Evelinda, an English, has been having the worst few years of her life. After her father died and her brother left for the Crusades, her stepmother has been very much cruel to her. She enjoys breaking her. As one of her stepmother's cruel jokes, she betrothed Evelinda to the notorious Devil of the Highlands, who is said to be cruel and a murderer.
After meeting the man, Evelinda has seen kindness in him and she hoped that he would take her away from the cruel life she has now. However, being married to an arrogant man isn't really going to be that easy, more so when someone is out to kill you.
This book is just so disappointing. I could say that Lynsay Sands is the second worst writer of historical romance, next to Johanna Lyndsey. I was really excited to read this book. I thought it was something like a Julie Garwood's plot, with all the great materials and excitement in one book, or a Judith McNaught's awesome execution of stories or, heck, even a simple Julia Quinn writing style is way better than this crap (sorry, I'm just so frustrated right now).
The story has no substance at all. The story is so simple and it lacks materials. The story is walk on a very very narrow path. Everything is straightforward. The author wants to talk about the murder; she will talk about the murder, only. I mean she could have add more stuff to make it interesting. Most of the time they just sleep together. You couldn't even see what the hero and heroine are doing during normal days. The topic of her stepmother wasn't even opened up further. Her marriage just gave her everything, great husband, friends/servants, horse, no abuse, etc. It's like everything stopped after she got married. Also, their relationship just jumped without some moments or scenes. This is like those stories where boy-meets-girl-and-boy-and-girl-fell-in-love. The end. They have this corny thing going that they are totally in sync, where they think on the same page. How crazy is that.
The characters were practically useless. The girl doesn't do anything at all and she doesn't know how to do anything. She is a total push over. The guy don't do anything except sleep with his wife and I don't see him as some brave warrior or even a ruler. He is just this guy who just suddenly fell in love with his wife.
This is truly a disappointment. I would like to say that this would be my first and last Lynsay Sands book. It was just that horrible that I don't want to touch any of her books anymore.