Audie Award Nominee, Romance, 2013
Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions. Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.
©2012 Maya Banks (P)2012 Tantor
There's a reason why this book was voted best romance suspense in 2012 and it does not disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised not knowing or ever heard of this author. I've now read about 4 of her books and enjoyed them all.
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It is at the top the narration was great. I can't wait for book two!
I was so happy Gramm loved Eveline even after he found out she is deaf.
Krsten Potter is a great narrater
I now love Maya Banks for the great story of love and devotion she tells in her books
i work a job where i can sit and listen all day
all of Maya scot books are great
she brings the story to life
hopfully Maya will be working on a 2nd story to this book
The gentle acceptance received by her new husband.
the moment where each of them realized their love for each other
great job with expression in her voice and the accents
all the gentle moments
After the great reviews, I was afraid the big build up would lead to disappointment. But this listen was all everyone said it would be. Fell in love with this storyline from the start and listened to the whole thing in two days. Could not turn it off. I love this author, the last series I listened to from her was great. But this surpassed it. Cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out!!!
the feeling as if your standing,watching it all unfold before your eyes
hope. Evaline struggles against her own "handicaps" and wanting to be accepted
the characters were brought to life
Love hears,love withstands,love triumphs
buy the audio
Yes. The plot is not the usual.
The plot and the dialogue
A sense of the heroine's communication trouble.
Ladies need wooing
The couple learned a lot about each other, as they should in time.
Novels in this era are better with an accent
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
This was a cute read but not as deep as I expected. Given the enmities of the two clans and Eveline's disability, I thought this was going to be a really dark read but it didn't turn out like that.
Eveline is deaf because of an accident but nobody in her clan knows. How she was able to perpetrate such a deception is unbelievable specially because she was very close to her family and you have to be a extremely good actress to make your family believe such a thing when they know you so well. It's almost crazy to believe that this was the only way for her to get away from that pesky problem and that nobody would discover her ruse in 3 years.
Besides Eveline's deafness, the main issue in the book is the conflict between the two clans. Graeme is a nice man that takes to Eveline immediately and champions her even when he doesn't know she's all there. The only distinctive thing about him is that he's circumspect to whom he beds and he's very reasonable. I just didn't feel that much for him.
The conflict was resolved very easily - I would have expected it to take years for the clans to get to trust one another - and the villain was very convenient.
Kirsten Potter did a great job with the Scottish accents. I usually object when the narrator in a Historical set in Europe has an American accent (I mean really) but it didn't bother me as much this time. Ms. Potter's narration tend to be on the deliberate side so sometimes I had it at 1.5X or 2X speed and I could understand what was going on.
I'm not sure if I'll continue the series, I guess it depends on the plot of the next book.
By far this is one of the best listens. The narrator was great and the story flowed seamlessly.
I am not one to cry or be emotional but there were some tear jerker moments. I loved when she revealed the truth to Graeme. His reaction. The way the narrator did wonderful job w/speech deflection and it all seemed so real.
My favorite character would have been Evelyn. She was smart and brave. Even when things weren't going her way she was determined to not let those that oppose her see her at her weakest.
There were several moments in the book that moved me but to say may be a spoiler alert.
This was a well used credit. The narrator did the voices very well. The characters and the plot were well written. I only wish there was an epilogue at the end to say how Graeme's people treated her after everything was all said and done.
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