Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomerys and Armstrongs Series #2)

Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomerys and Armstrongs Series #2)

by Maya Banks

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ISBN-13: 9780345538895
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Series: Montgomerys and Armstrongs Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 5,397
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Maya Banks is the New York Times bestselling author of Highlander Most Wanted, Never Seduce a Scot, In Bed with a Highlander, Seduction of a Highland Lass, Never Love a Highlander, Rush, Fever, Sweet Addiction, the KGI series, and the Colters’ Legacy series. She lives in Texas with her husband, three children, and an assortment of pets.

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Chapter 1

“Do you ever wish but for a moment to go back in time?” Genevieve McInnis whispered as she stood in the window of the tiny tower room that had been appointed to her more than a year past.

The summer sun was high and showed no signs of lowering in the sky, and yet she could sense darkness. Knew it was coming. The Montgomerys would not allow the injustice done to one of their own, and now the whole of the McHugh clan—or what was left of it—would pay the price for Ian McHugh’s daring.

She should be afraid, but she’d long ago accepted her fate. Her possible mortality. She didn’t fear it as she once may have. There were worse things than death, as she’d discovered. Sometimes living took far more courage. Facing another day. Enduring. Those things took strength. Far more than dying.

The wind picked up, blowing cool on her face, relieving the sting of the sun. Her question whispered softly in her ears, as if the wind had gathered it up and carried it back on its wings.

If only she’d never met Ian McHugh. If only she’d stayed in her chamber that fateful day when he’d arrived at court and had become instantly obsessed with her.

But his obsession hadn’t been limited to her. He collected things. Women. They were objects he viewed as possessions. He was like a petulant child guarding his favorite toys. If he couldn’t have her, then no man would.

It was the same with Eveline Montgomery, a woman who, like Genevieve, had spurned Ian’s advances. This time, however, he’d crossed the wrong clan, and he’d paid for it with his life. Graeme Montgomery had righted the wrong done against his wife and had spitted Ian on his sword in front of the whole of the McHugh clan.

And now the entire clan waited with anxious worry for the return of the Montgomerys. Ian’s father, Patrick, the laird—as laughable as that thought was—had fled only this morn, because he bore the knowledge that Graeme Montgomery would return to avenge his wife. As Genevieve had prayed that he would.

Finally. Finally, she would have at least a hope of freedom.

Patrick was no laird. Ian had run roughshod over his father from a very early age. Ian made the decisions. Ian bullied his father. Ian had ruled in Patrick’s stead for years now. All that was left for it was for Patrick to step aside and name Ian as his successor.

Only now the clan lay in ruins. Many had fled, avoiding the inevitable bloodbath that would surely occur. Others had stayed only because there was no place for them to go.

Such was the case with Genevieve.

Where would she go?

To her family, she was dead. Believed killed in an ambush as her party made the journey to her betrothed. Ian McHugh had swept in, slaughtering every last man and woman accompanying her to her intended husband’s holding. He’d borne Genevieve back to his own keep, vowing that no man save he would ever possess her.

It was a vow he’d kept.

She raised her hand to touch the scar marring her left cheek. She closed her eyes to prevent the sting of tears. There was naught crying did for the matter. She was long past the stage of tears and self-pity.

When she’d rebuffed Ian’s advances after her capture, as she’d done the first time they were introduced at court, his rage had known no bounds. He’d slashed her face with his knife, swearing before God that no man would ever again look upon her with desire.

He was right. No man could look upon her now with anything but horror. She’d witnessed too many times the instant recoil when she turned her head and the scar came into view.

And in the end it hadn’t mattered that she’d refused Ian’s advances, because he’d taken what he wanted, over and over, until she had no defense against him. No strength. No power. Just numb resignation.

She hated herself for that. Shame and humiliation were her constant companions, and now that he was dead she wanted only to be free of this place.

But where would she go?

Indeed, where would she go?

She closed her eyes, willing her anxious heart to stop tightening in her chest. Dread was squeezing her breathless, and she knew she was on borrowed time. Her fate—and judgment—awaited her.

The door to the tiny prison that had served as her chamber flew open, and Taliesan limped heavily toward her, her face a grimace of pain and fright.

