Series: Devil of the Highlands #1
Published by Avon on January 27th 2009
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Reading Challenges: Backlist Reader Challenge
They call him the Devil . . .
He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly . . . and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior . . . for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.
They may call him whatever they wish, but Cullen, Laird of Donnachaidh, cares only for the future of his clan. He must find a wife, a woman to bear him sons and heed his commands. He has no need for beauty or grace, but one taste of his lovely bride's sweet lips and the sultry feel of her skin arouse an untamed passion. Perhaps there's more to marriage than he thought . . .
After thoroughly enjoying An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands, I was craving more. So I picked up Devil of the Highlands, which, while not as charming as An English Bride in Scotland, was an enjoyable, easy read.
Evelinde lives with her stepmother, who is quite cruel to her. When her stepmother decides it’s time for Evelinde to marry, at first Evelinde thinks this is a great opportunity to get away from her evil stepmother. However, when her stepmother reveals that she is to marry The Devil of Donnachaidh, a man known for his ruthlessness, she’s quite terrified. Cullen, Laird of Donnachaidh, isn’t really horrible, though. And once Cullen and Evelinde do meet (through a crazy set of circumstances), they are attracted to each other. Once they arrive back at Donnachaidh, though, trouble comes with them.
Devil of the Highlands is a very typical Lynsay Sands read. It never gets too deep, and there I quite a lot of comedy. Evelinde and Cullen’s first meeting is very funny, but it’s almost too much. Bordering on the absurd, really. Evelinde is a sweet young women, and it was easy to like her. She’s strong and stubborn, but she often makes rash decisions that lead to not so great consequences.
Cullen was also easy to like, but he often frustrated me. He’s a leader, and takes that responsibility seriously. But he’s not used to sharing his thoughts and concerns with others, especially his new wife, Evelinde. There are many times when he barely speaks to her, which cause all sorts of problems. But I did like him overall.
However as much as I liked Cullen and Evelinde their romance was lacking. I never felt a connection between them. I did want them to be together, but that was more because I was reading a romance, than a feeling that these two just HAD to be together.
I will say, though, that the mystery in Devil of the Highlands was quite good. I never figured it out till almost the big reveal, which doesn’t normally happen. However, I was reading this for the romance, not the mystery.
Overall, Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands was a pleasant read, but it was far from her best. The hero and heroine were lovable, but the romance was a bit lackluster. Still it wasn’t a bad read.
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