At home mother of three girls. I love reading and romance is my favorite category. A little paranormal also thrown in is nice ok too.
I loved everything about this book. The characters are realistic and well rounded. Eveline and Graeme are so great together. Their chemistry is very endearing. I love the author and have read her other highlander books.
Eveline is so wonderful. Even with her handicap she tries to be kind and generous to all. Even when others don't understand and are nervous about her. I also love Graeme. He really is amazing. Loving, protective, and accepting of Eveline.
I love everything about this Sweet Story, I will definitely listen to more books from this Author. Miss. Kirsten Potter is a WONDERFUL Narrator.
All reviews are based purely on whim, fancy and my mood. They are 100% my honest and personal opinion. Hey, you get what you pay for!
4 1/2 but closer to a 5 than a 4 so I'm rounding up.
The Montgomery and Armstrong clans have been at odds for so long they don’t even remember how the feud began but they despise each other all the same. The king needs them allied and forces a marriage between the chieftain of the Montgomery clan and the fiercely protected daughter of the Armstrong clan. There’s nothing like a forced marriage to make peace, right?
Graeme is not pleased. Not only is he being forced to marry, he’s being forced to marry his enemy’s spawn who is rumored to be “touched” but he doesn’t let it show. Even when Eveline’s mother attempts to discourage the match he reacts with humor.
“She doesn’t speak. Hasn’t since she awakened from a deep slumber of over a fortnight.”
“Tis all? She doesn’t speak?” Some husband would be grateful for such a gift.
He doesn’t want to declare war against his king and resigns himself to the fact that his wife is one he’ll have to “take care of” rather than love. But from the moment he meets Eveline he realizes the rumors may not be entirely fair. She appears to understand him and she listens to him with her entire focus despite the fact that everyone believes she’s daft. She is lovely and sweet and determined to be a real wife and soon he is very conflicted about his longing for her.
This was a refreshingly old style historical Scottish romance that was incredibly charming. Eveline is not daft but she is deaf and we get to know her very intimately through her thoughts in the early scenes. From very beginning she is amenable to marrying Graeme because the timbre of his voice registers with her and breaks up the deafening silence that fills her days. The story is almost completely character focused until the last quarter or so which is probably why I enjoyed it so very much. It tells of Eveline’s struggle to fit in, her sweet and tender romance with Graeme who may be a rough and tough clan leader but is also one of the kindest, compassionate heroes around. Rounding out the characterization is Eveline’s friendship with Rorie and her attempts at becoming an accepted member of the clan.
I loved the romance development between Graeme and Eveline. They have an immediate connection and were able to communicate non-verbally. I was wondering how the author was going to handle that bit but she did it well. Eveline is very likable and intelligent and Graeme realizes it right away. He was understanding, patient and surprisingly tender towards her even in the very beginning. He wasn’t a typical man slut or a-hole warrior type. The two were very well matched and I enjoyed reading about them.
Eveline and Graeme’s younger sister Rorie’s relationship was, for me anyway, almost as engaging as the main romance. Rorie is tough and mischievous and lonely. She is a great ally for Eveline who really needed one. It was sweet watching them become so close and work through the language barrier quite amusingly.
“You did manage to tell me, although let me say this is the most one-sided conversation I've ever had in my life. I'm quite worn out now.”
“I was prepared to dislike you.”
Eveline flinched. Dislike was nothing new to her and yet it still managed to make her feel inferior.
“But I find that for whatever reason I’m unable to. You have a certain charm, I suppose. And now since I like you, it means I’m going to have to protect you from the rest of the clan, which also means they aren’t going to be happy with me.”
Rorie shrugged as she made the statement.
“They don’t much like me either, just so you know. The women think I’m hopeless and the men think I’m too focused on matters that shouldn’t concern a lass my age. They mostly ignore me, but if my brother weren’t the laird, I would be treated with higher disdain.”
I definitely recommend this book if you’re a fan of character driven romances. The plot wasn’t anything new if you’ve read a few of these “feuding clan and arranged marriage” plots but I didn’t care because the characters were so engaging. There are no big battles and political crap taking over the story. I hate it when that happens. The pace isn’t fast and furious but I never once found my mind drifting while listening.
