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.