The Duke (Victorian Rebels #4)
St. Martin's Press / February 7, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital
Each of Kerrigan Byrne’s books has dealt with redemption and heroes whose pasts are not as clear as most heroes we see in historical romance. But more than any of the others, The Duke isn’t about finding your one true love, but about what needs to happen for someone to be ready to fall in love.
‘Tell me exactly,’ the heroine says to the hero in the middle of the black moment, ‘when I should have revealed my tender secret to you?’
When indeed. Especially considering the hero, the book’s titular Duke, and the heroine have spent the entire length of the book dealing with issues of timing.
Our hero first meets the heroine at her ‘night job’, as a hostess at a ‘club’; she is the ‘whore’ with the heart of gold who blows his mind and his heart. She meets him again at her ‘day job’, when on the verge of death from injuries he receives on the battlefield, she literally nurses him back to health. Finally, she is his next door neighbor, the widow of an older man. He holds the first as a perfect moment in his mind, doesn’t know the second and cannot stand the woman he meets in the third. To him, these three women are unconnected, even though they are the same person.