Review: ‘Never Seduce a Scot’ by Maya Banks
Never Seduce a Scotby Maya Banks
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1
Published by Ballantine Books on September 25, 2012
SubGenres: Historical Romance, Scottish Historical Romance
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Length: 10 Hours and 10 Minutes
Source: Everand, Library - Libby
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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 duty—unprepared 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.
I can’t believe I just now decided to read Never Seduce a Scot in 2024, but thanks to the Romanceopoly Reading Challenge, I finally read it. This book may very well be my favorite Maya Banks book because it ticked all the boxes of what I enjoy in romance books. It has a strong heroine and an alpha Scottish hero who is supposed to despise each other due to their families having a feud with one another, but they are forced into marriage and eventually become lovers.
The heroine, Eveline Armstrong, is someone I adored immediately due to her courage and strength in everything she went through. Eveline didn’t let her disability get the best of her. She learned and endured, and she stood her ground when it came to the clan that hated her. The whole time, I was cheering her on because she was one heroine who wouldn’t put up with the clan’s hatred for her. I felt for her because she was trying, and the clan women and even men were treating her like the enemy when she was innocent in her family’s feud against the Montgomerys.
You would think being forced to marry your enemy due to the King’s wishes, Graeme Montgomery would despise his wife, but no, he did the complete opposite. Graeme would not allow anyone to hurt Eveline, not even his own clan. He won me over immediately when he stood up for her and cherished her, especially when he learned the truth about her condition. Graeme was what I consider the perfect alpha hero in a romance book, and some real men should take notes from him.
Let’s not forget the chemistry between Graeme and Eveline. It was passionate and steamy. Graeme was such a gentleman with Eveline, especially during her first time. The love between these two was epic, and I’ll never forget their story. It was a dramatic, emotional, aspiring story that was hard to put down, and I give it five stars. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series now.
Audiobook Review: I borrowed the ebook from my local Library via Libby but also listened to the audiobook via Everand. I know some readers enjoy dual POV, and I definitely prefer it with romance books, but Kirsten Potter is one narrator who you will enjoy listening to her bring both characters to life, especially since this book is told in the third person. Her Scottish accent for the characters, especially Graeme, was perfect, and she made the story very enjoyable, even though I was a crying mess during certain scenes. I definitely recommend the audiobook if you prefer listening to your books.
Story Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of the Montgomerys and Armstrongs series.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. I recommend this to readers who love Historical Romance with strong lead characters who are forced to marry in order to help end the feud between their families.
Genre/SubGenre(s): Romance | Historical Romance | Scottish Historical Romance
Trope(s)/Element(s): Arranged Marriage | Forced Marriage | Enemies to Lovers | Forced Proximity | Disability Rep – Deaf Heroine | Alpha Hero | Kickbutt Heroine | Virgin Heroine