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Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomerys and Armstrongs (1)) MP3 CD – Unabridged, September 25, 2012
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About the Author
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.
- ISBN-10 : 1452658811
- ISBN-13 : 978-1452658810
- Product Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD Edition (September 25, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,993,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The hero and heroine are hardly even in the same room together. By my estimation, they’ve spent 75% of the book apart up to the point where I stopped reading. There are a lot of other characters talking about Eveline and their concern for her, but not much that actually includes her. Meanwhile, she’s off getting picked on and taken advantage of by secondary characters who have almost no character development. They exist for the sole purpose of proving a point that Eveline has it hard. There is no other point to their involvement in the story. In 200 pages Eveline has swam in a river, toured the keep, eaten a couple times, slept, and somehow managed to develop feelings of trust for Graeme, who is hardly ever around, but is nice to her.
I’m not exaggerating when I say they have one meaningful conversation, which starts when Eveline has no other choice but to reveal her secret to Graeme because she was bullied. She explains it quite easily, with very little resistance to the idea, despite the fact that she has been hiding it out of fear for three years. The rest of their conversations are incredibly inconsequential. A smile here, a kiss there, a shrug, a single touch, a question of concern or a simple statement. That is the entirety of their dialogue in the first 200 pages. Everything else develops outside of the two of them together.
This is perhaps the least compelling book I have read in a long, long time. I grew tired of hearing about their family dispute, which never evolved or changed. It’s a myriad of the same conversation repeated time and again. The family rivalry… People don’t like her… Graeme will not have it… It was literally the same conversation just said in differently arranged sentences. Any other conversation is merely filler and lacks creativity. Need the hero and heroine to end up alone together? Let’s have a mean person spill something on her.
And that is the extent of the conflict in the book. All generated by the new clan Eveline was living with, and essentially they weren’t any more complicated than a bunch of schoolyard bullies. Someone pours ale on Eveline… They call her names… She is lied to about chores… What an exciting read!!! There aren’t even exciting moments between hero and heroine.
The only reason I got so far into this book is because I was waiting for something to happen. I read a little past the first love scene, which I was waiting for, but even that was a let down. It reads like all the events in the book, as inconsequential as they are, are just there to give the two a reason to have sex, as opposed to the sex being a natural result of their blossoming relationship. Don’t get me wrong…. I like a romance with a lot of love scenes, so this is not a complaint that the scene was even there. If anything they needed so much more to happen between them to get to this point and have it really feel like a moment. There was no heat between. No sexual tension. No buildup. There was hardly even a kiss between the two. There were no longing looks, no seeking each other out just to be near to each other, no finding a reason just to touch the other one. The one love scene I read was well written. But there was nothing romantic or emotional about it. Afterwards there was no glow or reveling in it, it was just on with the story. Eveline doesn’t think about it at all and there is a single paragraph about Graeme not being able to stop thinking about it. And then they are consumed with trivial plot devices.
...and that is where I gave up.
Perhaps the second half of this book is where the redeeming qualities are, but I couldn’t stand to trudge through it a moment longer. It was exasperating and a chore to read.
*throws book across the room*
I gave this author several chances with two of her BDSM series, but both of those were about gross cavemen using BDSM to facilitate their misogynistic 1950s-style-bend-over-and-hand-me-my-martini fantasies from watching too many back to back episodes of Mad Men and Sister Wives on TiVo with a raging hard-on.
Surely, I told myself, this sort of antiquated mindset would work better in a costume historical, where if not exactly savory, at least such 'roid rage would at least sort of be easier to swallow (among other things, cough, cough).
NEVER SEDUCE A SCOT was just as infuriating as the other books by this author that I've read but for different reasons. Those books were bad because they featured some truly awful sex scenes and some really warped views on safe, sane, and consensual kink. This book was infuriating because it takes an utterly Disney approach to history, with two feuding Scottish clans basically sitting back and tolerating one another after a marriage of convenience with only a few petty snips that wouldn't even merit a detention.
I was also not very happy with the disability rep. The heroine is deaf, but so shamed by this that she pretends to be mute instead, and somehow managed to instantly pick up lip-reading (no communication issues that would make the plot needlessly complicated). She sustained this injury from falling off a horse, which makes me suspect that she probably regains her hearing at the end of the book, undoubtedly after a bout of cure-all sex with the hero, I'm sure. She also hasn't fully lost her hearing and can still hear deep sounds, and much to her delight, the hero's voice is the only voice that she can still hear, despite her deafness. Oh, how convenient. Let me roll my eyes.
As if that weren't enough insult to injury, the heroine is probably one of the most disgustingly precious characters I've encountered in a while, stomping her foot, pouting, winning confidences easily, and just in general being such an annoying little priss that I was shocked nobody professing to hate her (like all of the women in the keep) had made an attempt to hurl her from the ramparts.
