Book Review-Never Love A Highlander

Book Review-Never Love A HighlanderNever Love a Highlander by Maya Banks
Also in this series: Seduction of a Highland Lass, In Bed with a Highlander, In Bed with a Highlander (Re Read Review)
Series: McCabe Trilogy #3
Published by Ballantine Books on October 25th 2011
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Scottish Highlands
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0345519515
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In a tale of strong ties and true love, Maya Banks' trilogy comes to its conclusion, as the youngest McCabe brother uses sword and seduction to save his clan - and seal his heart.Caelen McCabe’s young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother’s jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing.As the sacrificial lamb in her father’s power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation. Despite everything, though, the heat in Caelen’s touch melts her defenses, and she craves the sensual delights of a husband who guards his emotions as fiercely as his clan. But when the ultimate battle for the McCabe legacy is upon them, Rionna’s true warrior spirit emerges. She will risk the wrath of her father, the fury of her enemies, and her life to prove to Caelen that his wife’s love is too precious to lose.

Caelen, volunteers to marry in place of his brother, to Fionna the daughter of the Laird of the McDonald Clan. Caelen, even though he once was burned and doesn’t try any woman, is captivated by his new wife. At first he tries to seperate himself from her and put restrictions on her and their marriage, however when he really lets himself see the real Fionna and finds that he starting to fall in love with the one woman that matches him in every way.  But then a danger starts to creep up on them, one that only with their love for each other will they be able to defeat those enemies that only wish to destroy them both.

The Hero (Caelen McCabe)
Caelen, is the youngest out of his brothers and has always blamed himself for what happened to his father and the betrayal of his clan. Caelen is a talented and magnificent warrior, and he knows he has a big task ahead of him to get the McDonald clan ready for the battle ahead of them, only he never imagined the hardship his new wife would cause for him yet he can’t deny the love he feels for her.

The Heroine (Rionna McDonald)
Rionna, is the only child of her parents, and is ashamed of her parents especially her father. Rionna lost her closest friend when she was young, and feared her father so she decided to dress like a man and learn how to fight and defend herself but when she marries Caelen he seems to want to change who she is and all she desires is for Caelen to respect and love her for the woman she truly is. However as danger closes in, Rionna and Caelen draw closer together and as they work together to save their clan and those they love, she starts to fall in love with her husband…

My Thoughts 
Never Love A Highlander is the third installment in the series and I think I almost loved this one as much as the previous book in the series. I just found Caelen so loveable and endearing even though he has a tough exterior on the outside there is a vulnerability in him that just charms this reader. Fionna is precious and has both a gentle side and a side of a warrior princess to protect all those that she loves. They both have pasts that are full of pain and loss however they both need love more than anything, and as events escalate between them so does a passion build until it explodes….I just loved this one, and I loved seeing the interaction between Fionna and Caelen and how there were moments full of wit and humor and there were also moments that will definitely make you cry if you find yourself lost in the story. Never Love A Highlander is full of passionate love scenes, a strong plot, a tender and fierce romance story, and full of everything one needs for a good and strong romance novel.

About Maya Banks

My name is Maya Banks and I live in Texas with my husband and three children and our assortment of pets. I’m more of a cat person, but my daughter became convinced she NEEDED a dog. So convinced in fact that it became her mission to convince her father and me. She prepared a two page handwritten proposal that detailed WHY she needed a dog, and well, after I sent her to her father (I knew he wouldn’t tell her no) we embarked on the search for the perfect dog. The journey that was two hours away and that I got pulled over for speeding while I was on the phone with my agent who had an offer from a publisher for one of my books… The officer wasn’t impressed. He wrote me a ticket anyway. Thus, I now tell my daughter that her dog turned into one very expensive concession! But isn’t he cute?

When I’m not writing, I love to hunt and fish with my family. We all love the outdoorsMaya's Dog and go on family hunting trips every year. We also love to travel. One of our more recent trips was to Scotland, which was every bit as comical as National Lampoon’s European Vacation. You know the part about “Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament” as they went round and round the roundabouts? Yeah, that was us, only we couldn’t even get out of the airport in Glasgow without hitting three of those suckers.

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of a writing career is getting to meet so many wonderful readers. There’s nothing better than dishing books with someone who loves the romance genre as much as I do. Romance readers are passionate and vocal. We love our books, love our happily ever afters, and we love to spend time talking to others about our favorites. THIS is why I love my job so much, and I’m so grateful to readers who gave ME a chance when I began my career. So thank you.

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