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Devil in a Kilt

(MacKenzie #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,087 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Honorable Mention as The Historical Romance Club's Favorite Historical Romance of the Year for 2003

A fiery angel, a coldhearted devil, and a marriage hotter than hell!

Linnet MacDonnell was the youngest of seven sisters, and not the family beauty. With her flame-bright red hair, sharp tongue, and strange gift of second-sight, no man wanted her. But the devil would take her
Paperback, 421 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Forever
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Jan 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, dnf
I wanted to like this book. Early on I was disappointed with the heroine who was brought into the story to use her "sight" to determine whether a child belonged to the laird or his bastard brother. She knew the answer as soon as she saw the boy but decided not to tell him because she wanted him to love the boy for himself not just because the boy was a rightful son. What a manipulating, controlling, pretending to be god, dishonorable character.

But, I kept reading. At times I felt between two peo
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
3.5 Stars
Though I wouldn't really re-read or recommend,sadly.
Kari Kaz
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was the first book in the MacKenzie series. Well-written although there was too much introspection that seemed to slow down the story and the actual romance. I loved the characters and will likely check out more books in the series.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok

I’m on a Highlander historical romance kick. I’ve been searching high and low for a good Highlander series that has at a few books already written. I found this series and looked at the reviews to see if it was worth reading and the majority of readers liked it so I downloaded the first book.

The story and plot were pretty good but I had such a hard time getting used to the authors use of expletives, not because they were harsh but because they made me laugh. I think they were supposed to be mean
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
An excellent read for lovers of good Scottish Historical fiction with a good romantic situation. This author writes good stories, and I will be happy to read more of her books. Duncan of Kintail and his bride Linnet are wonderful characters who will draw you into their story.
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
For cheeeezy romance, look no further. I even learned a new vocabulary word: "manroot". ...more
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: highland
Boring, very very boring.......... i'm not even sure how I managed to read it without skipping. ...more
Sarah Goodwin
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit, historical
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Lover of Romance
When Linnet MacDonnell was the youngest in her family, but now her father has decided to give her to Duncan MacKensie, a enemy to her father, as wife, despite her protests to the contrary. Throughout her young life, she is spirited but also has a gift for a second sight, which has prevented her from any man from wanting her, except for Duncan MacKensie who needs her gift more than he needs her, but is willing to marry her to know certain truths. At first Linnet is nervous around her new husband, ...more
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don't read much fiction, but I love men in kilts. My BFFs added this to a Scottish-themed gift basket they made me for my birthday. I've never read a romance novel. Never read historical fiction. I expected this to be cheesy but it really wasn't. The story was well written and believable (except, maybe, for a little magic) and you grew to really care about all the characters. The sexy parts were not over the top but were nice... I just got online and tracked down used copies of the next two bo ...more
As usual it was adorable
I loved the main characters, and like lennit I loved how Duncan was awkward with words, he kinda pissed me off most of the book, cause how he distanced himself from her and through that made her feel worthless.
I loved marmaduke XD I kinda feel guilty cause when lennit had that two headed guy vision and said its a friend who is good with words and will betray u, I instantly thought if marmaduke I didn't want him to be the traitor and thankfully he wasn't
I specially loved
Kimberly Nanneman
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is a favorite of mine. it was wonderful!! she is a great writer, she is one of my favorite Author's & I have alot of favorites. this book is a keeper, like all the others that I have kept. anyone that loves to read romance books I recomend this one & all her otheres boos!! Happy reading!! ...more
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Normally I read historical romance but with a twist of paranormal such as time travel, fay or something. I read the sample on this book and thought I would give it a try. I fell in love with the characters, the story line is well written, and it keeps you wanting more.
Devil in a Kilt by Sue-Ellen Welfonder. Book 1 in the (Clan MacKenzie),
 (MacKenzies of Kintail)
series and what an awesome series!
"Special 20th Anniversary Edition". *An re-issue of her previous book*
I read this book 20 years ago. Ms. Welfonder, is one of the reasons, I enjoy Scottish Historical Romance.

