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Review: The Highlander & The Duke by Kerrigan Bryne

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?

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Strong as a Viking. Handsome as Adonis. Rich as Midas. Collin “Cole” Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, is the stuff that legends are made of. He’s the English Empire’s golden son–until fate has its way with him. Cole’s family is killed and his closest comrade betrays him on the battlefield, leaving him gravely injured. But Cole is not one to dwell on misfortune. He is a man of duty, honor–and desire. And now he’s ready for the fight of his lifetime…
​Imogen Pritchard is a beautiful lass who works in a hospital by day and as a serving maid at night. Years ago, when she was young and penniless, she ended up spending a scandalous night with Cole, whose tormented soul was matched only by his earth-shattering passion. Imogen entered a marriage of convenience–one that left her a wealthy widow–but she never forgot Cole. Now that her long-lost lover has turned up in her hospital, injured and with no memory of her, Imogen is torn: Is it a blessing or a curse that their past remains a secret to Cole, even as his new passion for her leaves him wanting to protect and possess her…at all costs?
As always I want to thank Random House Loveswept and NetGalley for providing us with a copy of these books so that we could bring you this review.
Kerrigan Byrne has this way of writing these regency jackasses that are completely redeemable once they meet the right woman. They only need that strong woman who isn’t afraid of putting them in their place or telling them how things will be. Though I have to say to have Philomena stand up to The Demon Highlander no matter what was great. She helps bring him down a few notches and makes him see what an idiot he has been. With Ginny my heart hurt for a while. The things she had to do to protect her family and how she then is treated by the man who owns her heart was so sad. But it was fun to see that she got a bit of revenge on Cole and his lack of memory of her. I can’t wait to see what else Kerrigan Byrne has for us.
I give both these books 5 historical kisses…
Happy Reading… Adri

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