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“In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks (McCabe Trilogy: Book 1)
“Love me some Scottish highlander, lol...”TracySchoenberg wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I could barely put this book down - the story drew me in from page one. I decided to try this author because I read that she wrote books similar to Julie Garwood's Highlander stories, and this was absolutely right. I loved loved loved this book! I recommend it to anyone who loves to read about hot Scottish chieftains.”Renee L wrote this review Wednesday, October 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ewan McCabe and Mairin Stuart - Ewan is Laird of the McCabe Clan and Mairin is the illegitimate daughter of King Alexander of Scotland and she controls the lands of Neamh Alainn - which makes her a target for ambitious men. Ewan offers her a deal which includes marriage as the best of a bad bargain and she accepts reluctantly.”Sue Plaisance wrote this review Thursday, August 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book. I loved Ewan and Mairin and the whole McCabe clan. Looking forward to the other McCabe brother's books. ”Tracyseb wrote this review Monday, August 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“was desperate for a good highlander novel. And this Novel didnt disappoint me. Loved the characters, some bits reminded me of Julie Garwood's Ransom, especially in the beginning.
Hopefully Alaric's and Caelen's are as good.”
“Book one in the series. This is Ewan McCabe and Mairin's story. Ewan marries Mairin to save her from his worst enemy who is trying to get her land. She is illegitimate daughter of the King. Although a marriage of revenge, it soon turns into much more. Mairin is a strong woman and is not the wimp Ewan thought. Loved this”Marty H wrote this review Sunday, July 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ After reading this entire book, I would say the comparison to Julie Garwood's Highland romance books is apt. Yet, it's good to have a new author who writes Highland romance with a lovable heroine and a fierce hero who is not quite tamed, but definitely gives his heart to her. If it works, why not do it?
Favorite aspects of this novel:
*Hands down, I really like Mairin. Who doesn't like a heroine who is genuinely kind and good-hearted? One who is also tough and determined but sweet and innocent as well.
*A hero who does truly love her and shows it, despite the fact that it goes against his well-earned, tough-guy reputation to be a marshmallow for his woman. Ewan happily said I love you, which is awesome! [Even though he married her for her dowry and heritage, in the end, he was more than willing to sacrifice that just to have her safe and sound with him. (hide spoiler)]
*The suspense was good. The book starts with a bang, and the tension is well-sustained throughout with threats on Mairin's life. My heart was beating very fast towards the end. I literally wondered if I would get the happy ending I expected. Of course, I was not disappointed.
*The bonding between Mairin and Crispen. Too cute how he would sleep in the bed with her and truly adored her. But then, she risked personal injury for his safety. Crispen was a cute kid period.
*I felt like the period was well-represented without going too stereotypical "Highland romance." While I don't mind brogue, it was nice that Banks didn't feel the need to pepper the dialogue with Highlander accents. And the hero didn't wear a kilt. He wore trews. A Highland book but I didn't have to constantly be reminded of that in an in-your-face way.
*I think Mairin took more lickings than Harry Dresden from the series by Jim Butcher, and boy does he get hurt a lot! If this was a Charmed episode, she'd be rendered infertile by all the injuries she received (for those who watched, you know I'm talking about Piper).
*Evil, evil villain. I did feel cheated that [ I didn't get to see him get his arse kicked by Ewan, Mairin, or at least someone. My hope is that this is rectified in future books. (hide spoiler)].
*Really like that Rhionna promises to be a bonafide kickbutt heroine. Looking forward to her book.
*The love scenes are nicely steamy! [ I loved how after their first time is abbreviated by a threat, and Mairin does not have much confidence in Ewan's loving skills, he proves her wrong! (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this is a very good book. I am glad to find some newer Highland historical romance novels to read, since I enjoy them. While it wasn't mind-blowing, it was entertaining and had a novel feel to it so that I didn't feel like I was reading the same book again. The characters were well-developed and the humor touches were good. While Ewan and Mairin both have some miss-steps in their interactions with each other, it was clear that they were meant for each other, and I could feel the love. I also loved how Mairin won over the clan's loyalty.
I recommend this book to historical romance readers, especially those who enjoy medieval, Highlander books.”
There is something to be said when the narrator takes a novel to a higher level. I really enjoyed the story and narration by Kristen Potter.”
“This is a Scottish medieval romance in the mold of Julie Garwood's early books. Mairin was abducted because of her dowry. She agreed to be married to Ewan McCabe and found to her delight that she loved her husband and his clan. But her life was in constant danger from Duncan Cameron who schemed to steal her and her dowry. I liked this book although I felt that Ewan was depicted to be so in love with Mairin that he chose her over her clan. The ending was also a bit rushed so I hope the story on Duncan Cameron could be resolved further.”ALICE S wrote this review Tuesday, January 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read for the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout, January 2013. This book was just awful. Ewan was a huge jerk to her when he first meets her, despite the fact that she's just saved his son's life. Mairin was completely clueless 99% of the time. I didn't care for anyone in this book. I don't really even care enough to expound on that.
If you want a good, but still very light, romance about Highlanders, check out Paula Quinn's Children of the Mist series. MUCH better. MUCH.”