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Friday, August 12, 2011

ARC Review ~ In Bed With A Highlander by Maya Banks

In Bed with a Highlander (Highlander, #1)Title: In Bed With A Highlander
Author: Maya Banks
Series: Highlander #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: ARC won on Goodreads giveaways
Release Date: August 30, 2011

Rating: 5/5


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.


I won this ARC on Goodreads giveaways a few weeks ago and I picked it up and read it through in one sitting.  I LOVED this book!  I totally want to get my hands on the next two books in this series!  I have to know what happens next for each of Ewan's brother's!

As the daughter of King David, Mairin Stuart is a hot commodity.  So far she has spent most of her life in a convent, so she's never married, never had a child and comes with a dowry that any man would give his left nut for.  In Bed With A Highlander begins with Mairin in the convent where soldiers for the villain, Duncan Cameron, are looking for her.  Duncan's plan is to marry her and get her pregnant so that he can acquire her dowry for his evil plan.

The thing about Mairin is that she's a fighter and she never stops fighting throughout the whole book.  She's also pretty funny, which I really enjoyed.  Because of Mairin's fighting nature she's saved a little boy from the wrath of Duncan, a little boy who is the son of a true warrior and leader of his own clan.

Ewan, our hero, is a very intelligent very driven man.  Who is not only leading his clan but trying to rebuild it after a prior massacre by Duncan and his men.  When Ewan's little boy goes missing he sends his brothers out in an effort to find the little guy, Mairin is brought into the clan's keep.

After learning who Mairin really is and what her dowry would do for his clan her decides to marry her.  He doesn't force it on her, he bargains with her.  Between the two of them they find themselves in some pretty interesting situations and engage in plenty of verbal sparring.  Oh, yeah and lets not forget the white hot sex with a hot as hell highland warrior.  As the story progresses feelings grow stronger and a rapid succession of events keeps things chugging right along.

I really enjoyed watching this story unfold.  I loved how the author gave a voice to our heroine in a time when women really didn't have a voice.  Each character brings something special to the story and I really liked that a lot.  Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a really good historical romance, sexy highlanders, or just the sexy warrior type.

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