“Whatever are we to do?” Taliesan whispered. “Surely we are doomed. The Montgomery laird will never have mercy on us. Not after what Ian and his father did to the Montgomery lass.”

Taliesan was cousin to the McHugh laird’s late wife. The entire McHugh clan consisted of distant relations and a band of misfits that had been pulled into the clan after being cast out of their own. She was the only friendly face in a sea of animosity that emanated from the other clansmen.

Genevieve never understood what she’d done to encourage such hatred toward her. She certainly wasn’t here of her own volition. And the rest of the clan well knew it. She’d done no harm to a single McHugh, though the same could not be said for her.

She winced as the words whore and harlot echoed in her ears. The insults were hurled at her on a regular basis, and she’d hardened herself to the pain and humiliation they caused.

She was what Ian McHugh had made her. Nothing more. She wouldn’t bear the blame for the actions of another. Nor could she spend the rest of her life languishing in regret for what hadn’t been her choosing.

“Have you heard of their approach?” she asked Taliesan.

Taliesan nodded, her eyes darkening further in dread. “Aye, I have. The watchman bore word barely five minutes ago. The Montgomery army approaches, but ’tis worse than we could have imagined, for the Armstrong army accompanies them. They come united.”

“Sweet Jesu,” Genevieve whispered in horror. “They mean to kill us all.”

’Twas the last thing Genevieve had ever wanted. Aye, she’d dreamed of Ian’s death. A long, horrible death, and she’d been cheated of that when Graeme Montgomery ran Ian through with his sword. His death was far too quick and merciful for the manner of man he was.

She whispered a heartfelt prayer that her sins wouldn’t be the death of them all. All she wanted was a chance. An opportunity to be free. She wanted to live instead of existing in a constant state of fear and humiliation. ’Twas not so much to ask for, was it?

“What do we do, Genevieve?” Taliesan asked in a voice hoarse with fear.

Genevieve squared her shoulders, her spine stiffening with resolve. And pride. “We must see to the women and the children. The men will have to face the consequences of the laird’s foolhardiness. ’Tis naught to be done about it except throw ourselves on the mercy of the Montgomerys and Armstrongs and pray they are indeed merciful.”

Genevieve swept past Taliesan, and when she stepped just outside the door she turned, her voice cracking like a whip.

“Come, now. Let us gather the others. If we are to face our doom, let it be with pride. Pride that Ian and his father failed to demonstrate. If the men of this clan won’t do justice to their name, then ’tis left to the women to stand up.”

Taliesan’s own features tightened and her chin notched upward. “Aye, you are right.”

Genevieve slowed her pace to match Taliesan’s awkward gait and pulled the hood of her cloak over her head to hide her face.

She would gather the women and children of the clan into one chamber, and then she would appeal to the sensibilities of the Montgomery leader.

It occurred to her that she owed this clan nothing. That, even now, she should be fleeing and taking advantage of her only chance for the one thing that had been denied her.


But she had no place to go. No sanctuary. No coin or food on which to survive.

Mayhap . . . Mayhap the Montgomery laird would be merciful and perchance would place her in an abbey where she could peacefully live out her days, free of the rule of a man who’d been bent on destroying her.

