In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #1)

In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #1)

by Maya Banks

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Overview

Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of romance and romantic suspense has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. In Bed with a Highlander is the start of a beguiling trilogy featuring three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love.
 
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345519481
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: McCabe Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 12,283
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Maya Banks is the bestselling author of The Darkest Hour, No Place to Run, Hidden Away, Sweet Possession, Sweet Temptation, Colter’s Woman, and Colter’s Lady. She lives in Texas with her husband, three children, and an assortment of pets.

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Chapter 1

Mairin Stuart knelt on the stone floor beside her pallet and bowed her head in her evening prayer. Her hand slipped to the small wooden cross hanging from a bit of leather around her neck, and her thumb rubbed a familiar path over the now smooth surface.

For several long minutes, she whispered the words she’d recited since she was a child, and then she ended it as she always did. Please, God. Don’t let them find me.

She pushed herself from the floor, her knees scraping the uneven stones. The plain, brown garb she wore signaled her place along the other novices. Though she’d been here far longer than the others, she’d never taken the vows that would complete her spiritual journey. It was never her intention.

She went to the basin in the corner and poured from the pitcher of water. She smiled as she dampened her cloth, and Mother Serenity’s words came floating to mind. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

She wiped her face and started to remove her gown to extend her wash when she heard a terrible crash. Startled, she dropped the cloth and whirled around to stare at her closed door. Then galvanized to action, she ran and flung it open, racing into the hall.

Around her, the other nuns also filled the hall, their dismayed murmurs rising. A loud bellow echoed down the corridor from the abbey’s front entrance. A cry of pain followed the bellow, and Mairin’s heart froze. Mother Serenity.

Mairin and the rest of the sisters ran toward the sound, some lagging back while others shoved determinedly ahead. When they reached the chapel, Mairin drew up short, paralyzed by the sight before her.

Warriors were everywhere. There were at least twenty, all dressed in battle gear, their faces unwashed, sweat drenching their hair and clothing. But no blood. They hadn’t come for sanctuary or aid. The leader held Mother Serenity by the arm, and even from a distance, Mairin could see the abbess’s face drawn in pain.

“Where is she?” the man demanded in a cold voice.

Mairin took a step back. He was a fierce-­looking man. Evil. Rage coiled in his eyes like a snake waiting to strike. He shook Mother Serenity when she didn’t respond, and she warbled in his grasp like a rag doll.

Mairin crossed herself and whispered an urgent prayer. The nuns around her gathered in a close ball and also offered their prayers.

“She is not here,” Mother Serenity gasped out. “I’ve told you the woman you seek is not here.”

“You lie!” he roared.

He looked toward the group of nuns, his gaze flickering coldly over them.

“Mairin Stuart. Tell me where she is.”

Mairin went cold, fear rising to a boil in her stomach. How had he found her? After all this time. Her nightmare wasn’t over. It was, indeed, just beginning.

Her hands shook so badly that she had to hide them in the folds of her dress. Sweat gathered on her brow, and her gut lurched. She swallowed, willing herself not to be sick.

When no answer was forthcoming, the man smiled, and it sent a chill straight down Mairin’s spine. Still staring at them, he lifted Mother Serenity’s arm so that it was in plain sight. Callously, he bent her index finger until Mairin heard the betraying pop of bone.

One of the nuns shrieked and ran forward only to be backhanded down by one of the soldiers. The rest of the nuns gasped at the bold outrage.

“This is God’s house,” Mother Serenity said in a reedy voice. “You sin greatly by bringing violence onto holy ground.”

“Shut up, old woman,” the man snapped. “Tell me where Mairin Stuart is or I’ll kill every last one of you.”

Mairin sucked in her breath and curled her fingers into balls at her sides. She believed him. There was too much evil, too much desperation, in his eyes. He had been sent on a devil’s errand, and he wouldn’t be denied.

He grasped Mother Serenity’s middle finger, and Mairin rushed forward.

“Charity, nay!” Mother Serenity cried.

Mairin ignored her. “I’m Mairin Stuart. Now let her go!”

The man dropped Mother Serenity’s hand then shoved the woman back. He stared at Mairin with interest, then let his gaze wander suggestively down her body and back up again. Mairin’s cheeks flamed at the blatant disrespect, but she gave no quarter, staring back at the man with as much defiance as she dared.

