Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Date of publication: August 27th, 2019
Trigger Warning: Rape, sexual exploitation of a minor was mentioned
Series: Devil You Know
All Scot and Bothered—Book 2 (expected publication date: March 2020)
The Importance of being an Earl—Book 3 (expected publication date: September 2020)
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.
“Do you know why I called you to my study at such a late hour, Lady Alexandra?”How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne
Again, another Kerrigan Byrne has left me destroyed after reading it. I should have known better. The last book I read by her left me an emotional mess, and it took me days to get over it. But, at the same time, I am so glad that I read it.
I included a trigger warning at the beginning of the review (scroll up). How to Love a Duke in Ten Days starts with Alexandra’s rape by Headmaster Maurice de Marchand. The act itself wasn’t graphic, but the aftermath was.
I thought that Alexandra was a strong woman. She was also ahead of her time. In the era that How to Love a Duke in Ten Days takes place, independent women were few. Alexandra earned her doctorate in college, and she traveled the world, which was another rarity. It was refreshing to read. I liked how she refused to let the rape define who she was. She tried so hard to overcome her fear of men touching her. I was in tears during those scenes. I also loved how she was determined to protect her friends, no matter what. That included keeping them in the dark about the blackmailer and volunteering to marry Piers.
I wasn’t sure about Piers for 75% of the book. He didn’t trust Alexandra. He thought that she was going to sleep with everyone that she saw. Which made me roll my eyes. But at the same time, I understood why he felt that way. The explanation is in the book, so I won’t be going into it here. I also thought that he should have had a clue that something was off with Alexandra when she gave him those rules. But, once he found out what happened to her, he turned into a man worthy of her. His reaction was the reaction that every man who loves a woman who was sexually assaulted should be. My opinion of him changed after that.
The storyline involving the rape, Alexandra killing the Headmaster, and the blackmail was well written. I was as surprised as Alexandra when it was revealed who was blackmailing her. Talk about a twist!! I thought it was the same person Alexandra thought it was up until that point.
The storyline involving Piers and the attempts on his life was well written also. I did guess at who was behind the attempts on his life. But it was who carried it out that surprised me. I didn’t see that coming either.
I can’t rate the sex scenes in the book because Alexandra’s rape overshadowed them. I will say that Piers and Alexandra’s sexual attraction and chemistry was there.
The end of How to Love a Duke in Ten Days was explosive. I loved how the author tied the blackmail storyline and the attempts on Piers life together. The epilogue was my favorite part of this book. It showed how far Alexandra had come in two years!!
I would give How to Love a Duke in Ten Days an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.
I would reread How to Love a Duke in Ten Days. I would recommend it to family and friends.
**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**