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)
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a great book. Rionna is great...Caelen starts out as kind of a jerk but he comes around and ends up being wonderful by the end.
Rionna McDonald hasn't had things easy. She's been raised by a shame of a Father and done her best to keep her clan together. She was supposed to marry one of the McCabe brothers and was actually jilted at the alter (not that she minded) by Alaric. When Caelen offers to take Alaric's place and marry her in his stead she's no thrilled as Caelen has always seemed very cold and remote.
Caelen McCabe is a good man but he's felt guilty for years because a past lover betrayed him and caused great problems for his clan. Because of this he's locked away his heart and refused to risk letting another woman sway him again. He's always felt he had to atone for this and so when it became apparent that his marrying Rionna would solves everyone's problems he offered. What he's never let on is the fact that he's always felt an attraction for Rionna and while unexpected, he doesn't hate the idea of marrying her.
Rionna & Caelen are married and go back to the McDonald clan to start their life and for Caelen to take over as leader of the clan. Things are tough with the clan as they're not happy with Caelen taking over and the changes he's making. They don't see the need for the additional training they're having to do through and in general things between Caelen and his new clan don't go easy.
Caelen's position in the new clan isn't helped by the fact that things between him and Rionna aren't smooth. He makes all sorts of demands for her to change pretty much everything about herself (including no more mens clothing or fighting practice). Their bedroom activities go well because it seems to be the only place Caelen is actually nice to Rionna and talks to her. Things improve between them when Cameron sends men to rough Rionna up. Caelen shows he can be tender and they actually talk some things out and things go more smoothly between them. TBH, Caelen was pissing me off big time at first (doing the jerky alpha male thing) but once he and Rionna starting working things out and he started showing her some sweetness I have to say that he grew on me big time! Seeing them together and the feelings growing between them was great.
Just when things are going well and Caelen has worked things out with both Rionna and his new clan, danger shows itself once again. Caelen is ambushed and Rionna is forced to take desperate actions in order to save Caelen. This leads in to a great ending with a big action blowup as the main plotline of the series (the McCabes vs. the Camerons) gets brought to a conclusion. Once the fighting is done and everything is settled, Caelen and Rionna are able to settle in with their clan for a HEA. It was a very satisfying ending for both the book and the series.
This book was great (I enjoyed the whole series). Rionna and Caelen ended up making a great couple. The story was wonderful and engaging so I had trouble putting it down. I'd recommend it. Thumbs up! :D
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.
So, for the 3rd book in the series, we come to the story of Rionna McDonald and the youngest McCabe brother Caelen. After seeing his brother Alaric fall in love with Keely McDonald, he agrees to marry Rionna and to seal the alliance between the McDonald and McCabe clans. He is attracted to Rionna, admiring her strength and her willingness to fight for her clan, but he is not in love with her, promising never to love another after being betrayed by his first love. Rionna is humiliated that her philandering father, the former laird of the McDonald clan, had attempted to arrange her marriage to all 3 of the McCabe brothers. She is insecure about her looks and her role as a woman, just never really feeling like she fits in. She is attracted to Caelen, but hates how he treats her. This story shows how their relationship grows through MANY rough patches. The evil Duncan Cameron is still on the scene and you wonder if Rionna will ever find her plan. Overall, a great story. Wish that there was a 4th installment!
I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.
It was real written and the progression of characters was interesting.
Rionna. I love a strong woman.
Yes, Maya Banks is one of my favorites.
Nothing. Love Kirsten Potter.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Book three is more of the same, equally as good as the other two books. And if you haven't read them, don't start with this one. I will be reading more of Maya Banks Highlander writings in the future. Characters are well developed, but I thought it odd that they never refer to wearing plaids, during the whole series. Could have used more highland in the description as well. Narrator does a good job.
The love story is great, I enjoyed it.
She's very pleasant to listen to.
Nothing extreme, no. Easy listen.
worth the credit!
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
Good ending to a fun trilogy.
Kirsten Potter is AMAZING!!!! She brings the story to life!
I wouldn't know. But I loved this audiobook. 'Twas the best ending to a trilogy I've ever listened to.
Rionna of course!!! She was a fierce highland warrior princess.
She is an awesome narrator. She infuses life into every character. Her accents and tones were perfect. Her performance as well as the awesomeness of the book drove me to tears.
Yes yes yes!!!!! I gave up my sleep just to finish this book. And I definetly did not regret it.
Please read "In bed with a highlander" and "Seduction of a highland lass" before you read this one. You will definetly be moved to tears. Now I'm sad coz I don't think I'll find another trilogy this good.
Addicted to Audio Books.....
I love this series and only hope we can re-visit the McCabe clan. Please listen to all of them in sequence you will not be disappointed at all. Perfection.
Light entertainment which was easy to listen to. Fun without being raunchy.
Rionna was my favorite character because she was feisty but vulnerable. She care about her family and made sacrifices for their benefit.
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