This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum
Series: Highland Isles #4
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
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Englishwoman, Grace Ellington, has made a home in Scotland, but to escape from the meddling people around her who seem to think she needs to wed right away—because women need saving, right? —she volunteers to journey north to aid a friend in childbirth.
Keir MacKinnon, the younger brother of the MacKinnon clan chief, has been raised to strike fear in people, on and off the battlefield. Trained to uphold MacKinnon law, he has hardened into a lethal warrior. Caught in a Highland blizzard with the feisty Grace, Keir realizes the beautiful woman who saved him can also save his nephew’s life.
Sparks fly when he takes her against her will to his home, and Grace’s courage is put to the ultimate test. Is Keir MacKinnon the passionate, kind man she saved in the Highland blizzard, or is he truly the cruel executioner who seeks to solve all issues by the sword?
The Devil of Dunakin Castle is the fourth book in the Highland Isles series but can absolutely be read as a standalone. In this story Grace Ellington was a woman who longed to prove herself courageous and strong. She was unable to do so though because she had a reputation for being quite the opposite and no one who knew her was willing look past her reputation. When an opportunity came up where she would be able to travel to a new place and act as a midwife, she jumped at the chance. Grace was excited about being on her own and hoped to maybe even have an adventure or two. At the very least she wanted to prove to the others that she was not weak and helpless.
Grace was quite the accomplished healer, which was proven quite nicely when she managed to save Keir MacKinnon’s life after he came to her rescue during a blizzard. Keir decided that Grace would do nicely for what he needed. He had been sent on a mission to bring back a specific healer to see about curing his nephew. After learning that the healer he was looking for was not readily available, he decided that Grace was a fine healer and that she was going to come back to Dunakin Castle with him. Keir was the Devil of Dunakin castle, a position that had installed fear and kept justice for the MacKinnon clan for many years. Essentially, it was his job to do what was ordered of him or what was best for the clan, no matter what the cost. That’s why despite his admiration for Grace he proceeded to kidnap her and brought her back to Dunakin Castle.
For so many years Keir had been seen just as the Devil of Dunakin castle and no one had ever bothered to see the man, that was until Grace entered his life. She saw him as more than the Devil and that fact alone had gripped his heart. He had known what his duties were to his clan but he did not want Grace to ever see what it was that he had to do to maintain his persona. Grace though saw that there was more to Keir than met the eye and she saw how he was able to keep his persona intact while still being able to show compassion. He was a good man and it was this that Grace had to convince Keir of before he committed an act that was sure to shatter his soul and destroy the man she knew existed beneath the mask.
The Devil of Dunakin Castle is more than a romance, it has many great elements such as humor, action, mystery, a misunderstood hero, a villain, and adventure. I loved Grace as a heroine and she kept the story turning with her humor and wit. Keir’s character was all sorts of wonderful, he was like a misunderstood Robin Hood who also misunderstands himself. The combination of him and Grace was a perfect pairing. There was quite a bit of steam between these two characters and the romance itself was quite entertaining. Overall, I found The Devil of Dunakin Castle to be a wonderful blending of many different elements into a lovely romance.
*Thank you to Netgalley & Entangled Publishing, LLC for this eARC of The Devil of Dunakin Castle*
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