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ARC Book Review-The Highlander by Kerrigan Bryne

by | Jul 23, 2016 | Book Reviews | 5 comments

ARC Book Review-The Highlander by Kerrigan Bryne

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review-The Highlander by Kerrigan BryneThe Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne
Also in this series: The Highwayman, The Hunter, The Duke, The Scot Beds His Wife, The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo, The Highwayman
Series: Victorian Rebels #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Georgian Era, Scottish Highlands
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
ISBN: 1250076072
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Can the fiercest master of battle conquer a woman’s heart?
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 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?

My Review Updated


Miss Philiomenia is in hiding from a abusive husband, she is in hiding with a new identity and finding sanctuary and security in the highlands, working for the “Demon highlander” Laird Liam Mackenzie as his children’s governess. From the moment of their first meeting, Liam and Mena, felt a sizzle of chemistry that sparked between them. Liam has had a rough life, sacrificing himself for his brothers, doing what needed to be done in the battles in India for Britain but now he has come home, wanting to be a father to his children who have never really known him and being the leader for his clan. He doesn’t believe himself worthy of Mena, who is beautiful, smart and sassy. She is the first woman to stand up to him, which only intrigues him even more. Mena is on the run, hiding from a husband that treated her in some of the worst ways. She is slowly rebuilding her confidence but despite her growing feelings for Liam, she knows that there is a line she can’t cross….despite how much she is falling in love with her Demon Highlander. But the truth will come out, which will test both Liam and Mena and the love they have for each other.

Plot and Story Line 

The Highlander is the most latest story in the Victorian Rebels series. Now this author has really impressed me, quite a bit. This author has a refreshing style of writing for historical romance that has blown me away!! So I was so excited to pick up The Highlander and I wasn’t disappointed at all. From the start I was instantly drawn into this story. And boy does this author captivate the reader with some intensity from the very beginning. We see at the start, where both characters are coming from and hints onto certain traumatic events that have effected both of them. I thought the way Byrne handled this book, was pretty well handled and she pulls in the reader with depth of character. Now the chemistry between Liam and Mena is SUPERB!!! I love the way Byrne handled their connection, probably better than the first two books (which I loved) but there was something uniquely different about this pair. I can’t quite put my finger on what made this romance different, but it had more complexity to it that intrigued me. We see how at first Liam and Mena resist the attraction that they feel for each other, but Liam has a turn around realizing how his feelings for Mena outweigh secrets or trauma of the past. And man when Liam decides he wants Mena for good….nothing and no one can stand in his way.

I found myself seeking ye out because somehow I knew that I couldna be apart from ye. It was the first happiness I ever knew to look into yer eyes. Ye taught me the meanings to words other than forgiveness and redemption. Desire. Yearning. And love. Ye are my blanket of stars, Mena, my reason to look to the heavens. My map when I am lost and my point of light when all is dark.

Now another aspect I really liked was seeing Mena’s relationship with Liam’s children. Both are older, in their teens but Mena really adds some positive influence on them. I love how well she connects with these kids, and boy they were quite fun. They added a more lighthearted twist to a more serious toned story. What a beautifully written story this author has created here. Its dramatic, emotionally centered and an engaging plot that keeps you fascinated. I can’t say enough good things about this book or this author. If you have yet to pick her up—get the first book NOW!!!

The Cover

What a beautiful cover we have here right??? I love the hues of blues and greens we have here!!! The pose is sexy, but sweet and romantic. Love the sunset backdrop!!!

Overall View

The Highwayman is a vibrant, and powerfully provoking story of redemption, love and the depth of human nature!!! EXCELLENT

Series Order (2)

Click On Cover For Buy Link—The Highwayman Is on sale for 2.99 on Amazon!!!

About The Author Updated


About Kerrigan Byrne

If you're anything like me, the best night is one spent with a brawny highlander, a mysterious werewolf, a conflicted vampire, or a hot-headed Irishman. My stories span the spectrum of romantic fiction from historical, to paranormal, to romantic suspense. But I can always promise my readers one thing: memorable and sexy Celtic heroes who are guaranteed to heat your blood before they steal your heart. Lose yourself in the enchanted Celtic Isles, you never know who, or what, will find you...

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  1. romancerookie

    I loved The Highwayman. I am glad to hear you are enjoying the rest of the series. I need to get on this!! Thanks for the review!

  2. Ann Lorz

    We are reading the first book in this series for my book club. I’m sure we’ll all enjoy it.

  3. Alyssa Susanna

    Wow! And to think, I’ve never heard of this author. I love this book’s cover! I don’t think this one would be for me, since I see you mentioned children (and they’re older too, ugh), but maybe some of the other ones in this series. I’m glad you enjoyed this book!

    Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  4. Blodeuedd

    I have the first one to read 😀

  5. Michele H

    Love the quote! So romantic… I’ll definitely be checking this one out. Great review!


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