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  • The Highwayman

  • To Tempt a Highlander Series # 1
  • By: Kerrigan Byrne
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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The Highwayman

By: Kerrigan Byrne
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
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Summary

Audie Award, Romance, 2016

Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London's wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who've wronged him... and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception-and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands.... But Farah is no one's puppet. She possesses a powerful secret-one that threatens her very life. When being held captive by Dorian proves to be the only way to keep Farah safe from those who would see her dead, Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. But what the Blackheart of Ben More never could have imagined is that Farah has terms of her own, igniting a tempestuous desire that consumes them both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he'd long thought dead?

©2015 Kerrigan Byrne (P)2015 Tantor

Critic reviews

"Captured me from page one and never let go. Romantic, lush, and suspenseful." (Suzanne Enoch, author of The Devil Wears Kilts)

"[Narrator Derek] Perkins's command of accents and tone creates a cast of delightfully diverse characters.... Perkins's range of voices and timing makes for entertaining and telling repartee between the characters as well as adds to the suspense as the real villains of this romance reveal themselves." (AudioFile)

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Best book so far

I really enjoyed the gripping tale with all its twists and turns. the narrator was superb.

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Wonderful Gothic Tale

A wonderful Gothic tale  of treachery, love and redemption which swept me back into the realms of Wuthering Heights.

The story begins with two children in a school run by cruel nuns. Farah Leigh takes pity on Dougan Mackenzie  at the age of 8 and 11 respectively and from thereon their lives are fated.

Having been separated from Dougan and believing him to be dead, Farah grows up to be a very independent heroine and falls into the clutches of the dark and powerful boss of the underworld, Dorian Blackwell, who believes that her life is in danger and they enter a pact.

The chemistry between Farah and Dorian is so spectacular, it defies words. The mystery of Dorian adds a razor-sharp edge to his sex-appeal; this is a man tormented by the cruelty he endured at the hands of others yet equally driven and repulsed by his need to exact vengence for the past. The question is can Farah do anything to sooth the hurt and mend his heart?

Phew! What a roller coaster! This book I just  couldn't put down and now can't wait to read the next one in the Victorian Rebels series.

Derek Perkins narrates the story and he captures the essence of  all the characters so beautifully.

Highly recommended! 5*

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Brilliant story

Loved every second of it. c
Couldn't stop listening. This is my first book by Kerrrigan Byrne and it definitely won't be my last. I looking forward to listening to the whole series and others by this author. Derek Perkins is a very good narrator .

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Outstanding

Loved this book, loved the loyalty, such great characters.
Should be 10*'s
well narrated, would have liked more of a Scottish range of voices, his female voice was a bit too soft for me but i imagine it's quite hard to do.

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Gripping story

Great one! There was a time when I wasn’t sure which way the story was going, which is great in a genre where things can be pretty predictable table. I’m only deducting a star for the lack of character growth in the heroine, but the hero’s story arch mostly makes up for that. There’s so much love and passion between the MCs. I couldn’t turn it off

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Redemption and the power of love underpin this story and involved all my emotions from beginning to end.

I can recommend this book if you like heartbreaking storylines but with the knowledge that life and love must triumph in the end. Both narrator and author are new to me but will look out for both in the future. A sort of Beauty and the Beast tale with believable characters.

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