St. Martin's Press / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print, digital
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?
I love big romances. Like most readers, I cut my teeth on Lindsey, McNaught, Garwood, and Devereaux. Historical romances were big and bold; they glittered with page after page of purple prose and fuschia covers. Even though historical romance as it is today is still enjoyable and subversive, I find myself searching for the modern author that can help recreate the joy of those original romances. Kerrigan Byrne's The Highwayman is my most recent answer. It's bold, it's brazen, and it's still decidedly modern—the historical romance we've been waiting for.