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How to Love a Duke in Ten Days

Devil You Know, Book 1
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

A Kirkus Reviews 2019 Best Romance Novel, the first in an exciting new series by USA Today best seller Kerrigan Byrne!

These men are dark, bold, and brave. 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 best-selling author Suzanne Enoch)

©2019 Kerrigan Byrne (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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An Absolutely Awesome Read !!!

This is one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. It was brilliant, romantic, and absolutely exciting. It had the right amount of splendid humour that tickled me to the point of bursting out in laughter a few times. I found that I couldn’t wait to find out what happened at the end almost as much as I didn’t want it to end. The suspense was really good.

The characters were lovable and well developed. The hero was every woman’s dream man, while you couldn’t help but love the heroine as well as her two best friends.

The story was exceptionally well written with a superb display of artistic description and historical revelations that I found quite interesting.

Last, but not least, the narrator did an awesome job; best narrator so far. He read so well, with the right amount of inflection and charisma that I was totally sucked into the story. Despite his sexy masculine voice, he still managed to do an impressive job with the female voices.

I didn’t want to reveal anything that would be a spoiler to any reader considering buying this audio book. However, please know that this book delivered in every way for me, and I would seriously recommend it.

This is my first time reading a book by Kerrigan Byrne, and it will certainly not be the last, as long as she continues to deliver as well as she has with this one. The voice of Derek Perkins will be a much anticipated, appreciated and generous bonus ;)

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  • Jody in Minneapolis
  • 12-09-19

Another Masterpiece from Ms Byrne and D. Perkins!

A woman with a past is thrown into the arms of a Duke in need of a wife.

Piers to Alexandra, final chapters:

“I cannot, will not allow you out of my sight into a world where you might be taken from me. You don’t know what it will cost me Alexandra. To love you like this, it consumes me, it obsesses me. You’ve somehow, in less than a bloody fortnight become more integral to my sustenance than the very air I breathe or the water I drink. All I’m asking is for you to have mercy on me wife. If there is a battle to fight, a villain to face, I beg you to allow me the honor because the cruelest thing you could do is to sentence me to a world without you in it. Promise me damn it.”

SWOON

Can't wait to hear the rest of the Red Rogues stories!

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  • Sunny Dayz
  • 30-08-19

Guilty Pleasure

There's nothing better than a romantic adventure written by Kerrigan Byrne and narrated by Derek Perkins!

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  • CHW
  • 03-09-19

I loved this story

I enjoyed this book from the being to end. I must preface this review by saying after listening to the Victorian Rebel series I was prepared for Ms. Kerrigan's style, I preordered this book knowing that if nothing else the plot would be interesting
I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the beginning.
Alexandra's story was heartbreaking from the beginning. However with strength and remarkable courage she faced her fears. I have to admit that I wish she had told Piers from the start what was going on... but then we would not had the enjoyment of learning how he came to understand Alexandra and the profound pain and shame that a women feles after being violated sexually. It was very difficult for me to get through the prologue and I believe most listeners would agree on this point.
I don't think the identity of the blackmailer was too obvious and there is an interesting twist that I am sure most listeners will enjoy.
This book was neither too long or too short but was just right. The narrator was good and the storyline compelling
This book is certainly worth a credit.

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  • Celkat
  • 31-08-19

Love Kerrigan Byrne

I pre-ordered this Audible book, because I absolutely loved Kerrigan’s Victorian Rebels Series.
This book did not disappoint, full of grit, tragedy and love! I highly recommend this as your next romance book.

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  • Lady Di
  • 29-08-19

Awesome.

I’m not much for doing a review. However it’s Kerrigan burns and Derek Perkins. Awesome story awesome intimate reactions. Awesome acting on Derek Perkins bbdhalf. What an incredible book. So worth a credit.

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  • karen
  • 30-08-19

Fantastic

I am new to this author/narrator, but what a wonderful start. The story was perfect, real and well developed. The H/H are two lost souls that find each other and become better for their relationship. They both change and evolve, which is the most interesting aspect of the novel. I love when this happens in a natural and realistic way.
Both the main characters are smart and dynamic. They express real emotional trauma and have the standard human feeling of doubt, shame for past actions and hope for the future, but especially the idea that love , regardless of how damaged you are, can be achieved.
The heroine's traumatic past is very well written . she is not one of these perfect (beautiful, smart, spunky) heroine's that just bug me, as no one can be that perfect. She has flaws and is very complex. The same for the hero, no perfection there..he even chastises himself for being too self-absorbed (wow)! This could be the story of any couple trying to develop a relationship under real circumstances.
The mystery/suspense of the plot is exciting and you never guess until the end. This is a blend of all the great things you want in a novel and I can't express how much I enjoyed it. I would recommend it highly.
The narrator was very good and provided such a great performance, I kept forgetting that it was a male narrator doing the female voices. I thought I did not previously like Mr. Perkins narration, but I was wrong. I am going to be looking for him in the future. I am a new fan.

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  • AMP5
  • 22-10-19

Other reviews pretty much right on

I love the trio of redheads making up this new series.
The early trauma that starts story is tough to read but almost all books, Kerrigan Byrne’s in particular, have some brokenness built into hero or heroine. Sometimes Byrne’s pushes edge of my comfort zone there with detail, but it’s usually brief and then just known as “the trauma” that underlies behaviors or forms characters, without dredging through details again and again.
Despite some oddities in story, the enjoyable interplay between the H/h. Maybe better was the friendship of the three friends. More detail than friendships usually given but it was beautiful.
Several exchanges were quite unique. For instance, how Alexandra reacts when her new husband is almost killed and he makes light of it. Unusual but so authentic somehow.
Have to admit the culmination where evil person/persons revealed was surprise, which is good, but one character just didn’t make sense as evil. Unnecessary as well I thought. But I did enjoy the story.
I love epilogues but this one revealed too much about the next story! Why? I already caught hints from main book. Plus it was just kinda weird.

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  • M. Rai
  • 28-11-19

Just Awesome!!!!

Love this author and narrator!!!! Romance with tragedy and great hero and heroine. More more more please!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-11-19

Great Heroines

Alexandra's story was beautiful and heartbreaking. the relationship between the women was what all o
good friendships should be. Although the love story was very touching and heartwarming, the friendship between the women that was just as captivating. it took me a bit to get into the narration, but it did not distract from the story.

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  • T. Payton
  • 01-11-19

Expertly done romance......

Kerrigan Bryne is a masterful story crafter and writer. I was really unsure of how I would like this book, but it turned out that she handled the complexities of this story with such dignity and care that it is one of my favorites now. I am a fan of Kerrigan’s other books, so I was concerned that I would not like this story or really invest in the characters. But, in true style, her writings of the main characters were complex and interesting. The story of how they met, came together and found their way is not the same ole thing. And, the audio performance by Derek Perkins brought a richness to the story that can’t be missed. He has such a deepness to his voice and a way of saying profane words (very few) that for some reason is appealing while being very real.