Methinks that this author is not for me. I think I only paid $1.99 for this book, but even that was too much. It was boring and awful, and now I need to find another Scottish romance for my reading challenge since this one didn't past muster.
1 out of 5 stars
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The king in an attempt to put to rest the conflict and hate between two of his greatest allies, decides that a marriage between the clans is the best way to go, and the sacrificial lambs are Laird Graeme Montgomery and the only cherished daughter of Laird Armstrong – Eveline.
Eveline, a few years ago suffered a fall from her horse, and since then is considered by many to have become ‘daft’ and feebleminded, she is happy to let them think so as it has allowed her to escape a horrid fate, and the fierceness of her father, mother and brothers mean none in her clan will be cruel to her. When she learns about the arranged marriage the king has ordered, something her family despise, she is ready to do her duty, but when she first meets Graeme, she is given an unexpected but welcomed surprise – one which gives her hope for the marriage and new life she is to have. Graeme for his part finds himself fascinated by the beauty that is to be his wife, but believing the rumours about her being ‘touched’, treats her gently, expecting nothing but a marriage in name only.
Watching Eveline slowly come out of her shell, her moments of fierceness, and the tenderness between her and Graeme had me entranced. Seriously Graeme rocks in this, the fact he is steadfast in his support of Eveline, fabulously protective and he doesn’t hesitate to show her affection and support in front of his initially highly bitter clan was lovely to see. He also never tries to change her, but takes her exactly as she is, never seeing her as less.
There were moments where I wanted to dump some ice-cold water on the women in Graeme’s clan, they made things so hard for Eveline, but she didn’t let them crush her. I grinned with delight when Graeme skewered Ian, the reptile deserved much worse, but I do wish, I had gotten to see Ian’s father be confronted and then get just what he deserved, although I’m thinking it’s possible this may be shown in the next book?
Triggers: Bullying, violence - Evelin is beaten/punched in the face.
I’m glad I purchased this, it’s staying in my re-read pile, and rather than appease my need for some highlander magic, it has me wanting more.
Graeme is so damn understanding, empathetic . Not once did he think Eveline was daft or put his ego before her. He always tried to understand her. He always tried to put her before him. Maya out did herself and showed readers not all historical hero are pigheaded. I only gave it 4 stars because as with all Maya banks books. I lost interest near the end . She makes her stories too smooth for me her conflicts aren't deep enough to hold my interest.
Long, long, long ago two clans , Montgomerys and Armstrong, started to hate each other, that hate continued throughout MANY years ( 100 to 200). Until they finally reached the limit where they would stop at nothing to kill one another, and their hate for each other slowly became their addiction. The king of Scotland got sick of their fighting, because both clans were very loyal and they both had huge armies. He didn't want to risk them, so he decided to arrange marriage between the two families ( the leaders children) hoping it would sort the conflict between them. The clans had to follow the demand because if they wouldn't it would show disloyalty towards the king. Never Seduce a Scot is about a girl named Eveline Armstrong, who everyone thinks of as ' touched', stupid or crazy. She doesn't speak. No one knows the truth about what truly is wrong with her. She isn't prepared to get married and she never thought she would because of her condition, and as much as her family supports her in that matter, they all have no choice but to marry her of to Graeme ( Montgomerys leader). They know that Montgomerys and Armstrongs don't mix, and that it might end in disaster. Graeme is so not happy about it, but soon finds himself irresistibly drawn to Eviline. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But as a foreign source threaten the wife he has only began to cherish, the Scottich warrior will move heaven to save the woman who awakened his heart to a rare and magical love.
OMG!!! I L-O-V-E-D THIS BOOK!
The characters were so awesome and realistic! They were very well developed.
Eveline was such a beautiful character to read about. And can i just say - i totally love her name. She was very strong and never gave up without a fight.
Graeme was kind, nice and understanding. The way he treated Eveline and the things he said to her made my heart melt. He was so sweet! And his love for her was pure.
I loved Graemes sister, she was such an epic and interesting character to read about.
I just ADORED Evelines and Graemes brothers, they rocked!
Evelines and Graemes relationship wasn't rushed, but wasn't slow either. It was just right. I love how at first they didn't like each other but then that feeling turned into love. There was MANY romantic and sweet scenes between them that just made me go " AWWWWWW!"
This wasn't the first book i read by Maya Banks, but it was the first in historical romance genre. Maya Banks is such a great author!
The beginning, when Eveline was moving into Montgomerys clan, was so freaking hilarious.
In the middle i felt a bit upset and my heart was aching for Eveline because of the things she had to go through.
The ending had me on edge. I can not wait to read book 2!
Overall, Never Seduce a Scot is a wonderfully written book that will make your heart melt. I think it's one of the most sweetest books i have read so far. Definitely worth the money and time.