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Can the fiercest master of battle conquer a woman’s heart?

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
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3.5 stars

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
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Jilly
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For St Patrick's Day, I read about a Scottish dude and an English girl. Close enough. (Although my VERY English husband would disagree strongly. He would also disagree with my love of a long-haired, kilt-wearing, sexy Scotsman, but what he doesn't know won't hurt him. )


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
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Stacey is Sassy
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Facing your Demon…and falling in love.

To be honest, I read and loved The Highlander and I just don’t know if I can do this story justice. I couldn’t read this story fast enough. When I had to put my kindle down to watch my son play footy today, I was not a happy camper. My resentment wasn’t helped by a one-eyed ref, dirty opposition and my son coming home with a shiner. We got home and I handed him an ice pack and left him in his father's very capable hands. Well, sports is their world...not min
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WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
4.5 stars

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
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Ally
Damn, Kerrigan Byrne has my number.

love this

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!

Synopsis
The story opens with Liam's father forcing his son
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Sissy's Romance Book Review

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
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Norah Una Sumner
"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 sweep you o
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Julie
The Highlander by Kerrigan Bryne is a 2016 St. Martin’s Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I was verra much enamored with this book. A great match between the very tortured hero and heroine. I like my Highlanders brawny and intense, and Liam definitely fits the bill. I have found another historical romance series to follow!

Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.
Duchess Nicole
An absolute favorite of the series so far, and an all time fave book as well! Dark, introspective, sexy, sensual, with enough action for excitement. What a freaking fantastic historical. No formula here. Just unique, original, outside of the box. Woohoo!!
Robin (Bridge Four)
While the first two books of this series have very broken heroes this takes a bit of a departure from that and gives us a broken heroine. Philomena helped Millie and Argent in The Hunter but it came at a terrible cost to her.

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 Ke
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Hollis
While I did like this more than I did the first time, I kinda feel like most of my points are still valid. But I just wasn't as annoyed by them? Maybe I read this faster? Didn't notice the flowery stuff? Hard to say. While it's still my least favourite of the series (so far), I wasn't frustrated by the pacing or the plot but whereas before the woe is me aspect to Liam's situation grated, I actually felt his temper and rage to be more unappealing than anything, even with the Berserker-background ...more
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews  ❤️
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️ by: Jennifer Leighton
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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."


Philom
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Mei
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

REVIEW ADDED

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
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
4.5 STARS
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 love. Who k
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Penny Reid
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
I'd been having a hard time (for a while... for a long, long while) finding a historical romance where I could suspend disbelief enough to enjoy the story.

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
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Lover of Romance
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Summary
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 needed to be done
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Jo
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5-stars, gr2016
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 Mena

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Sam (AMNReader)
I wouldn't call this series the best certainly. Though I haven't finished, I'm fairly certain that for me one of those is The Brothers Sinister

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
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Shari Kay
This author reminds me of the good ole HR I cut my teeth on. Her prose. The rich characterizations. The tortured hero with a heart.

I'd pretty much given up on finding a new author that rekindled my love of historical romance. But Ms. Byrne has managed to walk that fine line between keeping it accurate to the times and still giving us a heroine we can respect. The ones I've read recently are too...contemporary feeling. They don't seem to capture the time period in a believable way...either wanti
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Casey
I will write a review for this once I have cooled down because right now I am still fanning myself. Definitely my favorite of the series and one of my favorite HRs.
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*
Marta Cox
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I don't read a lot of historical romance but last year a friend recommended this author so I was happy to see this up on Netgalley. This is the third book in this series but I felt the story worked very well as a standalone.
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
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Angie Elle
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Best historical I've read in the last decade.

To read my full review, please visit Books & Beauty Are My Bag.

Lady Wesley
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Hero: Scarred warrior, son of a sadistic man. Wife committed suicide. Plagued by insta-lust and a persistent boner for his children's governess. Heroine: Abused wife, locked in an asylum and tortured. Escaped and posing as a governess.

Is it any wonder that the prose often turns deep purple? And speaking of prose, there is way too much of it. Lots and lots of inner monologue. Not so much conversation between the hero and heroine, but plenty of sweaty sex. I never really felt the love.

The best th
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)
3.75 Stars !

TRIGGER WARNING ! : Domestic Abuse.

Sat and finished it in just one sitting ! Full of steamy and angst-filled scenes.
Would recommend.
Choko
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 3.65 ***
Stacie
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 "Sanctuary" Stars! !

Loved it. Give me this kind of Deamon Highlander anytime! 😉

"Sometimes … the safest place to be is at the side of a violent man."- THE HIGHLANDR Kerrigan Byrne

Love this series. On to book 4 very soon. Happy reading!
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
" Sometimes, when in a predicament like yours, the safest place to be is at the side of a violent man"

Kerrigan Byrne is one of my favorite Historical Romance writers, hands down. This exceptionally talented author dares to go where many would not and I love her all the more for it. Her story is gritty and exciting with such depth and emotion that it's hard to put the book down or power down the eReader. In THE HIGHLANDER, the third book in the Victorian Rebels series, Kerrigan Byrne turns darkne
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Jennifer
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received for review

Yet again, I start a series in the middle, but this book can be read as a stand alone. I wasn't lost just intrigued about the other couples we see.

The Demon Highlander Liam and "Governess" Mena have secrets that take way too long to be revealed. It seemed to take forever for them to make it to the bedroom scenes, or maybe it's that I've read too many contemporary romances. Overall a great read with intrigue, suspense, kids, friends, and romance.

Oh to have the time to go ba
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Jennifer
4.25 Stars

The Highlander is the third book in the Victorian Rebels series and I found it to be as engrossing and passionate as its prequels, The Highwayman and The Hunter. Liam MacKenzie is known as the Demon Highlander and he earned that reputation through his deadly fighting skills and his terrifying appearance. But, his life is changed forever when his children's new governess arrives. Philomena St. Vincent is on the run from her abusive husband and is desperate to keep a low profile. She doe
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“I give ye my vow as Laird of the Mackenzie clan that if I happen to encounter the man who hurt ye, I’ll put my dagger through his eye.” He’d done his best to keep his voice light, but he meant every word.
She stepped back into his embrace with an ironic noise. “And they say Highlanders aren’t romantic.”
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“It was written in those stars that we meet.” His voice gathered a tender fervency that unstitched something from inside Mena’s soul. “We are bound in some inescapable way, thee and me. I’ve known it since I first laid eyes on ye in that dress.” 5 likes
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