Sunday, October 10, 2010

Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands

Title: Devil of the Highlands
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Devil of the Highlands #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: February 1, 2008
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Source: Bought

Rating: 5/5
Smuttiness: 3/5
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 . . .

I picked this book up after reading Taming the Highland Bride because it made references to this book in certain parts of the story. I am very glad that I picked it up because I was most definately NOT disappointed! It totally had me guessing right up until the end!

Evelinde is promised to "The Devil of Donnachaidh" and all she has heard about him are EXTREMELY horrible things. Assuming that these stories are all true she assumes that she is headed for a life of abuse and a great big FAT ZERO on the love scale. A fluke accident has her meeting Cullen under very unusual circumstances which leads to an equally unusual explaination of who he really is.

After the wedding (which goes SOUTH FAST) Cullen does what he needs to get Evelinde out from under her evil step-mother's fingers fast. After Cullen and Evelinde reach Donnachaidh Evelinde realizes somethings about her husband....1. He doesn't talk much, but he does grunt and growl A LOT. 2. He's really not as bad as everyone has made him out to be. 3. He is a pretty great lover. and 4. That the deaths that have happened in the past at Donnachaidh may or may not have been accidents.

But the more time that Evelinde is at Donnachaidh things start going down hill....Random accidents keep happening to her. Some of which she barely escapes with her life from. But Evelinde keeps asking questions about the deaths that have taken place at the castle and Cullen keeps rescuing her when the next accident happens.

In the end, some very interesting things happen (which I'm not going to give away). Each of the main character's learn a little something important about the other and all the miscommunications that they had had in the not so distant past are easier to understand.

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