Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
Date Read: 2/17/2013
Genre: Historical, Romance
In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.
Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.
Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #2
Also by this author: Enticed by His Forgotten Lover, In Bed with a Highlander, Softly at Sunrise, Never Seduce a Scot, Keep Me Safe br> br>
Also in this series: Never Seduce a Scot
First Thought When Finished: Beauty and the Beast reversed and there were kilts! FTW!
Story Thoughts: Again Maya has wowed me with a story that involves an unusual character. This time it was a reverse Beauty and The Beast type of story. I thought Genevieve’s story was heartbreaking and yet at the same time hopeful. She had external scarring that only scraped the surface of showing the internal/mental scars from a brutal year of torture. Her journey to “freedom” was beautifully told and with each step she took towards being her own person again, the more I was rooting for her! For me, this whole story was based on one woman’s struggle to reclaim her life and set a new journey for herself. Though Gen did not always see it that way, as a reader it is what got me invested!
Character Thoughts: Genevieve was a strong, smart, and incredibly damaged leading character that screams root for me. She was put in a horrendous position and lived when a lesser person would have died. What she put up with from the clan, through the old laird, and even from Bowen in the beginning made me want to scoop her up in a bear hug! Bowen, what to say about him. Can’t say he was really my favorite in the beginning and he really only got me on his team when he stood up for Gen (not out of lust but out of protection). In the end though his kilted manliness won me over.
Final Thought: Why or why don’t I have the third book yet *sigh*