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The Devil of Kilmartin (Kilmartin Glen #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  813 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
The Healer and the Devil...

In the dark of night, Elena of Lamont must flee her home after her father's death to escape the brutal clansman determined to satisfy his lust for power—and for her. But as the captivating beauty runs from one dangerous man, she finds herself landing in the arms of another, one whose passionate embrace offers perils of its own...

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Mass Market Paperback, 263 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Jove
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Jan 30, 2008 Laurin rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm partial to this book -- it was my first!
I was willing to overlook how corny this cover is because I know that there are many good books hidden behind crappy covers. I was even okay with the premise of the story itself. I haven't read any historical romances in a while and I thought it would be a fun read. I love having two characters thrust together under dramatic circumstances. All that said, I didn't like this at all. I tried. I really did, but I just couldn't get into this book. The romance wasn't the best. I wanted to feel the pas ...more
Barbara ★
This is a story of two lost souls who slowly find that they need each other to survive. Elena Lamont is a healer who is harassed by a greedy man who inserts himself into her clan with the intention of taking over as Laird. Unfortunately he needs Elena to marry him to make it happen. Elena refuses and is forced to flee with Dougal right on her tail. Luckily she stumbles upon Symon MacLachlan, the Devil of Kilmartin who everyone fears including Dougal. Symon suffers from madness...or so he thinks ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Barbee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laurin Wittig is one of those authors I call the Queens of Scottish historical Romance! Loved this this book from cover to cover well, I did read this on my kindle so I am not exactly how to describe it? Perhaps from the beginning to the end? Anyhow I loved the Devil of Kilmartin and definitely recommends it to anyone who loves the genre of Scottish historical romance like myself. This was a reread a I am looking forward to her new book Highlander Betrayed being released on August 6th. Laurin re ...more
Lori McD
I resisted Lauren Wittig books because, IMO, Highland romances tend to be a bit schlocky. Since reading Diana G's Outlander series, I tend to hold all romances (esp. about Highlanders) up to her strong stories and characters.

Wittig surprises me, yet again, weaving a tale of two lost souls who haven't a clue how much they need each other -- resisting all the way. It sounds schlocky, but it's not. It's well done, with a good touch of prophecy, healing, and Highland life in the 1300s.

I truly enjoye
May 04, 2015 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book.......I don't know what to say........

First of all it is a book with some paranormal elements. This is not usually my thing so I winced whether the heroin "healed" someone by rubbing her hands together. The paranormal elements are however, written nicely and fit in the story well. I did not mind the paranormal thing too much in this book.

I read other reviews and have to agree with them about the heroin. Sometimes she really comes off as "selfish" because she was always thinking about
Lisa C.
For the most part, the story was good. Not over the top great but it kept me reading to see how it all played out. I really liked Symon and his patience and strength when interacting with Elena. As for Elena, she was torn between doing what was right and wanting to be as normal as she could. She could have trusted Symon way sooner because it got old having to read about her second guessing him when it was clear he was one who could be trusted.

What I didn't care for was the author's frequent expl
J. Kahele
Sep 15, 2015 J. Kahele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unexpected twist at the end!
Elena is a healer and also the daughter of Fergus of the Lamont clan and when he goes missing and is eventually proved dead, Elena being the only child of Fergus it the rightful heir to Chief of Lamont. But it is not something she wants, she wants desperately to hand that role over to Ian, her cousin, but after being hurt during batter, Dougal tells her he is not healthy enough to run the clan. Dougal informs her that he will be chief, after they are married, but E
Pam H
Elena finds herself being defended by the Devil of Kilmartin, who just happens to be out of his mind at the time. Her healing powers make her a coveted prize and she has been held hostage by an evil man trying to take over her clan in the absence of her father.

The Devil is really a kind clan leader Symon Lachlan, who is slowly being driven crazy, so he thinks as does his clan. Elena discovers it is not the case at all but one of his being poisoned. She cures him and now he wants to own her. She
Alanna Jenkins
Sep 26, 2012 Alanna Jenkins rated it really liked it
The story starts with Elena of Lamont, the chief’s daughter and secret village healer, being attacked by a clan member who wants to manipulate the chief-ship of the clan from her and her father. She manages to escape and runs into Symon MacLachlan, chief of a neighbouring clan and well-known by his reputation as The Devil Of Kilmartin (so-called because everyone thinks he’s mad and possessed by the devil). He protects her and takes her back to his village with a plan of persuading her to stay w ...more
Regan Walker
Mar 21, 2012 Regan Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absorbing Highlander Romance!

This was Wittig’s debut novel and it's a good one. It won the National Readers’ Choice Award for short historical romance, though at 263 pages, it’s not too short to interest me.

