Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
Publication Date: August 27, 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
These men are dark, bold, and brave. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...
Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.
LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS
Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Before sharing my thoughts about How to Love a Duke in Ten Days, I want to give a trigger warning for rape and PTSD. The rape happens in the prologue of the book and is mentioned throughout the novel. The character also experiences PTSD because of this and is discussed and shown throughout the book.
This is the first book by Kerrigan Byrne I’ve read, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to pick up one of her novels! I haven’t been in the mood for a historical romance recently, but omg this definitely made me want to read more like right now. This book was so dramatic and so angsty, and I loved it. I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it, and then immediately wanted to read more by Byrne.
“Alexandra hated that she took solace in the telling. It didn’t speak very well of her, that she found comfort in their secrets. In their pain. Because it meant she wasn’t so alone. That she wasn’t the only girl in this room who would live with a clandestine shame.”
How to Love a Duke in Ten Days follows Alexandra and Piers as they meet and have a marriage of convenience. Even though they decided to get married because it would benefit both of them, they both immediately have feelings for the other but are afraid to talk about it, especially since they’re already vulnerable because certain people may want to kill both of them. I really loved the chemistry of the two characters, even though I wanted to shake them at times and tell them to communicate! Not only was the romance between the two characters great, but the female friendships in the book were *chef’s kiss*. These three women were so encouraging of each other, and were always looking out for one another.
Like I mentioned before, there was SO MUCH ANGST, and I was here for it. Overall I really loved this book, but think the middle dragged on a little too long for me. I can’t wait to read more from Kerrigan Byrne, and I can’t wait for the rest of this series!