Narration Notes: In a word? Fabulous. The accents were beautifully done and I didn’t want to stop listening. The narrative was pleasant but those accents, oh my! The narrator really brought the characters to life and I couldn’t get enough.
Words I live by: Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others~Jason Mason Brown
Worth Every Penny!
How the characters first met.
Eveline and Graeme
Yes, I couldn't put it down. I want more.
Kirsten Potter is talented.
"Then my lady, I'll certainly grant your wish."
The Montgomerys and the Armstrongs, two Highland clans at war, are taken by surprise when the King orders a marriage between Eveline and Graeme. Although the Armstrong maiden is rumored to be daft, Graeme accepts his duty for the sake of his clan. Harboring a secret she fears to even shared with her beloved family, Eveline sees the union as a way to keep her safe from a less desirable match. The last thing either of them expected was to actually fall in love.
I thought Never Seduce a Scot was a well written novel, unfortunately the storyline was a bit too predictable for me. I found it difficult to remain interested all throughout. I craved a greater conflict and/or a stronger resistance between the hero and heroine.
Kirsten Potter was however a good match, alternating between character voices and accents. I just wanted a little more oomph. I didn't hate Never Seduce a Scot and enjoyed the world of the Armstrongs and Montomerys series very much, so there is a good chance I will check out the second audio in the series.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
It's not every day your heroine is deaf. I was immediately intrigued by this because I wondered how the author would pull it off. Well, she almost did it.
Meet Eveline Armstrong, a beautiful girl who took a tumble from a horse a few years back and is now daft. Or so everyone thinks. SHe was going to have to marry this guy who wanted to do icky things to her so she played dumb. No one in her whole family notices in three years that she's deaf.
Graeme, awesome hero of our story, notices the first day he meets her... or well has an itch of an idea that he learns almost immediately after they're married.
So I say almost - and even though I really enjoyed this book, you may notice I gave it four stays and the story 3... The thing is, Eveline has only been deaf for a few years yet she's learned how to read lips PERFECTLY every single time. With no mixups. And the fact that she's deaf isn't a problem for anyone it's simply who she is - think Hatfields and McCoys.
I think the author did a great job working with her being deaf and how people respond but between her family not knowing, her new husband finding out immediately, her fiance wanting to do things so horrible she has to get away from him (why he wants to do these things is never explained he's just a bad guy to be a bad guy), and the fact that the moment she starts talking she goes on and on with no problem and only a little weirdness... it was a bit too unbelievable.
The story had a few continuity errors as well. Granted, I was listening and haven't relistened but what I heard was the Montgomery and Armstrong feud has been going on for 50 years ever since Eveline's grandfather killed Graeme's father. SO lets do the math shall we? Graeme is the oldest of four... considering there could have been a few deaths here or there, we can assume he's at least late fifties early 60s. And described as not very attractive - it's his voice that is sexy. WHAT?? So the sexy guy on the cover is an ugly 58 year old who still isn't ready to get married when he's forced to marry Eveline? I don't think the author meant that so I hope I heard wrong... except it kept getting reaffirmed throughout the book. I chose to ignore it and focus on the guy on the cover of the novel. Geez.
Anyway, I always say honesty is my best policy and I try and give truthful reviews so I'll give you this... ignore the few hiccups I mentioned and spend the credit - despite its flaws it's still worth a listen.
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I was expecting a fluffy light romance. It was that but with depth. The characters were far more interesting than "a harlequin" romance. I actually liked it. The story was fast paced and kept my interest. I got it on sale and was so pleased I will get more from this author. Don't get me wrong, it's a light romance but it had substance, style and depth.
I love the Highlands - introduced to me by Julie Garwood. Maya Banks is my next favorite author in this area. I loved her Highlander series and so far, the Montgomerys and Armstrongs are proving to be just as entertaining.
Eveline was a difficult character to portray yet you really felt as if she could not hear.
The relationship that blossomed between Graeme and Eveline and Graeme's brothers and Eveline was well developed. I can't wait to read the next books in the series.
i loove great books especially mystery and suspense and gregg hurwitz
yes definitely, the reader does an excellent job between the characters and her own voice, she could not have picked a better person
How Evalines disability that was such a negative lead her to the love of her life! How many stories are like this, I cried, laughed, and fell in love with this story.
probably Graham, his though process, his feelings, how he expresses his self to his clan, his brothers, her family and to her.