Publisher: Random House

Buddy Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

Posted October 25, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

Buddy Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya BanksNever Seduce a Scot
by Maya Banks
Series: The Montgomery's and Armstrongs #1
Also in this series: Highlander Most Wanted
Published by Random House, Ballantine on September 25, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Peson
Pages: 372
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

The Montgomery’s and the Armstrong’s have been feuding for as long as anyone can remember. Their families are fierce enemies and have grown up hating each other so when King Alexander gets fed up with the both of them, he forces an alliance by marriage between Laird of the Montgomery clan and the daughter of the Laird of the Armstrong clan and then…shenanigans. Rowena: Welcome to our second book club buddy review. It’s our first review with Shy and we’re super happy to have her with us. This month’s book club choice was Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks and it was met with mad love from every single person in book club. Alright guys, what did you guys think of Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks? Was this the first time that you guys read the book or was it a reread? Shy: It was my first time reading Never Seduce a Scot and I loved it! It clever, witty and pretty funny. Tasha: Even though this was a reread for me, I still enjoyed it as if it was my first time. There was a lot that I forgot and as the story went on, bits and pieces was coming back but not enough to ruin the ending. Rowena: Like Shy, this was the first time that I had ever read the book and I thought it was the freaking bomb. From beginning to end, I was wrapped up in what was going on. My emotions were running high throughout the entire thing and I just thought the author did a really good job of engaging the reader. Who wanted to fight all of the Montgomery women? I freaking did. I wanted to beat all of them over the head with that sword. What a bunch of meanies. Tasha: That Kiersten chick was a total bitch to her from the beginning. I could not stand her. But I was most hurt by Nora’s actions. She was the one who ran the kitchen and the other Montgomery ladies kinda followed her lead. When Eveline decided to step out of her comfort zone and prove herself to them all, Nora completely took advantage and did poor Eveline wrong. Shy: OMG I killed them at least 10 times while screaming Graeme you bloody bloke they’re abusing your Mrs!!! Those Montgomery women were so horrible (except Rory, she’s pretty funny). Eventually, I came to have a love-hate relationship with Nora (the head maid). I hated her up until her heartfelt apology, even then I wanted to punch her in the face.
Rowena: Same. I hated Kiersten right from the very first time she said “Armstrong bitch” to Eveline so I wasn’t surprised that I still hated her at the end. The bloodthirsty wench in me low key wanted Graeme to run her through with his sword but I consoled myself with the fact that Eveline won all of their lives in the end. But man, I was hit right in the gut when Eveline realized the depth of their hatred for her. When she realizes that all of her hard work to try to fit in with them was all for nothing. They were never going to accept her and man, I bawled like a baby for her. I spent most of the beginning to middle of the book pissed off at the Montgomery’s but boy did Graeme totally win me over when he gathered the entire clan together and was going to fight them all. When he lashes out with, “Is that a challenge?” I about swooned into a puddle of lust for him. Tasha: Yeah, I’m glad Graeme finally stepped up and addressed his people. I also appreciated the fact he talked to his brothers Bowen and Teague about the situation first. They understood where their clan was coming from, but they also loved their brother and laird and needed to show their support. Shy: I have to agree with you both, I felt for Eveline when she came to realize that she wouldn’t be accepted by the Montgomery clan no matter how hard she tried. I loved Graeme when he finally laid it all out and started putting the women in their place. I’ve always respected the brothers for standing by Graeme. I really enjoyed when one of the brothers drew their sword on Nora’s husband. I was like, “Yaaaaassss off with his head! Let em all know that your chain hangs low (Don’t ask, I scream the most random things while I’m reading/listening to books)”. Rowena: This whole book was just satisfying. From all of the crap that we learn about Eveline, what she went through before she got to the Montgomery’s, what she went through when she got to the Montgomery’s and then seeing her really come into herself and live her truth out in the open, it was all just so satisfying to me. I have so much love for the Montgomery’s, Graeme and his siblings, Eveline and her family. The entire story completely worked for me. The romance was the bomb. Graeme and Eveline saving each other at different points of the book was the bomb. I can’t wait for more. I give this a 4.75 out of 5 stars, what about you guys? Shy: I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Also, did you gals feel like Eveline’s family let her down? No one attempted to at least dig a little deeper? I wanted to punch her parents in their faces, especially her dad. Rowena: I did feel that her family let her down but when we saw how bad they felt when the truth came out, it was hard for me to hold on to that since it was evident that they loved her. They were drowning in enough guilt. Tasha: LMBO & I AGREE with everything that was said, hahaha!!! Looking back, I don’t think Eveline’s parents had any real reason to think Ian was going to do any harm. The McHugh’s and the Armstrong’s were cool and had no beef. So when she expressed her concerns to her Dad, of course, he just brushed it off. BUT also, how did she approach her dad about Ian? I’m sure if she was really scared and went as far as to tell her Mom & brothers, they would’ve looked further into it. In a way, that freak accident saved her from being with the sick monster Ian. And yeah, I can see how guilty they felt. Not only did they brush off her concerns, but the poor girl was also willing to play dumb and be called “addled & touched” then to go through with everything. Eveline is a very brave & smart lass and I’m so happy for her & Graeme. This book gets a bright 5 stars rating from me. 🙂
Final Grade
Shy: 5 out of 5 Tasha: 5 out of 5 Ween: 4.75 out of 5
The Montgomery’s and Armstrong’s Series

