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Never Love a Highlander Audiobook

Never Love a Highlander

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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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    Kalila 04-22-14
    Kalila 04-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I need a Scot"
    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!


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    Latonia Streamwood, IL, United States 09-17-13
    Latonia Streamwood, IL, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The best book in the series"

    Maya Banks has written a wonderful highland romance. I love all of the books in this series. Kirsten Potter is now my favorite narrator. Her accents are spot on and convincing. Together Maya and Kirsten offers a gripping and fun ride. Listened to all three books in two days. Wish there was more in this series.

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-24-13
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Great story and finish to the series :D"

    4.5-5 stars

    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

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    PageyWagey Pacifica, CA USA 08-01-13
    PageyWagey Pacifica, CA USA 08-01-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Third book in series -- just as good!"

    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!

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    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 07-29-13
    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Great Wrap up to this Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Never Love a Highlander the most enjoyable?

    It was real written and the progression of characters was interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rionna. I love a strong woman.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Yes, Maya Banks is one of my favorites.


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

    Nothing. Love Kirsten Potter.


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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 07-23-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2016

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Always love a highlander."

    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.

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    Jennifer 07-16-13
    Jennifer 07-16-13
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    "Good!"
    What made the experience of listening to Never Love a Highlander the most enjoyable?

    The love story is great, I enjoyed it.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    She's very pleasant to listen to.


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

    Nothing extreme, no. Easy listen.


    Any additional comments?

    worth the credit!

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    Elizabeth 07-01-13
    Elizabeth 07-01-13 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "Loved It!"
    What did you love best about Never Love a Highlander?

    Good ending to a fun trilogy.


    Any additional comments?

    Kirsten Potter is AMAZING!!!! She brings the story to life!

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    Chichi Rockville, MD, United States 06-12-13
    Chichi Rockville, MD, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Best trilogy ever!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Never Love a Highlander to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know. But I loved this audiobook. 'Twas the best ending to a trilogy I've ever listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rionna of course!!! She was a fierce highland warrior princess.


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    Yes yes yes!!!!! I gave up my sleep just to finish this book. And I definetly did not regret it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kathleen Bronx, NY, United States 06-07-13
    Kathleen Bronx, NY, United States 06-07-13

    Addicted to Audio Books.....

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    "Great series!"

    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.

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