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
A well researched story with true, character development. Most of it was anachronistic.
Yes! A waste of listening
Books by Diana Gabaldon made me think there might be another well written one with rich textured characters.
I've read most of Maya Banks' books and I think I enjoy her Highlander novels the most. The characters are well developed, the storylines are excellent and the entire experience of these stories has been enjoyable and entertaining. She seems to have backed off of these books in favor of other pursuits, which is a shame and a huge disappointment. Hopefully, she will return to these soon.
I also would like to comment on the performance of Kirsten Potter. I've listened to her narration of countless books and even used to complain (in the beginning) that she sounded a bit porn star at times. I've since either changed my opinion or she has simply grown as a narrator to the extent that I really enjoy her performances. Having said all of that, she really does a fantastic job with the Scottish accent for the American listener and carries through the personality of each individual character flawlessly.
The first three books, the McCabe stories, do not need to be read prior to the Armstrong stories but the stories within each series should be read in order.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
I love the magic of the highlands! I love Maya Banks, I love her adventures in Scotland , and more over the novelty of her characters that she used in this book. It's not your ordinary highland hero or heroine . It was something novel , new, and very very capturing. I liked the narration as well, not so think Scottish that you do to understand, just the right tone and accent to make it universally understandable.
Very nice, and I'll be waiting for her next book :)
Go get it you will not regret it!
audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.
Maya Banks should stick to writing highland stories. She is at her best in this story! I enjoy all of her highland novels, but this first book of her new series is her greatest yet!!!
I laughed and cried at this beautiful story. Don't miss this one!
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I wasnt expecting to be moved as much as I was with this book. Maybe it was just the hormones but I cried at the ending. I guess I was taken in from the beginning because of the disability of Eveline and the tenderness of Graeme. Im such a sap! The story is so sweet and touching. I will definately be reading book 2 of this series.
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.
If you love a simply beautiful love story then look no further. It is totally worth the credit. Like a review said "Stop reading the reviews and just get it". Enough said.
I was swept up in this one... I became very invested once it became clear just how smart and tough and courageous Eveline was. I knew she had it in her to face whatever happened and to cope with her less-than-ideal situation.
I had confidence that they'd fall in love, especially once Graeme realized her deafness and they could move past the whole is-she-daft? issue. I was concerned about the Montgomery clansmen's abuses, and foresaw the trouble that lay ahead for her, and I was proud of how she meant to work to earn their respect and acceptance. But I was also on edge about what things could go wrong, and so when tensions built and danger arose I was not surprised. But I was still so worried the hatred from the feud would blind them and let all hell break loose.
My biggest worry was that of them being betrayed, and of the families attacking first and asking questions later. My fiancé will attest to the anxiety I felt and my determination to see the resolution before I could go to sleep. I did have some slight disappointment with the climactic action scene (though it had me holding my breath up until then). I hadn't anticipated the final family scenes and they made for a glad conclusion.
I just loved Rory, and the other Montgomery brothers grew on me. Though, I have not determined yet if I want to read the next books in the series that follow those siblings.
Narration was quite good, though not quite what I'd call exceptional. There were at least a few spots where it was difficult to tell who was speaking in dialogue due to a voice mix-up, and even hard to tell sometimes when Graeme or Eveline were thinking versus actually speaking, as distinction was barely if ever made in the reading style, or because an aloud thought followed immediately on the heels on an inner-voiced thought. But most characters' voices were differentiated most of the time, accents were appropriate, and her male intonations were adequate.
The overall theme of warring families united by forced marriage is by no means original, but I liked Banks' treatment of it here. All that said, I think this is probably the best children-of-enemies romances I've read to date.
This reads like a young adult novel. At least it was short. Simple to follow story with a little bit of PG rated smut. Not good enough to waste a credit or buy the next in the series unless it's on sale.
I listened to this in one in two long sessions and stayed up a bit too late to listen to it. Obviously something about it captivated me. However by the time I got to the second half of my book, I was rolling my eyes quite a bit.
Ending was pretty predictable, not that's a bad thing in my book. I don't believe that every book must have some surprise ending.
The narration was very good. The Scottish accent wasn't very authentic, but that's because I have an ear for it, having a Scottish husband. Most people won't notice. She didn't manage to do a deaf accent, but that would asking too much probably. She still did a great job, and injected a lot of life into the dialogue
The Cheese factory ? Seriously this book was seriously cheesy.
I must have liked this book since I listened to all of it, which is a rarity for me these days. It was suspenseful and kept you reading. However as you progress into the book you begin to grow uneasy. This is like watching a science fiction film with weak sci-fi elements. Scottish men of that era simply did not act like that. Why even make the characters Scottish. Is this a thing ? An excuse to put a topless guy in a kilt on the cover? There was nothing especially Scottish about the culture described in the book, except for for using the words "clan" and "laird".
"I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"
Yes, Maya Banks does tell an interesting story a bit repetitive but entertaining. Kirsten Potter does a great job, I really enjoyed her Scottish accent.
Only to those die hard romance readers.
Yes, I have, this is consistent with her other performances.
Yes, no, perhaps...
I had some issues with this story that kind of have me wavering between liking the story and disliking it.I liked that the idea of a deaf heroine. That added a uniqueness to the story. Although the heroine seemed to do a lot of sleeping. It was like she was sleeping thorough 60% of the book. Which added a bit to the repetitiveness. It also didn't help that there were comments by the characters about each others respective beauty every other paragraph, your readers get it, these two characters are paragons of beauty, we really don't need to be told every five minutes.I really enjoyed listening to Kirsten Potters voice and that probably saved me from stopping the listen before I finished it. I did enjoyed the story even if it was repetitive. I liked the heroine, even if she was sleeping most of the time. I too can be repetitive.I would say this is worth the listen if it's on sale, but not necessarily worth a credit.
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