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 ancesto ...more
This one was a pretty good read. I loved Mena. She was brave, and sweet. The hero Liam was okay for me. I would like him one minute and want to beat the crap out of him the next. He would do stupid shit that I couldn't stand oh like accusing the heroine of sleeping with his 13 year old son, and his brother, or the hero going off to a hooker to try and forget about Mena. I know he didn't sleep with her and that all he did was kiss and touch her but it still pissed me off. Still even with ...more
#2 The Hunter — 3 Stars
#3 The Highlander — 3.5 Stars
Men in kiltsss, yes or yesss?!?!? I canna resist them lads.
[insert an image of Kit Harington looking all smokin’ hot in a kilt for us lassies to objectify]
This was fun and exciting until it wasn’t. I was really into it. How could I not when it literally started in an ASYLUM full of creepy disgusting perverted old male doctors? Not to mention, the prologue was quite intriguing too. From the beginning, we were made awar ...more
I like Byrne's writing but these stories are so fucking dark. Dark, dark, dark. And that's just sooo not my cuppa, but the characters really are quite interesting & complex. <--you know, for a romance.
So. I keep coming back.
Our hero, The Demon Highlander, is all dark and broody. Afraid he's evil because his father was evil and made him participate in some pretty evil shit when he was still a kid. Then he joined the Army and did all this crazy ...more
I absolutely LOVED listening to The Highlander. Derek Perkins took an excellent story and made it exceptional. Mr Perkins was The Demon Highlander and he did it vera vera well.
My below review is really long, so if you can't be bothered reading, just know this... IT'S BLOODY GOOD! Also, it's a bit dark.
I'm going to kick myself for listening to thIs series ones straight after the other and finishing them so quickly but I can't help myself. THEY'RE SO BLOODY GOOD!
Honey, I'm only admiring the fabric. I swear!
So, we have Liam, the Scottish laird who is known as The Demon Highlander for his strength and brutality during the war; and Mena, an English married viscountess who is on the run from ...more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Escaping from an asylum that her abusive husband put her away in, Philomena has traded the title of Viscountess for governess. Seeking escape with The Demon Highlander however, might prove the most fatal decision yet.
Liam's father taught him and his brothers physical and mental torture from an early age and a lifetime of war has engrained the darkness i ...more
During this strange time, I’ve come to a few realizations and experienced some weird unexplainable phenomenon;
•My calendar lacks Tuesdays! Not knowing what today is seems to be the new normal, but to miss every Tuesday without knowing where did they go is weird! I mean, every week I ask what today is thinking that it’s probably Sunday or Monday, then it appears that it’s Wednesday. It seems like I sleep on Monday and I wake up on Wednesday. This is always happening, I swear I panic every ...more
This third installment in the Victorian Rebels series snapped me to attention with the prologue and it never lost momentum.
Mena escapes a fate worse than death, is provided with a new name, and sent to Scotland with a position as a governess for the ‘Demon Highlander’, Laird Liam MacKenzie.
Did she trade one bad place for a ...more
Read for the Historical Romance Book Club 2018 series challenge, and URR 2018 New Year challenge, 5. BBW (Big Beautiful Woman) Romance
Series: Well seeing as how I am reading it for a series challenge....
Sexy times: Yes, towards the end of the book. Awesome. Although I had to laugh and eye roll at the "can you take all of me?" bit when the MCs first get busy.
Plan on reading more by the author: Hell yes!
The story opens with Liam's father forcing his so ...more
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'The Highlander' by Kerrigan Byrne is book three in the "Victorian Rebels" series. It is the story of Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie and Philomena. I have read all books in the series so far, but you can read this one as a standalone book. I have been waiting what seems like forever for this book. I have been so in love with the other two that as soon as I could I read this book!
Philomena is placed in a A ...more
I get it.
Writing historical fiction through the lens of 2017 is difficult.
How do you write a male character who is admirable but who is also realistic for the time period? Very few men in 1800's England were feminists. In fact, very few women were feminists. Not even Queen Victoria was a feminist.
So this leaves the historical romance market ...more
Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.
Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com. ...more
"Can the fiercest master of battle conquer a woman’s heart?"
