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The Duke

(Victorian Rebels #4)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  4,766 ratings  ·  771 reviews
He is noble, notorious, and takes no prisoners...

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
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
The hero is a dick.
We get to see him in his "before and after" being a prisoner of war who was tortured. And, I just have to say that he was a dick to begin with, not Mr. Sweet and Wonderful.

He meets Ginny at a bar where she is the waitress, grabs her onto his lap and makes her stay with him the whole night as he gets more and more drunk. Um, ever heard of sexual harassment?

You break it, you buy it!

Next, he doesn't ask her if he can sleep with her. He simply goes to her boss and offers him
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 The Duke is a dick but I still liked him Stars


I liked The Duke better than the last book. Cole was a big dick at times but he did have kind moments too. Those moments helped balance his character. I felt the fact that he was a social snob and at times a pompous ass made him more real. Cole was more true to what a Duke in the Victorian era would have been like. But for all Cole's bad traits he was protective, loyal and when he loved someone it was fiercely. Although I liked Cole alr
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This one is my favorite so far of the Victorian Rebels series.
I still prefer lighthearted romances, but Byrne is an excellent writer and I keep getting sucked in by her characters. And Imogen was an excellent character.


The hero of this one, Cole, is more of a spy/assassin and less of a straight-up murderer, like some of the other heroes in this series. However, he's still a massive dick.
As in, he's going to do and say some seriously hypocritical and assholey stuff to Imogen. <--fair warning


Oops..I did it again

That went too bloody fast.

I keep telling myself I should slow down but I'm really enjoying my re-read/listen of the Victorian Rebels. Firstly, because they are fantastic stories and Kerrigan Byrne is a LEGEND, and secondly, because Derek Perkins is a master at his craft.

The one thing that is standing out with my re-read/listening experience, is how many clues for the future stories we get with each instalment. A big goofy grin comes across my face when I realise The Scot, Th
Jan 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was really happy when Netgalley granted me this book to review!!!

When I started reading it the first chapter was promising!

We see Imogen as Ginny - mistreated, overworked and sold like a sack of grain.

Still, at the same time, there was something that grated. I kept asking myself why Imogen was the only one working in her family? OK, I thought, her mother could be ill, but her sister was 16 and healthy. So why didn't she contributed?

But, since during the whole novel we don't see any of them,
The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne is a 2017 St. Martin’s Press publication.

The Victorian Rebels series is my favorite series in the historical romance category right now. I eagerly anticipate each new installment, but then hoard it because I want to have something to look forward to and I know once I finish it, I’ll have to wait for what seems like an eternity for the next book in the series.

I couldn’t hold out any longer, but I did manage to read the book very slowly, drawing it out and lapping up
Penny Reid
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
Loved it. :-)

Kerrigan Byrne is writing THE BEST historical romance heroes available today, full stop. I love that they're not perfect. I love that they're believable as 19th century characters.

Thank you, Ms. Byrne, for writing 19th century heroes in books based in the 19th century. <3
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
While this book isn't as dark as the rest of the books, we do have a spy duke protecting our heroine from someone trying to kill her. The duke, Colin, and Imogen have a passionate night together years ago, but Imogen was in disguise and Colin has never been able to find her again. Now, he's living next to widowed Imogen who drives him crazy. I was surprised by how much back story we got in this book of when Colin and Imogen have their night together (at least 1.5 hours of the audiobook), but I a ...more
EmBibliophile [hiatus]
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
3.5 stars

“I would fall in love with you if you’d let me.”

I still can’t decide whether to round it up or down. The thing is, Cole is such an ignorant blind jerk! He’s such a snob. He’s got a lot of annoying traits. However, when I read a historical romance I try to remind myself that they’re a representation of that certain time where snobby dukes were a thing. He was as flawed as the other heroes in the previous books, but for some reason I didn’t like him that much. Still, I kinda think he was
Norah Una Sumner
Mixed feelings are the worst.

