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.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
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!!
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
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.
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'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 love story was absolutely beautiful and well narrated. I've read and also own several Maya Banks books, however this series is one of my favorite. This book is my "go to" listen book when I'm cleaning on the weekends, or just relaxing on a quiet night by myself.
I'm a stay at home wife and listen to audio books all the time while working on crafts.
I absolutely love this story and the narrator. Kirsten Potter does such a great job with her Scottish accent, and her story telling ability is by far one of the best narrators I've ever listened too. The author Maya Banks is one of the best romance authors out there in my opinion. The struggles the hero and heroine have to overcome are what make this book so good. Love it love it love it.
The love the charactors have for each other in spite of overwhelming odds.
This is a hard one for me, because she did such a great job with all of them. But for me it has to be Graeme Montgomery and Eveline Armstrong.
All the above
Maya Banks is such an amazing romance author. I absolutely love all her books. Her story telling ability is very realistic and she isn't afraid to push the boundaries of romance. Love her books.
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