This is Linnett MacDonnell and Duncan MacKenzie, the Black Stag of Kintail. And what they story! Their Sensuous relationship along with mystery, danger, colorful and adventurous.
Medieval Scotlan
Sandi aka Maudley
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hist-rom
A rousing tale of a brawny Highlander and his ever-patient wife.
Regan Walker
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Entertaining 1st in the Series

Set in 1325, at the time when Robert the Bruce ruled Scotland, this is Welfonder’s first book and the first in the Highland Warrior series. It tells the story of Laird Duncan MacKenzie of Kintail who is bitter, angry and surly because his first wife cheated on him with his half brother, a man who looks like his twin. The rumor is that Duncan murdered his first wife. He wants to know if his 6 year old son, Robbie, is his own or his half brother’s, so he decides to we
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Linnet MacDonnell is sent to marry Duncan MacKenzie, an enemy of her clan who negotiated their marriage because he wishes to make use of her sight and have her be a mother to his son Robbie. Ever since his first wife died after telling Duncan that Robbie was his half-brothers son and not his, Duncan has been plagued with doubt and unable to look at the boy. Upon her arrival Linnet immediately realizes that Robbie is Duncan's true son but keeps that fact to her self as she believes that Duncan mu ...more
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
This was the review I added to Amazon when I read the book.

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Scottish Medieval. A MUST BUY!, December 20, 2001
This review is from: Devil in a Kilt (Mass Market Paperback)
To be Sue-Ellen's first book... she came out with a BANG! She drew me in from the first page and I couldn't put this book down. Great historical information and a wonderful love story. The secondary characters related to each other perfectly and were
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: JEN
Shelves: romance
OK now ladies.... here is a real bodice ripper!!!! ;)

You know that one of these... maybe 2 or more.... are necessary every once in awhile so why try and hide it! Just laugh!

As far as trashy romance novels go... Devil In A Kilt is definately a saucy read!!!!!! Setting... Scotland. Situation at hand- Drunken father marries daughter to an angry neighboring lord (hence- the Devil in a Kilt!). She has the sight- he has the bod! Ok... sorry- let me be serious. His previous wife did him very wrong and
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Devil in a Kilt wasn't a bad book but it also could have been so much better. I really liked the premise but then the book was just so predictable and the main characters annoyed me a lot. The neverending rehasing of the issues and too much details about unimportant things took away from my enjoyement in the story. It felt like the author was writing just to reach the word count. Also I felt like the romance was lacking - I never felt/saw genuine love develope and I think there should be more sc ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Story happened 1325 in Scotland.

Hero Sir Duncan, a grim giant, was called "The
Black Stag." He rarely smiled & was easily angered.
6 YO Robbie was allegedly his son? Heroine Linnet
(hereafter Lin for brevity) had 'the sight' & healing
skills.And recurring mortally wounded stag images.

The hero was too condescending toward & too willing
to break Lin's spirit. At one point, he expressed
"disobey me again & I'll whip your bare arse."

Duncan came across as too distrusting & his ultimate
affection for
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Scottish romance readers
This one deserves a little more than 3 stars, but not quite 4. I love a good Scottish Highland romance and this one really ticks all the boxes. I enjoyed it enough that I will continue on with the series. I really enjoyed the characters in this story, not just the hero and heroine, but supporting characters as well. I found the ending lacked a little and it was almost as if it was rushed. If you enjoy romance set in the Scottish Highlands then I highly recommend you read "Devil in a Kilt". ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
when I started the book it had 4 Stars. then when Linnet wouldn't quit whining about how he wouldn't love her in her internal dialogues, it went down to 3. in the last 30% when the plots meant nothing and it became obvious to me that the better part was never going to come, it went down to 1 star. I am giving it 2 stars because I don't want to be harsh.
such a pity. I really had high hopes for the book.
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this last night. I am always a sucker for historical romances and this one was no exception. I loved how spunky Linnet was. Even when she heard all the horrible stuff her father said about her she kept her head held high. Duncan was a great hero for the story. He had his own demons which he battled along with an evil half brother. In all it was a very good book.
Aug 08, 2010 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It had all of my favorite things, a hunky Scottish Lord who has to learn to love again, a Scottish lass with the sight, an evil bastard half brother, a mystery and steamy love. I think I will get another of her books!
I love books about the Scottish Highlands and this is one of the best historical romances I've read. Sexy romps, chivalrous knights, tumultuous adventures.... It had enough twists & turns to make it near impossible to put down. This one is a keeper! ...more
Suzanne Goldberg
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just started....already looks good. Love a brooding highlander struting around the campfire naked .this has got to be a good omen. Yes this was a decent read. Little slow getting to the good stuff but not bad at all
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by this author- and it was FANTASTIC. Wonderful characters, touching story, and great imagery. All the things you look for in a book, its got it. The worst thing about it- you will sit down to read and lose two hours before you know it. Hope you enjoy as well.
Sha Mslvoe
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sha Mslvoe by: Courtney
3.5 stars

This is the 1st Sue-Ellen Welfonder book I read, and right from start it caught me and keep me reading till the last page. But I don't feel connected to the book after 238 pages. It's boring and I just want to finish it.

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