Linnet MacDonnell knew that this could not be true...she was to be bartered to her da's sworn enemy, Duncan "The Black Stag" MacKenzie--A man who was rumored to have killed his first wife. Though her lady's maid Elspeth Beaton fought hard in her defense naming a number of reasons why she should not marry Duncan. However her father would not stand down for he had too much to gain to not offer her hand in marriage, enemy or not. Besides, Duncan wants only her gift of sight to confirm if his son Robbie is his son and not his half brothers'. He wants nothing to do with her...or does he?
Linnet, Elspeth and her brothers travel to meet her future husband half the distance and though he is arrogant, she is in complete awe of his very presence. His fierce scowl causes Linnet to realize one thing, he does not find her appealing. Why would he? She does not have her mother or sisters beautiful looks. Wrong she is for the scowl covering his face is because of her worn clothing not her looks. The MacDonnell boys are openly hostile because they don't feel like he has greeted her properly. Before swords start to swing, the fight is diffused with a single promise...he will not harm her. They travel towards his home and a web of feelings take over both the hero and the heroine. Duncan also realizes that she is not plain at all! Why her hair is near bronze, beautiful eyes and a genuine innocence, why she very appealing to him!
I laughed very much while reading this novel. Duncan is your usual alpha-male scowling and glaring at anyone who crosses his path. However, he is forever in outrage (for one thing or another, lol). He made more oaths than anyone and used phrases such as "By Saint Peter of Rome" quiet frequently! Did I mention the constant blushes, not only from women but men!!! It was hilarious. A delightful story. Excellent secondary characters, Elspeth, Fergus and one of my favorites, Sir Marmaduke! The characters are well developed and the attention to detail surrounding Scotland is heart warming. Historical romance readers will adore Devil in a Kilt (this is the first book of the series!). Highly recommended!