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Peek Inside The Devil of Dunakin Castle

Is Keir MacKinnon the passionate, kind man Grace Ellington saved in a Highland blizzard, or is he truly the cruel executioner who seeks to solve all issues by the sword?

The Devil of Dunakin Castle

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Englishwoman, Grace Ellington, has made a home in Scotland, but to escape from the meddling people around her who seem to think she needs to wed right away—because women need saving, right? —she volunteers to journey north to aid a friend in childbirth.

Keir MacKinnon, the younger brother of the MacKinnon clan chief, has been raised to strike fear in people, on and off the battlefield. Trained to uphold MacKinnon law, he has hardened into a lethal warrior. Caught in a Highland blizzard with the feisty Grace, Keir realizes the beautiful woman who saved him can also save his nephew’s life.

Sparks fly when he takes her against her will to his home, and Grace’s courage is put to the ultimate test. Is Keir MacKinnon the passionate, kind man she saved in the Highland blizzard, or is he truly the cruel executioner who seeks to solve all issues by the sword?


“What a fantastic historical read! I was looking forward to Grace’s story since she first appeared on the scene and wow, did Ms. McCollum deliver! A must-read!” –Katrina B., Goodreads

A wonderfully exciting historical adventure!” –Petula W., Goodreads

“Another fantastic romp through the Scottish Highlands! This story grabs the reader’s attention and doesn’t let go!” –Mary A., NetGalley

“This was such a great story, the book is well written and flows great, has lots of action, steamy love scenes and a great ending.” –Tracy, Flipping Pages

“Wow, I could have read this book all the way from start to finish if only life didn't intervene.... what a fantastic, funny, sexy, sweet, read!!! Another amazing read from this series.” –Celeste H., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633728
Series: Highland Isles, Book 4
Release Date: Nov 13, 2017
Page Count: 268
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: highlander, historical
Tropes: forced proximity, redemption

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By Tracy November 05, 2017

Before I begin my review, I have to say that this book had the absolutely best dedication I have ever read and that dedication is reiterated in the note from the author at the end of the book. It was beautifully done and really touched my heart.

This book has all the elements I love in a story: humo ...more

By Coral October 28, 2017

"'Tis an old legend that says the very last Devil of Dunakin will die after an angel pierces his heart."

This is hands down my favourite book of the series. Where in previous books, the title of the book is another name given for the hero; for this book, The Devil of Dunakin Castle is actually a posi ...more

By Bambi May 16, 2018


This is my first read by Heather McCollum, and I'm sorry that I haven't already read the rest of the Highland Isles series. I quite liked this one! If you are just discovering this author like me, I don't think its absolutely necessary for you to read the earlier books. There are some references to ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review November 12, 2017

Review For: The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum is Book Four in the "Highland Isles" series. This is the story of Grace Ellington and Keir MacKinnon. I have read all the books in this series (and LOVED THEM!) but feel this can easily be a s ...more

By Kimberly November 12, 2017

My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

A kind hero forced to play the beast, a heroine who is braver and stronger than she knows, and a romance that is by turns sweet and sensual makes The Devil of Dunakin Castle a wonderful read. Heather McCollum’s writing charms the heck out of me and I lo ...more

By Lori November 10, 2017

This was the first book I have read by this author, but will definitely not be the last. This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone book. Englishwoman, Grace Ellington, has made a home for herself in Scotland. She has honed her skills and become proficient in defending herself but year ...more

By Cathy November 13, 2017

The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum
Highland Isles #4

Grace Ellington and Keir McKinnon meet when he saves her from voracious animals in the midst of a snowstorm. She returns the favor by healing his wounds from that battle only to have him kidnap her and take her to the Isle of Skye to he ...more

By Minx November 12, 2017

The Devil of Dunakin Castle is the fourth book in the Highland Isles series but can absolutely be read as a standalone. In this story Grace Ellington was a woman who longed to prove herself courageous and strong. She was unable to do so though because she had a reputation for being quite the opposit ...more

By C.J. February 13, 2018

*4.5 Stars*
Such a great story! I loved both characters so much. Grace was feisty and exactly the right person to slip beneath Keir's skin. Keir had a rough past and present, and definitely needed some happiness in his life. I loved how open they were with each other when alone and how they encourage ...more

By Katrina October 27, 2017

The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum is Book 4 of the Highland Isles Series.

What a fantastic historical read! I was looking forward to Grace’s story since she first appeared on the scene and wow, did Ms. McCollum deliver! A must-read!

