DEVIL OF THE HIGHLANDS (Devil of the Highlands #1)
by Lynsay Sands
AUDIOBOOK RELEASE DATE: 20th April 2010
FORMAT: Audiobook, 8 hours and 50 mins
NARRATOR: Marianna Palka
GENRE: Historical Romance
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… (Goodreads)
The DEVIL OF THE HIGHLANDS is a fun, laugh-out-loud, historical romp. I’ve come across Lynsay Sands books before with her paranormal romance Argeneau series. So decided to give this audiobook a whirl.
It’s a light read, perfect for by the pool or a sunny afternoon in the garden. Evelinde our heroine is a calamity, or very unlucky, or both. Cursed with an evil stepmother, who arranges her marriage to ‘The Devil of Donnachaidh’. The name says it all does it not? She is in despair over her upcoming nuptials. Of course we know this is a romance and we know all will end well, but the misunderstanding does give us a hilarious opening.
Throughout the book Evelinde seems to find herself in the most bizarre and funny situations. I chortled away at each one and eagerly awaited the next. Cullen has everything a tall, dark and brooding hero requires. Including a distinct inability to communicate. At first his bellows of ‘wife!’ whenever Evelinde did something wrong irritated me, but by the end this soon turned to amusement when she started responding with ‘husband!‘ in equal tones.
The romance is accompanied by a murder mystery, with the two previous lairds and Cullen’s previous wife having died during suspicious accidents. When Evelinde finds herself the victim of a few near accidents herself, she sets about to discover who the murderer is. I had my suspicions as the plot developed, but it kept us all on a merry dance right until the very end. I do like it when I can’t guess the culprit myself and the mystery had plenty of twists and turns.
The writing itself was a bit flawed. Yes it’s most definitely funny and the murder mystery was well written, but there were errors such as Evelinde responding to questions with ‘aye’, when she was English and not Scottish that niggled a little. The narrator also read the story in a Scottish accent although she was clearly not Scottish herself. I got used to it in the end, but each time I turned it on it bugged me for the first ten minutes or so. The accent wasn’t bad, but at the same time it wasn’t right either.
A funny historical romance perfect for those days when you want a story to cheer you up and give you something to escape in. This is the first in a trilogy and I am very tempted to pick up the next one, as the book has a funny ensemble of supporting characters and I would quite like to see some of the others get their happy ending too.
BOOKS IN ORDER
- Devil of the Highlands
- Taming the Highland Bride
- The Hellion and the Highlander
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