Audie Award, Romance, 2016
Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London's wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who've wronged him... and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception-and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands.... But Farah is no one's puppet. She possesses a powerful secret-one that threatens her very life. When being held captive by Dorian proves to be the only way to keep Farah safe from those who would see her dead, Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. But what the Blackheart of Ben More never could have imagined is that Farah has terms of her own, igniting a tempestuous desire that consumes them both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he'd long thought dead?
"Captured me from page one and never let go. Romantic, lush, and suspenseful." (Suzanne Enoch, author of The Devil Wears Kilts)
"Perkins's command of accents and tone creates a cast of delightfully diverse characters.... Perkins's range of voices and timing makes for entertaining and telling repartee between the characters as well as adds to the suspense as the real villains of this romance reveal themselves." (AudioFile)
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The relationship between Dorian & Farah is so beautiful more than star crossed lovers their love defies the stars.
It is too hard to choose a favourite they were so beautifully written they each had a quality that endeared them, whether they were a Harlot of Whitechapel or a Gay Scottish sidekick, they were all lovable even Carlton to a lesser degree. Farah was the perfect heroine, strong yet not without flaws.
Sometimes I found the relationship between Farah & Dorian heartbreaking but then one of the other characters would do or say something to make me laugh outright.
This is by far my favourite book by this author to date. Each book I have read by Kerrigan has developed beyond its predecessor but this is the icing. Very different from the Druid/Berserker series (which I enjoyed also) but it was perhaps the best Historical Romance I have read so far this year. It hit all the right spots for me. The sex scenes were not steamy so much as romantic, yes even the more dubious ones. Dorian needed to stop flagellating himself and see what was right in front of his tortured soul. Farah, while not perfect, was as close as you could get and yet it did not trigger that gagging reflex that you get sometimes from reading about a character so prefect its sickening.
Every cliche in the book