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Devil of the Highlands (Devil of the Highlands #1)

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The New York Times-bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series delivers a sexy blend of love, laughter, and mayhem in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Original.
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 1st 2008)
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Caris
Aug 30, 2011 Caris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lonely inmates with a fondness for plaid
Shelves: romance, 2011
Dear Diary,

I doona ken how to start this. As ye ken, I’m a man of action, not of words. But you ken that. Yar m’fookin diary for the love of Christ.

N E Way, I’m having some trouble. Right, I ken what yer thinking, the Laird of Donnachaidh having troubles? That can’t be. Well, let me tell you something, Diary. You don’t ken shit.

I was riding up to claim me wife from her wicked stepmother when it happened: some crazy fookin wench was riding her mare in but her chemise. You of all people, Diary, ke
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mark monday
Oct 15, 2012 mark monday rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to mark by: RBRS Assignment #1
These characters were just too dumb to hate. I thought the opening of this book was the fucking best opening of a book ever, and Lynsay Sands is another author on my must-buy list. It doesn't seem to matter whether it's a paranormal or a historical, her stories have humor and heart and leave me feeling good when I'm done. Standing room only on the train, heat index already at 115, nauseous service dog, and this book. Ok I'm done with this book and let me tell you it's funny, exciting, and has lo ...more
Manny
Aug 11, 2015 Manny marked it as not-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pooh-dante
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Miriam
Jul 25, 2011 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celtic
These characters were just too dumb to hate. I didn't give a shit about them or their weak-ass romances or the lame, obvious solution to the "mystery" that everyone else in the town keep (there seem to only be like 20 people living here for Duncan to be lord of, which is lucky because he's a dim-bulb) has been studiously ignoring for years because solving it just made things awkward for everyone. Those medieval Scots, so c'est la vie with their public undressing and seducing of teenagers and dis ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Feb 04, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Lynsay Sands is another author on my must-buy list. It doesn't seem to matter whether it's a paranormal or a historical, her stories have humor and heart and leave me feeling good when I'm done.

Evelinde is living under the thumb, and temper, of her horrible stepmother. With her father dead and her brother fighting in the Crusades, there's no one left to protect her. So when her stepmother calls for Evelinde with a smile--she knows it's not going to be good. Then she learns she's to be married! S
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Sparrow
Aug 05, 2011 Sparrow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-a-dare, reviewed
Wherein we learn, ladies, that it’s not such a bad thing if our fellas don’t talk to us, as long as they buy us stuff. Wherein, likewise, the fellas learn that it is their duty to talk – talk, or the people you love will die!! And, as usual, everyone lives happily until the next time their clothes accidentally fall off in public. (such a nuisance!)

People have basically said all there is to say about this book, so I won’t keep you for very long. The accidental-nipple-in-the-mouth part was the be
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Angelc
Aug 14, 2009 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-own-read
I was in the mood for a fun, lighthearted romance when I picked up this book, and "Devil of the Highlands" delivered! Evelinde's wicked stepmother arranged for her to marry Cullen, the Laird of Donnachaidh because of his bad reputation as a harsh ruler and murderer, wanting to see her suffer in a marriage to such a ruthless man. Evelinde and Cullen have a chance meeting before the ceremony and Evelinde instinctively knows the horrible rumors about him couldn't possibly be true. They have a genui ...more
Lightreads
Jul 23, 2011 Lightreads rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nope, couldn’t hack it, sorry fellow RBRS…ers. Ites? Standing room only on the train, heat index already at 115, nauseous service dog, and this book. My whole being just cried out NOOOO, and I skipped through the last five hours of audio in about twelve minutes.

My God this is terrible. I mean, okay, the part where he tripped and fell and his mouth accidentally landed on her nipple as a literal plot point was funny, and the fact that her nipple was described as "trembling" was funnier, but then i
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♡Karlyn P♡
My first by this author so I don't have anything to compare it to. It was OK, but the writing style seamed very simple. I don't mind that style when the story is humorous, but this wasn't a particularly funny read. Odd and amusing, but not funny. It kind of felt like I was reading a childrens book if not for all of the sex. The hero and heroine were not the brightest people either, both repeatedly making poor decisions with obvious consequences. No author is for everyone, and for me I think she ...more
CC
Lord deliver me from dead exes! I am so tired of reading books where the dead ex becomes a secondary character because they are discussed so much. In this book the death of his first wife was a mystery to be solved so she was discussed a lot. Joy....

