Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
Series: The Mongomerys and Armstrongs (# 1)
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher:   Ballantine Books
Pages: 418
Source:   book provided by NetGalley for review

Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of erotic romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance, has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. Never Seduce a Scot features a remarkable woman whose rare gift teaches a gruff Scottish warrior how to listen with his heart.

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

 

Review: Maya Banks is amazing as she delivers a marvelous tale woven with threads of longing, love and loyalty.

Never Seduce a Scot has earned a place on my keeper shelf. I absolutely adored this book. I don’t often get emotional while reading but this one moved me. One of the ways I know this is a fantastic read is that it made me cry. I highly recommend reading this wonderful tale of two loving souls coming together to create one beautiful union.

I loved the premise of the book. The two lead characters are each so intensely loyal to their families it was interesting to see how the story unfolded considering how they had to integrate an Armstrong into the Montgomery clan. This is the first book in The Montgomerys and Armstrongs series. I loved this book so I will absolutely be continuing with the rest of this series.

Graeme Montgomery the Laird of the Montgomery clan has such integrity and gentleness that I could not help but love him. From the beginning he tries to put aside his ingrained hatred of the Armstrong clan at least in his treatment of Eveline. Graeme’s character throughout the story repeatedly is tested; his hatred of clan Armstrong and his wife who is an Armstrong by birth; his feelings for Eveline and his belief that she has the mind of a child and will never be a true wife to him. I admired him because he was able to be honorable, loyal, gentle, fair and harsh when that was what was needed.

Eveline Armstrong is resourceful and courageous and even though she did not always behave as I wanted her too, I wanted her to find her way to happiness. She has suffered much and has not been exactly honest with her family for many years. She hides passion and strength underneath a quiet and weak façade. She just needed a sexy highlander to uncover her secret treasures.

I really like the manner in which the characters interact with the secondary people. This always creates wonderful avenues for future books and sets my mind wondering who and what may happen next.

Favorite Quote: He wanted there to be no doubt in her mind that he loved her more than it was possible to love any other.

He place his hand on the closed chamber door and whispered softly, “I love you, Eveline. I’ll make you hear me if ’tis the last thing I do.”

 






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