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The Devil of Dunakin Castle

(Highland Isles #4)

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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
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ebook, 268 pages
Published November 13th 2017 by Entangled Publishing. LLC (Scandalous)
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Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️
My first book after pretty much a two week slump interrupted only by some really shitty choices for reading.

I don't actually remember how I stumbled across this. I mean it's usually a friend who's reading it or it showed up in my recommendation or something like that but I just don't remember.

I do remember why I picked it up though. I read the blurb and instantly Julie Garwood's The Secret popped in my head. So obviously, the Julie Garwood Highlander whore that I am, how could I resist the tempt
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Tracy Emro
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Before I begin my review, I have to say that this book had the absolutely best dedication I have ever read and that dedication is reiterated in the note from the author at the end of the book. It was beautifully done and really touched my heart.

This book has all the elements I love in a story: humor, action/adventure, a misunderstood hero, steamy love scenes and a heroine that you can’t help rooting for.

Grace has been a secondary character in the previous books in this series, she is the sister
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Coral
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"'Tis an old legend that says the very last Devil of Dunakin will die after an angel pierces his heart."

This is hands down my favourite book of the series. Where in previous books, the title of the book is another name given for the hero; for this book, The Devil of Dunakin Castle is actually a position bestowed or rather forced on the hero.

We finally get Grace's story who was introduced in the 1st book. Since then she has blossomed living among the Macleans, learning how to protect herself. Yea
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Bambi Unbridled
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This is my first read by Heather McCollum, and I'm sorry that I haven't already read the rest of the Highland Isles series. I quite liked this one! If you are just discovering this author like me, I don't think its absolutely necessary for you to read the earlier books. There are some references to events in earlier books, and maybe a slight spoiler, but nothing major.

Our heroine is an English lass, Grace Ellington, who has been living on the Isle of Mull with her sister (heroine of a previous
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review For: The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum is Book Four in the "Highland Isles" series. This is the story of Grace Ellington and Keir MacKinnon. I have read all the books in this series (and LOVED THEM!) but feel this can easily be a standalone book. Grace is the daughter of the Earl of Somerset and has inherited an Estate down in York England but she prefers to live at a cottage on the edge of Aros village near her half sister Ava ...more
Elizabeth Neal
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Grace, an Englishwoman, needs to escape the life she's made in Scotland to stop the constant strains of those around her believing she needs to marry, that she isn't complete without a man in her life.

Keir, the MacKinnon clan chief's younger brother, has lived his life fulfilling the purpose he was raised to uphold...instill fear in those who encounter him, whether he's on the battlefield or not.

When Keir and Grace meet, and are stranded together, due to a blizzard, not only are they attracted t
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Kimberly
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

A kind hero forced to play the beast, a heroine who is braver and stronger than she knows, and a romance that is by turns sweet and sensual makes The Devil of Dunakin Castle a wonderful read. Heather McCollum’s writing charms the heck out of me and I loved getting lost in Grace and Keir’s story.

Grace is a wholly endearing heroine. She’s the wallflower type who finally gets a chance to come into her own and she shines. In the beginning of the story, she’
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A Klue
The devil has a tough act to follow, my fellow Scottish romance book loving friends. You see, having read all the books in this series so far, The Wolf got 5 wolf whistle stars from me and The Beast and Rogue were not far behind.

The henchmen could also be used to describe Keir, the hero/perceived devil of an enforcer, whose assigned task is to carry out his laird brother’s decrees of punishment to anyone who crosses the clan’s rules, including neighboring enemies and fellow clansmen. Of course,
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Lori D
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I have read by this author, but will definitely not be the last. This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone book. Englishwoman, Grace Ellington, has made a home for herself in Scotland. She has honed her skills and become proficient in defending herself but yearns for adventure. Everyone seems to be trying to get her married off, so to get away, she sets out to help a friend who is about to go into childbirth. On her way, she gets caught in a blizzard and en ...more
Kristy K
The book begins with a blizzard to bring together our two main characters. I enjoyed the circumstances in which grace needs saving and in turn has to tend to her wounded warrior. Soon after that, it turns into a lustful tryst where the characters act like modern day people who happen to live in the 16th century. I was glad this portion was short lived as I enjoyed the dialogue between Grace and Keir. It was a mix of honest moments and witty banter that played well into overall story.

I found Gra
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Cathy Geha
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum
Highland Isles #4

Grace Ellington and Keir McKinnon meet when he saves her from voracious animals in the midst of a snowstorm. She returns the favor by healing his wounds from that battle only to have him kidnap her and take her to the Isle of Skye to heal his ill nephew. Keir is “The Devil of Dunakin Castle” raised to put fear into all for the heartless horrible deeds he visits on all but usually at the bequest of his chieftain – or perhaps he does
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Minx
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 e ...more
Katrina Berry
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum is Book 4 of the Highland Isles Series.

What a fantastic historical read! I was looking forward to Grace’s story since she first appeared on the scene and wow, did Ms. McCollum deliver! A must-read!

An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
C.J. Burright
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4.5 Stars*
Such a great story! I loved both characters so much. Grace was feisty and exactly the right person to slip beneath Keir's skin. Keir had a rough past and present, and definitely needed some happiness in his life. I loved how open they were with each other when alone and how they encouraged the best in each other. Highly recommended!
Kendra
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review appeared on Reader's Edyn on 11/18/17

Grace Ellington is an English woman from the ton, but has left and moved to Scotland to be closer to her sister. She has been taught quite a lot in healing and now helps others with the skills she has learned. On her way to help a friend with her upcoming birth, she becomes lost in a blizzard and is rescued by Keir. She nurses him back to health following their ordeal, and decides to accompany him to try and improve his nephew’s failing health, b
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Megan
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
This book made me uncomfortable. The “dirty” talking was so creepy. Honestly I had to start skipping that because it made me nauseous.

