A good example of saving the best for last... the third and final installment following Calen and Rionna was by far the most satisfying of the series. It followed a predictable path (sudden marriage, he tries to change her, she is strong willed, they fall in love, their strength is tested against the antagonist of the series in a crescendo and final showdown), but it was no less enjoyable for that formula. Each of them were headstrong, and ultimately after the same thing, but their clashes of personality kept the sparks up and their ferocity kept things interesting.
The only thing I think I noticed that I took issue with was how Calen repeatedly draws attention to the fact that he is not particularly well spoken (and that he expresses himself better on paper than aloud) and yet throughout their intimate scenes he is constantly spouting loving and poetic compliments - then in the epilogue when we finally hear a piece of his writing it is some of the Least eloquent narrative in the whole book. But maybe that's just me.
In any case, I enjoyed it so much I finished it in a day. A great Scottish romance read, a perfect embodiment of its sub genre.
Narration was good, the only trouble being discerning some of the various male voices, as has been the case with Potter's dialogue throughout the series.
I hate that the series seems to have ended, bittersweet. I hope she continues with the kids! The narrative was again awesome. I have some books I can't even finish because the reader is awful.
Riona's fierceness, love for her clan, and loyalty, and Caelan's fierceness, love for his clan, and his loyalty. For some reason their story was my favorite out of all 3, or maybe it was just a great ending to an wonderful series. I think I loved this story the most because these two had the most internal conflicts out of the 6 main characters, and I think I identified with that most.
The end! No spoilers from me
YES! We want more, we want more!
Maya Banks has written a wonderful highland romance. I love all of the books in this series. Kirsten Potter is now my favorite narrator. Her accents are spot on and convincing. Together Maya and Kirsten offers a gripping and fun ride. Listened to all three books in two days. Wish there was more in this series.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a great book. Rionna is great...Caelen starts out as kind of a jerk but he comes around and ends up being wonderful by the end.
Rionna McDonald hasn't had things easy. She's been raised by a shame of a Father and done her best to keep her clan together. She was supposed to marry one of the McCabe brothers and was actually jilted at the alter (not that she minded) by Alaric. When Caelen offers to take Alaric's place and marry her in his stead she's no thrilled as Caelen has always seemed very cold and remote.
Caelen McCabe is a good man but he's felt guilty for years because a past lover betrayed him and caused great problems for his clan. Because of this he's locked away his heart and refused to risk letting another woman sway him again. He's always felt he had to atone for this and so when it became apparent that his marrying Rionna would solves everyone's problems he offered. What he's never let on is the fact that he's always felt an attraction for Rionna and while unexpected, he doesn't hate the idea of marrying her.
Rionna & Caelen are married and go back to the McDonald clan to start their life and for Caelen to take over as leader of the clan. Things are tough with the clan as they're not happy with Caelen taking over and the changes he's making. They don't see the need for the additional training they're having to do through and in general things between Caelen and his new clan don't go easy.
Caelen's position in the new clan isn't helped by the fact that things between him and Rionna aren't smooth. He makes all sorts of demands for her to change pretty much everything about herself (including no more mens clothing or fighting practice). Their bedroom activities go well because it seems to be the only place Caelen is actually nice to Rionna and talks to her. Things improve between them when Cameron sends men to rough Rionna up. Caelen shows he can be tender and they actually talk some things out and things go more smoothly between them. TBH, Caelen was pissing me off big time at first (doing the jerky alpha male thing) but once he and Rionna starting working things out and he started showing her some sweetness I have to say that he grew on me big time! Seeing them together and the feelings growing between them was great.
Just when things are going well and Caelen has worked things out with both Rionna and his new clan, danger shows itself once again. Caelen is ambushed and Rionna is forced to take desperate actions in order to save Caelen. This leads in to a great ending with a big action blowup as the main plotline of the series (the McCabes vs. the Camerons) gets brought to a conclusion. Once the fighting is done and everything is settled, Caelen and Rionna are able to settle in with their clan for a HEA. It was a very satisfying ending for both the book and the series.
This book was great (I enjoyed the whole series). Rionna and Caelen ended up making a great couple. The story was wonderful and engaging so I had trouble putting it down. I'd recommend it. Thumbs up! :D