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Review: Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

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Highlander Most Wanted
Author: Maya Banks  
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine
Montgomerys and Armstrongs #2
ISBN: 978-0345533241
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): paperback (352 pages), e-book
Book Source: NetGalley
About the book:
In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.
  
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.
What VampBards talking about:
I love me a good brogue in a story.  Dialectical writing.  A strong hero saving a strong heroine from a really cruddy situation. It’s easy to find those elements in Maya Banks’ Highlander Most Wanted, book 2 in her Montgomerys and Armstrongs series.     
Even though I haven’t read book 1 in the series, Ms. Banks informs her readers of important evens from the previous book in a thorough, yet not-annoying manner.  This title could be read as a stand-alone, but I’m pretty sure that more books in this series are in my future.  
Storming the Keep.  Mmmmhm.  That’s where our story starts.  The Montgomery & Armstrong boys are looking to avenge the mistreatment of one of their own.  Secrets that threaten to destroy our heroine, Genevieve, are rampant.  How she manages to keep her sanity, after all she’s endured, is completely beyond me.  She and Bowen make a good couple.  They seem to truly complete one another.  HEAT INDEX:  3.
This is really a typical story of “dude saves chick from oppression.”  Even though Genevieve McInnis has been severely abused during her year-long imprisonment by Ian McHugh, she is strong.  Her self-esteem has been crushed; however, with the death of Ian and Patrick McHugh’s hasty retreat from the Keep she is emboldened.  Although, she repeatedly makes statements that let the citizens of the McHugh Keep off the hook for watching and not doing anything about her abuse.  With only one friend that I was wary about through the story, Genevieve was truly on her own.  She needed a champion.
Bowen Montgomery, chivalrous and gorgeous, totally falls for Genevieve.  He’s completely smitten and doesn’t admit it to her for what seems like centuries.  He is almost instantaneously her sorely needed champion.  Genevieve saved his life, and then stitched up his wounds.  That’s when their time together began and when Bowen realized he was in love with her.  Lots of chest-thumping and bellowing ensues.  Protection from those that threaten Genevieve takes place.  I wasn’t too impressed by the acts of heroism.  I did really like watching Bowen’s feelings for Genevieve evolve, however.
For me, the characters were a little flat.  The story seemed to happen.  Even though I pretty much could have devoured it in a sitting, it was one of those titles that I like to have around just for enjoyment.  I don’t have to think like an English teacher while reading titles like this.  The conflicts that take place were pretty easy for me to figure out in advance.  Much of the description that took place in the book were of emotional states-of-mind that allowed me to see what the character was thinking, but I didn’t feel as though I knew any of the characters well.  That’s OK sometimes, however.  Sometimes, as a reader, I need just entertainment.  
One of my favorite things about Ms. Banks’ writing is that she has a ken for turning a phrase.  My favorite quote from this title was:  “’Tis glad I am of that, lass, for ’tis the truth that you are more beautiful to me than a thousand Highland sunsets.”  Something inside me goes all squishy when I hear phrases like this.
I enjoyed Highlander Most Wanted.  Enough that book 1 in the Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Never Seduce a Scot, has been added to my TBR.  I like the characters, and the title seemed to be engaging for a ‘brain vacation.’  I am looking forward to reading book 3 in the series, Highlander Ever After, due out in 2013.  
VampBards Rating:
Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)


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Highlander Most Wanted
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