The Highlander

Kerrigan Byrne
The Highlander
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Tantor Audio
Release Date
August 2016
Book 3 of Victorian Rebels
Historical Romance

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 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 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?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Oct 19, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
122 people found the following review helpful
4 "The Demon Highlander" Stars for the story and narration!

The reccurring theme of a heroine entrusting her safety and heart to a dangerous man continues in THE HIGHLANDER, the third book in the Victorian Rebels series. Lovers of alpha heroes and a woman wronged earning vindication will enjoy THE HIGHLANDER. Moreover, having become a fan of Kerrigan Byrne's stories by listening to the first two books in this series, my curiosity was finally quenched about two characters who are introduced in the prior books.

The hero in this book (Liam MacKenzie, also known as The Demon Highlander) is the half brother of Dorian Blackwell (also known as the Blackheart of Ben More and the hero of Book 1, The Highwayman), and the heroine in this book (Miss Philomena or Mena) is instrumental in saving the heroine in book 2, The Hunter.

Committed to an asylum by the man that was supposed to love and protect her (her husband), our heroine believes that all hope is lost until the kind actions of others find her living under an assumed identity and serving as a governess in Scotland. Unbeknownst to Laird Liam Mckenzie, who also is a Marquess, he is harboring a fugitive, but her lies are only part of her struggle as Liam's reputation as the "Demon Highlander" precedes him. Can she possibly fulfill her role as the governess while flying below the radar of Liam's ire?

After a terrible history which he has attempted to keep secret, Liam has vowed never to take on another wife. Moreover, he deals with his demons, which he believes he inherited from a cruel father, on nearly a daily basis. The culmination of these two facts means that he must ignore the mounting attraction between himself and the proper and prim governess who undoubtedly is hiding some secrets of her own. But when an evil threat emerges, he will be forced to put his feelings and trust to the test and the outcome will determine many futures.

Further complementing this solid and satisfying romance is the talented narration by Derek Perkins. Mr. Perkins returns to narrate this third book and does a fabulous job of depicting all of the various accents--from English and Scottish to Indian (as Liam's valet is of Indian descent). Mr. Perkins' narrator abilities are challenged and he performs admirably. Additionally, Mr. Perkins heightens the pitch of his speech sufficiently to genuinely portray the females in this cast as adeptly as his portrayal of the males. Furthermore, his attention to the mood of the scene heightens the intended effect of each scene.

All in all, The Victorian Rebels is a series that historical romance enthusiasts, particularly those featuring bad boys, will not want to miss. And for those who have already been enthralled by this series, listening to THE HIGHLANDER is a must.
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