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
"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)
Finally Rionna gets her HEA!! Rionna and Caelan's book was a really enjoyable book to listen to. KP has really outdone herself in this series! Loved her scottish burr.
Rionna had been passed up by Ewain, Ulrich and finally Caelan raised his hand to sacrifice himself in the bid to gain Laird MacDonalds alliance with the McCabes. I felt bad for Rionna, but she held her own. She was a fighter, but she had a good and loyal heart. She was a great match for the youngest and most scarred MaCabe.
I don't know if any of the prior women could have penetrated his defenses after his first love betrayed him and devastated his life.
I had so hoped that Maya Banks would write a book on Gannon because he had to babysit 3 Mccabe women. Even Cormack got his girl, why not Gannon?
I hope the author revists this series sometime soon.
Audiobooks have changed how I drive! I look forward to driving for work when I have a good book on deck.
This is my 3rd and LAST Maya Banks book…the 2nd one I bought was also lacking (In Bed with a Highlander), but I hoped the "McCabe" series would improve because the 1st MB book I listened to (Never Seduce a Scot) was great. I guess this author must have improved with time as "Never Seduce a Scot" is from a later series, but I won’t be risking any more of my precious credits to find out.
The narrator was good…her talent was the only reason I got as far as I did with this book.
This book was bad....the plot was weak; marry the jilted bride seemed like it had some potential, but it never panned out in the parts of the book I listened to because admittedly I only got about half way through. Every time I went to listen to it I cringed…the “hero” (note the quotation marks) was simply rude and unyielding for no reason. At one point the heroine was attacked by an enemy clan and brutally assaulted while HE was away. After she was healed, he decided to chastise HER for not being more careful; when she became rightfully upset ALL he could think about was how he wanted to bed her because she was so lovely in her upset…this character sucked! The heroine was fairly a good character…she at least had some dimensions beyond just her beauty.
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I’m always worried about historical novels…will they get the language right, will they hold true to the themes of the period….but since it was Maya Banks I had to take a shot, and was NOT disappointed! Wonderful story, and series, that made me laugh and made me cry. Couldn’t have asked for more!
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I have never read this in print but I thought the audio version was excellent.
I've listened to this whole series narrated by her and I think she does a great job. Her accents are very well done.
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 :)
Love to read!
This book started off well. There was real potential in the characters and the possibility of a good story - a forced marriage, a tom boy female, and a betrayed warrior.
By the middle of the book, it was pretty boring and lost any real story line. I found myself not wanting to finish it, but kept going back hoping it would get better. Unfortunately, that was a mistake. The ending was so cheesy and stupid!!! YUCK!!!!
The performance was really good and is probably the only thing that made the book tolerable.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing. I usually prefer good male narrators, however, Kirsten Potter does a good job.
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.
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! ;)
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.
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.
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.
Caelen and Rionna are two headstrong characters set in a wonderful love story.
This is the first Maya Banks books I've had the pleasure of listening to or reading. I've already ordered more.
What a great conclusion to this Highlander series. Maya Banks does it again! Admittedly I was doubtful with book 1, but books 2 & 3 definitely pulled through as winners. I so enjoyed Caelon and Rionna's story; Rionna was a fabulous heroine and I loved the relationship between she and Caelon and how it develops. This is a shorter story than the others but it packs a punch throughout, giving you romance,action and humor. If you're looking for a sweet historical romance, this is a good series to purchase.. Loved it...highly recommended.
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