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Highlander Most Wanted: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 188 reviews.
DComfort More than 1 year ago
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. 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. REVIEW: Really, what more can you expect other than a fabulous book, with a great plot, awesome in-depth characters, and a can’t-turn-your-eyes-away plot from Ms. Banks? This piece was really good. It had all the mixings for a book that stays with you long after you put it down. I loved all the twist and turns in this as well as the great characterization. I felt as though the author made her characters work for their HEA, and that’s the way it should be. Nothing should just be given. I also loved how we got to see characters from the previous book, that was a nice touch. This one tore at my heartstrings, frustrated me, and made me laugh all at once. It’s definitely one to pick up as soon as it’s released. Five out of five stars for a job well done.
StephC0203 More than 1 year ago
Disappointed with this one, and I was very excited for it (perhaps my expectations were too high). My score would actually be 2.5 if possible.  I enjoyed the first in this series and others by this author, but the plot of this was just boring and too...simple for me. Anytime there was a conflict between characters, it would immediately be resolved with little problem. I dunno, just didn't really care for this overall.
Dahina More than 1 year ago
Love the books but if you like to read the completed series i'll recommend you to wait to buy this books until 2016 if they even release the third book by then because they have been changing dates since 2013. It is very annoyyyyy!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Covers great I liked reading it also. Took me a while since I took it slow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as I had hoped-I will still buy her books though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book pulls you in & makes you wish it would never end. I even cried during parts, heartbreaking story with a great ending. The whole series is great and this book shows it just keeps getting better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this after the first Highlander series and it was the 2nd in the Montgomery and Armstrong books. I loved this story and really loved that the troubles the characters had were very real to the period of the story. I look forward to the 3rd book to be released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am soooo tired of waiting on the next book. I pre-ordered this book after reading the first and second, it was due in a month or two...it is now almost a year later, ridiculous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read i love Myra Banks books and can't wait for more books abouy this family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maya's writing always makes me feel like I'm in the story.Going through all these different emotions with these beautifully torn, heartbroken to blissfully happy charactors. I cannot wait for the next books in this series to release .
Anonymous 29 days ago
Pleasant read. Good characters.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was such an awesome read. I love getting lost in the historical’s that Maya Banks has created. It's such a wonderful world to be a part of. Genevieve and Bowen... wow! I loved these two together. Fist of all, this was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be. Sure, I read the synopsis so I had a good idea all Genevieve endured but learning those details and feeling her pain was something else. I loved watching her open up, grow and trust, and become open and strong. It was an incredible journey. Bowen could not have been more amazing. They had a bit of a rocky start but as he learns about Genevieve's past he because so sweet and carrying. I loved their growing relationship, the build to it all as they open up. There were so many sweet moments as well as challenging and emotional ones. I felt like I was on an emotional edge the majority of the time while reading actually. I felt for Genevieve the whole time and I had so much hope for her. There were a lot of trials and tribulations that made me angry on her behalf. She was in such an impossible place faced with hard decisions. How she survived I have no idea but it was a heck of a story watching her build herself back up and find her happy. I thought it was a really incredible story that I enjoyed thoroughly. There was great attention to detail and it had a great pace. I loved the timing and build. There were so many great characters that emerged and wonderful scenes to enjoy. Yes, it was emotional but there was a good bit of fun and sexy mixed in there too to balance everything out. This was excellent. I was caught up in everything, lost in the time period, and truly invested in these wonderful and strong characters. Amazing read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always I had a hard fine not reading into the wee hours of the morning. The twists and turns are pin point as well as the story line. This one seems to send the series, however I would like to know the fate of Rorie and the remaining brother. These books keep me curious and wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish for more of her stories and her Highlanders
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously, never liked this man. He has no nice qualities. He's far too critical even when he's trying to help Rusty. I've read all the KGI books and every time he's in them I want to slap him. I love our men in blue so the fact that he's a police officer has nothing to do with me disliking the character. I've listened to his point of view at the end of this book and am just not buying the way he justifies his behavior. Even he thinks he's reprehensible, which he is. I read Maya Banks is going to make Rusty and Sean the subjects of her final and last KGI book. Please, please don't do this. The character of Rusty has been brought so far along, she deserves a much better man. If she goes away to grow up, let her really grow up. We all have someone in our youth that we THINK we're in love with. But given enough time and distance we realize what a mistake that person could have been. Sean is Rusty's mistake. Leave this girl with some dignity. There isn't anything this man could do to redeem himself. Once a jerk always a jerk. Do you honestly expect me to believe this man isn't going to in some way always treat her like a spoiled child. This sets a bad example to woman who foolishly believe they can find happiness by changing a man. Please let Rusty find someone worthy of her. All the other female characters in this series have. Its hard to believe I'm the only reader who feels this way. I know some readers want Rusty and Sean to have their own story, but I believe they're are just as many who don't want them to. Oh well. It would be very disappointing if this series ended this way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loooooved this whole series. I wish it continues there r more brothers and lasses to consider. All beautiful in their own stories and the need to continue is great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these two books, but we are left wondering about Teague' s and the Armstrong brother's stories. Then there is Taliesan, her character was far to developed to just end. Are there books I am missing?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought book one was exciting! Book two is even better! The hero is a true 'braw scottish lad' and the lady is brave and in dire need of rescuing-who could ask for more?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this romanic story !!!
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