Friday, March 11, 2011

Taming A Highland Devil

Title: Taming A Highland Devil
Author: Kimberly Killion
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN: 9781419932687
Genre: {M/F} Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Effie Mackay knew they would make a perfect match, the strikingly handsome but scarred laird and her younger sister Vanna. The union of their two clans would bring power and protection to her family. Despite her happiness for her sister, Effie couldn’t help the feelings of longing that came over her each time she thought of Magnus. Tragic events from her past and age have suppressed any hopes Effie had of finding a man for herself. Yet oddly enough, Magnus seemed to be interested in Effie. A man with a reputation like his couldn’t possibly favor Effie over Vanna. Could he?

Six months ago, Laird Magnus Sutherland agreed to a marriage. As much as he loves women, he has no expectations of a woman touching his heart. All he expected from his wife was the ability to warm his bed to help him forget the horror of war and guilt that plagued him and to produce an heir for his clan. When Magnus discovers there are two available women to choose from in the MacKay clan, he reconsiders his plans. Something about Effie calls out to him. She could be the woman who could accept him as he is, and change his life for the better.

Sparks fly whenever Magnus and Effie are together, even though she does her best to douse her feelings. Magnus decides to take Effie as his wife and eventually convinces her that life with him will be good. Unexpected issues with Effie’s sister and brother force the couple to break up and all happiness is lost for Magnus and Effie. After a bit of investigating, Effie digs up the truth and she and Magnus are able to be together.

Magnus and Effie go together like a band-aid and a cut. Each of them has pain that they deal with daily. I was amazed at Effie’s willpower to go on after discovering all that she had lost. I adored her selflessness and her ability to always do or say the right thing at the right time. It seems that she was the first woman to make Magnus realize that women actually had a brain. But, I can’t hold that against Magnus because he is a victim of his circumstances and uses sex as a distraction. Magnus wanted more than just a sexual acrobat in a wife, and I was so glad he found it in Effie and not Vanna. That sister of hers is definitely a piece of work, and I thank Kimberly Killion for giving me a twist on this character that caught me by surprise. Taming A Highland Devil is a touching historical romance filled with heat and healing and certainly a story that must be read.

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