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The Weekly Recap (107)

Posted October 15, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

Caiden came to California last week for a visit and we had a blast having him here with us. But he went home yesterday so we’re back to being sad and missing him but he’ll be back next month for Thanksgiving so we’ve got something to look forward to. While he was here, he went to Disneyland, we had dinner at Chuck E. Cheese, he had play dates with our other kids at the park and just had an all-around blast being around other kids since, at home, it’s normally just him and his Mom all day long. For me, it was a quiet week at home. I spent all the time that I could with Caiden, I read some, watched some TV shows and relaxed close to home. Work has been pretty grim for me because one of my closest friends at work quit and her last day in the office was Friday so we spent the week doing farewell lunches at all of her favorite lunch spots around our office since her new job is about a half hour away so she wouldn’t be able to go to them in a long while. I’m going to miss her something fierce though since I talked to her every single day and she’s finally watching Game of Thrones. Now our discussions about her progression in the show will largely take place through texts. Oh well. I’m really enjoying A Million Little Things, the new TV Show on ABC. I’ve cried through all three episodes that I’ve watched so far. It’s so good. Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (107)Never Seduce a Scot
by Maya Banks
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Series: The Montgomery's and Armstrongs #1
Also in this series: Never Seduce a Scot, Highlander Most Wanted
Published by Random House, Ballantine on September 25, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 372
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Length: 10 hours, 10 minutes
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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.

It’s time for me to get this book read so that I can prepare for my book club next month. My sister Delene picked this book for us to discuss and already, I’m loving the book. Maya Banks is really gifted at historical romance. I’m really enjoying watching Eveline grow into her own. I should be done with this one today though I want to savor this story. It’s so good.
What I Read
Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter | 2.75 out of 5 Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven | 4 out of 5 Fireworks (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
My favorite read of the week goes to Fireworks. Sarina Bowen is such a winning author for me. I love her True North series and Benito’s story was just as good as the others in the series and I’m hoping for more. My least favorite read of the week goes to Shadow and Ice and that’s because I spent more than half of the book bored by what was going on. The end was a lot better than the beginning but the beginning was boring enough that I wouldn’t give it more than a 3 star rating.
What I Reviewed
Say You’ll Stay (Return to Me #1) by Corinne Michaels | 1 out of 5 Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.75 out of 5 America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (106) Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Risk by Elle Kennedy
What I Got
Nothing this week. I’ve been busy reading what I already have.
What I Got for Review
You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Book Boyfriend: Alaric McCabe from Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks

Posted September 28, 2018 by Rowena in Features, Reviews | 6 Comments

This feature keeps changing because I’m trying different things out but I think I’m going to stick with this format from here on out. Thanks for coming along this ride until I figure out what the hell I want to do here. LOL. Book Boyfriend: Alaric McCabe from Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya BanksSeduction of a Highland Lass
by Maya Banks
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Series: McCabe Trilogy #2
Published by Random House, Ballantine on September 27, 2011
Genres: Romance, Historical
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 323
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Length: 8 hours, 28 minutes
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five-stars

Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of romance and romantic suspense has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. In Seduction of a Highland Lass, an indomitable Highland warrior is caught between loyalty and forbidden love.

Fiercely loyal to his elder brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put to the test his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires.

An outcast from her own clan, Keeley McDonald was betrayed by those she loved and trusted. When the wounded warrior falls from his horse, she is drawn to his strong, lean body. The wicked glint in his green eyes ignites a passion that will follow them back to Alaric’s keep, where their forbidden love draws them deeper into the pleasures of the flesh. But as conspiracy and danger circle closer, Alaric must make an impossible choice: Will he betray his blood ties for the woman he loves?

