Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1) by Maya Banks
Series: Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1
Published by Ballantine Books on September 25th 2012
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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.
They thought her daft but she outsmarted them all…
This was a re-read of a favourite historical highland romance. Never Seduce a Scot tells a tale of surprising love between a couple whose families are sworn enemies. The King had demanded that a truce be struck between the feuding clans and stipulated that the Montgomery Laird marry the Armstrong Laird’s daughter. Wonderful idea from a king wanting peace but with a bride thought to be daft, there is no happiness to be found for either family.
5 star reads for me are mainly determined by the feelings I get and this one had me feeling heaps. I was devastated for Eveline and the troubles and heartache she faced from her condition. She lived a lonely life with the Armstrong’s and decided to not hide behind the daftness when she moved. These changes were not easy and were made harder because of the clan’s hatred of her family. There were times I was blubbering like a baby at the hatred and mistreatment she faced. Her determination to be accepted was amazing. She tried to smile through it all, you just can’t help but love her.
Graeme is the Laird of the Montgomery’s and he takes the job very seriously. When he was shackled to a daft woman, he resigned himself to a marriage in name only. His feelings of guilt when he starts to feel lust for his wife were almost humorous. Graeme is a very controlled man who keeps his feelings close to his chest. When his clan treats Eveline badly that control slips and his displeasure is KNOWN. One of my favourite parts to the story was when we see his frustration in wanting everyone to love and accept her like he has.
This story has everything I love about historical highland romance. We have a big strong Laird who loves with his whole heart along with a strong and determined heroine. There was no unnecessary angst between the couple, most of the conflict was on the outside. There was a great connection between Graeme and Eveline and enough steamy bits to give me what I like without being OTT. All of the characters play an integral part to keep the story flowing and make you want to know more about them. Even though this was a re-read it was like I was reading it for the first time again. I was sucked in, devoured it and wanted to go back for more.
Sassy rates this one 5 Stars.
A sweet read. Historicals aren’t usually my ‘thing’ so this maybe reflected in my rating…
Well, what can I say…it was the mere mention of a highlander that had me reaching for this book. That and the fact that so many of my GR friends had rated it highly. What it showed me is that like in real life, my book friends are a mixed bunch, great people but we don’t always sing from the same song sheet. So if you enjoy historicals, read on with the knowledge that these words are from a reader who relishes angst, suspense and all the grit that usually accompanies that and don’t let it put you off reading this book 🙂
Evelyn and Graeme’s story was sweet, their love genuine and the beauty that radiated from them managed to mend the rift between two warring clans. The King was indeed a wise man to rule that Evelyn and Graeme were to wed.
Where the story fell a little short for me was that I like to ‘hear’ the Scottish brogue in my head when I read a highlander book. Apart from the occasional aye and reference to a Laird, it could have easily been any historical I was reading. The other part I struggled with was Evelyn’s battle to garner respect from her husband’s clan took a long time. It felt like that part went on too long.
Enjoyed the interaction between Rorrie and Evelyn, their friendship added another dimension to the plot that was truly appreciated. There was a bit of drama, but apart from the one that united his and her clans, they were all taken rather ‘lightly’ in a serious manner (if that makes sense).
The ability to see beyond Evelyn’s indifference was heart warming and the way she overcame her inability to hear was described so well. The way others treated her was sad and totally understandable given what she had led them all to believe. What stood out though was that she was a smart and determined character who honourably put others before herself. A true leader that few noticed as she rose to be the admired lady that she became.
Lily’s rating: 3 Stars
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