Historical Romance

The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

4 out of 5 Stars

**Mild Spoilers**

I really enjoyed this book.  It wasn’t quite as good as the last two but I still really liked it.

Imogen Pritchard is tasked with taking care of her family.  She is also working off her fathers gambling debts.  So during the day she is Nurse Imogen Pritchard but at night she is Ginny, barmaid at the Bare Kitten and that’s where she meets the newly Duke of Trenwyth, Collin (Cole) Talmage.  He comes in the Bare Kitten after his whole family was buried.  So he’s in need of some goodness and that’s what he sees in Ginny.  He pays a ridiculous amount of money for a night with Ginny. They share an intimate night where they have a connection.  But then Cole is taken prisoner for a year and the only thing that helps him is the thought of Ginny and her ‘brightness/goodness’. When he is back he is sent to the hospital that Imogen works at.  She saves his life and he doesn’t recognize her as Ginny.  Two years go by and Cole has been searching for his Ginny the whole time at the same time hating his neighbor, Imogen.

Okay so I’ll start with the bad.  I hated that Imogen knew that Cole was looking for Ginny and she never said a word to him.  I mean I understand her fears.  Cole was a broken man and he threaten to ruin her so I get it. But at the same come on!!  Cole didn’t find out she was Ginny until literally the very end.  The other thing I really didn’t like was Imogen.. I felt like she was just so fake.  I understand that she wasn’t but she just annoyed me with all of her goodness.  And the last thing that bothered me was the end of the book.  Since I have already given away a lot of spoilers I won’t say what happened but I mean really Cole? Keep it in your pants until she has recovered.

The good: I LOVED that the other couples were part of this one.  The women were all friends and the men were also “friends” as much as a bunch of broken men can be friends.  So fun to have them all interact with each other.  I did like Cole and Imogen’s interactions.  Yes most of them were them fighting but I liked that.  It made for a different story.   I liked that Cole was kind of a beast.  I liked that Imogen calmed the beast in him.

So there were good and bad things.  This wasn’t my favorite of the series that’s for sure but I still enjoyed it and I can’t wait for the next one!!

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