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
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
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.
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.
4.5 stars. This erotic Highlander romance series is set in Scotland about 1215. This is book 1 -- a wonderful story about a deaf "lassie" who must marry into the enemy clan, by the king's decree. I've read / heard a handful of historical romances by this author and this is my favorite, by far. Tis true. ツ
Kirsten Potter did a great job narrating. Her Scottish brogue goes over easily enough and she even manages a natural-sounding male voice. I'd listen to her again.
The main characters, Graeme and Eveline, stole my heart. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Solid characterization. Consistent. These "actors" didn't suddenly behave out of character. With some dialogue exception (long academic words) the H and h spoke and acted in accordance with their presumed upbringing, past experiences, values, and prior behaviors. Their characters were textured and interesting. Compared to some books, there's relatively little internalization (rethinking, worrying, guilt-tripping, etc.) so we get to know these characters by what they do, not what they think, and the pace doesn't bog down in thought-life.
I loved watching Eveline learn to communicate with her husband and her clan, despite her hearing impairment. My heart broke for her when the women in her new clan wouldn't accept her. They were vicious.
Banks really hit one out of the park. It's much better than her other books. More story. Less sex.
Two quibbles: 1) The scholarly-sounding words this Scottish laird used when alone with his wife sounded absurd. Not credible or authentic. 2) The disobedience the Scots showed to their laird. He commanded them to welcome his new wife. They may not have liked her, but they wouldn't have been so overtly cruel. Seems unlikely.
It did meet my expectations. I always enjoy strong female character and Evaleen was feisty. And enjoyable story of the great narrator.
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