The characters were ridiculous in this book. I can’t remember but I think I enjoyed the last couple books so I was surprised by how much I disliked this book.
Anissa
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I have read all of Heather McCollum's works and I have to say this one was amazing. The two characters have so much depth to them you really feel all their emotions. Not too mention I think this is the "Hottest" book to date from Heather. WOW!! Usually the hero is hot (looks and actions) well this heroine (once a secondary character from The Beast of Aro Castle) is just as hot in everything from her talking, actions and her passion...this Lady left nothing out. You knew what Grace was feeling &a
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Bec

Grace Ellington is sick of everyone believing she needs to marry. So, to escape their meddling she volunteers to go and help a friend in need. However, on her way to help her pregnant friend, Grace finds herself at the hands of Keir MacKinnon; a fierce man that -- it seems -- everyone is afraid of. Yet, she sees him differently and is determined to help him save his nephew. But when he's given a difficult order by his older brother, the MacKinnon clan chief, Grace decides to risk everything for
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Sonja
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was a really quick read, but one that I enjoyed a lot. When I found out that it was actually the fourth book in a series, I was a little worried that I wouldn't quite get everything going on because I hadn't read the first three. Fortunately, that wasn't the case. While I'm sure that it would have put some of the characters into better context, it did not affect the story for me at all. It was still fun, funny, and very entertaining. Both the characters and the world building were believabl ...more
Brenda
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Publisher's Description:

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 Hig
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Linda
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked Grace when she was a secondary character in The Beast of Aros Castle & the author did not disappoint in giving Grace her own story & HEA. From the 1st, this character appealed with her rather irreverent sense of humour, and spark. Intelligent, spirited yet compassionate but gosh can she cuss! I fell (even more) in love with her when I read this (sheltering from a blizzard in a small abandoned hut with Keir and his horse Cogadh (war in Gaelic) that she prefers to call Little Warri ...more
Les Romantiques
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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Reviewed by Rinou
Review Copy from the Publisher

The Devil of Dunakin Castle is the fourth volume in the Highland Isles series of which I already reviewed the two previous books The Rogue of Islay Isle https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... and The Wolf of Kisimul Castle https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
We discover Grace, the sister of the first volume’s heroine, when she meets Keir during a snowstorm. He’s looking for a healer for his seriously
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Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

“This book is dedicated to all the women who feel like they are secondary characters in the novel of life. Grace Ellington was a secondary character, yet see what she has become! Behind our masks of self-doubt, we are all heroines.”

With that opening dedication, and her acknowledgment too, Heather McCollum had me all set for a wonderful adventure ..and succeeded in delivering one!

I got a kick out of Grace and her courageous attitude that she believed to be cowardice. And gracious did she have a
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Michaelene
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, what a fun, passion-filled book!

The Devil of Dunakin Castle is book four in Heather McCollum’s Highland Isles series. I’ve come to expect lots of passion and intrigue, danger and romance, and this book highlights Ms. McCollum’s talent for sweeping readers away into the rugged highlands. I highly recommend this book.

Grace Ellington wants to prove herself, and she decides to help her friend during childbirth. Along the way, however, a snow storm sweeps in and brings her right to the door of a
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Shweta
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Shakera
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Grace Ellington escaped her country of England due to meddling people only to find herself in the Highlands, with just as many meddling people. They all feel like she needs a man to take care of her. As a result, Grace finds herself needing an adventure! Boy did she get one! A dear friend is expecting a baby and wants a familiar face around. Grace volunteers, but like everything else in her life… not goes according to plan. In her travels, she meets Keir, the Devil of Dunakin Castle. Only he’s n ...more
Nicole
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

I have read the first 3 novels of this series and Ms. McCollum continues to write another enjoyable read. She brings back characters from the other novels, but you do not need to read the others in the series. Grace Ellington, one of the main characters was introduced in the first novel of the series. Now, you can see how she has grown and wants to be independent, not being told she should marry or have someone to protect her.
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Julie
’ive read and enjoyed the previous book “Wolf of Kisimul Castle.” So I was looking forward to reading The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum, and I wasn’t disappointed. They are all standalone books, so don’t need to be read in order (but I may just have to go back and read the other two) 🙂

Grace is a feisty and independent woman (we meet her in book 1), she needs no man to complete her life (even though other people seem to want to marry her off). She goes to help her friend (Miari )to
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Maria Dariotis
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it!!!!

Grace Ellington the daughter of an English Earl has been living in Scotland since she ran away from England with her sister Ava. Always lacking confidence and courage she’s devoted her time in doing what she loves healing people, preferring to live at a cottage near the edge of the village.
Not wanting to rush in any courtship she wants what her sister and her friend Mairi have passion and love she won’t accept for anything less. So Grace is set in having an adventure goin
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Debbie Glenn Brown
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grace Ellington is the daughter of the Earl of Somerset who prefers to live at a cottage on the edge of Aros village near her half-sister Ava. She’s volunteers to journey north to aid a friend in childbirth where she secretly hopes that she will find her own adventure. Her traveling companion is injured and she’s caught out in a blizzard where she’s rescued by Keir MacKinnon, the Devil of Dunakin, and the younger brother of the MacKinnon clan chief.
Keir is on his own mission to bring back the he
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Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical and YA paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay, and was a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist.

When she is not picking her teen’s brain for authentic attitude for her YA books and finding time to write, she is usually found educating women on ovarian cancer symptoms. Ms. McCollum has recently slayed t
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Other books in the series

Highland Isles (4 books)
  • The Beast of Aros Castle (Highland Isles #1)
  • The Rogue of Islay Isle (Highland Isles, #2)
  • The Wolf of Kisimul Castle (Highland Isles, #3)