Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

never seduce a scot

Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
Book #1 – The Montgomerys and Armstrongs
Genres: Historical Romance, Highlanders
Audiobook narrated by Kirsten Potter

Never Seduce a Scot features a remarkable woman whose rare gift teaches a gruff Scottish warrior how to listen with his heart.

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 dutyunprepared 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.

D.G’s Rating: 3 stars = C+

Never Seduce a Scot was a cute read but not as deep as I expected. Given the enmities between the two clans and Eveline’s disability, I thought this was going to be a really dark read but it didn’t turn out like that.

Eveline is deaf because of an accident but nobody in her clan knows. Instead, she’s let them believe she’s crazy because she wanted to avoid marriage to an undesirable man. Most of the time she acts “spaced out” and doesn’t make an effort to communicate, so her family thinks a fever affected her brain. It’s unbelievable how she was able to perpetrate such a deception specially because she was very close to her family and you have to be a extremely good actress to make your family believe such a thing when they know you well. It’s almost crazy to believe that this was the only way for her to get away from that marriage and that nobody would discover her ruse in 3 years.

Besides Eveline’s deafness, the main issue in the book is the conflict between the two clans, which has gone back generations. There has been a lot of spilled blood in both sides and tons of resentment and hatred. As you can imagine, nobody is happy with the marriage except for Eveline, who is enchanted by Graeme because she can hear the grumbling of his voice. For his part, Graeme tries to make the best of a bad situation when he realizes he has no choice. He’s a very practical and kind man who takes to Eveline immediately and champions her even when he doesn’t know she’s all there. He’s also very circumspect as to the women he beds and he’s very reasonable. A nice man all around, specially when you consider that as a Laird, he must be really tough.

The historical aspects were a bit whitewashed. It’s difficult to know the time period because there’s very little discussion of clothes or historical events. We know that it must be before 1745 (this was the year of the Battle of Culloden) but it’s not clearly mentioned. One thing that specially bothered me was how easily everybody took to Eveline’s mode of communication (reading lips). Considering how superstitious everybody was at that time, I would have expected her to be accused of witchcraft.

The conflict was resolved very easily – I would have expected it to take years for the clans to get to trust one another – and the villain was very convenient.

Kirsten Potter did a great job with the Scottish accents. I usually object when the narrator in a Historical set in Europe has an American accent (I mean really) but it didn’t bother me as much this time. Ms. Potter’s narration tend to be on the deliberate side so sometimes I had it at 1.5X or 2X speed and I could understand what was going on.

I’m on the fence as to whether to read the next book in the series. I guess I’ll decide once I have it in my hands.

D.G.’s Rating =  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
1. Never Seduce a Scot
2. Highlander Most Wanted (to be published March 2013)

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