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I am trying to be more responsible with my reading habits by reading and reviewing the ARCs that I receive. This plan was going along swimmingly until someone posted about The Highwayman in one of my book groups. It piqued my interest, and then someone else posted about it as well. There were now two separate posts with stacks of comments praising The Highwayman, and I knew that I could no longer ignore the siren’s call. I already owned the Kindle edition of the book, so it was quite easy to push aside everything else in my TBR pile and devour this book.

The Highwayman is a romance novel written by Kerrigan Byrne. It is the first book in her Victorian Rebels series. I have read two of the books in this series (The Duke and The Scot Beds His Wife), so I had a feeling I was going to enjoy this book. However, I could not have anticipated how much I was going to fall in love with this book.  

Farah Mackenzie first meets Dougan when they are children in an orphanage together. A tragic turn of events separates these two kindred spirits, and Farah fears that she will never see her beloved Dougan again.

Years later, Farah is working for the Metropolitan Police when she encounters the infamous Dorian Blackwell, an infamous criminal overlord. He is as ruthless as he is wealthy, and he intends to take Farah into his protection to fulfill a promise he made to someone a long time ago. Despite her misgivings, Farah is drawn to the enigmatic Dorian, but is he capable of returning her feelings or is his heart too darkened to love?

I am unable to say anything more because I will inadvertently say too much. This is an absolutely beautiful story of hope and redemption in the face of tragedy. Farah and Dorian have both suffered so much, and they are slow to trust each other. Danger lurks around every corner, and at times, a “happily ever after” seems impossible.

I would absolutely recommend The Highwayman. This is, hands down, the best historical romance novel I have ever read. This book had me in tears several times as I devoured most of it during a snow day earlier this week. Oh my goodness, the angst level is so high in this one! I know this will be a book that I will reread many times in the future, and I am looking forward to catching up on the entries in the Victorian Rebels series, as well as waiting for the next book that is coming out this summer!

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