He snapped his fingers, and two men advanced on Mairin, grabbing her before she could think to run. They had her on the floor in a split second, their hands fumbling with the hem of her gown.

She kicked wildly, flailing her arms, but she was no match for their strength. Would they rape her here on the chapel floor? Tears gathered in her eyes as they shoved her clothing up over her hips.

They turned her to the right and fingers touched her hip, right where the mark rested.

Oh nay.

She bowed her head as tears of defeat slipped down her cheeks.

“ ’Tis her!” one of them said excitedly.

He was instantly shoved aside as the leader bent over to examine the mark for himself.

He, too, touched it, outlining the royal crest of Alexander. Issuing a grunt of satisfaction, he curled his hand around her chin and yanked until she faced him.

His smile revolted her.

“We’ve been looking for you a long time, Mairin Stuart.”

“Go to hell,” she spat.

Instead of striking her, his grin broadened. “Tsk-­tsk, such blasphemy in the house of God.”

He stood rapidly, and before Mairin could blink, she was hauled over a man’s shoulder, and the soldiers filed out of the abbey and into the cool night.

They wasted no time getting onto their horses. Mairin was gagged then trussed hand and foot and tossed over the saddle in front of one of the men. They were away, the thunder of hooves echoing across the still night, before she had time to react. They were as precise as they were ruthless.

The saddle dug into her belly, and she bounced up and down until she was sure she was going to throw up. She moaned, afraid she’d choke with the gag so securely around her mouth.

When they finally stopped, she was nearly unconscious. A hand gripped her nape, the fingers easily circling the slim column. She was hauled upward and dropped unceremoniously to the ground.

Around her, they made camp while she lay shivering in the damp air. Finally she heard one say, “You best be seeing to the lass, Finn. Laird Cameron won’t be happy if she dies of exposure.”

An irritated grunt followed, but a minute later, she was untied and the gag removed. Finn, the apparent leader of this abduction, leaned down over her, his eyes gleaming in the light of the fire.

“There’s no one to hear you scream, and if you utter a sound, I’ll rattle your jaw.”

She nodded her understanding and crawled to an upright position. He nudged her backside with his boot and chuckled when she whirled around in outrage.

“There’s a blanket by the fire. Get on it and get some sleep. We leave at first light.”

She curled gratefully into the warmth of the blanket, uncaring that the stones and sticks on the ground dug into her skin. Laird Cameron. She’d heard talk of him from the soldiers who drifted in and out of the abbey. He was a ruthless man. Greedy and eager to add to his growing power. It was rumored that his army was one of the largest in all of Scotland and that David, the Scottish king, feared him.

Malcolm, bastard son of Alexander—­and her half brother—­had already led one revolt against David in a bid for the throne. Were Malcolm and Duncan Cameron to ally, they would be a near unstoppable force.

She swallowed and closed her eyes. The possession of Neamh Álainn would render Cameron invincible.

“Dear God, help me,” she whispered.

She couldn’t allow him to gain control of Neamh Álainn. It was her legacy, the only thing of her father’s that she had.

It was impossible to sleep, and so she lay there huddled in the blanket, her hand curled around the wooden cross as she prayed for strength and guidance. Some of the soldiers slept while others kept careful watch. She wasn’t fool enough to think she’d be given any opportunity to escape. Not when she was worth more than her weight in gold.

But they wouldn’t kill her either, which granted her an advantage. She had nothing to fear by trying to escape and everything to gain.

An hour into her vigil of prayer, a commotion behind her had her sitting straight up and staring into the darkness. Around her, the sleeping soldiers stumbled upward, their hands on their swords when a child’s cry rent the night.

One of the men hauled a kicking, wiggling child into the circle around the fire and dropped him on the ground. The child crouched and looked around wildly while the men laughed uproariously.

“What is this?” Finn demanded.

“Caught him trying to sneak one of the horses,” the child’s captor said.

Anger slanted Finn’s features into those of the devil, made more demonic by the light of the fire. The boy, who couldn’t be more than seven or eight years old, tilted his chin up defiantly as if daring the man to do his worst.