Set in the Highlands of Scotland in 1307, and mostly at the Kilmartin castle, it tells the story of a beautiful auburn haired woman, Elena of Lamont, who has great healing power in her hands. Her own clan’s leaders would use her for their own purposes; and, at her father’s death, a ruthless m
Mar 14, 2012 DaisyGirl rated it it was ok
Elena of Lamont flees her home after her father's death to escape the brutality of her clansman, Dougal of Dunmore. Elena has the power to heal others but suffers their pain when doing so. Dougal is close to capturing Elena in the woods when she is rescued by Symon MacLachlan, chief of the Lachlan clan. Elena's healing touch gives Symon some reprieve from the painful affects of his "madness" and he becomes convinced that she is the legendary Lamont healer. Symon takes her into his clan, promisin ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
All her life, Elena's healing abilities have been exploited by her clan. She has been forced to heal warriors who would have otherwise died, giving her clan an edge that allowed them to continue fighting long after they should have fallen. But now she's had enough. Her father is dead, and a brutal outsider named Dougal has taken over the clan, even though Elena is the rightful heir. Dougal tries to force Elena to marry him to give his claim legitimacy, but she flees into the night. She is rescue ...more
Sep 30, 2015 Tahyun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was the first book I've ever read by this author. I got it on sale in a bundle pack which was designed, I believe, to introduce people to "new to you" authors.

It worked very well! I very much like this book. I liked the characters, especially. I found the mystery to be a bit easily solved and predictable (pound cake sized breadcrumbs), but nonetheless, I enjoyed reading the story and I'm excited to read more by this author.
Jan 19, 2014 AnnMarie rated it it was amazing
What a truly beautiful story this is. The hero and heroine both have bad things happening in their lives, the hero believes he has been cursed with madness, and the heroine is being chased by a man who wants to force a marriage between them so that he can become the head of their clan. It's only through helping each other that they can find safety, happiness, love, passion and well being. There are twists and turns galore, tears of happiness and sadness, and an altogether captivating read. You d ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the chief of clan MacLaughlin and Elena. I had already figured out the the villain was the chiefs half brother by the time it was revealed. Elena was a healer however it was never explained who was the healer before her for her clan. Was it her mother as I suspect? Also I would have liked to know where the nickname of devil of kilmartin came from it was never explained.
Feb 19, 2014 Colleen rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. I like a good Historical Romance for light reading, but I wasn't expecting the almost super-natural bent to it. I did think I had the mystery solved and was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have it 100% figured out. The end was a little bit sudden, but did not diminish the appeal of the characters or the story. Definitely picking up more from this author.
Feb 12, 2015 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable historical romance diversion with elements of magic. Feels "lite" in the Diet Coke sense: a quick, refreshing treat that won't be mistaken for a prize vintage. Beyond the hero and heroine, the characters don't pop into the third-dimension and the plot comes together (too?) cleanly without much in the way of subplot. Reads fast.
Feb 12, 2015 Tana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Devil of Kilmartin

T'was a formula type romance mystery. But then,formula type romances work well for a reason. They sell. They sell because, for me anyway, they pretty much guarantee a happy ending...after much soul searching and trials & tribulations, of course. Pure fun and entertainment.
May 19, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
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Sep 05, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book!

I didn't put this book down until I finished reading it. I love the Scottish romances and this was has romance with a side of mystery thrown in. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Nov 11, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty good but it took me a while to get into it. It has family intrigue and clan rivalry. There's a woman from one clan who is rescued by a man from another. She's reluctant to fall in love, but slowly succumbs. This was very exciting.
Sep 22, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale of empowerment.

A healer was abused, forced to heal by her clan escapes, rescued by a warrior, discovers treachery behind his malady. Can she trust, fulfil a prophecy, find safety & a home?

Set in the highlands, a light read.
Aug 08, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers
Short novel set in medieval Scotland. Elena is a healer, but needs/wants to escape her home as it has been commandeered by a usurper who is trying to force her to marry him. He also forces her to heal those he chooses, which is rapidly draining her strength. She finds rescue in Symon, a laird, who is plagued by what seem to be fits of madness. The fits are so severe that his own people distrust him, and call him the Devil of Kilmartin. Symon needs Elena's healing power but she doesn't want to ge ...more
debbie kinsey
Mar 02, 2014 debbie kinsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read.

well written. fast paced, fun characters. different story pilot than most books. I thoroughly enjoyed all Lauren's books. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Dec 16, 2015 Rosie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting a must read

Well written story. It contained Ned a little of everything. The ending was not a surprise but I thought it might not happen.
GENRE: Highlander romance, Historical romance

SETTING: Southwestern Highlands, Scotland Spring 1307

CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTER: ELENA LAMONT, daughter of Fergus, chief of Lamont; a healer

CENTRAL MALE CHARACTERS: SYMON MacLACHLAN, chief of Clan Lachlan; a man plagued with extremely extreme headaches and dizziness.

SYNOPSIS: Dougal of Dunmore attempting to steal position of clan chief by forcing Elena into marriage. Seeing Elena being hunted down, Symon of MacLachlan fights Dougal in hopes of her heali
Dec 16, 2014 DA4Pups marked it as own-under-another-title  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 15, 2011 Leah St.James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of historical (Scottish) romance
I love historical romance for a couple reasons. I enjoy being transported back to a time I never knew, to see and feel the costumes of the day, to hear the language spoken and to immerse myself in an unknown culture. And of course I love love stories. With Devil of Kilmartin, Ms. Wittig delivered on all counts, plus a touch of fantasy. I kept wondering what it would be like to have the kind of healing powers the heroine holds, to step inside a circle of grass to find magic within, and when I cli ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Robbin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
REally good book I read it in one sitting because I just had to find out what happened!
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