The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo is the sixth book in Kerrigan Byrne’s Victorian Rebels series of historical romance novels. I was very excited to read this book because I’ve read all of the other books in the series, so I have been looking forward to this latest entry for almost a year.
Lorelei does not have much joy in her life, but she takes pleasure in rehabilitating injured animals. So when she sees an injured young man on the side of the road, she persuades her father to bring him home. This stranger heals, but he doesn’t even remember his own name. Lorelei calls him Ash, and they spend as much time as possible together. Lorelei falls utterly in love with Ash, and he says that he’ll always be there for her. But one day, and Lorelei believes that she will never see him again.
Twenty years later, Ash returns for her. Except he’s not Ash anymore, he’s The Rook- a ruthless killer determined to seek revenge on the people who have wronged him over the years. He kidnaps Lorelei and spirits her away on his boat. Lorelei wants to believe that The Rook is the same person she once fell in love with, but he is unrecognizable. Is there still the possibility of a future together?
This book was amazing. Byrne specializes in dark tortured alpha heroes, and The Rook is no exception. His quest for revenge has almost been sated, and the resolution will bring together answers from his past as well as offering hope for the future. Byrne introduces some great new secondary characters. Not all of them were pleasant, but their inclusion brought so much to the narrative.
I would absolutely recommend The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo. I would recommend that readers start at the beginning of the series in order to fully appreciate this book. I don’t think it would have as much as an impact if read as a standalone. Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting the book down- it’s that good. Victorian Rebels is one of my favorite series, and I am definitely going to have to go back and re-read from the beginning.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.