Caelen McCabe Tis the truth, I thought this twas a wee bit of a dud Aye, Laird McGrumpypants gave me a pain in my backside and tis the truth, I could not see why a lass would want to change everything about herself to curry favor with the lout And tis the truth, the language got than a wee bit repetitious, tis the truth Perhaps twould have been better read than listened to The ending twas pretty good, so two stars twill be. 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 In Never Love A Highlander, The Youngest McCabe Brother Uses Sword And Seduction To Save His Clan And Seal His HeartCaelen McCabe S Young, Reckless Heart Nearly Destroyed His Clan Now, Putting Family Loyalty Above All Else, He Steps Up To Marry His Older Brother S Jilted Bride And Salvage The Uneasy Alliance Between Two Clans While Beautiful Rionna McDonald Is A Fit Wife For Any Man, Caelen Trusts No Woman, Especially Not This Sweet Temptress Who Torments Him With White Hot LongingAs The Sacrificial Lamb In Her Father S Power Game, Rionna Will Do Her Duty But Vows To Protect Her Heart And Her Pride From Humiliation Despite Everything, Though, The Heat In Caelen S Touch Melts Her Defenses, And She Craves The Sensual Delights Of A Husband Who Guards His Emotions As Fiercely As His Clan But When The Ultimate Battle For The McCabe Legacy Is Upon Them, Rionna S True Warrior Spirit Emerges She Will Risk The Wrath Of Her Father, The Fury Of Her Enemies, And Her Life To Prove To Caelen That His Wife S Love Is Too Precious To Lose This was my favorite of the series because of the heroine Rionna is a kick ass girl who wears pants instead of a dress and trains with the warriors with a sword She marries Caelen who is kind of a jerk at first in order to align their clans He wants to turn her into a proper lady She isn t real agreeable to this idea I m on her side.Their marriage has a few rocky moments as they each try to get the other to bend to their will And, really, isn t that what marriage is all about Trying to get your way No Hmm, I guess I ve been doing it wrong, but don t tell my husband I finally have him trained Only took 23 years I swear, I trained my dog faster Dogs are great, aren t they But, I digressI liked this couple as they grew into each other, but the very best part of this story was when our warrior princess was doing what she does best killing their enemies. This was by far my absolute favorite of the series I loved watching the love between Rionna and Caelan grow and bloom, it was magic I ve said it before, but the romance in this series is old fashioned and I loved every minute of it Sigh I devoured this series It was the best kind of romance candy The kind with hot highlanders, steamy sex, fierce battle scenes, feisty women, impossible odds, high stakes, and teary moments While each book had a different hero heroine, the trilogy had an underlying story as the McCabes prepared for war against their fierce enemy Duncan Cameron I loved how the brothers were always main characters in each story, and how the heroines became important to the clans survival While you could read the books out of order, I recommend that you don t In the first book In Bed with a Highlander, the romance was of enemies to lovers, and in the second book,Seduction of a Highland Lass, it burned hot and fast In Never Love a Highlander, the romance was slow and snuck up on them as it built over time Two strangers find themselves wed in a marriage of necessity, not of love, to unites two clans and build an alliance strong enough to defeat a looming war Love was never important to either of them, their marriage was simply just an arrangement of necessity Betrayed by the woman he loved eight years earlier, Caelen did not trust himself to love again He was the hardest and coldest of the three brothers, devoted only to duty and family Rionna McDonald is the daughter of a neighboring laird, and has been betrothed or nearly betrothed to all three of the McCabe brothers If Caelen doesn t marry her, the humiliation would be too much She is not a typical well mannered and dainty lass, but one who enjoys wearing trews and wielding a sword Caelen doesn t know what to make of her ways, and tries to get her to be feminine in both behavior and appearance And now that Caelen is Laird of McDonald s clan, he has much to prove to gain the trust and loyalty of his people The war with Duncan Cameron gets closer, and the brothers come together for the ultimate and final battle scene I couldn t guess how the final battle was going to unfold, but I enjoyed it immensely A fitting ending I m sad the trilogy is over, but I look forward to books by this author I do hope she writes highlander historicals some day. 5 StarsJust because it had begun one way didn t mean it couldn t change to something else entirelyWhat did I think about this book, you ask I m not going to lieI wasn t sure historical romance was for me, but I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and check it outMAN, OH MAN did this series prove me I LOVED this series The first book was great, the second fantastic and this third oneI ve been intrigued by Caelen from the very beginning, and I had full faith that when I finally got to his book, it would deliver Maya Banks has not let me down yet Come on.a broody warrior scarred by a past love, vowing never to open his heart to another woman, only to succumb to the awesomeness that is Rionna Ummm hello.that s my kryptonite Rionna and Caeleb are two individuals bound by loyalty and love for their clan Their marriage is a strategic move, rather than one rooted in love and affection Neither is really sure what to make of the other, but underneath that uncertainty is undeniable attraction and combustible chemistry Little by little they slowly lower their guards and realize that their first impression may have missed the mark I loved seeing both of them realize that there was so much to the other Caelen was a warrior through and through, and though he could utter sweet endearments in their chamber late at night, he was a man with a singular motive Protect what is his Defeat Duncan Cameron and ensure the safety and future of his brothers, his clan and his king He didn t know what to do with a stubborn wife who could please him in the bedroom, but wanted to fight alongside him in battle Rionna was not your typical lass She was not knowledgeable in manners of being a lady Nay, she much rather be out wielding a sword and fighting with the men In her eyes, she was as much a warrior as any man in her clanif not She was skilled, she was fast, she was determined But her husband wants a wife, a lady of the keep.someone to organize feasts, take