I have been a fan of Maya Banks' Highlander series, so this was an auto-buy. I've enjoyed all of her previous Highlander titles, especially Eveline's story in Never Seduce A Scot. But this one missed the mark entirely. There are so many things wrong with this book it's hard to know where to start!
Maya Banks spends a good deal of time inside her character's heads in all of her books, and you hear their thoughts and opinions. In this one, however, she went overboard. Thoughts on Genevieve's imprisonment and hopes/fears for the future from her perspective, Bowen's perspective, and during conversations were so tediously repetitive that I lost sympathy for her, just not wanting to hear it over and over and over. This was pretty much the entire book for about the first three hours of listening.
After all Genevieve had supposedly endured, she was still strong, physically and mentally healthy, no bruises/marks/fears/scars except the one on her face, so unrealistic. And yet while captive she apparently had free roam of the castle, and free access to a bow and arrows (with which she was an expert, of course) yet never used on her captor. Genevieve was singled out for abuse at the McHugh castle. This was never explained. And the demise of the villain was early in the tale and anti-climatic, in my opinion.
Her parents were represented as loving, caring, and protective, having given her a pleasant, safe childhood; yet they sent her away to wed someone, traveling with no one from her family in attendance, and an apparently small guard, who were all killed. You never hear who this mysterious betrothed man was, he was never apprised of the fact that she was alive, yet she had been on her way to marry him before the events of this book began.
Genevieve was not a healer, and yet it was she who stitched up the wounds of a man she had recently met, and nursed him, AND they let her stay with him, a relative stranger, alone with their injured clansman/brother. Do ya really think they'd be this trusting with a woman they hardly knew?? I'll stop here, you get the idea.
I just could not appreciate the main characters in this book or their decisions, and was so often annoyed by things that did not make sense. I love to read, to enter a different world for a while, but I couldn't stay in this one. Hopefully Maya Banks' next book in this series will be better.
I like her narration; she gives different voices to different characters, has a good Scottish brogue, engaging intonation, and has clear articulation. I enjoy hearing her Scottish accents as I listen.
I liked visiting with characters from the first Montgomery & Armstrong book.
It was OK, predictable.
Affected. Her voice was grating at times, trying too hard to portray a snobbish affectation. Voices of different characters sounded the same. She does have a clear, easy to understand narration.
I was disappointed in this book, given the positive reviews. I liked it enough to finish it, and enjoyed parts of it. There were excruciatingly long passages of characters' thoughts, many times repeating the same thoughts/worries throughout the book. Ash was likeable, but way too good to be believable. Margaret had no backbone; the scenes with her father made me wonder why she bothered. The premise was a good one, plot was interesting, but characterizations, repetitions, and sleep-inducing internal monologues made this a 3 star read at best.
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