Just when I thought nothing could ever beat the Victorian Rebels novels, Kerrigan Byrne kicks off an all-new series with a mould-breaking romance that TOOK MY BREATH AWAY. The series follows three extraordinary women who vow never to marry, until three devilishly tempting men leave them no choice but to surrender their hearts, and as always, Byrne’s heroines are independent, brave, and freethinking, while her heroes are protective, selfless, and relentless in their devotion. How To Love A Duke in Ten Days comes out tomorrow, and I have an awesome sneak peek for you.
Maynemouth, Devonshire, 1890
Ten years later
Accept the invitation to Castle Redmayne.
I’m in danger. I need you.
Alexandra Lane had spent the entire train ride from London to Devonshire meticulously pondering those fourteen words for two separate reasons.
The first, she had been unable to stop fretting for Francesca, who tended to give more than the appropriate amount of context. The terse, vague note Alexandra now held was more of a warning than the message contained therein.
The second, she could no longer afford a first-class, private railcar, and had, for the last several tense hours, been forced to share her vestibule face-to-face with a rough- featured, stocky man with shoulders made for labor.
He’d attempted polite conversation at first, which she’d rebuffed with equal civility by feigning interest in her correspondence. By now, however, they were both painfully aware she needn’t take four stops to read two letters.
It was terribly rude, she knew. Her carpetbag remained clutched in her fist the entire time, except when her hand would wander into its depths to palm the tiny pistol she always carried. The sounds of the other passengers in ad- joining vestibules didn’t make her feel safer, per se.
But she knew they would hear her scream, and that provided some relief.
For a woman who’d spent a great deal of the last ten years in the company of men, she’d thought these painful moments would have relented by now.
Alas, she’d become a mistress of manipulating a situation so, even if she had to endure the company of men without a female companion, there would be more than one man. In the circles she tended to frequent, people behaved when in company.
It had worked thus far.
Alexandra braced herself against the slowing of the train, breathing a silent prayer of relief that they’d finally arrived. She’d been terrified that if she’d glanced up once, she’d be forced into conversation with her unwanted companion.
Rain wept against the coach window, and the shadows of the tears painted macabre little serpents on the conflicting documents in her hands. One, a wedding invitation. The other, Francesca’s alarming note.
A month past, she’d have wagered her entire inheritance against Francesca Cavendish’s being the first of the Red Rogues to capitulate to the bonds of matrimony.
A month past, she’d assumed she’d had an inheritance to wager.
Their little society had seemed destined to live up to the promise they’d once made as young, disenchanted girls to never marry.
Until the invitation to an engagement masquerade—given by the Duke of Redmayne—had arrived the same day of her friend’s cryptic and startling note.
The invitation had been equally as ambiguous, stating that the future duchess of Redmayne would be unveiled, as it were, at the ball. Included in Alexandra’s particular envelope was a request for her to attend as a bridesmaid.
The subsequent plea for help from Francesca—Frank—had arrived in a tiny envelope with the Red Rogue seal they’d commissioned some years prior.
Alexandra hadn’t even known Francesca had returned from her romps about the Continent. Last she’d heard, the countess had been in Morocco, doing reconnaissance of some sort. Nothing in her letters had mentioned a suitor. Not a serious one, in any case. Certainly not a duke.
Francesca had a talent for mischief and a tendency to interpret danger as mere adventure.
So, what could possibly frighten her fearless friend?
Marriage, obviously, Alexandra thought with a smirk. A risky venture, to be sure.
Copyright © 2019 by Kerrigan Byrne. Reprinted with permission of St. Martin’s Paperbacks.
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A new series!!! How exciting for us fans. I do love to spend time whisked away to her worlds….. thanks!
This sounds great. I love her books. Historical romances are new for me but i find they are a jou.
I’ve read all the books in this series!! They are too good! Next up is this one for me to read
I love Kerrigan Byrne, I hope she is coming to a signing near me soon. I WOULD DIE if I could get her books signed, they are one of my top favourite historical romance series ????
She’ll be at RARE Edinburgh in 2020! :)
I love her books and I can’t wait to read this one!
So excited for this, I have it preordered on kindle!
Given how Natasha raves about Kerrigan (and Natasha is the bomb) – would love the chance to win!
I haven’t read historical romance in a while but truly love it, and this sounds so very good! Thanks for the chance!!
Sooooo excited to read this one!!! I devoured the Victorian Rebels series after you told me I needed to read them Natasha.
This series is going to blow your mind! ♥️
Thanks for the chance! I have been wanting to read historical reads! ❤️
She is my fave!!! The best day ever was when I stumbled across The Highwayman. ❤️I cannot wait until tomorrow!
Sooooo freaking excited! Gahhhhh I LOVE Kerrigan!!!!!
Loved this book! Thank you for the great giveaway!
Ok I’m hooked! Can’t wait to read this one next!
I fell in love with Kerrigan’s books from the beginning. I will be adding this book to my collection too.
I have heard and read nothing but raves about Kerrigan from the Read Me Romance podcast and Natasha. Alas, I have not had the pleasure of reading Kerrigan’s work but would be ecstatic to start with this title. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.
Looking forward to starting this series.
I haven’t read a historical romance in awhile and this looks really good. I have heard good things about Kerrigan
Sounds like something I’d enjoy!
I will definitely be reading these books. On my to read list!
Sounds great! Can’t wait to read this book!
This book sounds wonderful! One clicked and ready to read!
Oh I adore this author. I can’t wait to see what this series brings. I would never have discovered her if it wasn’t for you so thank you!
Would love to start this series. I love the Victorian era! Thank you for the chance ❤
Oh wow! I can’t get enough of this excerpt. It is sooo good! I need to know what happens next. I haven’t read any of Keerigan’s books yet but I have heard a lot of great things about them and I’m beyond excited to read this book. Thank you for this amazing chance!
Looks great! And a new to me author (heard about the author before, obviously, but I never had the chance to try a book…) arriving at the perfect moment when I’m going back to my first love of historical romance novels :D
oh wow. so excited for this!!! i love her books. just love them. i have a copy of the duke in my bathroom that i just read over and over and over. i would love to win this, thanx so much for the chance!!!
Love love love love love this author. I never would have found her without you. Thank you so much for all the fantastic reviews and recommendations.
Sounds great! Would love to read it.
I’ve heard Natasha rave about this author so I really should take note & read one! Sounds Devine.
Can’t wait to read this! Thanks for the chance :)
Ooh this sounds interesting! I’m ashamed to say I’ve never read a Kerrigan Byrne book before but I love historical romance and this one sounds so good. Self sufficient heroine ftw :) also love the cover haha.
I love Kerrigan’s books and this sounds like a series I’ll definitely check out!
This sounds so amazing thank you for the chance
This whole series is sooooooo feaking good!!! I devoured it after you recommendation, Natasha; I can’t wait to know what happens next. The cover is niiiiice. Fingers crossed!
This sounds so awesome I can’t wait to read it .
Kerrigan Byrme is a must for me and this book looks fantastic!