“Why you insolent little pup,” Finn roared.

He raised his hand, and Mairin flew across the ground, throwing herself in front of the child as the fist swung and clipped her cheek.

She went reeling but recovered and quickly threw herself back over the child, gathering him close so she could cover as much of him as possible.

The boy struggled wildly under her, screeching obscenities in Gaelic. His head connected with her already aching jaw, and she saw stars.

“Hush now,” she told him in his own language. “Be still. I won’t let them hurt you.”

“Get off him!” Finn roared.

She tightened around the little boy who finally stopped kicking and flailing. Finn reached down and curled his hand into her hair, yanking brutally upward, but she refused to let go of her charge.

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"Wickedly delightful." —-Monica McCarty

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In Bed with a Highlander 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 501 reviews.
BubblesBaubles More than 1 year ago
As I read this book, I kept thinking I had read it before. I had- it's called The Bride by Julie Garwood. Almost everything was the same- though the details that Ms.Garwood wrote about were charming, actually were pretty flat in this book. There were a few differences, but not enough to matter. Save your money, and buy The Bride instead.
Acanoffleas More than 1 year ago
Redonk Nutshell: Laird marries an entangled heiress to protect her and inherit her dowry Said with horrible Scottish accent: Isna' luvleh covah! *snorts at self* Yeah, yeah. I can actually do a decent Scottish accent but only after a few glasses of wine. I was excited to read this for a few reasons. 1) it's Maya Banks 2) it's her first stab at a historical 3) it's about highlanders 4) my fellow rom bloggers liked it So, I picked this up and devoured it. Mairin Stuart is the illegitimate daughter of the Scottish dynasty, hidden away at a convent for her safety until said convent is ambushed by men looking to secure her for their laird, Duncan Cameron. Cameron attempts to force her to marry him, but she refuses, earning herself a nice beat down. With the help of servants, Mairin manages to escape, along with a fellow child-captive. The two are eventually found by the child's clan, The McCabes, and they're taken back to their homeland. The McCable laird, Ewan, eventually discovers who she is and he offers to marry her. Knowing her options couldn't really get any easier or better, she accepts. And of course, she they gradually begin to fall in love with each other amid a scheme by nasty Cameron to get her and her dowry back. I enjoyed this book. It was spirited and fun with a nice Highlander touch. We meet the McCabe brothers, three men who are each getting their own book, and who each have their own distinct personality. Ewan is a hardworking and earnest man, a man who is hard but compassionate. He's exactly what Mairin, flighty and hard headed as she is, needs. They fit together perfectly, and it's lovely to watch them realize it. Overall, I thought the Banks' first foray into historical romance a success. I'll definitely be picking up the rest as they're released. In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks, 352 pgs, Aug 2011 Rating: C+ Romance: 3/5 Raunch: 3/5
cinful1121 More than 1 year ago
Maya Banks has done it again!! This is a fabulous start to a brand new series from this talented author. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and can't wait for the next installments to release, thank goodness that is back to back in Sept. & October or I may have gone scooters having to wait. One of the things I like most about Maya Banks writing is that she doesn't spend 20 pages explaining one setting or one event drawing it out to the point my eyes glaze over. She keeps a good pace with good dialogue which in turn keeps me entranced until I realize I've read the entire book. This book is Ewan McCabe & Mairin Stuart's story. He is Laird, eldest of the 3 McCabe brothers and a fierce warrior. She is the illegitimate daughter of the king who's been in hiding since she was a mere child. They are ultimately brought together by his son Crispen (who you just have to love) and initially wed to gain her dowry and lands. As she finds her footing and place within the McCabe clan she frequently causes a ruckus and disobeys her husband. It proves to be quite humorous as she has the habit of speaking out loud the thoughts in her head. Avoiding a ton of spoilers and in turn outlining the entire book I will leave off saying that this is a worthy read that will leave you wanting more! **I would like to thank Maya Banks for this Advance Reader's Copy it has been a pleasure to read and would happily do so anytime in the future**
thecollector0 More than 1 year ago
I am a voracious reader who enjoys romance books and this one was hard to put down.
Mimmi More than 1 year ago
