Review: Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks ★★★★


Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
Genre: Historial Romance/Scottish Romance
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #2
Publication Date: March 19th 2013
ISBN: 9780345533241
Page Count: 352
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.

Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.

Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.


REVIEW

A heartbreaking story

Wow, this book had me crying so early on, it has to be some kind of world record. If you're in the mood for a weepy, this is a great one.

So, you may recall from the first book in this series, NEVER SEDUCE A SCOT, when the Montgomery Laird stormed McHugh keep, it was a mysterious hooded figure that helped him by showing him the way to the dungeons. That hooded figure was Genevieve, the heroine of this story. Her tragic tale and pitiful existence will break your heart. I don't want to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say she has been through more than any one person should be asked to withstand, and is, in fact, still suffering at the McHugh Keep, even after the demise of her main tormentor.

In steps Bowen Montgomery, younger brother to the Laird, to oversee the takeover process at McHugh keep after their own cowardly leader has fled. He finds a shambles of a clan to clean up, a clan that for some reason, displays unbelievable cruelty towards Genevieve. Accusing her of all manner of hateful things. Once Bowen learns the true extent of Genevieve's many trials before his arrival, he is beyond furious. That fury soon turns into a profound admiration of her strength, and of her tremendous beauty, despite the horrific scarring that covers one side of her face.

I also found Genevive's strength admirable, and although it was horrible to read, her story was engrossing and affecting, causing me to blub rather pathetically before I was even a quarter way into the book. That sad side to the story did overshadow the romance aspect, however. Usually, when I finish a romance, I'm feeling uplifted and all "aww, how cute was that?" But with this one, there remains a shadow that hangs over it, tarnishing it, because no matter what good things may have come, Genevieve will always bear her scars, both on the inside as well as the outside. So there's this feeling of wanting to rewrite her a happier story, because she deserves one. I am sure Bowen will be able to heal her wounds eventually, though, even if he can never make her forget them. He was certainly a patient and attentive hero, with a much calmer temperament than many Scottish heroes.

All in all, another great read for Maya Banks fans, with a hero and heroine worth championing.
4 Stars ★★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. One of these days I'm going to sit down and read this series. Perhaps I'll get to them this summer. Great review!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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