Oh my God. This was an emotional rollercoaster! The story began with a very dark introduction of our leading lady Mena. I immediately connected with her and just wanted her to be happy. She’s such a beautiful character. Flawed, yet strong. Tortured by her past, yet ready to take a step towards the future. I really, really liked her. Here enters the Demon Highlander. Laird Liam. The Devil with an exquisite charm that will swe ...more
Then there is Philomena, brought up by a loving farther that adored her, and ensured she was happy and as well educated as any man, she found he ...more
Sometimes . . . the safest place to be is at the side of a violent man.
I really enjoyed this one, even more so than the last. It took me a while to get through it, but I certainly cannot blame the story for that. Poor Mena went through so much. I was happy to see her come out of her shell and reap a little happiness. And I'll admit I was a little disappointed that she (view spoiler)[didn't get a little bairn out of the deal. (hide spoiler)]. I'm really anxious to read on in th ...more
He wanted all of it. All of her. He wanted to uncover her, body and soul. To lay her bare and wide and make a conquest of her. He wanted to own her. To claim her. To brand her skin with his mark.
Another amazing installment in what's become my recent addiction of a series! Ever since Mena was first introduced in The Hunter, I've been eager for her story. After all the abuse she'd suffered at the hands of her vicious husband and cruel family, I was yearning for her to know lov ...more
She has been beaten down by the man she married and after the events of The Hunter she is in great peril. Millie and Farah have a plan to help her though and it involves sending her to be a governess for Dorian’s Lordly brother.
“Mena knew men like the Laird of Ravencroft...more
Miss Philiomenia is in hiding from a abusive husband, she is in hiding with a new identity and finding sanctuary and security in the highlands, working for the "Demon highlander" Laird Liam Mackenzie as his children's governess. From the moment of their first meeting, Liam and Mena, felt a sizzle of chemistry that sparked between them. Liam has had a rough life, sacrificing himself for his brothers, doing what need ...more
5 Demon Highlander Stars!!
The Highlander is the third book in the Victorian Rebels series and it was just as fantastic as the first two books in the series!! MacKenzie is known as the “Demon Highlander” he earned his reputation because of his deadly fighting skills and imposing appearance who suddenly finds his life is changed forever when his children's new governess arrives.
"Sometimes......when in a predicament like yours, the safest place to be is at the side of a violent man...more
I loved it!!!
The hero, Liam MacKenzie, known as the Demon Highlander, is a very tortured man. First by his sadistic father, who did every imaginable, and some not much so, things to all his children being them legitimate or not, starting with physical abuse on themselves, to forcing them to abuse others under threat of death.
Philomena, Mena, St. Vincent, the Viscountess Benchley is a woman abused ...more
I would call this entertaining, fun to read, and at times: Beautiful. And really, most days that's enough. Kerrigan Byrne does a good job showcasing both characters strengths and vulnerabilities, and this book was certainly no exception. I have to binge these a bit--as I received an ARC--and that's not my preferred mode of consumption, but I'm not st ...more
The story opens with a powerful Prologue that had me totally riveted to the pages. Ms. Byrne does not shy away from depicting the harrowing events of Liam’s youth and how his violent, abusive, sadistic father tried to shape Liam in his own image. It isn’t easy reading but it gave me a real understanding of Liam’s character; his f ...more
I didn’t know,”she whispered. “I didn’t know there was someone like you in this world of cruel and callous men. I thought … I thought my future was a dark and barren corridor with a bolted door at the end of it.”
No one writes broken heroes like Kerrigan Byrne does. And with this book we got a broken heroine too.
Lady Philomena St. Vincent has been through so much, the abuse she suffered at the hands of her monstrous husband, and the people at the asylum he sent her to, was horrible. But Me...more
Philomena needs to leave London after escaping a bad marriage and an insane asylum (yes, a demented asylum run by creepy rapists), where better to go than the Highlands to live under the protectio ...more
Right from the start we are plunged into a horrifying Victorian world were women are treated appallingly and as our heroine Philomena is introduced we find her in the most dire circumstances . Luckily she has made very good friends and they find a way to rescue her but their ...more
I also need to rethink my top five book boyfriends because Liam MacKenzie just secured himself a spot.
Good lord... so flustered over a fictional character, but for real... *sigh*
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She stepped back into his embrace with an ironic noise. “And they say Highlanders aren’t romantic.”