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Set in the Scottish Highlands during the time of The Bruce, The Devil of Kilmartin is the story of Symon, mad chief of the MacLachlans, and Elena, daughter of his enemy, the Lamont. Elena is the only one who can unlock the mystery of Symon’s madness but will she trust the Devil enough to help him?

Now for my part…

I read this book (as an ebook) a year or so ago. You can tell the author did plenty of research to make her story as historically accurate as possible. The Kilmartin keep, the Scottish Highlands… everything is just as you’d expect in the hills and heather, and the characters behave according to their time period. Great 🙂 but it leaves you with an odd feeling of emptiness once you’re done.

Elena’s healing abilities were not explored, and worst of all, Symon’s “devil” spells were almost completely ignored by those involved (why did no one try to figure out where they came from before Elena came along? Why weren’t they described more in depth? Why couldn’t we get Symon’s point of view on them?), save for one grand exposition moment in the beginning while he goes haywire in the stone circle. Was he a brutal animal when he was under the devil-spell? If so, it was never shown in text or subtext. Laurin Wittig is a promising writer, but not breath-taking. Yet. This is Wittig’s debut novel. There are two more: Charming the Shrew (yes, another take on the famous Shakespeare play) and Daring the Highlander, both of which sound very interesting.

Anyway. Probably the more compelling scene in this book was when she had to heal him in front of all his clan. That got my attention. It was poignant, emotional, and very well-written.

All in all, I very much enjoyed this book (gee, ya think? Seems I put it down more than I lauded it lol), and you’ll very much enjoy this unknown author. There’s talent there. I’m just a difficult reader 😉

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Phoebe Jordan
Phoebe Jordan

Phoebe Jordan

I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre. I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books. I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.

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