THE HIGHLANDER is Book 3 in Kerrigan Byrne's Victorian
Rebels series. Kerrigan Byrne writes stunning gothic
romances and THE HIGHLANDER is no exception. At the
opening of this story, Lady Philomena St. Vincent,
Viscountess Benchley is being held against her will at
Belle Glen Asylum at the behest of her villainous husband
and her cruel in-laws. Fortunately for Philomena, she has
made friends of the Blackheart of Ben More and his crew
so the cavalry eventually rescues our heroine. From that
point on, it is just the start of Philomena's journey
when she takes off for Scotland and becomes Miss
Philomena Lockhart -- mild-mannered governess on the lam.
Although this is a romance involving a heroine who is
already married, I have no qualms about it since her
husband is a truly evil villain and will obviously not
stay her husband, or even alive, for much longer.
Although Philomena may long for some time to rest and
recover after her recent abuse, what she finds in
Scotland is a devilishly handsome widower and father who
sets her heart all aflutter. Despite both their doubts,
Liam MacKenzie -- laird, Marquess, military officer, and
"the Demon Highlander" -- is exactly the kind of man she
needs. Liam is a fierce protector for Philomena, but he
struggles with whether or not he is good enough for her.
I like that they both have a shared experience of
suffering at the hands of sadistic men, and that
experience as a survivor helps them understand each other
better. I love a book with scorching glances and THE
HIGHLANDER is packed with them. Philomena and Liam are
two very conflicted and complex characters, and their
passion for each other is explosive.
I love the way Philomena is able to bond with Liam's
children and communicate with them in a way he wishes he
could. Some of the scenes involving Liam's son are very
poignant. I enjoyed the subplot involving Liam's valet.
Ravencroft Keep is an appropriately spooky backdrop for a
story with ghosts -- both those in the mind and the kind
that lurk in drafty castles. Kerrigan Byrne does a great
job of foreshadowing, while still throwing in a few
surprises at the end.
THE HIGHLANDER is an erotic and exciting gothic tale with
something sinister lurking around every corner. I can't
wait for the next book in Kerrigan Byrne's Victorian
Rebels series, and look forward to reading more about
the enigmatic Lord Trenwyth and the deliciously cheeky
Gavin St. James.
Can the fiercest master of battle conquer a womanâ€™s
They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome
Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman
towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of
As Laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated Marquess
vanquished his foes with all the 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
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 masterâ€™s raw masculinity and savage
ways, the headstrong lass manages to tame not only his
children but the beast in his soul. With each passing day,
Liam grows fonder of Miss Menaâ€”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 womanâ€™s heart . . . without surrendering
his own, in The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne