Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Clan MacAlpin Series Book 2
My Source: The Season Reviews Group
Publisher: Berkley (March 1, 2011)
Rating: A; Nearly Perfect, A Keeper
Heat Level: 4; Very Hot!
Devil’s Own by Veronica Wolff
Devil’s Own by Veronica Wolff is an exciting and emotional historical romance novel that is simply impossible to put down. With sparkling dialogue, perfect characters and an unforgettable love story, this novel is nothing else but a ‘Must Read.’
Aidan has recently been returned to his large Scottish family after spending the last thirteen years as a slave. His homecoming is awkward, but more than anything else, he wants revenge on the man who stole him from his home all those years ago. When his sister insists that the neighboring farm girl tutor him in order to teach him how to read and write, Aidan is reluctant to agree. Especially after he meets the shy young girl, Elspeth Farquharson, and realizes she is quiet the distraction. Aidan needs this education and these lessons with Elspeth in order to hunt down his enemy, but she quickly becomes wrapped up in his dangerous plot. Now all Aidan has to figure out is what has become more important…Elspeth or his revenge?
For fans of tortured heroes (Me! Me!), Aidan is your man! As a slave for the last thirteen years he certainly has a lot of baggage, but he is still a stunning leading man. His need for vengeance is strong in the beginning, but what was striking was how Elspeth dramatically changed him. You see a tortured man who wants to be cruel and uncaring, but his relationship with Elspeth improves his character on so many levels that you can’t help but be in awe of this dashing man. It’s no wonder the heroine is madly in love with him.
Elspeth was absolutely charming and adorable as a heroine. She has romantic and fanciful notions that lead her to day dream for most of the day. Of course she wants Aidan to be the hero in those day dreams, but she is so unsure of herself that she constantly doubts her feelings towards him. As much as Elspeth changes Aidan, he changes her as well. Taking a lesson from the romance novels she loves so much, once she comes to know the true Aidan, she realizes she will do anything for her hero. It’s impossible not to love that.
The dialogue was clever and gave a distinctive voice to the characters. This smart and powerful romance novel introduced delicious passion, witty exchanges and stunning emotion. Along with the drama and the romance were light touches of humor, which was a wonderful addition to make this a somewhat lighter romance. What was perhaps most amazing to me was the build up of passionate tension between the hero and heroine. I don’t ever remember reading a book where I anticipated the first kiss more than in this novel. Then waiting so long to read about it and not even caring because it was that priceless. The build up and execution was breath taking and perfectly written by Wolff. As an author, she delivers on many levels with this novel….producing an exciting storyline, well crafted characters and a vibrant romance. She takes you on a fulfilling journey to a different time and place to experience a love full of tenderness and hope.
I truly cannot find anything that I did not like or love about Devil’s Own. It was pure romance through and through. With Devil’s Own being book two of the Clan MacAlpin series, I hope the series is far from the end. Since there is a large cast of secondary characters, the MacAlpin siblings, I hope each will get their own story. Wolff has crafted a wonderful historical romance novel that I loved from the very first chapter and that I read in one sitting! It truly doesn’t get much better than this. If you are looking for a quality historical romance with a tortured hero who finds his heart, an adorably insecure heroine who discovers her courage and an exciting romantic journey look no further than Devil’s Own. It’s definitely a keeper!