Bestselling author Maya Banks’s beguiling new trilogy features three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love.
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.
From the Paperback edition.
Ewan McCabe, eldest brother and laird of the McCabe clan, is a warrior willing to take on the king of Scotland in defense of the woman he loves. Of course, that woman, Mairin Stuart, frustrates, confounds, and challenges Ewan, but he is helpless before her beauty and singular charm. They first meet under grim circumstances when Mairin, bruised and bloodied by McCabe archenemy Duncan Cameron, shows up on his doorstep. She protected Ewan's young son from Cameron's abuse, and Cameron will stop at nothing to get his hands on her sizable dowry, so Ewan allows her to stay in his keep. There ensues much grabbing of land and booty as the foes match wits and armies. Highland fans will enjoy this charming trilogy opener and keep an eye out for the sequels.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters were well developed and interesting with laugh at loud moments. The story was interesting and the gripping narrative kept me reading until the wee hours of the night. Can't wait to read the next installment!
A poor imitation
This book is just a poor imitation of Julie Garwood’s books. It has the structure alright and the same story line however it lacks the banter and charm. If I wasn’t such a fan of Garwood’s I’m not sure if I would have noticed? I read it anyway as I love the genre but it was a tad disappointing.
Never before have I been so utterly disinvested in a book and it’s characters.
I get that these books aren’t meant to be entirely deep nor the plot so complicated however this was just bad. The characters are so superficial and unlikeable it’s a struggle to keep through the book. At best it’s corny at worst completely unrealistic and unreasonable. I actually preferred the minor characters to the main characters. I will also issue a warning to those sensitive to the topic that the first ‘coupling’ between Mairin and Ewan is nothing short of a rape scene. And it occurs somewhere around chapter 14 for those looking to skip it.