Review: The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo

Title: The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Release Date: August 2018
Length: 333 pages
Series?: Victorian Rebels #6
Genre: Historical, Romance

The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…


Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

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Lorelei is a teen who is crippled because of her unmerciful brother, saves a man off the side of a road. He was injured to such extremes, it was hard to imagine he lived. He was clinging to a thread of life when found. Lorelei names him Ash.

Eventually, he recovers just enough to then become a threat to the household. Or rather, Lorelei’s brother. Despite promising he would come back for her, years pass. The family fortune is being swindled away and Lorelei is forced into an arranged marriage. Only, on the day of wedding, alighting from the carriage at the chapel, the very infamous Rook appears and turns her world upside down and removes her from the horrible situation she is in.

Except…is this any better? She realizes the Rook, a man with a horrendous reputation as a treacherous pirate, is Ash. Her Ash. But the sweet and kind young man she saved so many years before isn’t to be found in this man. He lives a life of kill or be killed.

Ash kept his promise. He came back for her, just in the nick of time. She was his hope, his light, through the years of darkness. Slowly, Lorelei begins to see bits of the boy she used to know. He refuses to believe that. It is a bit of a road to travel together for Ash to begin seeing his life differently than what he has lived.

I could not put this book down! I was engrossed in the action, angst, anger, anxiety, and affection. It does take some twists along the way that I was not expecting!

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