care of their home, know her place Could these two stubborn individuals find middle ground when they re so set in their ways Can a scarred and betrayed warrior open his heart to a warrior princess The angst was delicious in its delivery Getting dual POV s just made it that much tasty You really get to see these two evolve, compromise and grow into quite the dynamic duo Watching them slowly let go of their misconceptions and fall in love is everything I love about reading romance books Simply put, this book was And the series was Story Rating 5 starsCharacter Rating 5 starsRomance Rating 5 starsHeat Level 4 starsOverall Rating 5 starsThis was the conclusion of a 3 book series You must read all of them in order and I highly recommend you read this series if you are indeed interested.Once again I loved all the characters in this book I also loved that Maya included all the characters from the previous 2 books.This story was absolutely FANTASTIC for me.I loved that the heroine Rionna was a warrior and extremely fierce for the ones she loved and did all she could to keep them safe.The hero Caelen was a very honorable man but he had to learn to love and trust Rionna and it was truly amazing watching that take place.The love scenes were very sensual and well done I could not have ask for better.In the end, the bad guy is finally dealt with and the action in this area was really good.The ending, OH MY I have not read an ending such as this since reading Return Of The King by J.R.R Tolkien The part I m talking about is when Aragorn gives his tribute to the Hobbits I don t want to give anything away here but I had tears streaming down my face, it was THAT touching.I ve been to Maya s web site and have learned that yes, she will be writing Scottish historical s When I read that, I was jumping for joy because she writes them so well She writes them, I will be buying. The first two books is this trilogy were a bit meh, but this one Ha Kidding This one ended up being meh, as well.In fact, at times it teetered on awful Here s the thing I was less than impressed with the 1st book, but decided to check out the 2nd book, because I thought it was supposed to be about Rionna badass warrior chick It was not about Rionna The author did a switcheroo, and the hero fell in love with Rionna s BFF instead Anyway Finally, now we get to Rionna.The ass kicker who beat one of the laird s best soldiers in the first book Whooo So, yeah, I was expecting a bit of this But that s not what I got Rionna turned out to be a little girl playing dress up She was easily cowed, easily beaten in combat, and easily led around by her husband.Plus, her new hubby was a douchebag because of the cliche PAINFUL EMOTIONS FROM THE PAST Yeah, yeah, yeah You ve been hurt, I ve been hurt, everyone who has ever lived EVER has been hurt.Fuck that noise, it s annoying.Plus, and this really made me cringe, he kept screwing her while she was asleep.What the what Is that something that guys do now Am I just old and out of touch Is that really acceptable dick etiquette in this day and age Perhaps I m just an unadventurous piece of white bread for thinking that being conscious was one of those things that made sexsexy Regardless, that better not be what wakes me up in the morning, motherfucker.I mean, Jesus Christ Let me pee get a cup of coffee first Anyway The writing itself isn t bad, but the storyline just wasn t my cuppa.If anyone has any suggestions for a good men in kilts trashy romance novel, I d love to hear it Nope Nope, nope nope nope.This is is just not my thing I knew by page 39 when her brand new husband kisses her harshly and against her will at a public dinner to shut her up because women shouldn t have opinions or express themselves, apparently and then she bites his lip and then he uses his tongue to smear the blood all in her mouth.Yeah That happened.And she s a tomboy warrior type woman and he wants her to wear dresses and cook all day, or something.In the middle of the book, she seems to get the hang of PRETENDING to be submissive in the bedroom and turning sexual submission into a sex game which I was very on board with Finally, I said to myself She will just cutely play like she s a sex slave in the bedroom, and he will be satisfied with that and they both will be happy I find sexual games to be cute and adorable only when both parties know it s a game, though Nope Nope, nope, nope He doesn t seem to have gotten the memo that she s only playing He still just cannot accept who she is as a person and fun, fake, sexual submission is not enough She must be submissive to him in real life Her only duty is running the keep read chores and bearing him children Blergh.Also he has a horrible habit of fucking her while she s sleeping so she always wakes up surprised to find a penis inside her Every day, he does this EVERY DAY I know women who have gotten divorced because of this shit.AND this is yet another book, about the billionth book that is a romance written by a woman which is trying to convince me that blowjobs are the MOST ENJOYABLE AND FEMININE thing EVER, and that giving a blowjob to a man is THE most, THE best thing you will ever do in your life, and the height of your feminine power and the biggest turn on for you, the female ever in the history of ever o.O Who the fuck are you trying to kid Now I m not saying, Never give blowjobs or anything far from it But it always highly amuses me when a heterosexual female is trying to convince me that being on my knees and servicing a man orally is THE HEIGHT OF SEXINESS AND FULFILLMENT, OMG Really When did you get brainwashed This really makes me laugh You re honestly trying to convince me that giving a blowjob is enjoyable than names 50 other sexual activities LOL You re too funny I don t mind blowjobs in romance books, but I DO mind when they start spouting this shit about blowjobs being the pinnacle of women s pleasure o.O That s just stupid.Again, I think Banks has been consuming too much porn rhetoric Her sex scenes in this whole trilogy are ripped from porn films I guess it makes sense because she also writes erotica What I THINK is happening is that she s so used to writing erotica it s bleeding into her romance and she s unable to turn off her rougher erotica aesthetic in order to create enjoyable, gentler romance novels shrug She DOES do better again, I really enjoyed Highlander Most Wanted and Never Seduce a Scot Give those books a chance and skip this trilogy.ONE REAL STAR, ONE ROMANCE STAR
Maya Banks is the 1 New York Times, 1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.
- 257 pages
- Never Love a Highlander
- Maya Banks
- 09 October 2018 Maya Banks