I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel so much! It has a wonderfully dark, tortured hero, who has loved his heroine since they were children. She has been the single light in his life and they have been separated for the past 17 years. He’s only dreamed of their reunion, but once he finally gets her back, he is too damaged to allow himself to truly have her. It is angst of the most delicious variety. I plundered through the pages like a randy pirate at a whorehouse. I was done way too soon, but I loved every minute of it.
Dougan and Farah spent two years together in the orphanage. But to save her from the hands of a predator, he killed a man and was sent to prison. She never gave up on him, though, holding out hope she would get him back until she learned of his death behind bars. Now she lives with his last name, telling the world she is his widow. She’s made a fairly good life for herself, but it all goes out the window when she is kidnapped by the mysterious highwayman Dorian Blackwell. He is scarred and dangerous, and he is tied to her lost love. Together, they plot a path for revenge against their mutual enemies, and end up with more than either of them bargained for.
I can’t say that the story was full of surprises, but I don’t really think it’s meant to be. The author doesn’t really try to hide the characters’ secrets from the reader… they’re only surprises to each other. But it was in the knowing of all how the pieces fit together that made the story so poignant. It’s kind of crazy when you think about a relationship that ended when Farah was 10 years old, marking her through adulthood. But I believed every minute of it. I mourned Dougan with her. I cried with her heartbreak and cursed the unfairness of it all.
And then there was our hero. I believed in him too. This guy has been abused so utterly that he can’t even be touched. He treats Farah with equal parts awe and disgust, and both rang true. She is everything that can break him or build back into a real man again. I loved hearing how Dougan’s stories about her in prison gave hope, not only to him, but all of his friends. Now she is this mythical creature: Dougan’s Fairy, but also very much a real woman.
I’m not a big fan of bondage in love scenes, but it didn’t detract from them here. It made sense in the context of the story and only made it that much sweeter when Farah could finally touch the man she loves.
This is my first book from Kerrigan Byrne but I will definitely be back for more. This is tortured-hero-ambrosia. Go buy it.
*ARC provided by publisher
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by Kerrigan Byrne
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s