Review & Contest: Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs (# 2)
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Pages: 368
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review

Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.

Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.


Review: Maya Banks…holy hotness, I’m about to buy every single one of your highlander books and devour them.

I never know what to expect when I pick up a Scottish Romance. In my opinion, authors either nail it, or they flounder with not only the dialect but the history of that time period.

So when I picked up this book, I was preparing myself for either or. Maya Banks astounded me. As in, I’m pretty sure I forgot to eat while reading this book. It was that good.
Historical setting? Perfect.
History of the clans and feuding? Spot on.
Love story and romance? I’m fanning myself, does that give you an adequate description?

Genevieve was first introduced in another book in this exact series. I get the impression she was painted as quite the villain so I’m sure readers will be surprised to see her starring as the heroine in this novel. She’s been scarred by a terrible Laird (now dead), and lives with the McHughes. A clan that could care less if she lived or died. They label her a whore even though he was basically kept prisoner in the castle.

She is constantly defending those who hate her and on a rampage to save the only home she has left. She does this in hopes that Bowen Montgomery allows her to either stay or go to a nunnery and live out her days in peace. She refuses to go back to her home, thinking she’ll bring shame upon her family even though she was basically in a prison by the McHugh.

Bowen sets about discovering her secret and not only wooing her, but defending her against all the evil that surrounds her.

Genevieve’s pain felt so incredibly real that I cried while reading the book. She had nothing to live for, yet she still fought with every breath. She really had no pride left or so she thought, but she had fight left and I was not only astounded by her character but by how Miss Banks builds up the plot.

Bowen was a swoon worthy hero. But aren’t all Scottish men? He wasn’t the typical “I shall force myself upon you wearing nothing but a kilt,” type of Scottish hero. He had a gentle side and extreme self control which I found very refreshing for this type of book.

Their love story was precious and beautiful. I love seeing a man move mountains for a woman even if it means sacrificing his own happiness to do so.

All in all, a WONDERFUL story that I will read again and again.
Minor cursing and some sex.

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20 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

  1. may says:

    I love Maya’s other books and I would love to read this one too! I love her Scottish books especially!

  2. Jeanne Miro says:

    I’m thrilled that you are featuring Maya’s book, Highlander Most Wanted, today because ever since I read the first book in her Montgomerys & Armstrongs series, Never Seduce a Scot, I’ve been wanting to read it! When I read Never Seduce a Scot I loved the moment when Eveline took Graeme hand in hers when she met him. Maya always does more than just tell a story. She makes you connect with her characters and you feel like your with them on their journey.

    I missed picking up a copy of Highlander Most Wanted last month and can’t wait to read about the journey of Bowen helping Genevieve to finally be able to get back the freedom that the laird of McHugh Keep took away from her! I can’t wait to find out how Graeme’s gentle side and kindness helps her once again be her own self again after being deprived of so much.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Highlander Most Wanted!

  3. Leanna H says:

    I would love to win this jook because I love Highlander books and Maya Banks is on of my favorite authors. I just ordered Rush from her new series.

  4. Monique says:

    The first book I read by this author was, Never Seduce A Scot! Loved it and looking forward to reading more by Maya. (Crossing my fingers I’m selected as the WINNER!)


  5. Maria D. says:

    Just picked this one up for my Nook the other day – can’t wait to read it – thanks for the review

  6. June M. says:

    I really want to win this because I LOVED the first book of the series!! I love stories where characters are somehow damaged, yet it seems like Genevieve is definitely not broken, even strong enough to defend the people who hate her. This book is on my must have list 🙂

  7. Marcy Shuler says:

    I love Maya’s books, especially her Scottish romances. She just does such a wonderful job capturing these characters and making me care about them.

  8. Jen B. says:

    First, I love Maya Banks’ books. Second, I love Highlander stories. Third, based on your review, I have to move this series up my list! I have been disappointed recently with Highland romance and I have been looking for a one to renew my faith!

  9. Chelsea B. says:

    Oh, wow! This novel sounds amazing! Which shouldn’t be shocking, considering I’ve heard nothing but great things about Maya Banks. Great review!

  10. Kristina Haecker says:

    I LOVE Highlander books! I’m always looking for another great author to try! The cover is gorgeous and the book sounds great! *fingers crossed*

  11. Erin Mitchell says:

    I love Maya Banks ! I love to read Historical Romance Novels, they are my favorite types of books. I especially want to read this book, I have read the first in the series, and cannot wait to read this book. Maya Banks is a great author. I love all of her books !

  12. Sebella Blue says:

    One – I loove this series. Two – Maya Banks can BURN up a page. Three – The book trailer for In Bed with a Highlander was the funniest thing I have ever seen.

  13. I’m a very visual person, so, when I first saw this cover, I was totally enchanted! The two people are totally into each other, oblivious to the world…. He’s holding her face so gently, so tenderly, and they’re staring into each other’s eyes SO intensely…this is very romantic! Sigh…

    I think there’s something special about Scottish men. I mean, look at Gerard Butler! I first saw him in “The Phantom of the Opera”, and will never forget that tender love scene in the Phantom’s house by the lake, while he sang “The Music of the Night”… I read Kerrelyn Sparks’s “All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire” last year. and loved it!! The hero is Scottish, and utterly adorable!! I just bought “Must Love Kilts”, and have a couple of Hannah Howell’s Scottish romances I need to get to.

    Bottom line: Scottish men are utterly LUSCIOUS. Maybe I’m biased — I have Scottish blood myself. Lol.

    And that wraps up why I want to win this book! Thanks for this GREAT giveaway!! : )

  14. Joanne B says:

    I love Maya’s books, especially her Sweet series. I haven’t read this series yet but it sounds fantastic. I love historical romance. Great cover.

  15. JoAnne says:

    I’ve recently added books with Highlanders to my TBR pile. Previously if you asked if I liked historicals I would have said yes – Regency romances and those set in the West with cowboys at their center. After having read a few in the last 6 months I’ve got a new genre to love.
    Love the premise of the book. I look forward to reading this book along with book one in the series.
    Thanks for sharing!

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