Redonk Nutshell: Forbidden attracting ensues after a Highlander falls in love with the woman who nurses him from a near mortal wound

Book two in Maya Banks’ McCabe trilogy.  Alaric McCabe is on his way to the neighboring clan to court his politically matched fiancee.  He’s waylaid when an attack along the journey nearly kills him.  When Keeley McDonald finds a half dead warrior at her door she quickly takes him in and works to nurse him back to health.  Keeley is a trained healer who lives on her own at the farthest edge of her clan’s borders.  Banished by her laird, Keeley has made it fine on her own…until Alaric tumbles to her door.  When Alaric’s older brother and laird of the McCabe clan tracks him down to Keeley’s home, they’re both escorted back to McCabe land – so Alaric can heal and so Keeley can see to the birth of the laird’s child.  Keeley and Alaric battle a forbidden attraction.

I thought book one was a good time, and book two was no different.  I didn’t know anything about it except that this was Alaric’s story.  I started it figuring this would be a tale of a husband wooing a reluctant wife – boy was I surprised.  I liked Keeley as a heroine, but she didn’t really rock my world.  One thing she does have going for her – she’s stubborn without being abrasive.  I was a fan of Alaric from book two, so I was looking forward to seeing more of him this time around.  I have to admit, though, my admiration has been saved mostly for the younger McCabe, Caelon, who has some dark and broody moments.  Ya’ll know how I like mah dark and broody men.  *snort*

I enjoyed Seduction of a Highland Lass.  I feel confident in recommending Banks’ Scottish series to fans of the genre who are looking for something with a brogue but  not over the top.  Banks is skilled a writing a story that’s intriguing, sexy and heartwarming.  Overall, a lovely fluff read.  In trews.

Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks, 352 pgs, 9/27/11

Rating: C+

Romance: 3/5          Raunch: 3.5/5



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