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Never Love a Highlander | [Maya Banks]

Never Love a Highlander

Caelen McCabe's young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother's jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing. As the sacrificial lamb in her father's power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation.
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Publisher's Summary

Caelen McCabe's young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother's jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing.

As the sacrificial lamb in her father's power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation. Despite everything, though, the heat in Caelen's touch melts her defenses, and she craves the sensual delights of a husband who guards his emotions as fiercely as his clan. But when the ultimate battle for the McCabe legacy is upon them, Rionna's true warrior spirit emerges. She will risk the wrath of her father, the fury of her enemies, and her life to prove to Caelen that his wife's love is too precious to lose.

©2011 Maya Banks (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Banks nicely balances bedroom and battlefield action as Rionnas tough swordsmanship and Caelens tender lust propel the couple and the clans toward harmony." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jessica California 11-24-12
    Jessica California 11-24-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Love this series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Never Love a Highlander to be better than the print version?

    I have never read this in print but I thought the audio version was excellent.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to this whole series narrated by her and I think she does a great job. Her accents are very well done.


    Any additional comments?

    This was not my favorite book in the series but I enjoyed very much anyway. Caelen was frustrating at first and I thought he was going to be a hopeless hero but managed to redeem himself in the end. Rionna was great but I got upset when Caelen was initially trying to change and control her thankfully she didn't listen to him :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 11-13-12
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "LOVE THIS SERIES"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Never Love a Highlander to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version. However, I get drawn into the story much more and it is more real to me when I listen rather than read (as long as the narrator is good). This narrator was very good, both male and female voices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Love a Highlander?

    I love this series. I never thought I would enjoy the "ancient" setting but it really works and seems like Maya Banks has done her research.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ms. Banks always seems to get the "facts" straight; she seems to do a lot of research about times, places, historical events, etc. and I admire her for that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing. I usually prefer good male narrators, however, Kirsten Potter does a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    Want more Maya Banks, having a hard time waiting for more books to come out. Please, Ms. Banks, continue to get excellent narrators; as you know a bad narrator can ruin a story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 10-13-12
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 10-13-12 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "And they lived happily ever after..."

    All good things must end unfortunately... I finally finished this series and I loved it so
    Much! The combination of a Maya Banks story and a narration by Kirsten Potter is a must listen experience. Riona's story was amazing. She turned out to be a warrior princess that bravely battled her dad and Cameron Duncan to save her husband and her clan. This ending was powerful, with teary eyes emotional moments and the sizzling hot loving scenes that Ms Banks is known for. Four stars historical romance.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 09-05-12
    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Forever love a Highlander"

    Wow, what a good way to end the trilogy. The baddest of the brothers McCade and finally a tough female who comes through just as strong but can still have the feminine softness when needed. All I can say is you go girl!!! Talk about protecting her man. I enjoyed this who series from the first book to this last one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Berget Ontario, Or, US 07-02-12
    Stephanie Berget Ontario, Or, US 07-02-12 Member Since 2009

    Stephanie Berget

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    "Love a Highlander!!!"
    Where does Never Love a Highlander rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Never Love a Highlander ranks near the top, and I listen to audio books every day. The reader catches the accents and moods of the characters. It was a pleasure to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Caelen and Rionna are two headstrong characters set in a wonderful love story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Maya Banks books I've had the pleasure of listening to or reading. I've already ordered more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra 07-04-13
    Deedra 07-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible Addict!!! My Favorite books have change since joining Audible and my taste for erotic has enhanced! Follow me to the dark side. ;)

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    "Get the complete Trilogy! You will Love All 3"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not stop. This is when i fell in true love with a Highlander.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 03-16-13
    Leesa 03-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "End to good series."
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    This is a good listen, especially if you like this genre. I would rather get this on sale rather than using my credit. I do enjoy this genre of book at times, but I prefer other types of books better.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kalila DEL VALLE, TX, United States 04-22-14
    Kalila DEL VALLE, TX, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Never Love a Highlander?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end! No spoilers from me


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! We want more, we want more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-18-14
    Mary Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired. My hobbies are knitting, sewing and sports. To busy doing hobbies to be able to read so audible books are great for me. Also enjoy listening when driving on a long road trip.

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    "Story okay, reader not"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Different reader.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The final chapter was the best of all the chapters.


    What three words best describe Kirsten Potter’s performance?

    Very monotone. Detracted from the story.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More story than just bedroom scenes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 03-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not nearly as good as the McCabe trilogy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, because I would've recommended the McCabe trilogy first, and wouldn't want them tainted by being associated with this.


    Has Never Love a Highlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all, but the author can be so much better!


    Did Kirsten Potter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She was okay. Nothing is standing out to me.


    Was Never Love a Highlander worth the listening time?

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    She is a good writer, but I found this story to be lacking. She has a McCabe trilogy that is so much better. Don't go to this for a highlander book. Where she takes leeway with historical context is just too much. Not even for a fluff piece does it work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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