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The Bedeviled Heart (The Highland Heather and Hearts Scottish Romance Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Carmen Caine
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"The Bedeviled Heart" is a Best Romance IPPY Silver Medal-Winning Novel!

AMAZON TOP 100 BESTSELLER
#1 Scottish Historical Romance

Scotland, 1479 - Cameron Malcolm Stewart, Earl of Lennox, had made his peace with destiny. It was not his fate to love as other men.

Wed and widowed seven times, he had come to believe that sharing his name alone would consign a woman to an early grave. So, on the sunny spring day Cameron encounters a delightfully devious, bright-eyed lass selling charmed stones in one of Stirling's alehouses, he tosses her a shilling, thinking only to steal a kiss. But it is a kiss that will change his life forever.

To care for her ailing father, the precocious Kate Ferguson has resorted to swindling the drunkards of Stirling. But a chance meeting with a handsome and seductively mysterious outlaw named Cameron ends with a kiss that changes the course of her destiny. But as dark times descend upon Scotland, Kate is inadvertently caught in a deadly web of court intrigue spun by the royal favorite, Thomas Cochrane. And as King James III falls prey to his fear of the Black Arts, accusations of witchcraft and treachery abound.

The fate of Scotland itself hangs in the balance, and while Cameron vows to defy destiny itself to hold Kate forever in his arms, he must unravel the plots of nobles and commoners alike to protect the country that he loves.




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ROMANCE SILVER MEDAL WINNER of the Independent Publisher Book Awards! Praise for "The Bedeviled Heart"

"Carmen has done it again! She takes you away on page one and before you know it you've fallen in love with Cameron and wish that Kate was your friend! Funny, exciting and romantic without being smutty." Laiden's Daughter (The Clan MacDougall Series), Suzan Tisdale

"The characters were fabulous, easy to fall in love with and the story kept me glued to my Kindle." Shannon Mayer, Author of Dark Waters

"'Surely ye can find others to corrupt. Let him free from your band of outlaws, ye onion-eyed varlet.' With lines like these, how can one not enjoy this delightful Scottish romance?" Author of the Vicarage Bench Series, Mimi Barbour

From the Author

Historical Note
(While each book is a standalone story, this book begins the story of King James III that will continue in "The Daring Heart" and end in "The Bold Heart")

Cameron and Kate never existed, but the historical events in the book did take place.

"The Bedeviled Heart" touches upon the true and fascinating story of Thomas ( Robert ) Cochrane, King James III, and his brothers. In some ways, King James III of Scotland was a man born before his time, more a patron of the arts than a warrior. But it was his habit of exalting low-born favorites, among them the architect Cochrane, combined with his fascination for the Black Arts that brought about some of the first documented witchcraft trials in Scotland's history and ultimately his death in an uprising led by his son.

"The Bedeviled Heart" begins the departure in historical flavor from that of "The Kindling Heart", with "The Bedeviled Heart" being the first book in this series to cover the significant events of 1479. And as these events took ten years to come to a resolution, this fascinating backdrop will be continued throughout the remainder of the books in this series: "The Daring Heart" and "The Bold Heart".

And while my goal is to weave history throughout these stories in an effort to make them all the more entertaining, these books will always be romances first and historical second. I will primarily focus on the human relationships between all of the characters in the entire four book storyline.

"The Kindling Heart" begins the story with Bree and Ruan in the Isle of Skye.
"The Bedeviled Heart" covers Cameron and Kate's dramatic romance against the backdrop of court intrigue and witchcraft.
"The Daring Heart" brings the adventure of Lord Julian Gray as he meets his match in the Italian assassin, Liselle.
"The Bold Heart" weaves the spell of fated love with Merry rescuing Ewan in the events leading up to the Battle of Sauchieburn -- thus completing the circle of how it all began.

Product Details

  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bento Box Books (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OIS3VA
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful character development March 7, 2012
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This is a great ebook for $2.99. I, too wondered about the quality for the price but was wrong. Gripping is the word I would use to describe this book. I was up late for two nights reading it on my Kindle and finished it on the third. The best part about the book is the character development -- particularly of Kate. Unlike the heroines in many, many other romance novels, Kate behaves as a "normal" woman would. She's full of spirit and isn't cowed by men or circumstances. She's generous to a fault and has a lovely heart. She feels no guilt over her attraction to Cameron and his cleft chin. And she's ready to have a bairn if it happens, which it does. (And more than one, as well). It's refreshing to see a book about a lively, lusty woman -- and also refreshing to read a book without intimate sex scenes. Carmen Caine gets the romantic point across quite easily. A lot of research went into this book. This was my first Scottish Highlands historical and I realized there's a lot to learn about Scotland. So anyone who loves historicals as I do should love this. One slight criticism -- I would have loved to have seen a bit more development of the secondary characters such as Kate's father and Princess Annabella. A bit more backstory would have been interesting. I look forward to the next book in the series. And Carmen Caine -- get yourself a website. You deserve it!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! January 24, 2012
By KarAnn
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After only giving only one star to her previous book, The Kindling Heart, I have to say that this one was way beyond my expections! This time around the heroine was likeable and had personality. I actually cared what happened to her. I noticed that the editor's name was on the first book (Kindling Heart) as a co-author, and I wonder who actually wrote it? I would recommend The Bedeviled Heart and look forward to the two sequels coming out later.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen has done it again! December 22, 2011
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Carmen has done it again! She takes you away on page one and before you know it you've fallen in love with Cameron and wish that Kate was your friend! Funny, exciting and romantic without being smutty. If Amazon would allow us to give more than five stars, I would! Delightful, intriguing and simply put a very well written book that I could not put down! I was so impressed with this book that I blogged about it this morning. ;o)

