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by Kerrigan Byrne

THE HIGHLANDER by Kerrigan Byrne

The stunning, gorgeous third Victorian historical romance from Kerrigan Byrne: can the fiercest master of battle conquer a woman’s heart?

Following The Highwayman and The Hunter, this is the third novel in the lush historical romance series featuring dark, edgy heroes on the wrong side of the law, and the women they will stop at nothing to be with. The first book received amazing raves, garnered a starred review from Library Journal, was a Summer Spotlight title, and made the Top 5 of their Best Books of 2015: Romance list. Byrne was also an RT Top Pick and was nominated for RT’s Reviewer’s Choice Best First Historical Romance; they called her “a force in the genre.” We’re excited the series will continue with The Duke in February 2017.

They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman strength, towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of battle. As Laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated Marquess has vanquished his foes with all the rage and wrath of his barbaric Highland ancestors. But when an English governess arrives to care for his children, the master of war finds himself up against his greatest opponent. . . in the game of love.

Defying all expectations, Miss Philomena is no plain-faced spinster but a ravishing beauty with voluptuous curves and haughty full lips that rattle the Laird to his core. Unintimidated by her master’s raw masculinity and savage ways, the headstrong lass manages to tame not only his wild children but the beast in his soul. With each passing day, Liam grows fonder of Miss Mena—and more suspicious. What secret is she hiding behind those emerald eyes? What darkness brought her to his keep? And how can he conquer this magnificent woman’s heart . . . without surrendering his own?

Kerrigan Byrne has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she’s finally able to have the career she’d decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to “grow up to be a romance novelist.” Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story. 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.

Rights to all three books have sold to Lyx in Germany and Ucila in Slovenia, rights to the first two books have sold to Penguen in Turkey, and rights to the first book have sold to Futami Shobo in Japan!

Praise for The Highlander:

“Byrne has captivated readers with stories notable for their depth of emotion and heated desire. With the third Victorian Rebels, she once again flawlessly blends mystery with history and passion. Byrne’s details of the Highlands, including the myths and legends, make the setting magical. The themes of forgiveness and redemption flow through the sweeping, romantic novel. There is anger, fear, desire and love whirling around the characters, making the story dark and emotional, yet light thanks to the snappy dialogue, secondary characters and a dog. Bryne is a gifted writer who delivers exactly what romance readers adore.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars and a Top Pick!

“I can’t express just how much I enjoyed this book. The romance was so sweet and the storyline was suspenseful with so many twists and turns, and some that I never saw coming. It was an altogether lovely read that I didn’t want to put down until the last page was read. I’d say this book is definitely a must read!” —Night Owl Romance, Top Pick!

“Kerrigan Byrne’s Victorian Rebels series has been a breath of fresh air in this genre. It has everything that I love in an historical romance; darkness, angst, sparkling dialogue and most importantly, a bone deep, spine-tingling romance with characters I adore and care about. All three novels in the series are beautifully and eloquently written but my favourite by a whisker has been The Highlander; from the first page to the last, I was completely enthralled.” —Romantic Historical Reviews

Library Journal starred review:

Statuesque, titian-haired Philomena Lockhart is nothing like the staid, elderly governess Laird Liam MacKenzie, Marquess Ravencroft, was hoping for—and he’s not happy about it. For one thing, she’s far too young to deal with two teenagers; for another, she’s much too lovely and enticing for his peace of mind—she doesn’t even have the sense to be afraid of him, the Demon Highlander. But Liam’s children need help, and Mena is determined to stay, especially as the remote Highland keep is her only sanctuary from a man determined to destroy her—her husband. Engaging children, a fascinating, colorful supporting cast, and an eerie mystery keep the story moving in the right direction.

VERDICT A fiercely protective, emotionally damaged hero and a heroine living in fear for her life find strength and healing in an intense story rife with chilling evil, brutal violence, and heart-melting sensuality that has issues of trust and honesty at its core. Another hit from the phenomenal Byrne (The Hunter); she lives at the base of the Rockies.

Praise for The Hunter:

“Byrne enthralls readers with another adventurous romance. The rapid pacing is matched by the heated sexual tension, leaving readers breathless and craving more of Byrne’s emotional, powerful, impossible-to-put-down love stories.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars and a Top Pick!

“Byrne follows The Highwayman with a powerful and dramatic second Victorian Rebels romantic thriller… [a] deeply satisfying story of passion and mutual rescue.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Formulating a lyrical style, sterling character development, and a palpable sense of time and place, Byrne pens another fascinating romance that delves deeply into the darker and decadent side of Victorian London. A stellar addition to a truly mesmerizing series that highlights dangerous heroes who flout the law and the women who love them.” —Library Journal, starred review

Praise for The Highwayman:

*An RT Book Reviews 2015 Nominee for Best First Historical Romance!*

*A Library Journal Best Romance of 2015!*

“Lyrical writing, insightful character development, and seamless descriptions bring the darker side of the Victorian Era to vivid life in all its violence, squalor, corruption, and unimaginable childhood cruelty. An undying youthful love comes to fruition in a sensual, soul-searing story readers won’t want to see end. Fortunately, this is the first in a new linked series featuring men who live by their wits and the canny women who are strong and fearless enough to teach them to love. Brilliantly done.” —Library Journal, starred review

“Byrne’s gritty first Victorian Rebels novel doesn’t flinch from Victorian London’s darker side… The romance is raw, edgy, and explosive… the path they take through adversity makes the triumph of love deeply satisfying.” —Publishers Weekly

“Byrne is an accomplished storyteller who instinctively knows how to grab readers and hold them spellbound. From the first page, the depth of emotion and sexual tension is perfectly matched by the strong characters and superb plotting. This marriage-of-convenience love story proves why Byrne is a force in the genre.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars and a Top Pick!

“This is a dramatic, romantic and utterly lovely read.” —BookPage

“Captured me from page one and never let go. Romantic, lush and suspenseful.” —New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch

“A passionate, lyrical romance that takes your breath away. From the first page, you'll fall in love.” —Elizabeth Boyle, New York Times Bestseller

“Byrne makes a stunning debut with a beautifully written, intensely suspenseful, and deliciously sensual love story.” —Amelia Grey, New York Times Bestseller