Saturday, September 28, 2019

Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks ~ Review

Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1)Source: Purchased.

Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks

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.

After falling head over heels for Serpent & Dove, I was in that special situation where choosing what to read next was next to impossible. Because no matter when I picked, it wasn't going to hit the same spot S&D did. So I decided to take the plunge and read a book I recently bought on my kindle and have been interested in reading for a while--Never Seduce a Scot. And even though I was in a total book hangover, this book was still rather excellent!

From the start, the premise was gold. Forced marriage of convenience with an honorable Scot? SOLD. And the chemistry between Graeme and Eveline was evident from their first meeting. Those things mixed together had me interested from page one, and it was easy to lose myself in the story the rest of the way through. I even read this on a plane--and in a hotel room. I rarely read when I travel so this is a sign of how good this book was.

I was a huge fan of all the side characters, too. Especially the families, particularly because of all the relationships. Eveline and her brothers and their bond, how protective they were to her. How kind Brodie was. And Graeme and Teague and Bowen with their little sister. And then there was the friendship between Rorie and Eveline. Honestly, it was all just so nice to read.

To top it off and make this a book I didn't merely like but wholly enjoyed, there was the sweet romance. I loved Graeme. He was kind and gentle and understanding. It was exactly what Eveline needed and reading them together made my heart so happy.

Overall, Never Seduce a Scot is a sweet, easy read. It's not a new all-time favorite or anything, but it's definitely solid brain candy that I will for sure be re-reading when I need something to make me smile.

4.5 stars - A sweet romance!

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