In Bed With A Highlander kicks off a new series for Maya Banks ~ and her first foray into Historical Scottish romance. The heroine, Mairin Stuart, is the illegitimate daughter of King David ~ who is now dead, widely thought to have no heirs. Mairin has been secreted away in an abbey for most of her life to help keep this deep secret ~ but there are some who know of her, and search for her. When she is kidnapped from the Abbey in an attempt to score her hand in marriage, and in doing so secure an heir & her dowry, Mairin fights from the second she's taken ~ and plots her escape. But when a small child is found trying to steal a horse from her captors, she quickly puts his safety and welfare before that of her own... Ewan McCabe, the oldest of three McCabe Highlanders, searches for his missing son, Crispin ~ he's vowed revenge on anyone who would harm his child, and is frantic to find his son alive. When his brother brings back not only his son, but a woman as well, and they are both closed mouth about who she is and how they came to be together, it's Ewan's job to find out the truth ~ and the fact that Mairin's secrets can be only a boon to his clan, who has suffered from an attack years ago, can only be a good thing... I adored this book ~ I'm such a fan of Highlanders any time, but Maya truly brings to life the characters, the life they led by necessity ~ Ewan decides on Mairin first because it will benefit his clan, and second because she is great with his son ~ putting himself and his needs last. Yes, he's attracted to her, and the story is a treasure to see them get to know one another, and fall for one another, but you really 'feel' the sense of what came first in Ewan's life. The sex scenes are smokin' hot, the characters leap off the page, and the love story will make your heart twist and swell ~ I've really come to expect all these from Maya Banks, but was truly thrilled to get that added...SOMETHING that up to this point I get when I read only a hand full of authors, and I can only say this book made me think over and over of how thrilled I was to find someone else who can write historicals like Julie Garwood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great start and paved the way for rest of the series. Steamy sex scene but they're newly married and experimenting, perfectly normal. The author's pacing is good and fast, kept to the plot of the story, not overly describing stuffs like furniture, clothes or tapestries. You cannot skipped a paragraph.
RomancingRakes More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that I have never read a book by Maya Banks, until now. Go ahead, judge. After coming back from RomCon11, I had a new appreciation for highlanders. Anyway, the ARC was staring at me from my bookshelf. It kept crying my name and I finally gave in. Also contributing to the need to read factor, the ultra fabulous Tessa Dare made the book trailer. How can you not pick up the book after watching? Oh my stars! I need the next book (after reading the teaser in the back) right now. I'd do anything for it, even drop trew. I must say that this book series could totally be made into a movie or an epic TV show. This book had me giggling and sighing, wishing I had my own highlander going alpha when I misbehaved. Ms. Banks has a way with words, placing me inside the story and experiencing all the emotions each character feels whether it is inner or outer turmoil. I laughed, I cried, I may have thrown the book at the wall a few times (courtesy of Ewan and Caelen) but I came back for more. Now, is it September yet??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy her other series and started her historical after. I enjoy anything she writes.
mcsbclcc More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite series by Maya Banks is the KGI series and i anxiously await the next of that series.....so since i patiently await that one i figured i would try the McCabe trilogy. And all i can say is that i fell in love with the whole McCabe clan! The stories are well told and my eyes hurt from reading books 1&2 between yesterday and today but i could not put the books down.....now i anxioulsy await Cailen's story. Definitely books worth reading;-)
Imperfect_Ann_Sassy_8D More than 1 year ago
I always love Maya Banks ,but this one was a great one I laughted my butt off, even cried a time or two. I got angry with the heroin and just had a good time ! Cant wait for the brothers books! Also read Julie Garwood- Saving Grace, the Bride ,the Wedding if u like the book u will love these as well Great Job Ms. Banks keep them coming!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Such+enjoyable+characters%2C+such+a+great+story%21+Pulled+me+in+from+the+very+first+word+to+the+last.+I+genuinely+enjoyed+Mairin+and+her+penchant+for+speaking+everything+she+was+thinking+and+her+fierceness+in+defending+those+she+loved.+I+am+eager+to+read+Alaric%27s+story+next.+Truly+great+read.
Keng on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Overall this was a good read. I am a fan of Maya Banks and she brought a good story as usual. I had a bit of a problem with Ewan's quick acceptance of his new wife and his easy acceptance of his love for her. The story itself was a typical story of a woman being wanted by two men - one for her dowry and one (as it starts out) just to win against his nemesis. I enjoyed Ewan's clan and his brothers. I will read the reast of the series.