This book was strange. The beginning started off with almost ridiculous comedy. Frustratingly so. While the scenes were funny, it was just so OTT that I was more exasperated than amused.

The heroine is so sweet and innocent I hate to call her TSTL. S
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Emily
Evelinde has incurred enough torment under the abusive watch of her step-mother, but her latest act of arranging her marriage to the Devil, Laird of Donnachaidh could seal her fate forever. Evelinde is not sure what is worse, staying with her step-mother and the cruelty or marrying a man who is legendary for his brutality with rumors surrounding of the underhanded way he took over as Laird of his clan.

Cullen, Laird of Donnachaidh has lived his life with integrity, he is a fair man to those that
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Michelle
The plot: The year is 1273. Evelinde’s mean old stepmother decides to wed her to some Scottish badass known as ‘The Devil of the Highlands.’ Evelinde thinks anything will be better than life with her stepmother so she agrees to marry him.

(Guess what? Cullen (a.k.a. The Devil of the Highlands) isn't really as evil as the rumors about him suggest. Plus, there is a murder mystery.)

The review: I don’t even know where to begin. First, I can’t give this book any stars, which has never happened to me
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Lisarenee
This is now my second favorite Sands historical novel. This is the type of book I was expecting after reading her book Love is Blind. Loved it. About a woman who has just been told by her Cinderella type Stepmother she is betrothed to a man with a reputation for being cruel. Reported to have killed his uncle, father, and previous wife his nickname is the Devil of Donnachaidh. Very fun read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Zeek
When Evelinde discovers her nasty stepmother has spitefully arranged a marriage to the Devil of Donnachaidh, she is at once frightened and resigned to her fate. But the last laugh is on her stepmother because Cullen is not the brutal man the wild rumors say he is. In fact, quite the opposite- and when the two secretly meet under less than formal circumstances, Evelinde quickly assesses the situation and decides not to let her stepmother in on it.

Cullen is no dummy and his instant attraction to E
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Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
Well…I’ve fallen in love with another highlander. And he is nicknamed ‘The Devil’. How, awesome is that? I liked this book. It started off with some awesome passion, and then there was some mystery added in, and I was a goner. Cullen really got me from the first meeting. He didn’t fit his nickname, but he doesn’t talk a lot so I can see how people can come to that conclusion, but then he goes and totally woos Evelinde in a very, very nice scene by the water. *SWOON. I also really liked the myste ...more
KJ
I started skipping through the book about halfway through. Obviously it's not meant to be a life changer but it got a bit rough there. The main character considers herself intelligent but all I could think was, "Really? I mean, you know, really? Are you sure?" Someone is attempting to kill her and she and the rest of the characters are kind of fuzzy and laissez-faire about the whole deal; as in, "Zoinks! Someone's trying to stab you through the heart! Yowzers!" And the cover had me laughing ever ...more
Chumchum_88
Jul 10, 2014 Chumchum_88 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gentle-hero
I'm really starting to get addicted to Lynsay Sands, her books are so cute and fluffy and addictive, My type of books exactly.

The main couple as usual was cute, they kinda had an unusual first meeting, more likely it was unrealistic, but who cares its a book. I kinda sympathize with the heroin first with her stepmother then all the bruises and accidents, even her wedding was .. all I can say poor her. However, for the hero he was more of the quiet not so talkative type which made it more funny.
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Sandy M
Jul 30, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
What a breath of fresh air this book is. I love a romance that has the hero and heroine actually together, even married, for the majority of the read, solving problems, issues, conflicts together. No big misunderstandings, no one leaving the other in a huff after an argument. I know there has to be conflict in our romances, but Ms. Sands proves that it can be done with the main characters together, getting to know each other all the while falling in love.

This is also my first Lynsay Sands histor
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Dianne
Oct 17, 2012 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands

I love Lynsay Sands, not all her books, but most of them and I had forgotten that I had read this one a while ago. I decided to re-read it and found that I liked it as much this time as I had the first time I read it. While it may seem a bit slap stickish to some readers, I find that the humor is typical of Ms. Sands works. All her books seem to have a bit of irreverence in them to counteract the more somber themes. Ms Sands also writes a darn good
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Jess
So I have been really jonesing for a historical Scottish romance, and I've been debating for awhile if I should read this series by Sands. I love her pnr books so I went with it and hoped it would be good. I'm so glad that I did because it turned out to be excellent. Just enough highland brogue, mystery, romance and did I mention the brogue?

