I wrote this review awhile back but needed to reread the book again (as I always do my favorite books) before posting it.
How to Love a Duke in Ten Days – Kerrigan Byrme. This is the first book in the Devil You Know series and and The first book I have read from this Author and I must say, what a great start!! I devoured the book in one day! This was the perfect book I needed to get back on my Romance reading grind and it did just the job and more.
The first in an exciting new series by USA Today bestseller 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.
This book and the Author shared a story that is rich of raw emotion, intense feelings, survival and love. I never knew that when I pick up one of her books I will be rewarded with a strong solid story, unafraid to explore the dark corners of our everyday lives, the struggles that are faced and the healing the love can bring.
Lady Alexandra Lane and Piers Atherton, Duke of Redmayne are not your regular cookie cutter characters. They are not perfect and have been wounded, both physically and emotionally, by events in their lives.
Such is Alexandra’s story is story of the traumatic experience of rape at the hand of her headmaster and murder committed in self defense and how it shapes her life for years to come. Alexandra Lane is a strong, smart heroine that does not hide from a challenge, goes on to succeed professionally and yet carries this dark secret that paralyzed her world and brings fear to her and her close friends. Alexandra survived ten years blackmail for something she did while at school. What she did was in self defense, but the darkness has been her sole companion for those years.
While Piers the Duke of Redmayne who is also known as the Terror of Torcliff. Piers Atherton, has been a world traveler and explorer and is scarred from an encounter with a jungle cat in South America. Piers almost died and his fiancee threw him over for his cousin while he was ill. Piers is determined to marry and have children to block his cousin from ever inheriting the dukedom.
Both Alexandra and Piers carried scars, physical and emotional ones. When the past catches up to them they decide that together they can help each other.
During those first ten days of their marriage they slowly fall for each other. Alexandra saw the beauty of his soul and taught him that it was okay to gentle and not be taken advantage of. Piers was always very protective of her, sadly for a moment his trust towards her almost tore them apart. Luckily he was able to figure out the truth about what had happened to her.
Piers is certainly swoon worthy material. The strong alpha male/hero that cames to you with baggage of his own yet gentle enough to slowly help Alexandra find trust and love. The patience PIERS expressed was admirable but mind you, it was at times frustrating that he just did not see it. The the clues where there n yet he did not see it. There times I just wanted to grab n shake him! How dare he! How blind. Yet it was heartbreaking to read when he finally understood the whys and admire Alexandra more.
This was an entertaining romance with just the right amount of suspense to add the spice of danger to their courtship.
This book most certainly is not your glittering ballrooms, cliche and country parties kind of story. These are solid romance stories that come with a full package of love, courage, steamy encounters and survival. I can’t wait for the next book. THIS WAS MORE THAN JUST ROMANCE!!