“Excellent cannot wait for the next one....
“Genevieve McInnes has been kidnapped and kept captive in McHugh Keep and considers herself ruined for any honorable man. Bowen Montgomery leads a contingent of Montgomery and Armstrong clansmen to capture the keep. In doing so, he rescues Genevieve.”Sue Plaisance wrote this review Thursday, August 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story dragged a bit for me and I found I kept putting my Kindle down. It was also very repetitive. For some reason I struggled with the names as well, mixing Brodie and Bowen up until a good chunk of the book in. I couldn't keep straight who was related to who and what clan they were with.
I didn't understand why the McHugh's hated Gene(way too long name) so much. It just never made sense to me. Neither did her choices, actions, reactions... I don't want to add spoilers but there were many items that just didn't work or make sense to me.
**** Possible Spoilers! ****
If Ian was "so jealous, obsessive and possessive" of her, why did he let other men rape her? First she said they were only allowed to look and watch her bathe because Ian didn't want anyone else to touch her. Then we find out he would let other men rape her? This is one of many inconsistencies I struggled with. Why didn't Bowen suggest marriage before her parents arrived? Or when they arrived. ”
“Review pending.”Tracy wrote this review Thursday, May 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This historical romance was a very captivating story. The heroine's torture brought on pretty strong emotions but I felt satisfied with the resolutions at the end. Some inconsistent behavior unraveled too slow and I peeked ahead. Bowen is sent to run captured clan and encounters Genevieve who bears an ugly scar on her face.
“Never Seduce a Scot was my favorite listen for 2012 so my expectations were super high for this new entry, and WOW! This was emotional, sexy and just everything a good Highland romance should be.
Kristen Potter once again brings this story into awesomeness territory; from her accurate portrait of the charters and accents to the incredibly touching emotions her interpretation of this novel is nothing short of fantastic! ”
“I've been having a rough few weeks, and most of last week and this past week, I've just wanted to veg with movies rather than read. This book was just what I needed, and I inhaled it in a matter of hours.
While this cover made me think 'bodice ripper' -- lots of heaving bosoms, sex in every chapter, silly scenarios that could have been solved with a two-minute covo -- what I got instead was a fun historical romance with a complicated heroine, a bohunky hero, and only two (albeit graphic) sex scenes. (The first sex scene didn't arrive until more than 200 pages into the story!)
[Note: The following plot summary may be triggering for some.] Set in some ambigu-historical era in Scotland, the novel follows Genevieve McInnis, a young woman kidnapped on the way to her wedding and held hostage for more than a year, repeatedly raped and abused by her captor, Ian McHugh. Marred by a scar across one side of her face -- another gift from her captor, to make no other men want her -- Genevieve is loathed by the residents of the keep where she's trapped, seen as a collaborator with their evil laird.
Friendless and alone, Genevieve is briefly relieved when members of the Montgomery and Armstrong clans capture the McHugh keep. (We learn that McHugh kidnapped another woman, Eveline Armstrong Montgomery, the story of which is detailed in Banks' previous novel, Never Seduce a Scot.)
Sure that her 'sullied' status will make her unwelcome to anyone as a bride, Genevieve begs Bowen Montgomery to send her to a convent, a demand Bowen agrees to. Moved by her story, he finds himself falling into lust -- and perhaps love -- with her just as Genevieve struggles with her own surprising interest in him. There's an obstacle or two, some revelations, and a satisfyingly happy ending.
While the plot itself isn't that unusual -- kidnapped heroine, handsome liberator -- I was pleasantly surprised by the handling of Genevieve's experiences. Even now, victims of sexual violence are blamed for what happened to them, and historically, Genevieve could have been abandoned or exiled for something out of her control. Worse, victims blame themselves, and I had zero interest in wallowing through a novel with that element. Happily, Banks instead gives Genevieve the space to heal, men who weren't total pigs, and opportunities for Genevieve to exert her own agency.
There's two sex scenes, romance novel-y graphic, but no more so than any Phillipa Gregory novel (I'm thinking Wildacre in particular -- which is like the V.C. Andrews of hist fic.).
I'm definitely now a Banks fangirl for when I need a historical romance -- this was quick, romantic, emotional escapist fun.”
“A heartbreaking story
Wow, this book had me crying so early on, it has to be some kind of world record. If you're in the mood for a weepy, this is a great one.
So, you may recall from the first book in this series, NEVER SEDUCE A SCOT, when the Montgomery Laird stormed McHugh keep, it was a mysterious hooded figure that helped him by showing him the way to the dungeons. That hooded figure was Genevieve, the heroine of this story. Her tragic tale and pitiful existence will break your heart. I don't want to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say she has been through more than any one person should be asked to withstand, and is, in fact, still suffering at the McHugh Keep, even after the demise of her main tormentor.
In steps Bowen Montgomery, younger brother to the Laird, to oversee the takeover process at McHugh keep after their own cowardly leader has fled. He finds a shambles of a clan to clean up, a clan that for some reason, displays unbelievable cruelty towards Genevieve. Accusing her of all manner of hateful things. Once Bowen learns the true extent of Genevieve's many trials before his arrival, he is beyond furious. That fury soon turns into a profound admiration of her strength, and of her tremendous beauty, despite the horrific scarring that covers one side of her face.
I also found Genevive's strength admirable, and although it was horrible to read, her story was engrossing and affecting, causing me to blub rather pathetically before I was even a quarter way into the book. That sad side to the story did overshadow the romance aspect, however. Usually, when I finish a romance, I'm feeling uplifted and all "aww, how cute was that?" But with this one, there remains a shadow that hangs over it, tarnishing it, because no matter what good things may have come, Genevieve will always bear her scars, both on the inside as well as the outside. So there's this feeling of wanting to rewrite her a happier story, because she deserves one. I am sure Bowen will be able to heal her wounds eventually, though, even if he can never make her forget them. He was certainly a patient and attentive hero, with a much calmer temperament than many Scottish heroes.
All in all, another great read for Maya Banks fans, with a hero and heroine worth championing.
4 Stars ★★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ”
“My love for previous book had me on Highlander Most Wanted and it was worth the wait! I couldn't put it down the moment I started it and I loved it! This book is wonderful!
I loved Bowen and Genevieve. They are truly a perfect match, perfect couple. Love didn't happen on instant between them but it was, is slowly building until it formed and finally, held a firm grip between two hearts. When that happened, it turned out to be so intense! The romance, the passion - made me sigh a lot.
The very sad part that almost got me shed tears - no scratch that, I did shed a tear! - was on Genevieve's part. Her past was so tragic! Despite that, she's a strong lady. She's also very lethal. She could kill with cold-heartedly. There was a scene of her, of what she did that made me jumping with joy. Oh yeah, I was bloodthirsty at the moment. I was hoping for more action scenes with Genevieve but sadly, there wasn't but still I was content with one.
Next book will be released on September 24, 2013. Oh hell that is going to be a long, long wait and it's killing me. Ms. Banks, I hope for more historical romance novels, specifically the highlanders in the future, yeah? Please write faster too. I can't wait for the next book!