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 love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
This is all you can hope for when spending your credit on a book - it's got a great plot written by a very talented author, it's got interesting believable characters that will have you envisioning them riding through the Highlands or walking in Medieval castles, it's got a handsome powerful hero and a strong proud heroine that bring you in to share in their trials and tribulations and finally, it's got a love story that defies prejudices, betrayals and discriminations to win out against all odds for the happy ending that we all seek.
Can't wait for the next instalment, the series has such great potential and M.B. is an automatic download for me.
Worth a credit? Worth every cent and more, much much more.
Live, love, laugh...
Wow, I don't think I know enough words in the English language to describe and praise this book enough! I had sworn off historical romance books after trying and hating Outlander. And the only book I tried to read from Maya Banks was Sweet Seduction (erotica) and I couldn't even finish it. So to say I took a big chance on this story is an understatement. But my... Oh my, was I pleasantly surprised!!!
Ten minutes after starting this book I seriously considered taking a day off from work and just experience (yes because this was not just a book but an experience) this wonderful story. I don't like to give spoilers but Ms. Banks wrote a story that really takes you back in time into Scotland and melts your heart with the sweetest hottest romance I've read in a very long time. I loved so many characters in this story! The heroine, Eveline who is deaf, through will, determination and a strong spirit decided that she would have what she wanted, to love and be loved in a time when women were viewed more as property than a partner. The hero Gramm was just as spectacular.
Narration: Kirsten Potter has just been added to my narrators-that-I-love list. Perfect accent, perfect delivery, perfect intensity and emotions added to the story. Top that with great male voices and that you could very easily distinguish each character and you get an A+ narrator.
A wonderful love story and an amazing narrator Can't wait for the next book in this series!!
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.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I wasn't planning to write a review, however, I felt compelled to give my 2 cents since I did not LOVE this one. Don't get me wrong, it was enjoyable, worth a credit and I don't feel as though I wasted my time. (narration was very good too)
I love romance books and this had the formula: Boy meets girl, conflict happens, conflict resolved, boy/girl learn and grow, they live happily ever after. This is the perfect formula for romance. This book had that and then some.
So, why didn't I love this book? I think it was all the hype. I expected this one to make me go "WOW, AMAZING, this is the best romance book out there". Sadly, it just didn't stick out as better then some of the other books I've read. Had I not seen all the positive reviews perhaps my expectations would have been lowered?
That being said, I did enjoy this one and will get the next book when it comes out.
4 stars, but was hoping for 5
I've enjoyed several Maya Banks books, and this one is no different. I love Kirsten Potter, and totally adore "highlander love and war", so I knew I was in for a treat!
I liked the overall storyline, and the challenges that Eveline (sp?) faced because of her situation made me love her all the more.There were a few moments where I thought the story was a little slow, but overall it was a sweet love story. It's comparable to her other highlander series, but it doesn't seem like you're listening to the same story again. I'm interested to see what happens next in book 2!
Never judge a book by its movie
Oh yes, It was a fantastic trip back to 11th century Scotland. The characters are fantastic.
The heroine Eveline Armstrong is a combination of maidenly innocence, and bold as brass stubborn.
The hero Graeme is the Laird of the Montgomery clan. They have been betrothed to each other by order of King Alexander II. Seems totally fine for this time period, so what the problem??? Well these clans HATE each other, the King wants peace so he makes this decree.
Both clans are livid: the Armstrong's, because they believe that Eveline is not in charge of her faculties,( from an accident she had years before) They fear she has no idea what is expected of a wife
However Eveline is totally aware of what is going on, but she allows her clan to believe she is "adled" in order to escape a marriage to an sociopath...(best way to describe the guy)
The Montgomery's believe the KIng has made it impossible for the Montgomery clan to carry on because Graeme has no intention of having a "true" marriage to the "touched" Armstrong girl, therefore no Montgomery heir!
Eveline's only disability is that she is hearing impaired, and has taught herself to read lips.
She marries Graeme, and begins to win him, and his brothers over. The clan however is a little harder.....
The relationship between Graeme and Eveline, and Eveline and Graeme's little sister Rorie
She is fantastic,her narration, and accents are excellent.
It was a very emotional story, of a girl tring to fit into a world that cannot cope with disabilities, and her determination to change her life and they way people view her.
So worth the credit,, Can't wait for book 2.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
This is so great a listen. If you like Maya Banks & Never Love Highlander seriers, this one will knock your socks off.
a tender love story with strong characters and intelligence. So far,not the violence as Maya other seriers... This one starts a very promising seriers
stayed up very late to listen, so river bathing starts the action
OMG, yes and now sleepy for it!
Ms Banks has a full writing range,and Ms Potter has the best Scotts accent. Her voice is a
rich one so she can really capture the region. You will fall in love with her in Highland and Scot seriers. Audible do not change this reader for this seriers. If Potter cannot do the story, just wait until she can.
This book is formulaic, predictable, the characters are one dimensional, the dialogue is flat and even the sex is dull! I am not a romance book snob, and I like a good romp as much as anyone - and it does not need to be great literature - but I found myself "talking back" to the narration in annoyance! It did not seem like a real book, but a template or outline for a romance novel and you fill in the color. I do NOT understand how it got all these good reviews! (so I am adding in another voice)
I enjoyed this audiobook very much! I think that Maya Banks' Series that are historical Scottish love stories are her best work. The narrator did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. Highly recommend!
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