Fiercely loyal to his older brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put to the test his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires.
An outcast from her own clan, Keeley McDonald was betrayed by those she loved and trusted. When the wounded warrior falls from his horse, she is drawn to his strong, lean body. The wicked glint in his green eyes ignites a passion that will follow them back to Alaric's keep, where their forbidden love draws them deeper into the pleasures of the flesh. But as conspiracy and danger circle closer, Alaric must make an impossible choice: Will he betray his blood ties for the woman he loves?
©2011 Maya Banks (P)2012 Tantor
"The second book in Bank's trilogy shows her ability to write fast-paced, sexually charged, emotionally intense romances." (Romantic Times)
I was not expecting that much from this book, as I wasn't that engaged with the first novel. However, Banks has written a really lovely, sexy, heart-breaking and original highlander story. I thought the book was written and performed quite well.
I recommend this to all the highland lovers out there! Great characters who are fleshed out and complex! A truly wonderful romance between two lovers who were never meant to be together. Full of love, honor, loyalty and strength, this book was a joy to read!
I don't think you'll be disappointed! Can't wait for the next installment.
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.
Yes, expecially if you liked the first book.
This is the second book in the series. I would advise you to try the first book then get this one. I have enjoyed this series very much. In fact I'm about to listen to the third one. If your a fan of highland romances then you really need to try these.
It is right at the top. I have only rated a few books, and this one was good enough for me to rate!
I like the Scottish Highland stories, and this one was like Paula Quinn's series Children of the Mist because Seduction of a Highland Lass was very touching and Paula's are books are touching as well.
No I have not, but she did such an awesome job. I will definitely trust her narration for another book I may be interested in.
I was really moved by Aleric and Keely's story its not quite like any I have ever read. It was so touching and loving and at times heartbreaking, and not to worry it had a very good ending. I have enjoyed reading Maya Banks stories for a while. However, these Highland Series books were very well done and they are my favorite Maya Banks books that I have read or listened to so far. I hope she continues to write stories with a Scottish Highland theme. I also enjoyed the narrator, I thought she did a fabulous job! I will definitely be listening to more books with her narration. I also hope that she does more Scottish Highland themed stories. She was great!I would recommend this book as one of my all time favorites.
Brilliant listen - it had strong characters that were entwined in a passionate and emotional story. However, have your tissues ready because it was heartbreaking too. I thought this was better than the first and I'm happily off to listen to Book 3 but I'm sure they are all exceptional. Give us more more more.
Worth the credit? Oh yea !!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I'm not sure why it took me so long to get this series but I'm kicking myself for not getting with the program sooner! This is a well written romance series filled with laughter, heartache and plenty of sweet romance! Definitely worth a credit.
Say something about yourself!
The love connection Alaric and Kaleeye share is wonderful. I laugh, cried, and had mix feelings when listening to this book. I loved the BDSM scene between Alaric and Kaleeye..
The narration is great I felt like I was there witnessing everything.
Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?
First, let me fan myself and get rid of this burning blush.
This second book in a series about the McCabe brothers and their clan's fight for their land is steamy with a capital S!
Alaric McCabe finds himself torn between loyalty and duty or honor and love. Betrothed to the daughter of another clan by the king in hopes of uniting their clans to strengthen their forces, Alaric is willing to do his duty until an ambush nearly kills him and leaves him for dead. Now almost mortally wounded and helpless, an angel comes to his aid and nurses him back to life. Now his duty is bittersweet and he is forced to make the most difficult decisions of his life. Will he do what his clan needs to secure their lands or will he follow his heart?
This story is well written and gives new meaning to the term "romance" novel. I found my self actually blushing during the loves scenes, which were very well written and quite a bit naughty but fun. I can't wait to read the next story in this series. Banks makes her hero's both steamy and intensely male, making you sigh with wistfulness for days gone by when the term "metrosexual" didn't exist.
The narrator Kirsten Potter's voice is clear and concise with no awkward pauses or breath inhalations I hear on some recordings. Her voice is neither to male or female making it easy for the ear to make the transition from character to character. Her speech is spot on and she never falters or stumbles over the sentences, bravo Ms. Potter, I'm sure its no easy feat. I seriously didn't want it to end.
This is the third book I have listened to by Maya Banks and she is now one of my favorite authors.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I absoultely loved how this book picks up right after book 1. You already know the characters so well because of the first book, and so after the first attack in this book you are already upset for what happen to Alaric. I love how all the McCabe brothers are already such powerful men, but then they meet these women that just blows thier minds. I love it. And who would have thought Alaric was such a dominate!
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! ;)
The second installment in the McCabe series is even better than the first! The first book ended with Alaric McCabe agreeing to marry Rionna MacDonald in order to create an alliance against Duncan Cameron. On his way to the MacDonald land, Alaric is brutally attacked and left for dead. He barely escapes in his horse and is rescued by Keeley MacDonald. She is an outcast who lives alone. Keeley nurses Alaric back to health and in the process they fall madly in love. The problem is, the alliance between the McCabes and the MacDonalds is vital and urged by the King so Alaric cannot betray his clan and must marry Rionna MacDonald.
I must say this second book is twice as steamy as the first one. There's even a highlander style bondage scene that was a-freaking-mazing! Oh I can't get enough of that highlander lovin. .. one of the things that I liked most about this story is that it kept me wondering how in the world Alaric and Keeley would be able to make their relationship work. Be warned: you will need a box of Kleenex towards the end. So emotional!
Narration: Kirsten Potter once again did a wonderful job narrating this series. Great accent, great male voices and she added the emotion and intensity needed to take the story to the next level. This story was definitely a highlander treat and in the Top 5 historical romances I've listened to. A must listen for anyone who loves a Happily Ever After...
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
A title that truly belies my synopsis of Banks' 2nd installment. The story is constructed around a tale of forbidden love. Alaric and Keeley are wonderful characters that came to life for me personally. Readers will likely find themselves laughing, wincing, smirking, angry and ... shockingly, crying. What a huge surprise. Albeit sensitive, never before has a book made me actually weep. So impressed I am with Maya Banks that I rushed immediately to get the final edition in the trilogy. No matter that I thoroughly enjoyed Ewan and Marin, and subsequently absolutely adored Alaric and Keeley, I'm left wondering how Caelen and Rionna will measure up?
Suffice it to say that Kirsten Potter nails the spirit of the story with her audio interpretation of the narrative. I just know I'll be revisiting this trilogy again many times. Rock on Maya!
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