I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1
Published by Ballantine Books on September 25th 2012
Genres: Historical Romance
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.
Why have I waited so long to read Maya Banks? This was the perfect historical romance: steamy yet romantic. ‘Never Seduce a Scot’ is the start of a new series entitled ‘The Montgomerys and Armstrongs’ which I will most definitely be continuing!
The summary had me intrigued but I felt that the reference to Eveline being ‘fey’ had me expecting a paranormal historical twist, but… there wasn’t any paranormal anything to be found within these pages.
Eveline though, was a fantastic character and one that managed to light up the pages despite her lack of dialogue (at first). I really love it when authors create imperfect characters since it adds something ‘different’ to the otherwise typical historical romance storyline. Eveline was strong despite her inability to hear and despite the hostile environment she’d been forced into.
‘She twisted his insides into knots he had no hope of loosening.’
The romance was a bit insta-love but still managed to be heartwarming regardless. You can’t help but love Graeme because of his continued support of Eveline despite the fact that he’s being forced to marry her even with their family history. I loved their obvious chemistry and enjoyed being able to see how much he cared for her by the end pages.
This definitely won’t be my last book by this author! Fantastic!