Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of London’s wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wre ...more
***Major Spoilers all over this review***
OMG I loved this book so much! The Highwayman is my first Kerrigan Byrne read and it punched me right in the feels. I fell in love from page one with Farah and Dougan. Meeting as small children in an orphanage 11 year old Dougan and 8 year old Farah stole my heart with their sweet, innocent love. Dougan was the bastard child of Laird Mackenzie. When his mom died, he was tossed in the orphanage, where he was mistreated, starved, ...more
For eight year-old, Farah and eleven year-old, Dougan Mackenzie life at Applecross Orphanage in 1855 is made bearable by their friendship, which deepens as the years pass. Life without the other seems unthinkable, and so at the tender ages of ten and thirteen they seal their love in marriage vows by handfasting.
Separated soon after, the story picks up in London, seventeen years later. Farah, now a clerk at Scotland Yard, where she is known as the widowed Mrs Mackenzie, comes face to fac ...more
I just couldn't stop reading about these two! Their love story started out with them as children at an orphanage together and shows how the bond they formed turned out to be unbreakable well into adulthood.
So. Fucking. Sweet.
They were so faithful to the memory of each other that even a crusty old bitch like me was touched. Now, it wasn't perfect because I simply could not wrap my head around the f ...more
I was so bloody excited when I saw The Hunter in the Audible Escape package. Yes, I know this is The Highwayman, but if The Hunter was there, then, it only follows that the rest would be there. I have waited what felt like YEARS for this series to become available in Australia... AND NOW IT'S HERE!!
It was everything I was hoping for and more. Derek Perkins has turned a fabulous story into an AMAZING experience. I wore a goofy smile f ...more
“I don’t mind battling a few demons when I’m living with their king.” She smiled. “And I think, after a time, we’ll chase them away together.”
- kaz brekker (Six of Crows)
- cristiano de la rosa (Violent Delights)
- christian grey (Fifty Shades of Grey)
mix them all together, and we shall have . . . dorian blackheart.
my first foray into HR, and i am pleased with this. well, ive read historical romances before, but never ones that look like this (???) if you kn ...more
5 Beautifully Broken Bastard Stars
OMG I LOVED THIS!!!
❥❥❥Dorian Blackwell you are the broken man of my dreams. ❥❥❥
Hard, ruthless tyrant. Abused, wounded boy. An empty heart full of promise, and a soul of shadows in need of sunlight.
Farah fell in love with a boy when she was but a wee child. They had two years together and then they were ripped apart when he ...more
In this quiet, unfettered moment, she knew him, truly saw him for what he was. Hard, ruthless tyrant. Abused, wounded boy. An empty heart full of promise, and a soul of shadows in need of sunlight."
My heart. MY HEART!!!!
First of all, I am seriously kicking myself for taking this long to start this series. Like SERIOUSLY kicking my ass. What the heck was I thinking? I was crazy! Nuts. Loony bins, I tells ya! Because this book? It was everything. All of the t ...more
We have Dorian Blackwell, the big bad mysterious highwayman, and Farah an employed independent widow. I first assumed it’s a marriage of convenience, something I love to read about
this was really, really good! admittedly, i don't have the most experience with historical romance but i think this one was objectively fantastic and like... very hot.
the book opens up with two orphans forging a friendship, boy and girl. flashbacks are hit or miss for me but i was instantly taken by the way these two trusted each other. their ability to shut out their bleak reality and share each other's interests... *chef's kiss*
and then PRESENT DAY! our heroin ...more
From the moment Farah wipes the blood from Dougan's hands they are bound to one another, two outcasts in an orphanage. On a fateful night, Dougan violently protects Farah and they are separated, cast out into their fates. It is not until seventeen years later that Farah learns what befell her childhood friend. Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, villai ...more
This is the one time I wanted the hype to be true as it was for everyone else and I hate, but simultaneously don’t care, that this was a flop.
Again, it was a case where it started off great, but once we neared the halfway point, it was well on its way to... nowhere. I was left feeling hollow by the end of it.
It’s a historical romance, it’s a romantic suspense, it’s dark but has its cheesy moments, and this is not to say a story can’t encompass ...more
“Will you try to love me, too?” she asked in a small voice.
He considered it. “I’ll try, Fairy, but I havena done it before.”
“I’ll teach you that, as well,” she promised. “Right after I teach you to read. Love is quite like reading, I expect. Once you know how you can’t ever imagine not doing it.”
First read: 26 Feb 2016 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Re-read: 24 Sep 2020 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐
This book is one of my favorite HRs and I'm seriously wondering why there aren't more dark HRs out there? I ...more
Insanely angsty, insanely readable. I could NOT put this one down!
