"delightful historical tale"
In 1307 Scotland, her missing father is found dead and her
cousin, the obvious heir apparent as clan leader, is near
death. The vicious Dougal claims clan leadership even as a
reluctant Elena says she will temporarily lead by her
birthright until Ian recovers. Dougal tells her they will
wed by morning and through marriage he will be clan chief.
Elena worries for herslef, but mostly fears the destruction
the repugnant Dougal will cause to the already extremely
low morale of her people.
Still Elena escapes the abusive Dougal by fleeing into the
night with the "devil" in pursuit. She reaches the land of
Clan MacLachlan where she pleads with a warrior for
safety. Chieftain Symon MacLachlan, known as THE DEVIL OF
KILMARTIN, easily disarms Dougal and makes him run back to
his clan. Symon takes an adverse Elena with him, but is
shocked that her simple touch eases much of the madness
that engulfs him, concluding she must be the healer of
Lamont. Though their clans are enemies, the devil and the
healer fall in love, but Dougal will not rest until she
sanctifies his role as leader by marrying him.
This is an exciting Medieval Scottish romance starring two
interesting characters whose need for one another goes
against the respective traditions of their clans. The
engaging story line is at its best when Symon and Elena
squabble while she tries to hold back her healing hands
that soothe his mental anguish even as that same touch
leaves both in deep desire for one another. Though Dougal
is too abusive as the villain, sub-genre fans will relish
this delightful historical tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 11, 2002