An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an hone ...more

By Kendra December 14, 2017

Full review appeared on Reader's Edyn on 11/18/17

Grace Ellington is an English woman from the ton, but has left and moved to Scotland to be closer to her sister. She has been taught quite a lot in healing and now helps others with the skills she has learned. On her way to help a friend with her upc ...more

By Anissa January 12, 2018

I have read all of Heather McCollum's works and I have to say this one was amazing. The two characters have so much depth to them you really feel all their emotions. Not too mention I think this is the "Hottest" book to date from Heather. WOW!! Usually the hero is hot (looks and actions) well this h ...more

By Bec November 14, 2017

Grace Ellington is sick of everyone believing she needs to marry. So, to escape their meddling she volunteers to go and help a friend in need. However, on her way to help her pregnant friend, Grace finds herself at the hands of Keir MacKinnon; a fierce man that -- it seems -- everyone is afraid of. ...more

By Sonja November 08, 2017

This was a really quick read, but one that I enjoyed a lot. When I found out that it was actually the fourth book in a series, I was a little worried that I wouldn't quite get everything going on because I hadn't read the first three. Fortunately, that wasn't the case. While I'm sure that it would h ...more

By Brenda November 07, 2017

Publisher's Description:

Englishwoman, Grace Ellington, has made a home in Scotland, but to escape from the meddling people around her who seem to think she needs to wed right away—because women need saving, right? —she volunteers to journey north to aid a friend in childbirth.

Keir MacKinnon, the yo ...more

By Linda October 20, 2017

I liked Grace when she was a secondary character in The Beast of Aros Castle & the author did not disappoint in giving Grace her own story & HEA. From the 1st, this character appealed with her rather irreverent sense of humour, and spark. Intelligent, spirited yet compassionate but gosh can she cuss ...more

By Julie (Jewlsbookblog) January 18, 2018

“This book is dedicated to all the women who feel like they are secondary characters in the novel of life. Grace Ellington was a secondary character, yet see what she has become! Behind our masks of self-doubt, we are all heroines.”

With that opening dedication, and her acknowledgment too, Heather Mc ...more

By Michaelene November 12, 2017

Oh, what a fun, passion-filled book!

The Devil of Dunakin Castle is book four in Heather McCollum’s Highland Isles series. I’ve come to expect lots of passion and intrigue, danger and romance, and this book highlights Ms. McCollum’s talent for sweeping readers away into the rugged highlands. I highly ...more

By Shweta September 05, 2018

Amazing.! This was the last edition of the Highland Isles Series and I loved it just the same. Starting with plot, it was great with enough twists and turns. Even though Normand is the ultimate culprit, it keeps the suspense growing the doubts also falling over other family members as well. Honestly ...more

By Nicole October 14, 2017

I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

I have read the first 3 novels of this series and Ms. McCollum continues to write another enjoyable read. She brings back characters from the other novels, but you do not need to read the others in the series. Grace Ellington, one ...more

By Shakera November 20, 2017

Grace Ellington escaped her country of England due to meddling people only to find herself in the Highlands, with just as many meddling people. They all feel like she needs a man to take care of her. As a result, Grace finds herself needing an adventure! Boy did she get one! A dear friend is expecti ...more

By Maria November 13, 2017

Absolutely loved it!!!!

Grace Ellington the daughter of an English Earl has been living in Scotland since she ran away from England with her sister Ava. Always lacking confidence and courage she’s devoted her time in doing what she loves healing people, preferring to live at a cottage near the edge ...more

By Debbie November 15, 2017

Grace Ellington is the daughter of the Earl of Somerset who prefers to live at a cottage on the edge of Aros village near her half-sister Ava. She’s volunteers to journey north to aid a friend in childbirth where she secretly hopes that she will find her own adventure. Her traveling companion is inj ...more

By Laura November 13, 2017

Right up front - let's agree on the facts. I received an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) of both of these books in exchange for an honest review. And I've always been up front that I won't sugar coat things, and I won't agree to a minimum number of stars for a book. If you wrote a 1 star book, I'm goin ...more

By Miriam November 13, 2017

This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

Wow, what an in-depth look at two interesting characters! I have not read any of the previous books so I do not know how Grace was portrayed in the previous book, but she struggles with her fears and wants so badly to be brave. Keir is the devil of his ...more

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Heather McCollum

About the author

Heather McCollum

Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal and YA romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor's dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart finalists. The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entrances Ms. McCollum's heart and imagination every time she visits. The country's history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since her first journey across the pond. When she is not creating vibrant characters & magical adventures on the page, she is roaring her own battle cry in the war against ovarian cancer. Ms. McCollum recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own Highland hero, rescued golden retriever & 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

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