This week’s boyfriend made me cry. Like angsty tears and then joyful ones. I was so wrapped up in his book that it took me a little bit to get over the story and move on. I was like book hungover because this book, the romance and Alaric himself had me wrapped up tight in feels that I wasn’t ready to walk away from. Seduction of a Highland Lass is the second book in the McCabe Trilogy by Maya Banks and it’s the second book that I’ve ever read by this author (in any genre) but boy am I low key addicted to her historicals thanks to Alaric and Keeley. Alaric has been tasked with marrying Rionna McDonald to unite their clans by marriage so that they can go to war against Duncan Cameron and on his way to the McDonald holding, he’s attacked and injured so he makes his escape to save his own life and his horse brings him to a house on McDonald land, but far away from the actual holding and the woman that lives there was cast out of the clan and is living there on her own. She takes it upon herself to help save Alaric from death and she does a fabulous job of it. Alaric falls in love with the woman that brought him back from the brink of death. She is a bonny lass and if he wasn’t already engaged to marry someone else, he would have liked to come home to Keeley every night. He would have loved to love her for the rest of his life but since that’s not in the cards for him, he’ll settle for making sure that she is taken care of for the rest of her life. That she has a place in the McCabe clan and that they take good care of her because she deserves the best in life and if he can’t give it to her, his loved ones will.
“I had to see you this night. One more time before I say my vows tomorrow. Once spoken, I’ll never break them. I’d not betray my wife or my clan.”
He was in such a predicament with no other choice but the move forward and honor the wishes of his clan but man, seeing him struggle to do what was right and not what his heart wanted gutted me at every turn of the page. He was such an honorable man and to know him was to love him. If you don’t know this man yet, I strongly urge you to fix that because he is the best. Seriously, I love a lot of heroes but I’ll have a special place in my heart for Alaric McCabe because his story broke my heart and then put right back together. He’s one of the good ones, I promise.
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McCabe Trilogy
five-stars

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The Weekly Recap (104)

Posted September 24, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

This week was a pretty slow week where I did nothing noteworthy, except reading that is. I had a doctor’s appointment so there was a lot of poking and prodding and that wasn’t fun so I stuck close to home and went to my happy place (books). So I read and even listened to a book at home. I also found out that Caiden is coming down for Halloween in a few weeks and I am over the moon at that news. Any excuse to see that little boy makes me happy. Tonight is book club so I’ll be busy getting my discussion and game together so that we can have more book club fun. I spoil my book club so much. Ha! Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (104)America's Sweetheart
by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Real Love #5
Published by Random House, Loveswept on October 2, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating First Person
Pages: 210
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Old flames burn bright. When a disgraced starlet returns home to lick her wounds, she discovers that her high school sweetheart is just as tempting as ever.

“No one writes big-hearted bad boys like Jessica Lemmon!”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

Allison: When I left for California, I gave myself a new name and never looked back. Now my carefully crafted good-girl image is getting torn to shreds in the press thanks to my Oscar-winning A-hole of an ex-boyfriend. So I escape to the only safe haven I know and trust—my hometown—to take a breather while I plot my triumphant Hollywood comeback. However, when I arrive at my parents’ house, Jackson Burke answers the door instead. And suddenly the past comes rushing back. . . .

Jackson: First kiss. First time. First love. Yep, Allison Murphy and I shared a lot of firsts back in the day. When she left, she took half my heart with her. Now she’s back in town, and even though I swore I’d keep my distance, her parents hired me to remodel their house, and I’m going to finish the job. But one hot kiss later, suddenly the press is calling us the next big celebrity couple. Sure, I’ll play the part, for Allison’s sake—but I refuse to let her close enough to break my heart all over again. . . .

