by Maya Banks

October 2012
ISBN: 9780345533234
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Eveline Armstrong is known as being “that daft Armstrong girl”, but it does not bother her that people see her that way; it means they leave her alone to her own machinations. Really Eveline is deaf and it’s a secret she has held close to her heart since the accident three years ago when she ran away to escape marriage from a mad man. Also, Eveline does not speak, therefore, her clan members do not expect much from her. Now an edict sent down from the King of Scotland declares that she must marry her clan’s most hated enemy chieftain, Graeme Montgomery. Her family is sick with anger and confusion, and while they want to rebel, they do not want the king to reign down his terror on the entire clan. The Armstrong clan thinks Eveline has no idea what is going on, but in reality she views it as a way to break free from the deception she has perpetrated for the last three years. When she sees Graeme Montgomery, she does not feel hate, she is a little intimidated, but more than anything, she feels safe and protected.

Graeme Montgomery is the chieftain of the Montgomery clan and loyal to the king. His loyalty is heavily tested when he is commanded to marry the only daughter of his most hated enemy. When he goes to claim his bride, he is, of course, greeted with open hostility, but then he sees her. She is a beauty beyond compare who takes his breath away. Graeme brings her to the Montgomery keep and expects acceptance by his word, but finds his wife abused, disrespected, and humiliated. There is some good news. He discovers she is deaf not daft and now its time to get down to the business of consummating the marriage. The pleasurable delights they discover cannot compare to the strong emotion that are developing between them. Just when it’s getting good, a danger stalks Eveline and seeks to destroy the grudging truce and cause a massive battle of the ages between the two most powerful clans in Scotland.

Never Seduce a Scot is a riveting, powerful story of deception, love, and unbridled passion. The story is adventurous and satisfying. As I read this story, I would stop and think how much I was enjoying the journey this read took me. Read it, you will thank me. Maya Banks has cranked out another masterpiece.

Reviewed in January 2013 by Lakisha.

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