Redonk Nutshell: Laird marries an entangled heiress to protect her and inherit her dowry

Said with horrible Scottish accent: Isna’ luvleh covah! *snorts at self* Yeah, yeah.  I can actually do a decent Scottish accent but only after a few glasses of wine.

I was excited to read this for a few reasons. 1) it’s Maya Banks 2) it’s her first stab at a historical 3) it’s about highlanders 4) my fellow rom bloggers liked it   So, I picked this up and devoured it.

Mairin Stuart is the illegitimate daughter of the Scottish dynasty, hidden away at a convent for her safety until said convent is ambushed by men looking to secure her for their laird, Duncan Cameron. Cameron attempts to force her to marry him, but she refuses, earning herself a nice beat down.  With the help of servants, Mairin manages to escape, along with a fellow child-captive.  The two are eventually found by the child’s clan, The McCabes, and they’re taken back to their homeland. The McCable laird, Ewan, eventually discovers who she is and he offers to marry her.  Knowing her options couldn’t really get any easier or better, she accepts.  And of course, she they gradually begin to fall in love with each other amid a scheme by nasty Cameron to get her and her dowry back.

I enjoyed this book.  It was spirited and fun with a nice Highlander touch.  We meet the McCabe brothers, three men who are each getting their own book, and who each have their own distinct personality.  Ewan is a hardworking and earnest man, a man who is hard but compassionate.  He’s exactly what Mairin, flighty and hard headed as she is, needs.  They fit together perfectly, and it’s lovely to watch them realize it.

Overall, I thought the Banks’ first foray into historical romance a success.  I’ll definitely be picking up the rest as they’re released.

In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks, 352 pgs, Aug 2011

Rating: C+

Romance: 3/5       Raunch: 3/5

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