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In Bed with a Highlander (The McCabe Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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“Wickedly delightful.”—Monica McCarty


From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Maya Banks is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including Hidden Away, No Place to Run, The Darkest Hour, and Sweet Seduction.

Actress Kirsten Potter has performed on stage, film, and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy. Her narrations have won AudioFile Earphones Awards, and she earned an Audie nomination for her reading of Rise Again by Ben Tripp.

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  • File Size: 3152 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P8JPWM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she's not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker.

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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful By JLW VINE VOICE on August 7, 2011
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This highland book was reminiscent of Julie Garwood but with a little less humor and more sex. Mairin is a beautiful, slightly naive heroine who is the illegitimate daughter of the former king of Scotland. Ewan is the alpha male warlord who has decided that it is in Mairin's best interest for her to marry him instead of the evil man bent on claiming her dowry. They marry and slowly come to grips with a marriage that has nothing to do with convenience and everything to do with love.

In Bed with a Highlander is a good, solid read. So many times, I have been disappointed with highland romances for whatever reason. I wasn't this time. Ewan is a wonderful alpha hero who cares about his wife and her feelings. He comes to grips with his love relatively easily and can't wait to hear his wife say those words to him. Mairin was a little annoying at times, but when you remember her upbringing in a convent, it makes you understand why she says and does some of the things that annoyed me a little. The sex scenes were a little more graphic than a Garwood book, but it was still tastefully done. The end of the book leaves room for the next two books about the other brothers. While the main focus will be the brothers, it is clear that Ewan's and Mairin's story will continue.

Overall, I really liked this book, and I will defiantly read the next ones in the series.
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88 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Orion VINE VOICE on August 21, 2011
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I see review inflation has run wild with this title. This is not a 5-star romance. It is a collection of reworked ideas set forth in a straight-forward, simplistic style. They are all good ideas, of course. It's just they worked much better in the original context.

Kidnapping and marrying an heiress was done much better in, for example, Julie Garwood's The Wedding. Consummating under time pressure was done much better in Lindsay Sands' The Deed. The list goes on. It seemed like on every page there was a plot device that I had read in another book. So the story is predictable and feels recycled.

The setting, for no particular reason, is the Scottish highlands. You can tell it is Scotland, because people wear trews instead of trousers. Beyond that, there is nothing recognizably Scottish. There are no historical or geographic landmarks to orient the tale, and all of the attitudes and language are very modern. At one point the heroine says "I have a theory". The hero advises her to avoid "potentially explosive situations". The enemy is a "greedy power-hungry bastard". The are all interesting phrases, but they don't sound like ancient Scotland. They sound like modern television.

The plot begins at the beginning, moves forward in a straight-forward way, to a predictable ending. Secrets are revealed, but they are predictable and not very dark. The bad guy is not a tortured guy whose natural good character qualities have been flawed by unfortunate circumstances. He's just a big dumb bully. The characters are dull and their dialog is very boring. Here is a sample:

"I won't hurt you this time, Mairin."
"You won't?"
He smiled. "I won't. You're going to like it."
"I will?"
"Aye, lass, you will."
"All right," she whispered.
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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Q @ Let Them Read Books VINE VOICE on August 7, 2011
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I don't know about you, but I'm starting to think that if you've read one Highland romance you've read them all. I'm not knocking on Ms. Banks in particular because she writes very well. There's just absolutely nothing new or special here. And I think I've read this same plotline in at least half a dozen romances: A pretty little Scottish heiress, hiding out from an evil chief/laird/lord who wants to force her into marriage to claim her lands, ends up in the hands of a rival, gruff yet good chief/laird/lord who also wants her lands but likes her too, and convinces her that marriage to him is her best option. The heiress is a virgin and shocked on her wedding night, and therefore the requisite scenes of asking older women for bedroom advice follow. While the heiress learns how to please her man and tries to become mistress of the keep, good chief/laird/lord discovers how difficult it is to protect the heiress from any number of dangers she continually walks into, and from the constant threat of evil chief/laird/lord trying to take her away. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

This is by no means a bad book. Ms. Banks's writing is neat and natural, the period detail is good, and the sex is hot. There's just really nothing original about it, and I found myself getting bored. We get a little action and excitement toward the end, but overall I wasn't captivated. I've seen lots of glowing reviews for this one though, and I can't help but think that some of these reviewers haven't read as many Highland romances as I have, and thus weren't getting such a feeling of same old, same old. It certainly wouldn't be a bad introduction for someone who wants to try a Highland romance. Interestingly though, I did find that both of our good chief/laird/lord's brothers came across as being much more intriguing to read about, and there's a nice setup in place for book two in this series. I'll probably give it a try in the hopes that it's more entertaining.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arlena on December 13, 2012
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Author: Maya Banks
Published By: Ballantine Books
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:

"In Bed With a Highlander" by Maya Banks was a good historical fiction and interesting romance read. This was the beginning of a new highlander series by this author. Only Ms. Banks can write these kind of novels that simply keep us on the edge of our seats. All the characters were well presented and developed. For Mairin (heroine) and Ewan (Laird) ...hero... were just off the chart good. Let me not forget the two McCabe brothers(Alaric and Caelen) and (Ewan son)....Crispen.

The novel was very enjoyable with enough tension and humor that simply couldn't put the novel down until I had finished it. Only Ms. Banks can present such erotica...sex scenes that you just call romance that will keep your attention. Be prepared for a lots of action packed, steamy and even a suspenseful read. I was kept guessing just what was going to happen next. This is where I say you must pick up the well written novel and see what is in store for this highlander.

If you are looking for a good fantastic Scottish highlander romantic novel...you have come to the right place...for "In Bed With a Highlander" I would recommend this novel as a excellent read.
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