Cormac MacAplin is the highlander in question: tortured hero, with a hardened heart and a tragic past. But I assure you, ladies, that won’t stop you from loving this kilt-wearing, sword-swinging warrior and following his journey to salvation in the arms of the one woman who can help him set things to right.
Cormac and his twin brother, Aidan, lived a comfortable existence in Scotland, often times playing with and vying for the affection of the young Marjorie Keith. Theirs was a happy life, but their childhood abruptly ended when Aidan was kidnapped, creating a tormented existence for Cormac and a life of solitude for Marjorie. Setting off for war, Cormac desperately tries to erase the memories and instead is haunted by what he couldn’t stop. Shattered by the loss of his brother, he blames himself and destroys any chance of happiness with Marjorie.
Now a fisherman, he is marginally content with nothing more than the sea to keep him company until Marjorie re-enters his life with a request that shatters his heart all over again. Marjorie needs his help in finding a poor boy that’s disappeared, but his hardened heart knows the boy cannot be found and the circumstances are too reminiscent of his brother’s fate. The painful reminder of his brother is enough for him to turn her away, but Marjorie will not be denied in finding the boy, or in rekindling her love for Cormac.
Devil’s Highlander is filled with mystery and adventure, with a strong hero and an equally strong heroine, and as the author so eloquently writes in a passage in the book, “the mending of two hearts that have spent a lifetime broken.” It’s the tragedy and loss that both Marjorie and Cormac have suffered that makes their rekindled love special.
This is the first book in a series on the Clan MacAlpin. The second book, “Devil’s Own” will be released in March.
Cormac is a rugged man. There is a scene in the book when he has reason to sneer at a man whose grooming obviously takes precedence over anything else. Cormac’s viewpoint is that “A real man paid more attention to the safety of his family than to his damned coiffure.” Do you prefer a man who pays attention to his looks? Or do you like the rugged; take me as I am kind?”
Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer.