Sunday, February 21, 2010

Devil of the Highlands - Lynsay Sands

Devil Of The Highlands
Lynsay Sands
Avon Books
Copyright: 2009
978-0061344770

Amazon.com product description:
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 . . . 
 A new author for me. This is the first of Lynsay Sand's novels I've read. Devil Of The Highlands is a romance set in crusade era Scotland (twelfth/thirteenth century). It looks like there are at least two more books relating to the same family/families as in this book, which I'm planning to read too.

In many ways, Lynsay Sand's Devil of the Highlands reminds me of the Brotherhood of the Blade books by Kinley MacGregor, but there was one intriguing difference: the mystery. There's a bit of an unsolved mystery running through the story, which made the book a bit different. Who could it be that's trying to kill the heroine?

Still, given that Devil of the Highlands is a romance novel, from the start you know it's all going to turn out well in the end, giving the characters their happy ending. As such, it makes for a nice, light, quick read.

If Scottish romances are your thing, then this one's for you. I know I'm going to have to hunt down the other ones soon.
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