Audie Award, Romance, 2016
Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London's wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who've wronged him... and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception-and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands.... But Farah is no one's puppet. She possesses a powerful secret-one that threatens her very life. When being held captive by Dorian proves to be the only way to keep Farah safe from those who would see her dead, Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. But what the Blackheart of Ben More never could have imagined is that Farah has terms of her own, igniting a tempestuous desire that consumes them both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he'd long thought dead?
©2015 Kerrigan Byrne (P)2015 Tantor
"Captured me from page one and never let go. Romantic, lush, and suspenseful." (Suzanne Enoch, author of The Devil Wears Kilts)
"Perkins's command of accents and tone creates a cast of delightfully diverse characters.... Perkins's range of voices and timing makes for entertaining and telling repartee between the characters as well as adds to the suspense as the real villains of this romance reveal themselves." (AudioFile)
The relationship between Dorian & Farah is so beautiful more than star crossed lovers their love defies the stars.
It is too hard to choose a favourite they were so beautifully written they each had a quality that endeared them, whether they were a Harlot of Whitechapel or a Gay Scottish sidekick, they were all lovable even Carlton to a lesser degree. Farah was the perfect heroine, strong yet not without flaws.
Sometimes I found the relationship between Farah & Dorian heartbreaking but then one of the other characters would do or say something to make me laugh outright.
This is by far my favourite book by this author to date. Each book I have read by Kerrigan has developed beyond its predecessor but this is the icing. Very different from the Druid/Berserker series (which I enjoyed also) but it was perhaps the best Historical Romance I have read so far this year. It hit all the right spots for me. The sex scenes were not steamy so much as romantic, yes even the more dubious ones. Dorian needed to stop flagellating himself and see what was right in front of his tortured soul. Farah, while not perfect, was as close as you could get and yet it did not trigger that gagging reflex that you get sometimes from reading about a character so prefect its sickening.
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I would have given the book all 5 stars but for the quite graphic weird sexual scenarios. Just a little kinky. Having said that, again Derek Perkins' narration is superb. I could not stop listening to this book. I could feel Fara Lee's heartbreak, Darion's pain. I will listen to this book again. And again.
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This was a nice book, but one main conflict of the story was very predictable. Byrne's stories are usually totally unpredictable. I just think the fact of who Dorian is was drawn out a little too far. Farah and Dorian go through quite a bit. I don't think confirming or revealing his identity earlier would have hurt the storyline. Once I moved on past that fact, the story was VERY good.
His reading is comforting - he does a good job with accents. It took several chapters to get into his voice....it was worth the wait. He starts out kind of stiff and then loosens up around chapter 3.
Love conquers all
Dorian. He is so broken and multifaceted. I love that he is eventually tamed by a strong, feisty, pixie of a woman. In her, he somehow can find redemption.
No, but I *love* him!
The opening scene when Dougan and Farah are children in an orphanage.
I totally dig the combo of this author and narrator. This series is going to be an auto-buy for me. Thanks!
Loved this book. Couldn't put it down. This is the first book by this author that I've read but it won't be the last. A compelling story with lots of depth and truly wonderful characters.
It's a shame that someone who strings words together as well as this author can not invent a storyline that is nothing but over the top sentimentalism, trite, unbelievable characters, and a stunning lack of moral values. The reformed rake is a tried, true, and appealing character in romance fiction, but we are offered instead a self proclaimed brutal killer full of self loathing for deeds done to and by him, but who simultaneously declares enjoying his acts of depravity. In this not very subtle homage to "beauty and the beast," we have a lack witted beauty and a beast without contrition. I wish that I had not wasted any of my time on this book and will not be tempted to read other books by this author.
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This was a good Highland read. I wasn't all that thrilled with the narrator. I will go ahead and give the second book in this series a try.
Derek Perkins does a darn good job. As he did with the Beserker books.
Loved it! Captivated me from the very beginning (though at times it lagged a bit).
Very harsh at times but worth it. I'm going for another one.
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