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“In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks (McCabe Trilogy: Book 1)
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“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...”see full review » see other reviews »
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.”
“Author: Maya Banks
Published By: Ballantine Books
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"In Bed With a Highlander" by Maya Banks was a good historical fiction and interesting romance read. This was the beginning of a new highlander series by this author. Only Ms. Banks can write these kind of novels that simply keep us on the edge of our seats. All the characters were well presented and developed.
For Mairin (heroine) and Ewan (Laird) ...hero... were just off the chart good. Let me not forget the two McCabe brothers(Alaric and Caelen) and (Ewan son)....Crispen.
The novel was very enjoyable with enough tension and humor that simply couldn't put the novel down until I had finished it. Only Ms. Banks can present such erotica...sex scenes that you just call romance that will keep your attention. Be prepared for a lots of action packed, steamy and even a suspenseful read. I was kept guessing just what was going to happen next. This is where I say you must pick up the well written novel and see what is in store for this highlander.
If you are looking for a good fantastic Scottish highlander romantic novel...you have come to the right place...for "In Bed With a Highlander" I would recommend this novel as a excellent read.
“October fav book of the month.”jessica w wrote this review Friday, November 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ahhh loved it!! Enjoyed this whole story and could not put it down. Great love for all the McCabe men and the wonderful women who fell for them. In this story you meet all the brothers and Mairin who ends up with Ewan the oldest of the McCabe brothers. The adventure that Maya Banks takes you will leave you excited to read the next story! ”Hawaiianwahine00 wrote this review Thursday, July 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5 STARS Mairin may be the illegitimate daughter of the King but her heir will receive property and money that makes her prize to all in Scotland. Her greatest threat Duncan Cameron is also the enemy of the McCabes as he murdered Ewan McCabes wife, father and many clans people. The greatest revenge would to take what Cameron wants the most and in turn also build up the McCabes. What the McCabe men - and clans people - did not count on was how much they would come to respect and love Mairin. Suddenly as Ewan's wife and love he has more to lose and more to fight for...
While I would not care to live in this violent time - hells bells the men are hot! This is what a great historical romance is - complete with a strong capable heroine, a hero with responsibilities yet time for his family and secondary characters that move the story versus just being wallflower. I also liked that I hated Cameron! You need a good villain sometimes. Need to read book 2...”
“Wow, when I first saw this book I knew I had to have it just because it had Highlander all over it. As most know, or should know by now, I just love Highland men, especially when I can peg those against Jamie Fraser, who somehow keeps coming back up on top. But, did Ewan come daringly close to stealing my heart.
I love how the author shows both his hard and soft side. He's the type of man that will come at someone completely aggressive and threatening, but when getting on the right side he can be protective, loving, and like most Highland men I find in these romance novels he is also overbearing, stubborn, and in desperate need of a woman to break him out of his shell.
In strolls in Mairin. The illegitimate daughter of the deceased king she comes with a favorable dowry and land! Thus she has become the target for a very threatening and dangerous man, Duncan Cameron. Now, in order to escape his clutches, and in desperate need of money himself, Ewan takes Mairin.
But, she's about to prove to be the most difficult, uncooperative, and loving woman he has ever met.
The love between the two blossomed from the moment they met and reader's just can't help but smile at how cute they are. They aren't like couples who are in love that are just annoying; this is true, deep love that they share. I just how much Ewan wanted to throttle Mairin for being so difficult, yet if she were submissive I doubt he'd feel the same way about her. And is this woman bloodthirsty! She comes out with punishments that could make the strongest Highlander quiver.
Overall I love this story and I especially love how Banks drives her reader's crazy. I almost thought for a second the entire trilogy would take place for one thing, but apparently not.
And the love scenes between the two. Wow, Banks knows how to make love scenes like a mastermind.
I only wish this book had been longer, but I am so happy with the way events played out and how Banks showed Mairin's strong and difficult character throughout the whole thing. This will make for a spectacular series, I'm sure. ”
“I loved this book. ”DramaQueenLucy wrote this review Sunday, July 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mairin has been hiding out in a nunnery, hoping to prepare herself for a husband of her choosing since her child will be the heir to a large fortune and property. One night she is taken by some men to bring her to their Laird and along the way she protects a young boy. When they finally get there, the Laird beats her unmercifully. A few of the servants feel bad for her and help her and they boy escape. The boy claims that his father will protect her so they head to his keep.
This story is just...verra sweet. Ewan and Mairin will end up winning your heart as they fall in love. Ewan is a very brusque but fair Laird and his clan loves him. He is very used to having people follow what he says but Mairin is not one of them. Her innocence and inexperience lead to some very funny moments. And her habit of saying what she is thinking is hilarious!
Crispen is Ewan's son and he forms quite a tight relationship with Mairin that was wonderful to see. I look forward to seeing how it develops in the future. (**on a side note, I had a hard time with Crispen's name as it is verra similar to one famous vampire.)
There are many great characters especially Ewan's brothers, Alaric and Caelen, who the next two books are about. It is evident that this clan has been without a female authority figure for quite some time and it really throws them off and leads to some great moments of men versus women. You can only imagine how it will affect their books and I can't wait to find out.
Cover Talk: Well....Paul Marron, how can you go wrong? Verra sexy and I especially like the plaid in the background. However, I think it would've been better with a more innocent yet defiant looking Mairin.
♥ “ ’Tis a well-known fact that a man is either skilled in matters of loving or matters of war. ’Tis obvious that fighting is your skill.”
♥ “I liked it very much. I may require you to kiss me there every single night before we retire.”