4.5 stars. This erotic Highlander romance series is set in Scotland about 1215. This is book 1 -- a wonderful story about a deaf "lassie" who must marry into the enemy clan, by the king's decree. I've read / heard a handful of historical romances by this author and this is my favorite, by far. Tis true. ツ
Kirsten Potter did a great job narrating. Her Scottish brogue goes over easily enough and she even manages a natural-sounding male voice. I'd listen to her again.
The main characters, Graeme and Eveline, stole my heart. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Solid characterization. Consistent. These "actors" didn't suddenly behave out of character. With some dialogue exception (long academic words) the H and h spoke and acted in accordance with their presumed upbringing, past experiences, values, and prior behaviors. Their characters were textured and interesting. Compared to some books, there's relatively little internalization (rethinking, worrying, guilt-tripping, etc.) so we get to know these characters by what they do, not what they think, and the pace doesn't bog down in thought-life.
I loved watching Eveline learn to communicate with her husband and her clan, despite her hearing impairment. My heart broke for her when the women in her new clan wouldn't accept her. They were vicious.
Banks really hit one out of the park. It's much better than her other books. More story. Less sex.
Two quibbles: 1) The scholarly-sounding words this Scottish laird used when alone with his wife sounded absurd. Not credible or authentic. 2) The disobedience the Scots showed to their laird. He commanded them to welcome his new wife. They may not have liked her, but they wouldn't have been so overtly cruel. Seems unlikely.
It did meet my expectations. I always enjoy strong female character and Evaleen was feisty. And enjoyable story of the great narrator.
Have fun listening to a book that takes you to Scotland and think of clans, honor and protecting your keep!
Yes. A warm and tender story and the narration was good.
Eveline - she was brave.
Kirsten did a very good job changing between characters.
Yes, I did not want to put this book down. Hope to see more like this.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
Banks crafted an outstandingly unique character in Eveline - she is delicate yet strong, naive yet shrewd, submissive yet spirited. Eveline makes the story so much more. Graeme seems resigned initially to the match but discovers the jewel he's been given. Their journey is rather sweet. It's also interesting how Eveline brings the warring families together when faced with the malevolent Ian McHugh. Don't be surprised if you find that you genuinely get angry at some of the ancillary cast. In general, the Montgomerys and Armstrongs' series offers much more depth to the characters. Definitely one of my favorite Banks' series.
Potter does NOT disappoint. She does a fabulous job of narrating... especially her interpretation of Eveline. Very enjoyable. No doubt the highland-romantic will be putting this book on their re-listen list!
Her scottish accent was really spot on. Her variation of the voice for the characters, men, women, young, older, all very unique.
There were enough trials, and issues to keep you interested in the plot, without being overly stressful. I wanted to know would secrets be revealed? How? by whom? What will their reactions be? How can this end with so much having changed? Its a good book! I was very happy to find out there is a whole series to listen to!
It was refreshing to not have the book drag on with misunderstandings between the hero and heroine. Both were refreshingly honest with one another and that gave them a good foundation to build on. Eveline's initial deception is to escape an unwanted betrothal, but she eventually finds the strength to tell the truth about her believed "daftness" because of her husband, Graeme's patience and kindness to her.
Graeme Montgomery was an admirable leader of his clan and a very patient, loving, and
kind husband to Eveline throughout their relationship, even when he wasn't sure he could have a true marriage with her, he intended to honor his vows.
This is the first audio book I have listened to with Kirsten Potter as narrator. She did a wonderful job and I would love to listen to other books she has narrated.
Yes, I easily could have listened to this in one sitting. It was very engaging and well written.
I am anxious to listen to other Maya Banks books. I enjoyed her style of writing and her characters.
more more more, i just loved this book
I loved all the characters.
My favorite scene is when she finally talked. And explained that she was deaf.
Yes, i couldn't stop listening. Was sad when it ended.
I really loved this book. I want more more. Getting readying to buy the second book.
Beth Anne Bell
Happily Ever After
I loved that this book had everything I want in a good story. Great characters, great plot, wonderful voice to listen to while getting involved in the story and hard problems to solve.
Kirsten Potter did an excellent job with the narration, especially the accents.
She lived in a world of her own making, until he woke her up from her hibernation.
Great book. I would definitely recommend it to my friends.