The main character is named Evelinde and she lives with her stepmother who is really horrible to her, in fact her stepmother is so disturbed she has requeste
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Jessi
I was pleasantly surprised by this story. Having enjoyed the author's past works, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy her Highlander stories, but I actually found that I enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed any of her other stories

The story begins with your typical evil step-mother idea, but quickly transitions to married life between Cullen ("The Devil") and Evelinde. There's some mystery thrown into the mix and some attempts on Evelinde's life that leaves you on your toes. I was actually surprised
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Brittany B.


I really liked this book. I didn't expect much from it, so this was a pleasant treat!! :)))

This is the first Lynsay Sands I've read, and I appreciated her unique style in this highlander story. There is a bit of a mystery in the story, and I really enjoyed it. I was completely hooked on this book once I got going. The heroine and hero were great characters!! Plus they had lots of chemistry :)

If you like your highlander stories, this one is worth a read for sure.
I'll definitely read the rest
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Karen
Apr 29, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really enjoyed this book. I love a good romance set in the Scottish highlands and this one certainly did not disappoint. I could certainly feel the love between Cullen and Evelinde and it was refreshing that the story was about their arranged marriage and finding their love for each other, rather than the love each other/hate each other/love each other again pattern. There was mystery as to who was involved, if anyone, in the three deaths within the clan over the last 14 years, enough t ...more
Barbara ★
I really liked this one but what can I say, I'm a sucker for a virile highlander. Wish I had one of my own. :)
Elaine
May 15, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
I loved this book. It was entertaining escapism, which is exactly what I was looking for. A strong female, a hot love interest, some humor and steam. I like that the humor of this story is more accidental then obvious. I also like that it showed me that actions really can and do speak louder then words if you are willing to let them. I really enjoyed the intrigue and I kept switching up who I thought the bad guy was going to be. Very nicely done. Would read it again.
Georgia
May 26, 2009 Georgia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A friend of mine gave me this as a late joke birthday gift. It's a typical romance novel, not too poorly written, and if one is able to ignore the complete lack of knowledge of historical period and accept it as a 21st century bodice ripper set in a Dark Ages Scotland about which the author knows nothing, it wasn't all that bad. Her attempts at dialect are stilted and often incorrect, and the characters behave in ways that are undoubtedly anachronistic, but the plot has some interesting twists. ...more
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Reading this on account of a) happening to spot it as available in the digital library catalogue, 2. having read the truly hilarious and scathing drunken group book review here on Goodreads and (iii)feeling the necessity for an additional audiobook given that the one I'm listening to in the car is nearly finished, and neither of my preferred next selections seem anywhere like turning up at the library soon. Sigh. So this is for entertainment and cheap thrills in the comfort of my own home all th ...more
Jayne dArcy
Feb 08, 2016 Jayne dArcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had thought this was Scotsmen and vampires since I read two books from the author's Argenau series. I did not care for the books.

I loved this story, though. It proved, to me, that Lynsay Sands really could write.

The story concerns Evelinde and Cullen better known as the Devil of Donna-kay (I spelled it phonetically since I simply cannot keep it in my mind the spelling.

Without her knowledge Evelinde is betrothed to the Devil at the evil pleasure of her stepmother, Edda. What Evelinde does not i
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MB (What she read)
Cute and sweet. Nothing new here.

Did people in the 1600's/1700's/1800's (I have no clue WHEN this book was set) really say "Shut up!"??? I doubt it. Reading this phrase was like running into a brick wall for me.
Autumn
guys, guys.. i dont know how to put this one.. I felt like mmmm. nothing? for the party involved?? I mean the main plot was solving a mystery!! meh.. i have to elaborate better, but the pt is that my lifeline had no major shocks.. easy breezy..

It was not bad, just lacking ...
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“She took a bad tumble. Those are some nasty bruises she's
carrying," the maid said with a sad shake of the head.
"Aye," Cullen agreed, his eyes traveling over lovely, milky white skin,
interrupted by several black bruises. "She looks like a cow."
Mildrede turned a horrified gaze on him at the comment, but he was
more concerned by the choked sound that came from his bride. He
really hadn't meant it as an insult, but it seemed the women were taking
it so.
"I just meant the coloring," Cullen muttered”
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