Saturday, December 17, 2011

"In Bed with a Highlander" By: Maya Banks Review

"In Bed with a Highlander" 
By: Maya Banks

Synopsis from
     Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.
      The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin’s strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.

My Thoughts:
     I put this book on reserve at the local library because I saw this on several "Best of 2011" lists and I have never read a Maya Banks book...which is kind of wild considering how many romance books she has written. So I picked this one up, and was somewhat surprised by what I read. If this was Ms. Banks finest book, sadly I doubt I will be picking up any of her other books.

Things I liked:
--Mairin the heroine at the beginning of the story is courageous, smart, and was interesting
--Crispin, Ewan's son from his first marriage, is incredibly cute and definitely behaves like kids his age

Things I didn't like:
--Ewan, the hero, is completely domineering. He just decides they will marry after learning who Mairin is and her family connections. He basically rapes her (which I haven't seen anyone mention) after their marriage. There isn't any romance or getting to know one another. Wham, bam thank you ma'am stuff and suddenly oh wow, we love one another so much. I just didn't buy it.
--Meroine at the end of the story is just a doormat. It's basically a feeling of: men are smarter so I'm just going to go with what they want me to do.
--The storyline itself was really farfetched. Illegitimate daughter of the King, that no one knew really existed, is supposed to inherit some special property that people are fighting over so its worth a lot of money...and it all hinges on this one girl with a weird birthmark. Ugh.

     I doubt I will read any more books by Maya Banks. My mom just loves her, but there are too many books out there to read poor literature! Life's too short baby!

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