Thank you Carmen! Keep up the most excellent work!

Suzan Tisdale
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bedeviled Heart January 21, 2012
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This book was absolutely amazing.I was able to finish it in two days because I had to take it to work and read when no one was watching.I rarely do that but this book was just too good not to.There is nothing better than a sexy highland hotty and Cameron was all that. The romance took off from the beginning but was not boring at all. I fell in love with Cameron because he was such a humble, faithful, and kind guy. He kept his identity hid but had a good reason to. I had to gasp when Kate finally found out who he was. There was also treachery and suspense that kept you wondering. I liked that there were no explicit sex scenes. You were led that way but imagination was all you needed. I thought this book was so well written that it didnt need bedroom details. This was truly one of the best romance novels I have ever read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for a great piece of entertainment. December 25, 2011
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Ach, those chiseled lips! I very much appreciated the real characters; they had a depth that came to life as actual people in my mind. I delighted in the whole "thief" misunderstanding in the beginning. A cute series, a well chiseled story... LOL... I applaud this second book in the series. The Author really captures Scottish heritage, some of it from the Ross area where my mother-in-law grew up. Five stars for a great piece of entertainment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly well done September 22, 2012
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The court intrigue and historical aspects of the story were great. The characters started out full of life and well developed but ended up lacking. I enjoyed the story overall but couldn't quite get past the drastic change in personality when Kate was faced with tragedy. While this took away from the story for me I would still recommend that other readers who enjoy historical romance give it a try as they may have a differing reaction than me and as I said overall it was enjoyable and well written, just didn't do it for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ach! I couldna put it down... February 14, 2012
By BCP
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This was one of those books that as the closer to the end I got, the slower I read. I didnae want it to end.

Instead of repeating what the other 5 Star reviews said, I will simply say that I totally agree with them.
And, I too, am looking forward to #3...The Daring Heart.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly well written...Could not put it down!!! February 22, 2012
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At the time I bought this book I was debating if I wanted it!! I love "The Kindling Heart" and had waited for this book to be released but when it came down to it I was scared I would be disappointed....how many authors write a second book as good as the first?? I am so glad I was wrong with my assumption!! The main characters are wonderful and I found my self not able to stop reading it. I dont want to go in to it a spoil it for someone with my review so all I will say is this book is fabulously written with well developed characters and a very well developed plot!!! I would recommend this book to any reader!! And once again I find myself patiently waiting for the release of the next book "The Daring Heart"! Thank you so much Carmen Caine!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bedeviled from the start
Better than the first looking forward to the next one. Not just another romance novel.historically and very well written and entertaining.
Published 5 days ago by minnie53
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Well written. Characters to fall in love with. Definitely a book for the romance readers. All her books are great.
Published 11 days ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
This book turned out to be a quick read with a fun story. I liked the characters as well as the writing style of Carmen Caine.
Published 17 days ago by books
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 21 days ago by bjsh
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
another fine scottish romance, she thought he was a thief but it was her that stole his heart,
Published 29 days ago by lizzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Improvement compared to bk1
This story is so much better then the first. It flows well. Just enough of everything. Nothing is overkill. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shayliz
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect
I can not explain how much I love this book .It's the second book in this series & So different from the first book .I love reading books that are part of a series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tammie
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I like the story. It Keeps you entertained and interested throughout the book. Want to check out her next books
Published 1 month ago by Susie
5.0 out of 5 stars detailed Scottish life.
Always, I had to make myself quit reading and tend to obligations. The tale is so real that one lives it. A new question at every turn
Published 2 months ago by jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhh
oh I just loved this story. I will more than likely read it again and soon. I of course will buy the whole serious. I simply must know what happens to Thomas the mason. Read more
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More About the Author

Like many of us on this planet, Bestselling and Award-Winning author Carmen Caine is from another world. She spends every moment she can scribbling stories on sticky notes that her kids find posted all over the car, house, and barn.

When she is not working as a software engineer, she is busy ferrying her kids to various appointments, writing lyrics for her husband's songs, taking care of the dog Tigger and his heart condition, attempting to tame her three insane cats, scratching her three Nigerian Dwarf Goats behind the horns or coddling her flock of thirty bizarre chickens from around the world.

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