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.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎08-12-2010 11:02 AM

Maria, I've ALWAYS preferred the rugged man, but he has to be clean. And say no more the title has me ordering this book right now. And believe it or not I've never read Veronica Wolff, well we will soon rectify that.

Great review



by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎08-12-2010 12:11 PM

Thanks Deb - I think you'll enjoy this one.  And if you like time travel, Veronica Wolff has written about time travel and the Scottish Highlands.... Personally I'm absolutely in love with the sub-genre of time travel.

by Ellie8575 on ‎08-12-2010 12:25 PM

*sigh*  I love a man's man.  He's definitely got to have a little bit of macho, but not so much that it's a turn off. 

by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎08-12-2010 12:52 PM

defnintely the rugged guy, but like dhaupt said, he has to be clean

by 1lovealways on ‎08-13-2010 09:35 PM

Hi Maria!


Rugged and clean most definitely!  Not clean is a big no, no matter how rugged he is.  I've never read Veronica Wolff, but this book sounds wonderful.  All it takes to lure me is Scotland, the brogue and the kilt.  I'm so there!  Of all the locales in books, Scotland is my favorite Historical setting.   I just love the history and mysticism surrounding that land.  :smileyhappy: 

by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎08-14-2010 12:22 PM

Hi 1lovealways - I'm with you, there's something about Scotland that 'speaks' to me.  I'm hoping one day to visit in person and not just in my 'mind's eye'.

by pjpuppymom on ‎08-15-2010 08:29 AM

I adore Veronica Wolff's books!  MacColla, in "Warrior of the HIghlands" is one of my all-time favorite heroes.  I thoroughly enjoyed "Devil's Highlander" and can't wait to read the rest of the MacAlpin stories. 


I don't like men who spend more time in front of the mirror than I do.  I prefer jeans to suits, rugged to suave.  However, that being said, I also prefer them to be clean. ;-)


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