Series: McCabe Trilogy: In Bed With a Highlander (1), Seduction of a Highland Lass (2), Never Love a Highlander (3)
Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.
The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin’s strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.
I really feel that I gave this a 4/5 because I just don't feel the same about this series as I do her contemporary erotica. I know it's not in the same league but I wanted to fall head over heels in love with this and I did not. That is not to say the book is bad, not at all but...it wasn't as amazing.
First let me go into the ONE HUGE THING I hated about this book. They get married, he runs her up the stairs and proceeds to almost rape (ALMOST, she was willing, and there were extenuating circumstances) but it last five seconds and she is upset and crying when it's over. I didn't like this part one bit...I even said so in my Goodreads update something along the lines of "I did NOT like that AT ALL. WTF?" So yeah...hated that part. It did fit with the time period of the story but...NOPE, HATED IT.
The rest of the sensual scenes were pretty good. Not up to the usual feel I get with Ms. Banks but not horrible either. I didn't feel as strong a connection to Mairin as I would have liked. I love that she is headstrong and willful but we wouldn't get along if she were a real person.
I did heart Ewan until the whole "marriage bed" thing and the villian is pretty loathsome. Other than that I just really want to read more about Rionna, she is awesome and I can't wait to see her kick some more butt.
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