After a week off from my review pile, I am back at it with America’s Sweetheart. I only have two October ARC’s that I need to read and review so I’m going to knock those out so that I can jump back into Patricia Brigg’s backlist. Thanks to my friend Holly, I’m all about all things Patricia Briggs again so I want to knock those books out. I need to know all of the Mercy Thompson things.
What I Read
The Duke Buys a Bride (The Rogue Files #3) by Sophie Jordan | 3 out of 5 Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs | 5 out of 5 Dearest Clementine (Dearest #1) by Lex Martin | 3.5 out of 5 The Gift (Crown’s Spies #4) by Julie Garwood | 4 out of 5 Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2) by Lex Martin | 3.75 out of 5 Hot Dad by Whitley Cox | 1 out of 5 Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
My favorite read of the week is hands down, Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs. I adored that book from beginning to end. Charles and Anna are couples goals. I just adore the way that they are with each other, the love that they have for each other and Charles? Gah, I freaking love the hell out of him. Gah, he’s just the bomb all around. My least favorite book was Hot Dad by Whitley Cox. What a disappointment that book turned out to be. It started off well but the more I read, the more downhill the story went. I don’t think that the writing style is for me.
Book Boyfriend
Morgan MacKinnon Untamed by Pamela Clare
What I Reviewed
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren | 5 out of 5 Beyond the Night (The Heroes of New Vegas #1) by Joss Ware | 4 out of 5 Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018) | 1 out of 5 For the Dukes Eyes Only (School for Dukes #2) by Lenora Bell | 4.25 out of 5 Guardian Angel (Crown’s Spies #2) by Julie Garwood | 4.25 out of 5 When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins for All Seasons #2) by Lorraine Heath | 4.5 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (103) Can’t Wait Wednesday: My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren Book Boyfriend: Morgan MacKinnon from Untamed by Pamela Clare
What I Got
Play On (Play On #1) by Samantha Young Butterface (The Hartigans #1) by Avery Flynn Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh As Dust Dances (Play On #2) by Samantha Young Dirty Headlines by LJ Shen P.S. I Miss You (P.S. #2) by Winter Renshaw I Dare You (The Hook Up #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills #Moonstruck (#Lovestruck #2) by Sariah Wilson
What I Got for Review
The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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The Weekly Recap (100)

Posted August 27, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

You guys!!! Caiden is here and I have been a super happy Aunty since he got here on Saturday. His Dad came to town to go to the J. Cole concert with my brother and some other people so they made a family vacation out of the trip and will be here for the entire week. They’re going to do the tourist thing while they’re here like Disneyland, the beach, Long Beach Aquarium and other family vacation things. This week was a pretty quiet week for me. I exercised, I read a lot and I tried to watch Sharp Objects on HBO but I lasted three episodes before I gave it up. I started watching it because I love Chris Messina but I don’t know that I love him enough to finish the show. Sorry, Ames. I’ve also watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before so many times that I’ve lost count. I’m really loving Netflix’s Rom Com’s so I’ve got my fingers crossed that we’ll get more from them. Oh, I should also mention that my nephew Chase, who is starting his junior year in high school was riding his bike home from football practice on Thursday evening and got hit by a car! His bike is trash now and Chase himself is fine, he came away from the accident with small cuts on his arm from his fall to the street but he’s alive and well and I’m glad. Chase isn’t a small guy so the lady that hit him saying that she didn’t see him surprises the hell out of me because like I said, Chase isn’t a small kid. I hope she replaces his bike because Chase loves riding that thing. I’m really getting into this audiobook thing so I’m lining some other books to listen to while I’m at work. My next listen will be Kulti by Mariana Zapata and I hope that book is as good as everyone says. Wish me luck! Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (100)In Bed with a Highlander
by Maya Banks
Series: MacCabe Trilogy #1
Published by Random House, Ballantine on August 30, 2011
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 351
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Maya Banks' beguiling new trilogy features three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love.

Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin's strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.

In an effort to catch up with my buddy reviews, my review books, and my summer challenge books, I’m reading In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks. This was the other pick for me from my friend Holly for our summer reading challenge and I have two more books to read from that before school starts to finish up that challenge. So far, I’m really enjoying this book. Ewan and Mairin are great and I’m definitely going to be reading the other books in this series. I’m fully committed to this series already.
What I Read
All the Way by Kristen Proby | 3 out of 5 Under Control by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5 The Governess Game by Tessa Dare | 4.75 out of 5 The Breakup by Erin McCarthy | 3 out of 5
All the Way and The Breakup weren’t as good as I hoped they would be, at least for me but I did love the hell out of The Governess Game and Under Control. I can’t wait to see what this week in books awaits me.
What I Reviewed
The Meg (2018) | 4.25 out of 5 Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G | 2.5 and 3.5 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (99) Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Sweetest Thing by Judith McNaught
What I Got
Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert My Best Friend’s Ex by Hazel Kelly Friends with Benefits by Hazel Kelly The Wild Heir by Karina Halle Red Card by Carrie Aarons The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn Jock Row by Sara Ney Office Mate by Katie Ashley Pretty Venmon by Ella Fields
What I Got for Review
The One You Fight For by Roni Loren
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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