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
I really got involved with the story and I felt for the characters when things happened to them.
I cried at one point in my car for about 5 minutes
worth the read!
Wife to sometimes neglected husband (due to listening to audiobooks) and mother to adult children. I am a relatively recent avid reader/listener, only really starting to read for pleasure a few years ago but now am thoroughly addicted.
Maya Banks has once again hit it out of the park with this first book of her new series. I thought Eveline was a great character, strong in spirit but still vulnerable and needing of protection without being weak. Graeme was the perfect fit for her in this story, which keeps you interested every minute. I am looking forward to listening to the next book in this series, and it will be a must have.
I didn't read the print version but I don't feel like I missed anything.
Eveline is a great female character. She is strong and knows what she wants.
She was great at the Scottish accent.
When the families make the choice to come together or fight.
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I bought the audio book. I love foreign accents. Since English is not my first language, Spanish is...I have one, thick and funny at times. For audio books though, accents may be tricky. Some are good, clean, clear but some are very difficult to understand. The narrator was good but her voice was so husky, no octave and hardly different tones of voice...it didn’t give the story the excitement it deserved.
I do liked the story, different from what I have been reading lately. It is different era, different principles, and different behavior but at the same time so much like now a days in many ways. I liked the characters and the chemistry among them. The loyalty and solidarity among them are encouraging Graham is such a macho, a well example of his time in the novel. Evelyn is so strong, with pride and courage, values I cherish in women.
It was a good.
As a mother of 4 you have a lot of laundry. Audible books made washing a whole lot nicer. Walking isn't as painful either.
How Evangeline managed to protect herself by pretending
that an accident did more to her mental stability than her family thought.
This lead her into a marriage that seemed hopeless until you
discover the gentle way in which her husband comes to
know and respect her.
It was a little different than the usual Scottish storylines.
She did a fabulous job. Her Scottish brogue was infectious.
Along with her ability to adjust to men vs woman. That's not easy
and for me important for the romance story.
This would be a great movie!
Ranks up there with good....close to great....romance with out all the description!
No but enjoyed it.....
This was the 3rd or 4th time I've listened to this book, and I STILL Love it! It's a seductive story of trials, strife, tragedy, deception, love, joy happiness, violence and the overall fight just to fit in. With incredible characters dealing with incredible stories this novel takes every thing we love about a hunky highlander romance and wraps it up in a dramatic story that steals your heart. This is a "all at once" book that grabs and holds your attention from start to finish. Five stars is not enough!
NARRATOR: Kirsten Potter is a highly talented narrator who gives a performance with total mastery. Her characters are such strong individuals each so distinct that you'd swear they were actually all there giving us the performance that brings this excellent novel to life.
CREDITWORTHY? OH YES!
HEAT FACTOR: Extreme Steam!
Kirsten Potter did a fabulous job of narrating this story. I admit I was a little skeptical in the beginning, but it turned out to be a wonderful story. I would love to see this one turn out to be a movie...
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
I loved this book! Eveline and Graeme are a great couple. I loved them together and the story was really good with a real bang up ending! Just awesome. :D
Eveline grew up normal but 3 years before the start of the book she took a fall from her horse. She suffered head trauma as well as exposure to the elements that cause her to take sick and suffer a bad fever that took a while to clear up. When she awoke she was deaf and had trouble adapting to it. People thought she was daft after the injury and fever but once she started realizing more of what was going on she saw that her being seen as "daft" got her out of a promise of marriage to an evil man that she feared greatly. She eventually learned to read lips but didn't speak because she didn't want the marriage threat to come back if it was found out she wasn't daft. Because of this she let the deception go on until one day the King decides he needs to forge an alliance.
The King wanted these 2 clans (the 2 largest clans of his supporters) to forge an alliance and stop a feud that had been going on for 5 generations. He decides to decree a marriage between Eveline and Graeme (even knowing of her injury and supposed daftness) in an effort to stop the feud. Graeme isn't happy about this at first because he has to marry the daughter of his enemy and also (from what everyone thinks) she's daft and can't be a true wife. And as luck would have it (for Eveline), Graeme is totally sweet for a Scottish warrior and clan leader. He decides not to cheat on her even when he doesn't think she can be a true wife and when they meet, he is gentle with her and never takes out any frustrations out on her.
Because it's a decreed marriage and neither clan is comfortable with the other the marriage takes place quickly and Graeme takes her back to his clan's lands. Graeme is very sweet with Eveline from the start but he's not sure how to handle her and wants to get to better judge her faculties before he takes things very far. He figured out early that she's not stupid but he doesn't understand the reasons for her sometimes odd behavior. Eventually he figures out her lack of hearing is the issue and eventually she begins to feel out how to speak again with his help. Once Graeme realizes Eveline isn't daft he wastes no time in consummating the marriage since this whole time he's been fighting his attraction to her. She felt the attraction too and so she was also very willing to make their marriage a true one.
Unfortunately, while Graeme and Eveline were finding each other the rest of his clan (except his siblings) were finding ways to make Eveline miserable while she tried hard to fit in. Graeme tries to shield her from this but that proves impossible to do. Things come to a head with betrayal that puts Eveline in danger and almost plunges both clans in to war. The ending of the book was a major KAPOW! Homerun...out of the park... Seriously!
I am not someone who reads a lot of historical romances (although I have read a few) but this one has convinced me to get the next in the series as well as try some of the other historicals from Maya.
I would highly recommend this book. It's awesome and a wonderful story with a wonderful hero (I totally want a Graeme of my own). 2 thumbs way up! :D
The narrator did a great job too. :)
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