by Maya Banks
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2011 by Ballantine Books
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.
Abduction, physical beating, firm dictation and an offer of marriage are what Mairin goes through in the beginning of this tale. Despite all of that her fiery attitude and strong resolve have her wrapped up in the arms of the handsome fierce highlander, and liking it.
As young innocent woman recently abducted from an abbey she is as inexperienced as you would expect. Lucky for her she ended up strapped to a skilled tender lover. Ewan didn’t expect much from his bride save for an heir and her dowry. Lucky for him he got woman that is more than his match in attitude and passions. Banks writes a very tender bath scene in which she describes how Ewan bathes and takes care of Mairin, even finger combing her hair. To serve someone with such tender devotion speaks volumes even if words are not said.
Despite all the head butting and frustration they each carve out places in each other’s hearts creating a marriage that many envy. One such person is Ewan’s brother Alaric who has never before seen such love and devotion in a marriage. He has resigned himself to an upcoming loveless marriage because that is what is best for the clan, you will not want to wait to see how he is proven wrong about that! A good thing the next book comes out in September.
Banks is a wonderful writer who has the talent of getting you absorbed into the lives of her characters. Not only will Ewan and Mairin earn places in your heart but also Alaric and Caelen, Ewan’s brothers who are each featured in the next two books. If Highland romance stirs your heart do not miss this series.
Rating: 4 Wine Glasses - Loved It!