A Rebellious Disaster of a Romance | The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne

POSTED ON August 17, 2018 BY Austine IN Book Review

A Rebellious Disaster of a Romance | The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne
The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo
by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels #6
Published on August 28, 2018 Format: ARC
Pages: 333
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance

The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…


Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

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Content & Trigger Warnings: physical violence, torture, murder, abuse, intended rape, animal abuse (discussed)

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I don’t know what happened between the previous books in this series and The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo but I am so not a fan.

So FIRST there’s some time spent giving the backstory for Rook’s character and how he came to be the way he is which was sort of sweet but also not so pleasant to read about. Lorelai helps him and oh, so cute, totally going to meet later in life because that’s how these things happen.

And they do (no, this is not a spoiler) and they get a second chance! How sweet! Except Lorelai is dealing with a marriage that just isn’t going to end well and now gets essentially kidnapped and nearly raped by the man she cared for those years before.

Because that’s now second chance reunions should go, right?

Honestly this book had far too many issues for me to really enjoy it properly. The last quarter was fine but leading up to that, Rook was emotionally abusive and I didn’t care how messed up his childhood was, it’s not cool. Lorelai was physically disabled by her own brother who ALSO did unspeakable things to her pets (animal abuse is my only trigger and even the mention of it was enough to make me put the book aside for a bit), and then she has to deal with Rook’s emotional baggage. Just. No. I want escapism from my romances and this one was definitely not that. I couldn’t even get into the actual story because of the character backstories combined with the portion of the book when they reunite (which isn’t at the beginning because it starts when they’re younger). Just. Not for me.

I liked the other books in this series well enough, at least the ones I’ve read, but this one was a TOTAL miss for me. 

Unrelated but what is up with the title? 😂

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