The Hunter is the second book in Kerrigan Byrne’s Victorian Rebels series of historical romance novels. I’ve read a few of the books in this series, thanks to ARCs from Netgalley, but I recently read the first book in the series, The Highwayman. I absolutely loved it, and jumped right into The Hunter.
Christopher Argent works mostly for Dorian Blackwell, the protagonist of The Highwayman. Christopher earns his living as a killer for hire, and he has very few qualms about this vocation. But when he is tasked with killing Millie La Cour, he finds he cannot go through with the job. This is a first for him, and he feels unhinged by this loss of focus.
Millie doesn’t know what to make of this handsome stranger who keeps showing up at the most inopportune times. She knows he is a dangerous man, but she can’t control her attraction to him.
Christopher agrees to protect Millie, and by bringing her into his home, he is forced to confront trauma from his past. Millie is grateful for Christopher’s protection, but is he capable of loving her like she loves him? And despite being under Christopher’s protection, does Millie still face threats on her life?
This is a story of love and redemption. Seeing two broken souls come together is an absolutely amazing reading experience. Christopher is so reluctant to express emotions, and watching him come to terms with choosing something new over suppressing his emotions like he has done his entire life was a riveting experience. Christopher and Millie have wonderful chemistry, and the tension that builds throughout the book is what kept me reading. Throw in some peril, and one truly evil villain, and that is exactly what makes this an amazing book.
I would absolutely recommend The Hunter. I would suggest reading The Highlander before reading this book because the background information helps enhance the narrative. This book is much more serious/heavy in tone than many of the books I read, and that is probably what I love most about Byrne’s books. There is one more book in the series that I haven’t read; I’m looking forward to reading it as soon as possible, and after that, I’ll probably re-read the books I have already read while I wait for the latest book in the series, which is due in August!