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ARC Review: The Devil’s Heart by Cathy Maxwell
The Devil's Heart

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: April 30, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Chattan Curse #3
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
 

 

“Ms. Maxwell did not disappoint. She delivered an amazing end to this series.  I was simply entranced with this love story that triumphs hate, revenge and an evil curse.” ~Under the Covers Book Blog

I knew this will be the last of Chattan Curse trilogy, and I was expecting a good last hurrah.  As expected, Ms. Maxwell did not disappoint. She delivered an amazing end to this series.  I was simply entranced with this love story that triumphs hate, revenge and an evil curse.

If you read the past two books of this series, you know that Margaret’s brothers finally found their happy-ever-after(stories I loved).  Unfortunately, with the curse on their family line, love came with a price.  They are not doing well.  Margaret is the only female Chattan ever born, and she may be the key to break the curse.  As Margaret journeys to Scotland where it all began, she will battle a dangerous path.  She will fall in the hands a Scotland Laird who happens to be a descendent of Fenella, the witch who cast the spell.  Laird Heath Macnachtan has issues of his own.  He recently lost his brother, the respect of his clan and a possible loss of his land.  Now, a Chattan walks in his life with her superstitions making things even more complicated. What he doesn’t know is that Maggie will bring in more than just trouble.

The meeting of a Chattan and Macnactan was an utter surprise to me. I actually thought the hero would be Rowan.  Though there was no romance between Maggie and Rowan from the previous books, I somewhat guessed.  I was wrong, and happy to be corrected.  Heath was definitely a pleasant surprise.  Ms. Maxwell did a great job paring the two.  I thought they made a great couple, one of English propriety, and the other a roughened Laird; a classic Romeo and Juliet.   Maggie having to stay with the Macnactan family was a great wake up call for her. Finding out that her enemies did not even believe the curse exists made it harder for her to stay connected with her own beliefs.  I applaud her for her determination, despite all the tragedies that have happened, she pursues her quest to end Fenella’s curse.  Who can blame her, it is a matter of life and death after all.   Heath, on the other hand, really took the on the lead in this book. I guess it’s not really a surprise since his character is a strong one, and he is definitely a born leader. His role as a Laird was not by birthright but due to the passing of his older brother, nevertheless, he will prove himself and will handle all situations well despite the difficult issues at hand.  Most importantly, he really is more than just Margaret’s newfound love but the Chattan family’s savior. The things he will do and sacrifice for his love is just jaw droppingly amazing.   Like I said, an amazing end!!

Overall, The Chattan Curse trilogy is one I recommend for anyone who is in the mood for a historical romance with a hint of magic.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Cathy Maxwell

Cathy Maxwell’s enthusiasm for life graces the pages of her books and are the topic of the talks she gives to readers and writers groups about her chosen career.

She is no stranger to the limelight.  After graduating from college, Cathy started off as a news broadcaster.  She later decided reporting was boring compared to making news and joined the navy.   After a successful stint in Naval intelligence, including a tour with the Pentagon, Cathy proceeded to pursue writing.  Now, she has over thirty-five published romance novels (and five anthologies) to her credit, many of them spending significant time on the New York Times and USA Today mass market best-seller lists.  Several have been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award and  has been honored with RT Book Review’s  “Love and Laughter” award among others.  Recently, the Washington Romance Writers named her a recipient of the Kathleen Gilles Seidel “Legend” award for her service to the chapter.  Best of all, she has made some wonderful friends along the way and has had a great time.

Originally from Kansas, she now finds herself in Texas! When not writing she is likely to be busy with one of many local charities or packing her bags to research her next novel.  Cathy’s motto is “travel light” and she enjoys meeting her fans all over the world.

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Timitra

Oooh I’ll definitely add these to my wishlist-thanks Angela!

Bube

I love to read historical romance with a hint of magic 🙂
I will add this book to my TBR 😀

Thanks for the recommendation and great review Angela 🙂