A Kirkus Reviews 2019 Best Romance Novel, the first in an exciting new series by USA Today bestseller Kerrigan Byrne!
They are a dangerous duke, a fierce lord, and an infamous earl—dark, bold, brave men who know exactly what they want. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...
Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.
LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS
Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.
“Romantic, lush, and suspenseful.”—New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch
Byrne (The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo) rises admirably to the challenge of creating a hero who maintains dangerous alpha energy even through self-restraint and careful adherence to consent in this slow-burn late-Victorian romance, the starter to the Devil You Know series. Archaeologist Lady Alexandra Lane and her two dearest friends spent their schoolgirl days enjoying gentlemen's pastimes as the Red Rogues Society. They also share the dark secret of having buried the headmaster, whom Alexandra killed after he raped her. A decade later, Alexandra, bankrupted by blackmail, sees a financial opportunity in marriage to the scarred Terror of Torcliff, Piers Gedrick Atherton, Duke of Redmayne, who wants heirs to thwart his faithless ex-lover and his cousin, who hope to inherit his title and wealth. Alexandra lays out a number of rules around touch so she can feel safe with Piers; he willingly agrees, and also insists on timing their marriage's consummation to Alexandra's menstrual cycle in order to ensure his paternity. This slow pacing gives Byrne abundant room to tantalize readers with the couple's teasing and building passion, and with Alexandra's unfolding discovery of sex as pleasure. This is a fine study of healing after sexual trauma, with tender care and patience as the keys to recovery.
Delightful and Delicious
Emotional, sexy, tender and romantic with a side helping of suspense, this book is a delight to read. I was impressed with how sensitively the trauma experienced by Alexandra as a young girl was handled and I believed in the characters and how they reacted to each other. The story hooked me in and I was lost to family and friends for hours whilst I read. Highly recommended. Can’t wait for me next in the series.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.