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 or land.
©2011 Maya Banks (P)2012 Tantor
I really liked this first book in the McCabe Trilogy and cannot wait to listen to the stories of the remaining brothers, Alaric and Caelen. The American narrator has a very nice voice and I enjoyed her, however my only complaint was that she simply cannot do a Scottish accent. I am very familiar with Scots and her accent varied between Russian and Irish. Once I got used to the fact that I wasn't going to hear a true Scots accent, it was fine.
I enjoyed the relationship between Ewan and Mairin. As laird of a crumbling keep and a destitute clan, Ewan is not used to be disobeyed which Mairin does every chance she gets. I did love how the women of the clan accepted Mairin as one of their own and as their laird's lady.
I highly recommend this medieval Scottish romance.
I have to say it was a very good suprise how I enjoyed this story
all of them
I love they era. I did make me cry and care for everyone in the story.
this story hooked me from the beginning and keep my attention throughout
yes and I did
Not sure if I would.
Something by Jennifer Ashley.
The characters were good. I thought the writing was rather juvenile. Amateurish.
Not sure if I disliked this book because I had just finished listening to a similar series by Jennifer Ashley which I LOVED! Highland Pleasures - highly recommend that series.
This book starts out promising. It begins as a DRAMA with gritty and exciting action. The heroine (Mairin) is abducted by a brutal clan leader, bent on forcing her to marry him for her dowery. His physical abuse of her is shocking, but she is realistically brave when a child needs her protection... But shortly after she comes to be in the hands of the hero's clan, the story morphs into a silly ROMANTIC COMEDY, and Mairin becomes a bit of a modern day brat. The transition was a bit jarring.
Far from being an independent woman, who makes good decisions, Mairin can't stand to be told what to do. She's like an adolescent, stomping her foot and screaming, you're not the boss of me. Given the time period the story is set in makes it all the more ridiculous. Her fits of temper of course stupidly endanger herself and others.
We're told Mairin was hidden in a convent (not sure why) and raised by nuns. Yet when she marries Ewan - the laird of the his clan - she of NO experience decides to take charge of the keep by judging disputes and firing men. I think we're supposed to find her bumbling "cute," but I just found it wholly unrealistic and eye-rolling.
I liked Ewan... He was no crush-worthy hero, but good.
The drama returns towards the end and the story gets briefly interesting again - hence the second star. But the resolution happens too quickly and simply, like the author was ready to be done with it.
Overall it was disappointing. There was a lot of potential and it started strong, but got sloppy fast. I don't think the author spent more than 10 minutes researching historical detail. The dialog and themes are modern and shallow. There are lessons in woman's lib given to medieval men with bows and arrows.
As for the "steaminess" factor... Meh. May-be because I didn't see Mairin as much more than a child, I just wasn't bowled over by the "loving."
So many books...so little time! :)
So...I read this series out of order. I read this one second after the third, when I realized it was a series. Compared to the others in the series I would say it was my least favorite of all three, but don't get me wrong...It is still a good story! After having listened to all three...it is good to know the history behind all the characters from book to book.
Yes...for sure!! I have loved her books so far! She is a great writer!
I have said it before and I will say it again...I lover her narration! She does such a great job between all the different characters with the different accents! I would listen to more of her's for sure!
I would say it made me laugh a lot! Mairin is great in how stubborn she is, and compared to Lord Ewan...it makes it for a great listen. :)
Definitely listen to these in order...give good background to do so. Although you wouldn't have to necessarily.
It ranks pretty high. It was an enjoyable listen. I have a handful of audibles i would listen to over and over and this is one of them.
Honestly, i do not have alot of historical romances in my collection so i do not know.
Hot, sexy love scenes made me panting for more. OOOhhh Ewan.
I got this book with a credit but it is definitely worth the $. no regrets.
Was not enjoyable to listen to
no, if I didn't enjoy it, they certainly would not either.
To fast, no emotion.
Story line was fair
Miss Banks should listen to The Bride or Shadow Music by Julie Garwood and use the narrator she uses.
Say something about yourself!
I downloaded this book after reading an extremely intense – though excellent novel – thinking I needed some light fare to get me past that experience. I can’t say it was light but it did the trick; I ended up downloading the series (though I still cannot get the other book out of my head – excellent).
This is another Highlander novel full of warring, angry, avenging, protective, gods of early Scotland. (I absolutely KNOW I will be very disappointed if I ever get to Scotland, but I am somehow drawn there LOL).
This novel had a good plot, not many surprises but it kept my interest. (It is always about lack of communication.) Mairin is no wilting flower though naive and over protected. Her entire sum knowledge of relationships comes from a Mother Superior in a convent where she grew up, so you know where some confusion comes in.
Ewan is the laird of a previously conquered clan by the mysteriously evil laird of another Highland clan. In stumbles Mairin after escaping the previously mentioned evil-doer, with the help of Ewan’s 7 year old son – and it ends up being a love match.
It isn’t great literature but it does distract from sociopaths and co-workers that could use some Highlander revenge once in a while. I did end up downloading the other two books for the same reasons – excellent distractions – not bad writing, and some good love scenes.
I didn’t mention Kristen Potter – she makes it worth the credit - honestly. I just love her voice and narration. I could listen to her all day.
I think it was worth the credit and I will listen again. I purchased it the end of August and have not forgotten the plot (seriously? Alzheimer’s has not gotten to me yet).
Love to read!
I definitely enjoyed this book. It had a decent story line, likable characters, and moved at a good pace. Often, these types of books have boring sections that make it drag. I didn't notice any such sections in this book. It is definitely worth a credit!
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