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 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.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
It's not every day your heroine is deaf. I was immediately intrigued by this because I wondered how the author would pull it off. Well, she almost did it.
Meet Eveline Armstrong, a beautiful girl who took a tumble from a horse a few years back and is now daft. Or so everyone thinks. SHe was going to have to marry this guy who wanted to do icky things to her so she played dumb. No one in her whole family notices in three years that she's deaf.
Graeme, awesome hero of our story, notices the first day he meets her... or well has an itch of an idea that he learns almost immediately after they're married.
So I say almost - and even though I really enjoyed this book, you may notice I gave it four stays and the story 3... The thing is, Eveline has only been deaf for a few years yet she's learned how to read lips PERFECTLY every single time. With no mixups. And the fact that she's deaf isn't a problem for anyone it's simply who she is - think Hatfields and McCoys.
I think the author did a great job working with her being deaf and how people respond but between her family not knowing, her new husband finding out immediately, her fiance wanting to do things so horrible she has to get away from him (why he wants to do these things is never explained he's just a bad guy to be a bad guy), and the fact that the moment she starts talking she goes on and on with no problem and only a little weirdness... it was a bit too unbelievable.
The story had a few continuity errors as well. Granted, I was listening and haven't relistened but what I heard was the Montgomery and Armstrong feud has been going on for 50 years ever since Eveline's grandfather killed Graeme's father. SO lets do the math shall we? Graeme is the oldest of four... considering there could have been a few deaths here or there, we can assume he's at least late fifties early 60s. And described as not very attractive - it's his voice that is sexy. WHAT?? So the sexy guy on the cover is an ugly 58 year old who still isn't ready to get married when he's forced to marry Eveline? I don't think the author meant that so I hope I heard wrong... except it kept getting reaffirmed throughout the book. I chose to ignore it and focus on the guy on the cover of the novel. Geez.
Anyway, I always say honesty is my best policy and I try and give truthful reviews so I'll give you this... ignore the few hiccups I mentioned and spend the credit - despite its flaws it's still worth a listen.
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! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!
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!
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 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.
When Graeme Montgomery is forced to wed Eveline Armstrong by decree of the king he thinks his life is over. Not only is her clan his mortal enemy but he fears she is not mentally competent to be any mans wife, let alone a suitable bride for him. Despite her handicap he marries her anyway and is loving and kind, but soon he finds deception is all around them in many forms. Can they reunite their clans to fight the evil that surrounds them or will it be to late?
Excellent story! I listened for hours at a time because I just didn't want to stop listening. The narrator is not my favorite but that's subjective, all in all I think she did a pretty good job. The accents were not my favorite but the story line is so riveting that you cease to care after awhile.
Well worth a credit or even paying for the book to listen to it because it seems to come alive while your listening. I am crossing my fingers for sequel!
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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.
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