by Laurin Wittig

September 2002
ISBN: 0-515-13421-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

In Laurin Wittig’s Scottish historical, hunted Elena Lamont escapes right into the arms of the Devil. That’s the Devil of Kilmartin, Symon MacLachlan. Chief, warrior and believed to be raving mad. Inside an ancient stone circle, he protects her from her abuser, a man of her own clan, and sets in motion the events that lead to the fulfillment of a seer’s prophecy.

Elena needs someone she can trust, someone to love her for the woman she is and not for her healing talent. But how can she trust Symon, whose only need of her seems to be her healing gift? And how can she stay with his clan when her presence means danger to not only her, but also to the ones protecting her?

So refusing to reveal the whole scope of her talent and refusing to trust, she sets upon finding a way to escape the danger, the hurt and the growing attraction. But of course with Symon wanting her—and not only for her gift—she instead finds herself in his arms and his bed.

I truly enjoyed the way Laurin Wittig portrayed her hero. He might be a fearsome and tortured warrior, but he also shows a gentle side with the ones he cares for. It's a trait that doesn’t make him less strong and forbidding, but definitely harder to resist. He protects and fights for what is his. But in his affliction he’s vulnerable, a quality that calls to the compassionate side in Elena. She is a healer after all. But this time her powers come with a prize. Her freedom!

It’s a beautiful tale of passionate and very lovable characters. The reasoning and the resulting actions might have seemed a little foreign to me, and some questions are left unanswered and motivations are not always explained satisfactory. However, with a passionate writing voice and characters that I truly did care about, I allowed myself to shove aside any “sense of disbelief” and went on to immerse myself in a very pleasurable debut release. Add to that an intriguing mystery, which is not only there to fill some empty pages—the clues might have been a little too obvious for me, but the mystery was still good for a surprising resolution—and I was kept riveted to the story and its captivating characters. The Devil of Kilmartin is a passionate, easy and fun read—a strong debut, which had me turning the pages enthusiastically!

Reviewed in August 2002 by Kris Alice.

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