he was fiercely protective, wickedly sexy, brooding and bad-tempered but surprisingly full of humor. Yes, that’s totally a contradiction but you’ll see what I mean when you read this story. And I loved how he fought his feelings for Alexandra so hard, yet couldn’t help but fall head over heels.

“I sometimes forget…” he murmured as though to himself. Alexandra swallowed layers of nerves before she could speak.
“Forget what?”
“How beautiful you are.” He undid his cravat as he traveled the length of the sitting room. “Then I see you and realize that memory cannot compare to reality. I’m left as breathless as the first time we met.”

Their bond was special and while this is very insta I don’t care. Not even a little. And c’mon, check the title…HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS? Hello Captain Obvious.

Alexandra was a gentle soul with a steely will and I rooted so hard for her because of her pain. Piers made her feel worthy and became her champion, protector and lover. They made so much sense to me together that I was happy to see how these two people, who experienced so much trauma and heartbreak, found their due, a love so extraordinary and deep, a companion and friend for life. And above all, trust.

“I—I don’t know how to please you,” she confessed, suddenly daunted. He gazed up at her with a patience so tender, so genuine, it released a swell of emotion inside her.
“Don’t you know by now, Alexandra, that everything you do pleases me? To look at you pleases me. To touch and kiss you pleases me. The scent and taste and shape of you is the greatest pleasure I’ve ever known. Anything you do beyond that…”

This book got me out of a book funk I keep falling back into. I don’t know why it’s not going away but there are these special ones that seem to have the ability to put that slump to rest, at least or a while. I fell deeply in love with Alexandra and Piers but I also declare my love for all the side characters. I loved Cecilia and Francesca, they are the kind of friends who not only hand you the shovel if there is a body to bury but who literally help you bury it. I also found Piers’s half brother intriguing, enigmatic and charismatic and I can’t wait to see this man fall hard.

The suspense part is done really well and while I guessed one of the villains correctly I was totally taken back by the other. So brownie points for that!

Before I finish my review I want to remark on Kerrigan Byrne’s extraordinary gift. Her words, the way she builds sentences, the feelings her words evoke are nothing short of beautiful. HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS is a wonderful story with delicious angst, heartbreaking revelations packed in subtle and fine humor that doesn’t go unappreciated because of the nature of the topic. I can’t wait for spring 2020 when we get the next book in this series. If you’re a fan of HR and haven’t read Ms. Byrne’s stories yet this is a good time. This is the start of a new series so you have no excuse.

He knew, then and there, that he’d walk through hell for her. He’d slay dragons and face entire armies. He’d circumnavigate the globe to lay her foes at her feet.

About Kerrigan Byrne

Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, USA Today bestseller Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book. She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast. Her Victorian Rebels novels include The Highwayman and The Highlander.

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1 Comment

  • My my my Astrid I did not know you had pearls to clutch LOL Fabulous review really! I have never heard of this author before but you praise her writing so highly that I am tempted 😉

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