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The Duke

Victorian Rebels Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Series: Victorian Rebels, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (434 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Strong as a Viking. Handsome as Adonis. Rich as Midas. Collin "Cole" Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, is the stuff that legends are made of. He's the English Empire's golden son - until fate has its way with him. Cole's family is killed and his closest comrade betrays him on the battlefield, leaving him gravely injured. But Cole is not one to dwell on misfortune. He is a man of duty, honor, and desire. And now he's ready for the fight of his lifetime....

Imogen Pritchard is a beautiful lass who works in a hospital by day and as a serving maid at night. Years ago, when she was young and penniless, she ended up spending a scandalous night with Cole, whose tormented soul was matched only by his earth-shattering passion. Imogen entered a marriage of convenience - one that left her a wealthy widow - but she never forgot Cole. Now that her long-lost lover has turned up in her hospital, injured and with no memory of her, Imogen is torn. Is it a blessing or a curse that their past remains a secret to Cole, even as his new passion for her leaves him wanting to protect and possess her at all costs? Contains mature themes.

©2017 Kerrigan Byrne (P)2017 Tantor

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Kerrigan Byrne paints pictures with her prose!!

Oh my. *fans face*...I think Cole and Imogen burned up my Kindle.
From the moment Cole walked into the Bare Kitten and met Ginny I was sucked into this wonderful story.
The Hero, an arrogant and lethal Duke. Who comes across as an ass most of the time. An ass I fell in love with.
The heroine. Imogen. She's street smart and her need to survive and help her family blew me away.
The sex...Kindle melting. I've ordered the paperback for my keeper shelf btw.
I did not want to put this book down.
I was given a copy through email/NetGalley but ended up purchasing the Audio book. Derek Perkins narration is perfection.
This is the first Kerrigan Byrne book I have read and I loved it so much that I bought the rest of the series.
Thank you Kerrigan!! I think I've found another favorite author.

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One Great Series...Book 4

Narrator: Derek Perkins does a good job...again.
Liked this one also. Really like Cole in the beginning not so much after he came back.
Imogen & Cole both go through a lot. The emotions felt real. Pretty captivating.
Like when characters from previous books all come to give a hand.
One thing with all 4 books is that the endings do feel kind of rushed.

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Sensuous

Which character – as performed by Derek Perkins – was your favorite?

Derek Perkins is one of my all time favorite narrators. I can visualize every detail as he performs the story. He has the ability to bring characters voices into focus for each individual person. For this story, Cole was my favorite.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh, and hold my breath at various times during the performance. What I liked the least was that the Rook was not disclosed, will this be another book to the series? Or was Jeremy the Rook? It was mentioned that he had dock connections.

Any additional comments?

This has been an excellent series. It has pulled the stories of Dorian, Liam and Christopher together with Cole as one grand book bringing each in to interact with the lead characters of the book and not overly reliving the other stories. I find it annoying in some of the other series I have read for the author to continually repeat how a person fits into the story. There is suspense, desparation and of course delicious love making.

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Kind of distressed

Would you try another book from Kerrigan Byrne and/or Derek Perkins?

Definitely yes. I love Kerrigan Byrne books and Derek Perkins is an excellent narrator. Of course he does great male voices, that's a given, but his female voices are great to.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kerrigan Byrne again?

Yes, most definitely

What does Derek Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He gives each character a distinct voice so you can tell who is speaking in a particular scene.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Duke?

Every scene with the arrogant Duke after he wakes up in the hospital. He was a horrible person. He was verbally abusive to "Jenny" Imogen, cruel and selfish at every turn. He publically humiliated her and then at the end he suddenly demands she marry him because he loved her, give me a break. She forgave to easily. She should have kicked him in the junk and walked away. The last few minutes of the book did nothing to redeem the jerk status he had built up throughout 95% of the book.

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great series

the whole series. and keeps you engaged. worth every cent
spent on them. my advice is to read term in order

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Good

I liked this listen. Normally, I wouldn't say this about an audio book being too long, but this was. This was a dramatic story . With very few funny scenes. Although I did laugh when Imogen gets drunk. The suspense was good. And Derek Perkins does a great job narrating.

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Definitely worth the credit

This is a great series; I loved each book! Kerrigan Byrne gives us such interesting characters to spend time with. Book 3, The Highlander, was my favorite, but all were good. Derek Perkins is one of my favorite narrators. He really makes a story come alive. I'm always looking for good historical romances narrated by Mr. Perkins.

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Finding his heart

Imogen is a nurse by day but works in disguise at night to pay off her fathers debt. When her boss sells her virginity to help pay her fathers debt she is devastated. But when she sees who it is she is shy but he is gentle. Cole the Duke of Talmage pays 20 guineas for Genie(Imogen) not realizing she was a serving maid and not a whore. Cole them leaves on a mission and disappears.

A year later he is rescued and brought to the hospital when Imogen is a nurse. She is asked to look over him. When she realizes he does not have typhoid but septicemia she is fired after he survives. Not knowing what to do she is attacked at her other work and runs away thinking she killed someone.

When she entered a marriage of convenience she did to save her family. Know a wealthy widow she will do anything to help others that were in her predicament. A wonderful story with a great narrator in Derek Perkins.

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Not sure about reviews

I always read reviews so when I read some of these I started to brace myself for disappointment. What rubish. Some called Cole a d***, I disagree. He is in pain and that makes the story all the more beautiful. I absolutely love how Ms. Byrne makes you fall in love with each hero and heroine only to continue the love affair book after book, while adding new and exciting alpha males, it seems we are always drawn to the tough, strong ,dark, dangerous one, yet in this series there is definitely more than one and that I love. On to the next book! I ha e read all 4 books in a day. Slightly addictive. 😊

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Very Dark novel

I read it thinking it would give credence to the Duke's mental state...it did.
Very tough on the heroine.