Title: Never Seduce a Scot (Goodreads)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Publisher, via TLC Blog Tours
Publication Date: 25 Sept 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: “‘Tis madness!” Bowen Montgomery exclaimed.
Montgomerys and Armstrongs Series Order
Book 2 – Highlander Most Wanted
Book 3 – Highland Ever After
I got my start in reading romance with historicals, mostly regency era but also the occasional medieval as well. I have always had a fascination with the medieval time period and one of my favorite classes in college was an upper level medieval history course that I took as an elective. Lately when I have read a medieval historical I’ve gone back to ones that I’ve already read and haven’t really investigated some of the newer ones that have been written. So when the opportunity came up to be on Maya Banks’s blog tour I jumped at the chance. The first book in her new series about two rival Scottish clans is Never Seduce a Scot and involves Graeme Montgomery and Eveline Armstrong.
The plot is one typically found in romances of this genre in that the two main characters are forced to wed by order of the king as a way to end an age long feud. As you can expect, this news doesn’t go over well with either clan. Overall, I really liked the plot and the world that Maya Banks created. There was believable chemistry between the two main characters. Although, for me, there was lots of eye-roll worthy cheesetastic lines that filled the pages. Especially towards the end. I also found it hard to swallow that Graeme figures out Eveline’s big secret in a matter of weeks when the family she lived with and was very close to had no inkling for over three years. Seriously? Not much of a close family that if you ask me.
As Never Seduce a Scot had a typical plot there was lots that was predictable and all the foreshadowing didn’t help ease that much either. As such, I never fully became immersed in this world and I so wanted to love it. All the random head jumping didn’t help with this either. The main characters would sometimes annoy me (mostly with the cheesy dialogue) but I did like a lot of the secondary characters. I liked the whole sub-plot of Eveline’s struggle to fit in and make a home in the keep of her former enemy. Never Seduce a Scot isn’t a book that I can fully recommend as there are just better Medieval Highland historicals out there in the world. But its not a total waste of time either so if you like this genre, or if you just like Maya Banks, then you will probably find something to like in this story as well.