I have absolutely loved the previous book in the Victorian Rebels series, however, I had a crazy love-hate relationship with this one. On one hand, I absolutely loved the main character Imogen and I worshiped her bravery, sass and intelligence. I adored seeing Cole getting his ass burned by this Queen.
“You know some big words for such a small woman.”
“And you have a small mind for such a big man.”


But on the other hand… I cringed a few times. Really hard. Y
Robin (Bridge Four)
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This is a couple I was really rooting for. In the beginning we get this wonderful night that Collin and Imogen end up in bed together. He is a bit drunk and headed on a dangerous mission for Queen and Country and she was mistaken for a prostitute but hey who hasn’t had that happen to them. Still they have this great first night together where she is the first person in a long time to seem to really get the grief he feels at the loss of his family and sees som
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.

Collin "Cole" Talmage is now the Duke of Trenwyth after the death of his mother, father, and older brother. The crown still has need of him and his spy capabilities but for one night at a brothel, he's going to forget it all in the arms of a raven haired woman.
Imogen spends her days as a nurse and nights as "Ginny”, a barkeep in a brothel. When Cole and his sold
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary
Imogen once knew and truly cared for Collin Talmage, and even though she had little choice when she was innocent, he showed her tenderness and passion. She never though she would see him again, but Collin came back to England damaged, and as a nurse she aided in his recovery. But circumstances forced her to make a new life for herself, where she married a man who was sickly but a good friend to her and offer
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Duke 'The Duke' by Kerrigan Byrne is book four in the "Victorian Rebels".  This is the story of Collin Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth  and Imogen Pritchard.  I have read the other book in this series but I feel this is easily a standalone book.  I have truly loved this series and this book just added to the enjoyment.   Collin has lost his family and now he has inherited the Title of Duke of Trenwyth. Collin happens to meet Imogen 'Ginny' when she is trying to keep her mother and sister from the ...more
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Kerrigan Byrne, please never stop writing your wicked beastly men with caring hearts and their outrageously strong heroines playing damsels in distress.
I want to be part of the pack. I want to be one of your Red Riding Hood ladies. I want to tame a feral beast on my own!

And how genius and entertaining to read about love triangle including... well. 2 characters only!

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Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to reach for you,” she said. “But I was afraid. I didn’t know how to find you. If you were still there. If you’d even want me anymore.” He tucked a tendril of her hair away from her face, true veneration smoothing the regret she read in him. “How could anyone not want the warmth of the sun on their face after so long in the shadows?”

WOW. This one was really good. Best in the series so far I think. Other than maybe the first. Love me so
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I really liked the heroine of this book, Imogen. She was smart, kind, patient, caring, and determined. The hero, meh, he was a haughty brat throwing a tantrum due to his capture while on a mission. He was just one big complainer and vat of aristocratic superiority. He improved a bit around the 55% mark and started seeing Imogen for herself vs who he thought she was. He was still a douche for all of the book. I like the tortured hero thing, but he didn't compel compassion when he's spouting ideas ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!!!!!!

SOLD! I am sold on Kerrigan Byrne for life and will be reading all of her books. This was my first book by Kerrigan Byrne, and I was greatly impressed. She is such an amazing and creative story-teller. Her stories are definitely more plot-based, which I appreciate. This story has so many layers to it. She just kept peeling back all of the intricacies to the characters. Kerrigan took my heart and wove it in and out of the pages of this story.

The beginning is so hot. She did not m
Lady Nilambari
Yet another 5 star read from Kerrigan Byrne.

I read this book on the day I was supposed to have my parents and some family members over for dinner. I got so caught up in reading this novel, that like a lazy hostess, I had food delivered instead of cooking it. That is how much I enjoyed reading this story.

Trigger Warning - This entire series contains some graphic violence, references to physical & sexual abuse, intentions to cause harm and murder.

Plot Summary
To say that Collin Talmage, the Duk
Crystal Cook
Mar 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2022
Full thoughts will be in tomorrow's (3/28) vlog ...more
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

Reread on 12/30/17
* Review update *

I’m upping my rating from 3.5 Stars to 4.5 Stars and here’s why.... I was so disappointed in Cole for the way he treated Genny when they met again after their one night together, but, after my rereading I now see where his head is at. He was taken as a prisoner of war, surviving horrible torture and of course Genny was in disguise during their one night, not to mention it has been two years since their night together. I
3 Mixed Feelings

I really liked the main character Imogen (aka Ginny), despite her obsession with the ass of a Duke - Cole, she is a strong woman who has done what needs to be done to survive and truly live, without obliterating her soul and compassion.

This is the first book by the author where I have finished the book overall not caring for the hero, man oh man, at times he is a BIG ASS and IDIOT – his words frequently unjustly scathing and harsh, when it comes to the heroine. I know he has end
Imogen Pritchard is a nurse by day and at night she works as a maid and barkeep at the Bare Kitten Gin and Dance Hall in London to take care of her mother and sister, as well as help repay her father’s gambling debt to the owner. She has a special arrangement with him where she doesn’t have to “service” the bar patrons but on one night, he broke that agreement when Collin Talmadge, Duke of Trewyth, shows up with his cadre of soldiers and makes an offer the owner wouldn’t refuse. He’s just lost h ...more
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*

I loved the previous books in this series but THE DUKE fell short of my expectations because I never really warmed to Cole as a hero.

I understood how the loss of his entire family, betrayal by a man he trusted and his subsequent imprisonment and torture had left him a broken and bitter man. However, Dorian, Christopher and Liam, the heroes of the previous books, had equally dark and traumatic pasts, but each shows an emotional vulnerability that I felt was lacking in Cole. For most of the b
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Imogene Pritchard works as a nurse during the day to keep a roof over her family's head. At night she works as a barmaid at the Bare Kitten, paying off her father's debt to the innkeeper. One evening Collin "Cole" Talmadge, the Duke of Trenwyth, comes into the bar with his troops. He is in mourning for his family and is about to go on his last mission for the crown. He pays for a night with Imogene who calls herself "Ginny". It's a night neither of them will forget.

Later, after being presumed de
Sam (AMNReader)
Do we ever read about a man who chooses doe-eyed innocence in the face of terrible adversity? We didn't here either, but, of course, the heroine did!

Don't get me wrong, Imogen was amazing...I didn't even mind Cole entirely. But I read this for her. I would read it and enjoy it for her again. I enjoyed their quieter moments, and when Cole is tender and sweet he really is. I just didn't really think he had a right to his anger in the end there, I guess this is a problematic pattern with KB books f
  4"Messy. Difficult. Sad … Infuriating and utterly fulfilling” stars.

I adore Kerrigan Bryne's writing style. I love her genuinely dark twisted heroes and unsettling plot lines that all build up to a gratifying end. Needless, to say this is my fav series by her yet somehow when I read it last year, I skipped the 4th and 5th books of this series.😂😂 I know it could be because I was in a hurry to read the 6th book.

Things I loved about the book
1. Just like some other books in this series. We hav
Anna lost in stories *A*
I’ve read all seven books available in this series in seven days… yep, you read that correctly… it matched my reading mood perfectly and I just couldn’t put them down… and now I think I might have fried my brain a bit… because once I finished the last one, I fell into a mother of all reading slumps… I don’t want to pick up anything… so I will finish writing all the reviews and then just take a break from reading in general for a while… :)

This is a very emotional and intense series of historical
**4.5 Stars**

I was captivated by this story, its darkness and its beauty. The plot was intricately crafted, with deep layers of emotional complexity, palpable tension and angsty feels. The Duke is an epic romance, flawlessly written, from the amazing character development to the unique storyline. It is however a dark story, with a happy ending that felt like a relief! It’s definitely not a fluffy fairytale.

“The duke was a particularly lethal combination of paradoxes. Patient and volatile. Princi
I've given this an A for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals.

Note to Cover Designer - we are told SEVERAL times throughout the book that the hero is fair-haired. Obviously, you didn't get that particular memo.

Kerrigan Byrne’s brand of slightly darker, high-stakes romances featuring larger-than-life, dangerously sexy heroes and the women who love them has proved to be a hit with readers and listeners alike. Her Victorian Rebels books comprise one of the strongest historical romance se
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