Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks + Featured Freebie

Highlander Most Wanted (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #2)
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.

My Rating: 5/5

I LOVED this book so much! Highlander Most Wanted is a fantastic, amazing, spectacular highland historical romance!...
I loved the heroine in this book-Genevieve. This poor woman has endured horrors beyond imagining and has risen from them strong, if not unscathed. I'm pretty sure it's impossible not to admire and support her, not after knowing everything that she's been through-and is still going through. The residents at the McHugh keep are hostile toward her, seeing her as a willing whore and not the unwilling victim. Seeing her go through everything that the world throws at her and remaining strong made me truly admire her character. Of course, she isn't a rock; she still has many issues to overcome. She suffers guilt, shame, anger. But she gets through it, with the help of Bowen (who I'll get to later). 

If I have one issue with the book, it's that I think she got over it too easily. Though the book portrayed the issue realistically and tactfully, I think that it would take a victim much more time to overcome what Genevieve went through. But it was just a minor complaint. I think that the main point of having her get over it was to show the healing power of love, so it was understandable. I still really liked Genevieve and definitely have her on my list of favorite heroines. 

Bowen was amazing. I adored him so much. Wow, was he sweet and wonderful. Can you tell that I totally fell for him yet? He was everything a hero should be: sweet, strong, a natural leader. And I loved that he wasn't quick to judge Genevieve, despite all the nasty gossip going around about her. Even when he hears something about her that sounds terrible, which I can't say without giving away a major surprise, he still makes sure to hear her out. Literally, everything about him was perfection. He's definitely one of my favorite love-interests ever. 

The relationship between these two love birds was very sweet. Their love grew quickly, but believably. There was some spice in their relationship, but just a touch. Not overwhelming. I adored how their love helped Genevieve move past her terrible experiences. Truly, these two had a pure, true love. It's impossible not to love them together. 

The plot of this book was fast paced and had me hooked from the first page to the last. There are a few secrets and surprises revealed that made my jaw drop. And the ending was absolutely perfect!

Highlander Most Wanted was incredible, amazing, fantastic, magnificent, and any other synonym of those. Any romance lover should read this book!

Thanks to Edelweiss for a copy! 
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a regency romance that I've read before and enjoyed: Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid by Maureen Driscoll. Go forth and get it for free!
Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid (Kellington Book One)

Caught behind enemy lines at the Battle of Waterloo, nurse Jane Wetherby is forced to seek shelter with British operative Lord Edward Kellington. After a night of passion, the two are separated. With nothing but the alias Jane used to protect her family, Lord Edward is unable to find the woman he can’t forget.
Seven years later, Jane courts scandal by serving as the unofficial surgeon in the village of Marston Vale. When Edward arrives to formalize his betrothal to a viscount’s daughter in accordance with his late father’s wishes, Jane has no choice but to watch the match proceed. When a threat from the past emerges, Jane must join forces with Edward to safeguard her loved ones. But at what risk to her heart…

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