ABOUT THE BOOK:
Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.
Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.
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Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Highlander Most Wanted is the second of the Montgomery/Armstrong trilogy. This is a 2013 Random House/Ballantine publication.
The Montgomery and Armstrong clan, once bitter enemies, unite to avenge one of their own. Once the battle is over, Bowen Montgomery finds a handful of people belonging to the McHugh clan still there. Among them a disfigured woman the others claim was Ian McHugh's whore. But, Bowen is told the truth about Genevieve and puts her under the protection of his clan.
Genevieve, was kidnapped a year ago by Ian McHugh and disfigured and used by him whenever he wished. Her shame is so great that even though Ian is dead, she refuses to let anyone tell her family she is still alive. Her only request is to be taken to an Abbey so she can live out her life in peace.
But, then Bowen gets wind of some terrible rumors about Genevieve, he believes she may have to answer for her crimes.
This is a fantastic addition to the trilogy! There are some difficult passages to read, as Genevieve is subjected to cruelty beyond comprehension, which has completely broken her spirt.
Bowen is a strong Alpha-Male Highlander, but is very sensitive, loyal, and tenderhearted. He is strong enough and selfless enough to make a stand for what is right and put others happiness before his own.
This novel has elements of forgiveness, redemption, friendship, and true love sprinkled with steamy romance that leaves you wanting more.
There are some action scenes, but most of the story's focus is on Genevieve and Bowen, which I think worked best for this type of story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she's not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker.