Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks
McCabe Trilogy #2
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Release Date: May 17, 2012 (audio)
Genre: Adult, Historical Romance
Rating: 5 Bookworms
Challenges: #ShelfLove 2015
A warrior is caught between family loyalty and forbidden love in book two of Maya's sensual new trilogy featuring three indomitable Highlanders.
Fiercely loyal to his elder brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now, he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires, to the test.
An outcast from her own clan, Keeley McDonald was betrayed by those she loved and trusted. When the wounded warrior falls from his horse, she is drawn to his strong, lean body. The wicked glint in his green eyes ignites a passion that will follow them back to Alaric's keep, where their forbidden love draws them deeper into the pleasures of the flesh. But as conspiracy and danger circle closer, Alaric must make an impossible choice. Will be betray his blood ties for the woman he loves?
I went into Seducing a Highland Lass thinking I knew who the heroine would be. And I was anxious for her story, honestly. So I was surprised when Banks threw a curve ball by switching heroines on me! However, I couldn't be more pleased with Keeley. She was everything I could have hoped for in a MC and in a match for Alaric.
Going into Seducing a Highland Lass, things are set for a wedding between Alaric and Rionna McDonald, forging an alliance in Scotland that would allow the McCabe's to pursue Duncan Cameron. Alaric falls upon some trouble on his way to McDonald lands, ends up injured, and on Keeley's doorstep.
Keeley - oh what a strong, brave young woman! And so resilient. She was thrown out of her clan for something she didn't do. Despite being so close to the laird's family - his daughter, Rionna - she was left to fend for herself. Using her healing abilities, she's done just that. And then Alaric McCabe appears at her door.
I love these two together. Their relationship is doomed from the start with Alaric's impending marriage but their feelings would not be denied. I enjoyed watching Alaric, the mighty warrior fall. The interactions between them were exciting in their charged banter and the steam of the chemistry. I also enjoyed the compassion that shown from within each of them.
Spending more time with Ewan and Mairin, who's nearing the end of her pregnancy, was a pleasure, as was seeing other favorite clan members. It was particularly a pleasure to become better acquainted with Caelen McCabe. He's the prickliest of the brothers, so seeing him warm to Keeley as his respect for her grew was a real delight.
Of course, there is still danger afoot with Duncan Cameron being on the loose - looking for a way to take Mairin and power in the Highlands. But there was also danger much closer to home. Banks continues to deliver a riveting story around the Highlanders' romance. And Kirsten Potter continues to wow me with her narration. She keeps distinct voices for her characters as well as delivering the action in a way that is perfectly paced and compelling.
I can't wait for Caelen's story!