October 8, 2011In Bed with a Highlanderby Maya Banks *I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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.
In Bed with a Highlander is the first book in the Highlander trilogy about the McCabe brothers. Ewan McCabe has been doing everything he can to keep his clan fed and clothed. His father was killed eight years ago and it’s all that the three of them can do to keep everyone safe and prepared for another attack.
Mairin is the neice of King David and she has been in hiding because she will inherit a valuable piece of property, Neamh Alainn which makes her coveted by a power hungry laird. She meets a young boy who is wise beyond his years and helps her through her “stay” at Duncan Cameron’s home.
Ewan’s brother returns not only with Crispin but also a young lass that has been seriously abused. He agrees to let her stay at the keep until she heals but the more he is around her the more he wants to keep her. Little does he realize that she is the key to not only his clan’s future but his own too?
Mairin thought she had found a savior in Ewan but he is after her land too. She agrees to be his lady wife but in truth, she is drawn to him like no other and feels protected and safe when she is in his arms. She finally has a home and a clan and she couldn’t be happier.
I loved Mairin’s character, she is such a spirited young lass. She has been alone all her life and craves family and a clan she can call home. She is prepared to take over her duties with the clan but keeps getting into trouble with the laird. She is wise but when it comes to womanhood she is young and innocent. I loved how she chastised Ewan because he wasn’t kissing right because he was using his tongue. She even questioned his lovemaking skills, which I thought was funny.
Ewan is a single father and leader of his clan. He has seen and done much in his young lifetime. He is a fierce but fair ruler and he cares deeply for those close to him. There are many tender moments between him and Mairin. He is definitely an alpha male but at times his actions surprised me, making me love him all the more.
I loved this book from start to finish; it was full of love, humor and action. There were many things that Mairin said or did that kept me laughing throughout the book. The tender moments between her and Ewan or Crispin were so sweet. She came into that household and basically turned it upside down while managing to earn the love and respect of her clan along the way.
I wanted to stop reading when once Ewan and Mairin received the summons to appear before the King but I had to find out how it ended. I was so afraid that things wouldn’t go well for them considering Duncan Cameron was involved and he would do anything to gain control of Neamh Alainn. Mairin proved over and over again how cunning she could be when her life or the ones she loved were at stake.