Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Date Read: September 25th 2012
Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of erotic romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance, has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. Never Seduce a Scot features a remarkable woman whose rare gift teaches a gruff Scottish warrior how to listen with his heart.
Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.
Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1
Also by this author: Enticed by His Forgotten Lover, In Bed with a Highlander, Softly at Sunrise, Highlander Most Wanted, Keep Me Safe br> br>
Also in this series: Highlander Most Wanted
Listened for Armchair Audies (Audible)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: I loved this book from beginning to end. Leading ladies with fire and sass are always my favorite!
Story Thoughts: Here is what you need to know about me–I am a sucker for romances that involve unusual leading characters. In this case, Eveline is deaf. I love how this plays into the story and how she uses it to her advantage. The story never tries to discount her disability and instead weaves it into every aspect of her daily life. The romance plays out in a similar fashion–slowly and with intent. Even though this is an arranged marriage story, it is one that ends up getting you in the heart!
Character Thoughts: I love Eveline. For a woman of her time she was resourceful and smart. She does honor her place in her men’s (father and husband) life but she works hard to make her own spot within those constraints. Graeme is a man of his word and very perceptive (except when he isn’t –freaking males). I loved how they fell in love, understood each other, and had a really awesome declaration of love scene. I laughed out loud and cried happy tears!
Narrated by Kirsten Potter /Running Time 10 hrs and 10 mins
I am going to start with I normally LOVE Kirsten Potter. Y’all have seen me gush about the Dianne Duvall series and how I have to listen to it on audio. Same goes with the Lisa Gardner series so I love Kirsten on a whole. I don’t know what it was about this book that didn’t wow me in audio form. Kirsten did her normal awesome job with pacing and emotions. I think I just didn’t connect to the character voices 🙁 It happens occasionally though luckily not very often with my favorite narrators.
Final Thoughts: Really love this series! I think Maya writes excellent historicals and if you haven’t given them a whirl, you should!
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