Friday, August 17, 2012

ARC Book Review-Never Seduce A Scot

Never Seduce A Scot
The Montgomery's and the Armstrongs (1)
Maya Banks
Ballantine Books
Published Sep 2012
352 Pages
Scottish Historical Romance
ISBN 9780345533234
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 dutyunprepared 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.

 When the King demands that two waring clans be united through marriage, both families are outraged and shocked. When Graeme, hears the decree, he has no idea how he will go through with it, knowing that he vowed to himself years ago that he would get revenge for his father's death, especially knowing the rumors he has heard about his future wife. Eveline, when she learns that she must marry, she knows that she will have no choice, even though she has no idea how she could leave her clan, her family, where she has been protected and loved by her family. However from the first moment she sees him, she knows her life will change.....Graeme when first meeting Eveline, notices that she is different, not addled in any way, but there is something special about her, and he knows he can do no other than see to her welfare and happiness....Eveline hides a terrible secret that she even kept from her family, and now it seems that she will have to keep it from the one man who awakens a desire in her with his caresses, and who opens up her heart to love...

The Hero
Graeme, with his brothers have been thirsting for revenge, and when he receives word that he must marry and form a truce with their enemy clan, who are also responsible for his fathers death. When he first steps onto Armstrong, he knows that anything can happen however when he meets Eveline, his whole world changes and revolves around her. From her first smile at him, he knew he was changed, and he was willing to lay down his hatred for Eveline, who is innocent of any wrong doing. When he realizes that there is alot more to his wife than meets the eye, he knows he could love her for forever....

The Heroine
Eveline, though beautiful and sweet, is thought of as not fully there. Eveline was once in an horse accident, which changed her whole life and it has never been the same, because she can't hear and she keeps a secret from those that she loves the most. Now by king's decree she is forced to marry someone whom she has never meant and who hates her clan and her family, but life is full of surprises, and she starts to realize that Graeme is definitely not what she expected, and when he awakens a desire within her, she knows she could get lost in his touch....and could lose her heart to him

My Thoughts
I have to say WOW!!! I just loved Never Seduce A Scot, the best of Maya Banks work so far!!! I just loved everything about this book. I was thrilled when I was able to get a copy and immerse myself in its pages. As far as historical romances go....this tops the list!!! The romance in this story was so precious and tender at times, I wanted to cry....the story line was full of surprises and flowed beautifully from beginning to end. The characters were very endearing and likeable. Graeme, was the perfect alpha male, but at the same time had a tender side. Even though he hates Eveline's clan, he always treats her with tenderness and care, it just breaks your heart, Eveline is just a sweetheart, and has been dealt a hard hand early in her life, however she is full of life and gives everyone the benefit of a doubt even though she is in 'Enemy Territory'. Eveline really appealed to me because she wasn't one of those heroines that fight every step of the way, she accepted her duty with dignity, and has such a sweet nature that you can't help but like her and you just want to cheer her on when she gets spine and stands up for herself too. Overall a powerfully written and emotional wringer, an amazing love story of sacrifice and forgiveness, and the true power of love.....A TREASURE TO KEEP!!!!

My Grade On This Book
5 Blossoms

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