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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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    Amazon Customer Canada 06-01-12
    Amazon Customer Canada 06-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Never judge a book by its movie

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

    No, they both have their merits.... The story is great either way


    What did you like best about this story?

    Always loved Calen, the youngest McCabe brother. He tries so hard to be cynical,about women and love, but you can feel deep down, he wants love more than anything. You get the feeling that he had a little crush on Riona when she was engaged to his brother Aleric..
    and Riona rocks... she is a sword wielding, pants wearing, 16th century biker chick, who embraces her new husband, and is determined to make him love her.


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

    They cast her perfectly, her voice is smooth and clear, her character voices are all different, so you know who is speaking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Discover the Heat of the HIghlands


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-15-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "BOO WHOOO ....... I WANT MORE MORE MORE"

    Oh, this is the last of the trilogy of the McCabe brothers and I'm having withdrawal effects. All 3 books have been great and I've loved them all - they have hot romances, likeable characters, well written with good Storylines and of course, hunky highland heroes.

    A message to Maya Banks - can't they have an adopted brother, 2 illegitimate brothers, cousins, young uncles.... anything. Oh I know I'm grasping at straws...... and sad, but I'm begging you - please please please.

    Worth the credit? After this review what do you think?

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Elizabethtown, KY, United States 11-23-12
    Karen Elizabethtown, KY, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2010

    Love to read!

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    "Had its moments."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa Smalltown,AL 03-16-13
    Leesa Smalltown,AL 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."
    Any additional comments?

    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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly FL USA 10-01-12
    Kimberly FL USA 10-01-12 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Intervention? Someone?"

    In my search for lighter fare I now find myself engulfed in Highland meringue. This is the third installment of the McCabe series and is – as I found the others – predictable and – interesting. Better than book two, not as good as book one.

    I love Kristen Potter’s narration so I think that is what kept me listening. Not the predicable plot or the predicable ending. (I could almost hear the theme for “Top Gun” at the climax of this one.) I’m not that imaginative so I’m sure there are better themes to draw from – like “Kill Bill.” (I have only sort of watch one of those…)

    The end was just silly, but poor Rionna did find love and became the ‘Warrior Princess’ she always wanted to be – as if no one could figure that out from book one when she defeated a McCabe warrior three times her size.

    Like I said before, I must have required a serious distraction because I listened to the whole thing, I cringed at a few things but not like book two, and I didn’t return it (yes you can).

    I am now on to more good books. I’m glad for the distraction – I must have needed it. And what is with the title? I do not get that at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 11-23-12
    Kimberly Ixonia, WI, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2012

    So many books...so little time! :)

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    "MY FAVORITE MAYA BANKS BOOK SO FAR!"
    What did you love best about Never Love a Highlander?

    I loved Rionna McDonald and her relationship with Caelen McCabe. She is so misunderstood in the beginning until you get to know her. And hearing the two of them together and how their relationship grows and changes is great!


    What other book might you compare Never Love a Highlander to and why?

    So this was the first book I listened to in this series not knowing there were previous books. However I must say this was my favorite of all three!! I loved these two characters the best as there is so much more to them that meets the eye!


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

    Since listening to my first book from her, I have always thought she was great! I would recommend her narration any time. Her accents and the way she can change from character to character is amazing! Love her!


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

    Yes! For sure...I have a hard time stopping!


    Any additional comments?

    Wish it didn't have to end! :)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-14-12
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-14-12 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Can I just say WOW!"

    Caelen McCabe is the most rugged brother of them all! Wow! He didn't take any crap at all. I loved that. He had to be tough, stepping up as a new Lair of a new clan, and I think he did well to gain the repect due him. Caelen was the perfect brother to be with Rionna too! Their love story was just great. I love how the characters of all three books just carried over from one book to another. I liked how each book just picked up where the other left off. I loved who killed the bad guy! That was just perfect.I thought it was gonna be like a three way between the brothers, but I loved how Banks ended this sereis. I kinda wish there was another book. Maybe to show how Kristen and Gretchen will be!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CA, United States 06-20-12
    Karen CA, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2011

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Warrior Princess mets Highland McCabe"

    Ms Banks is one of the few writers who can tell a tale in 3 books and make them all very good. Ewen # 1 is a strong hero & begins the tale. Aleric #2 book, you will need a tissue and Calen #3 is headstrong but the ending is so endearing. This is the first trio that really is worth buying. Voice of Kristen Potter makes all 3 books just plain wonderful to listen and get the full experience. I listen to the 3 books straight through and you can not say that about many triology!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Edinburgh, Scotland 02-11-13
    Karen Edinburgh, Scotland 02-11-13 Member Since 2007

    Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?

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    "You won't want it to end"

    This last book in a trilogy about the hunky McCabe brothers is every bit as delicious as the previous two. If your a first timer of Maya Banks I highly reccomend you start with book one. That's not to say this book can't stand on its own, it most certainly can but why waste the steamy fun on just one book?

    Caelen McCabe is the youngest McCabe brother. His no nonsense approach to life can put people off, but those that know him know the reason for his gruff ways. When he was younger his trust and love in a women had cost him dearly. Now he can trust no one, especially a women. When he steps in to marry the women his brother cast aside for another he has his work cut out for him. He is now the leader of his wife's clan and no one is happy about that. Can he learn to trust and gain trust in return? His life and as well as his old clan and the new one might depend on it.

    I love how Maya Banks puts a story together. Her excellent writing skills put together a story so beautifully that I find I never want it to end. She spins a tale of intrigue and sexual conquest much like a spider spins web, sucking the listener in deeper and deeper until they are helpless to escape. And this case have no desire to escape. This is romance with a capital R! If you love steamy love scenes and brawny hero's as well as stubborn not so docile heroines then you will love this book.

    Kudos to Kristen Potter who reads beautifully and smoothly. Her well spoken voice makes this well worth listening to.



    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 06-18-13
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this finale"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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