Review: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Bryne

Posted September 10, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Bryne
How to Love a Duke in Ten Days

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Series: Devil You Know #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on August 27, 2019
Pages: 446
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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A gritty, sensual, and suspenseful opening book in the Devil You Know series has me absolutely salivating for the next installment.  And, kicking myself for not picking up this author’s books earlier.  If you are looking for the extraordinary extra spark and haven’t found it yet in your historical romance reads, I challenge you to pick up one of Byrne’s.


The book, and I suspect the series, opens with a dark, heartwrenching prologue scene that becomes a defining moment for three young genteel women in their last year at a French finishing school.  Nothing will ever be the same after that night and particularly for Lady Alexandra Lane.  When your schoolmaster assaults you and you take his life, you can’t go on unscathed.  Her dearest friends, Cecilia and Francesca have their own dark secrets and vow to keep hers.  But, someone knows and they have been blackmailing her for years.

Alexandra got her degree at the Sorbonne and began traveling the world in lieu of marriage and family with a man of rank.  Men… she avoids them and covers any remaining charms that her age hasn’t removed so she never has to be touched by one again.  But, now she is home after her father declares the family is out of money.  And, so is she where her blackmailer is concerned.
But, then an unlikely solution drops in her lap if she can resolve to take it.  A marriage of convenience with the Duke of Redmayne could help solve many problems for herself and her friends.  If she can just get past those uncomfortable and unwanted flashes of attraction and liking for the man who has no idea about her dark past, but wants to protect and help her.

Piers is not your typical duke.  He can’t stand society and all the games they play and he wants even less to be treated like fresh meat on the market because of his title and wealth.  He is disfigured and  has rough manners so he knows that he has no honest appeal to any of them, either.  A marriage of convenience suits him just fine.  More than fine if he is honest about the spark between him and Alexandra from their first meeting.  His past has left him who he is now, but her strength that was never completely broken by her past pulls them together.

As I said in my intro, this is my first encounter with the author’s work.  Whew boy!  I was flabbergasted with amazement at the way this story pulled me in and never let me go.  I loved the characters even though I got to a point where I wanted to tweak Alexandra for continuing to hide her past from Piers when he had proved himself completely as on her side.  Piers was all that a dark, brooding, alpha hero should be, but he also matched well with Alexandra.  He respected and was attracted to her intelligence and strength of spirit as much as her looks.  The pair of them didn’t shy away from going for what they wanted even if Alexandra had to be treated carefully because of her abuse.  It was sizzling once things got rolling.

What came as a delightful surprise was the suspense element.  It was strong and welcome.  Danger, excitement and lots of intrigue peppered this story.  I loved trying to figure out who the blackmailer was and who was trying to kill Alexandra.

I can’t wait to get the rest of the stories in this series and you bet your knee breeches I’ll be headed to check out the author’s backlist when I get the chance.  I can highly recommend this one to those who like strong characters, spicy romance, and an addicting plot in their historical romances.

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Yay. I am so glad you loved it too! I cannot wait for the next one!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Same here! I want all their stories. 🙂

2 years ago

I read The Highway Man by her a few months ago and loved it. This one sounds just as good. I just got The Highlander by her in audio and I think that’s my next listen. I’m sure I will eventually get to this one as well.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Oh yeah! I want to read that series now after seeing her writing style in this one. I like the gritty realism in these.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

You’ve sold me! I just put a hold on this book at my library after reading your review. I haven’t tried this author before but this sounds like a book I need to have in my life. Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Woohoo! Glad I could convince you to try it, Carole!

Lover of Romance
2 years ago

I can’t believe this is your first book from her, I know you will love her other books SO much!! But I am so happy that you loved this one, so so good right?

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh my lord yes, soooo good, Renee! 🙂

Jen T
2 years ago

Wow. This sounds intense and wonderful! I’ll have to remember this one!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Jen T

It sure was, Jen! It was so intense and sultry at times. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Fun! Can’t help but love books like these.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It was fab finally reading one of her books and the start of a new series at that. 🙂

herding cats
2 years ago

I was wondering what you would think of her books. I have a friend who is just gaga over her books (audio or print) and has been on me to read them. Sounds like a good one.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

She goes darker than most historicals and definitely goes spicier, too. I want to try her older series that I saw everyone raving about.