Wednesday, June 9, 2021

REVIEW: Tempting Fate by Kerrigan Byrne


 I LOVED the story of Felicity and Gabriel. LOVED it. I love that Kerrigan Byrne showed us a character whose strength comes through in her self-awareness--that she's so strong but not in the traditional headstrong way. Felicity--bookworm, botanist, introverted hummingbird of a woman is just so easy to be enamored with. She knows her limits, tries very hard to do what she can within her limits, and is just so kind. I was rooting for her and was so glad to see her and Gabriel end up together. 

Equally lovely is Gabriel. Shy, gruff, quiet Gabriel. A hero used to living in hiding or in the shadows--only feeling the love of a sibling and never feeling understood or that he could really trust many. This hulk of a man is also easy to be enamored with --his adoration and protectiveness of Felicity makes it impossible to do anything but adore him.

While these two are not the usual, in many ways, I loved them separately and together. The things that they felt limited them, is what I think made them that much more interesting and stronger than the normal headstrong alpha characters. I also really enjoyed Felicities ongoing defense and meditation on why romance novels are not only worthwhile but superior in many ways. 

Fantastic read and if I had any complaint it was that I read it too quickly and am sad that it's over.



Disfigured in fighting pits as a lad, Gabriel Sauvageau has lived his entire life without the touch of a woman. As the brains and brawn behind London’s most ferocious smuggling syndicate, he knows he doesn’t deserve shy, bespectacled Felicity Goode. But that doesn’t stop him from watching her. Guarding her. 

Wondering if her gentle touch would soothe his savage soul.

Though she wiles away hours immersed in the pages of romance novels, shy and anxious Felicity Goode has vowed never to become a bride. How can she share a life—not to mention a bed—with a man if she can’t bring herself to share a simple conversation without trembling and stuttering? Once news of her obscene inheritance circulates through the ton, she is barraged not only by a slew of suitors, but also several distressing threats against her life. 

What she needs is a bodyguard. 

The large, scarred ruffian she finds on her stoop is exactly what she has been looking for.

So why does his presence make her tremble in ways that have nothing to do with fear? 

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