If you have the chance to listen to this series in audio, you should really do it. Derek Perkins absolutely nails the audio, delivering the voices and tones that set the stage for the story. He drew me in and didn't let me go, and I ordered the rest of the series on audio that day.
I'm a huge Kerrigan Byrne fan, and becoming a bigger fan each day. Though parts of this book were very predictable (I mean, any romance rea ...more
This is such a strange time and I’m finding myself uncertain of many things -including what day today is- but now I’m finally sure of one thing, that I’m going to spend the next few days binge reading this series because...Waw!
This was so good!! I haven’t read many historical romances but the ones I read always tend to be leaning towards the fun sweet side. This one was different. It was slightly darker. More serious, I think? I mean as serious as a historical romance could be, if that ma ...more
So, if you loved Z in BDB, AND you love HR, this book may be for you. Dorian is Z-light. A tortured hero filled with self-loathing and the inability to touch or be touched because of past sexual, physical, and mental abuse. He can't even bear to touch his own private parts. This would be a real problem for men, as I understand it. They seem to have a hard time NOT touching themselves. It's like, righ ...more
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This book has a 4.0 average rating with the people on my friends list, and if you're friends with me, you know how high a value I place on your opinions. You guys had nothing but good things to say about THE HIGHWAYMAN with your talk of tortured heroes and dark romance. Music to my twisted ears. Plus, Elizabeth Hoyt's DUKE OF SIN is one of the recommended books for HIGHWAY, which I absolutely loved. How could this possibly not work out?
This is a book that's very much beloved and lots of people have recommended it to me. And while historical romance isn't my top choice when picking up a romance, I do enjoy the genre. This book, just......
The plot was okay, and I really enjoyed the beginning, but near the middle to the end I felt very disconnected from the characters. I literally did not care if they ended up together or not. When I should have been feeling empathetic or heartbroken, I felt mostly blah. I felt like a ...more
Dorian Blackwell, is a villain, and rose up from the alleyways of the worst slums in London, to become the powerful man he is today. He does what needs to be done to survive and the horrors of his past made him into what he is today. Farah Leigh Mackenzie, hasn't had an easy time in her life. When she was young, she got married and for a short while they were happy. Until he was taken away from her, and now she is a ...more
I was drawn into the story from the moment I started reading Chapter 1. Watching the friendship, the inseparable bond and the innocent young love that developed between the young orphans, Dougan Mackenzie and Farah Leigh, his “Fairy”, was so touching. To protect Farah, Dougan is forced to kill a man which leads to their dramatic separation. ...more
“I'd never leave you, Fairy.
Not even to be a pirate?
I promise. I might be a highwayman though.
Will you try to love me, too?
I'll try Fairy, but I havena done it before.
I'll teach you.”
Wow! Whoa! Is it really possible the dangerous, dark, brooding hero is back? Please, say it's true. This book blew me away! A re ...more
Don’t look at me like that… 👉👈
I tried to like this book… I really did! In fact, the first half was heading towards 5 stars but unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same about the second half.
I’ll start with the positives… I loved the writing! It was beautiful and poignant and my kindle copy was filled with highlights! Kerrigan Byrne has a way of drawing readers into the story right off the bat. The book also had many strong ...more
I'm not a normally a Historical romance reader, but, I had to give this one a try after spotting the fantastic cover on Jen's 2015 favorites collage and since it was a favorite it must have been a great read right?....Jen's pick did not disappoint!!!!
Dorian and Farah meet in the Orphanage they were living in as children, they both endured hardship and loss at early ages, and clung to one another for support until tragically they were ripped apart. Many years later they are reun ...more
LOVED IT. Just loved it.
Great introduction chapter hooking me right up and making me literally a prisoner of its the pages.
Attaching characters, rekindled lovers, a feisty and smart heroine, a tortured hero threading the edges of assholeness and downright dangerous. ( And we love those heroes... Sigh.)
I enjoyed their banter very much, fueled by a hate to love trope, it was just utterly enjoyable to witness both their will not to like each other crumble to dust. The ...more
I’m loathe to share too much of the story as this one has one of the best opening chapters I’ve read in some time. It begins seventeen years earlier in the Scottish Highlands when eight-year-old Farah meets eleven-y ...more
A buddy read with the Historical Romance Ladies @ the MacHalos:-)
Well, this is not the typical Historical Romance of the last 15 years. I am going to date myself here, but being a lifetime reader of the genre, it is impossible not to notice that there are waves of popular takes on it and they ab and flow with the mysterious preferences of the generations of women who read them.
I have noticed that the last 3-4 years, in both Contemporary and Historical Romance, the trend for darker, ed ...more
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