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.

Titles in the Devil You Know series include — How To Love A Duke in Ten Days – Scot and Bothered – The Importance of Being An Earl –

Title:  How to Love a Duke in Ten Days
Series:  Devil You Know #1
Author:  Kerrigan Byrne
Genre:  Historical/Regency Romance
Published:  August 27, 2019
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  5 stars

I was captivated (and that is the only word that fits) with HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS.  This adventure is going on my personal Top Ten Best Books of 2019 – and yet, I feel that I can’t talk too freely about the plot for there is a dark trigger in this story (although that is revealed very, very early in the story), and much of what happens between Alexandra and Piers is affected by that trigger.  Since I try very hard to not do spoilers, this may prove a challenging review that needs to also convey to you just how amazingly beautiful Piers and Alexandra are as a couple, and the tight friendship between Alexandra, Francesca, and Cecelia (The Red Rogues).

Actually, everything you really need to know before picking up this book (aside from the trigger) is clearly in the Cover Description.  The rest is my reaction to the events that all of these characters go through before Alexandra and Piers find a happy ever after future.  I love a strong female friendship circle in stories, there is nothing quite like the understanding between true friends (male or female) and that closeness shows so clearly in this story.

There are parts of this story that are difficult emotionally to read.  Still, having said that, I would not miss the chance to experience this couple’s love story or the healing that they brought to each other by the story’s ending.  And we have a bit of a tease to lead us into the next story due out in 2020.

I was easily drawn into this world, into the main character’s lives and what they’ve been through before their first meeting.  There is darkness and lightheartedness, terror and joy, friendship and revenge, steamy moments and tender ones as well, and finding that love that is exactly what is needed to heal and move on to a good life in HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS.  I would highly recommend this first story in the Devil You Know series without hesitation, and I’m anxious to get my hands on the next one.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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