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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"The second book in Bank's trilogy shows her ability to write fast-paced, sexually charged, emotionally intense romances." (Romantic Times)

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Valuable Enough To Be Kidnapped

I liked the character, Keeley, the best of the female protagonists in this series, although my favorite of the series is probably the third book. It was somewhere near the end that I realized that one of the two main characters was sick or injured for like 80% of the book. If you count emotional injury then that percentage is even higher. That’s not necessarily bad, but be aware that the device for advancing the romance through care giving is prominently featured here. Of note, I think Banks did a good job incorporating the characters from the first book in a well-balanced way that didn’t have them out-shining the main couple while not completely neglecting them either. I was glad for the happy ending and enjoyed this book – and to think, it all began with a kidnapping! Thank goodness for those kidnappings that are actually blessings in disguise, I think we all know what I’m talking about…. Or you will if you listen to this book.

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enjoyable, but a little over the top in areas.

Sex definitely spices up the story, but after a while the scenes in this book become unbelievable. The plot and story should carry the book, not the over the top, and I might say completely unbelievable considering the untried virgin, sex scenes. Found myself fast forwarding through them as they became a bit tedious.

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  • Bella320
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  • 11-09-17

Heart wrenching and Beautiful

The most heart wrenching and beautiful love story I have ever heard/read. I wept like a baby as the words pulled on my heart strings. The narrator was perfect, bringing this story to life. I cannot recommend this book enough. This is a great series but this book is the treasured one.

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I Wanted To Like This, But It's Not Great

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After reading the reviews, I thought this would be a fun romance with some fun explicit scenes. Instead, it was kind of a crappy story with some unlikable characters and some explicit scenes. <br/><br/>Brain candy romance doesn't need much to be good to great, but when main characters are rude, snide, dismissive, or people who have no problem abducting a women, I find that lazy, boring writing. Letting people have a bit of a change of heart at the end doesn't help the other 80% of the book. And too many times the author goes for the idea that men are annoyed by women, men are too manly to have emotions, men don't take women seriously, men want women to obey them! but then are pleased when they are stood up too. But not too much. It's ridiculous, and worse, it's unnecessary. <br/><br/>If you think you will like this book exclusively for the sex scenes, they are done well, but in a way, there aren't enough of them. Certainly not enough to be the only reason to listen. The whole thing is just uneven, kind of strange, and difficult to review. I didn't hate it, but I almost stopped listening a couple of times. It's such a shame when a story could have been so much better just by losing some of the "I am LAIRD! What I say GOES! Don't sass me women! You are cute and likable by being a little sassy" (paraphrased) There's no excuse for falling back on those tired tropes when it would be so much easier to just write people as reasonable humans. <br/><br/>Oh well, if the other two in the series are ever on sale for like 99 cents I would listen to them for the sex scenes while cringing through all the rest of the story. The narrator was fine. I didn't love her voice, but she was very good at reading the explicit stuff which I imagine is not easy to do.

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My favorite book!

I absolutely love this book! It is one of my favorite books. The story is amazing and the narrative perfection.

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A Man's Instruction Manual for Great Sex

Who was your favorite character and why?

Feisty lasses and hunky Highlanders, swords and sexy time abound!

What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Oh my, she heats up the audio studio with her honeyed voice when reading as characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

SEX! Lots of hot, wonderful sex!

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His Angel

An arranged marriage awaits, but on his way they are attacked and fate takes him to an angel who saves his life. Love is unexpected but will save them both.

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sweet love story from a different era

I liked this book, as well as the first one in the series. they certainly keep me listening. it's neat to listen to something completely different. Such a sweet love story with some good steamy parts. Love these strong, sassy women and the men that love and respect them. Kirsten Potter does a nice job on the narration.

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H-H-H-HOT!!!! And sweet and wonderful and just BUY it!

More explicit sex than #1 but this was really a perfect sequel and transition book. There was more angst between hero and heroine than in book #1 but it was worth everything to get us there. I have to say I really love that the women in this book are supportive of each other and there isn't constant weird jealousy. The "other woman" is completely supportive once she knows of the couple's love and I also love how the brothers and other warriors are allowed to be affectionate with and support the heroine without the hero getting all jealous and pissed (a la Julie Garwood). The warriors are also allowed to feel and express emotion which only helps us feel ALL the feels!!! Loving this series and this author!

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Excellent!

Feisty women, handsome Highlanders, laughter and tears. Can't get better than that! Keelyn and Alaric's love story is epic. You won't want to miss this one. but don't forget your handkerchief, you'll need it.