Read2Me2010 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This historical novel is set in medieval Scotland. Mairin, a great heiress, is running away from Laird Cameron, a kidnapper trying to force her into marriage to gain control of her dowry and her lands. Along the way she develops an affection for a fellow victim, a little boy. The two escape to the boy's father, Laird Ewan McCabe, a widower who's had his lands decimated by Laird Cameron. The story is fairly predictable, but there is fun to be had in the characterizations and watching the plot unfold. All of the characters are well rounded, and the relationships absorbing. Banks, sets the stage to give an emotional edge to her sex scenes so that they have an impact instead of seeming by rote. The only real criticism is that some of her phraseology is a little too contemporary for a novel set in the middle ages, i.e. "what part of .... don't you understand?" or the ever popular "it's complicated". In spite of that, the book was enjoyable and an absorbing read. In Bed with a Highlander is a great start to the trilogy. The plot is filled with romance and suspense. It is fun to watch the conflict and attraction work between Ewan and Mairin. They are just two of the great characters in the book. I look forward to the next two books featuring Ewan's brothers Alaric and Caelen.
DianeYu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't tell you how pleased I am to know there are two more books to come after In Bed With a Highlander. This first installment in a planned trilogy took off running in the first few pages and rarely let up. It kept me engaged and often enthralled as Mairen is abducted and mistreated only to find her way to Laird Ewan McCabe's lands and her destiny. Both she and Ewan will have to fight for her to stay, and I found myself holding my breath on occasion, wondering how they would solve their challenges. There is plenty of humor here too, and I often found myself laughing out loud at Mairen's antics and naivete. A host of supporting character's enrich the story, not the least of which are Ewan's two younger brothers who will have their own stories in future books.I didn't know what to expect from an author I've known only for her erotic titles, but I was thoroughly impressed at Banks' skill in weaving a beautiful, well-written historical that even managed to get in a bodice-ripping scene to my amused delight. Run, don't walk, to get this book, I promise you, you won't be disappointed in this Highlander adventure/romance.
jmaloney17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a new trilogy by Maya Banks. It was pretty good, pretty much what you expect out of a highlander romance novel. I will probably read the others in the series. I am interested in what happens to the other two brothers. One complaint. The picture on the cover looks absolutely nothing like the characters in the book. The only thing that says highlander in the pic is the plaid.
Musicalfrog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story of the eldest of three brothers and the illegitimate daughter of a king was a nice read. It was refreshing to read a story where the two main characters don't deny they are attracted to each other and don't treat each other worse then they would thier garbage. I completely enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the other books in the series. I love Highlanders and this one is going on my will read again someday shelf.
cinful1121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maya Banks has done it again!! This is a fabulous start to a brand new series from this talented author. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and can't wait for the next installments to release, thank goodness that is back to back in Sept. & October or I may have gone scooters having to wait. One of the things I like most about Maya Banks writing is that she doesn't spend 20 pages explaining one setting or one event drawing it out to the point my eyes glaze over. She keeps a good pace with good dialogue which in turn keeps me entranced until I realize I've read the entire book. This book is Ewan McCabe & Mairin Stuart's story. He is Laird, eldest of the 3 McCabe brothers and a fierce warrior. She is the illegitimate daughter of the king who's been in hiding since she was a mere child. They are ultimately brought together by his son Crispen (who you just have to love) and initially wed to gain her dowry and lands. As she finds her footing and place within the McCabe clan she frequently causes a ruckus and disobeys her husband. It proves to be quite humorous as she has the habit of speaking out loud the thoughts in her head. Avoiding a ton of spoilers and in turn outlining the entire book I will leave off saying that this is a worthy read that will leave you wanting more! **I would like to thank Maya Banks for this Advance Reader's Copy it has been a pleasure to read and would happily do so anytime in the future**
gincam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"In Bed with a Highlander", by Maya Banks, is the first book in a trilogy featuring three brothers, each a Highland Warrior destined to meet his soulmate through the twists and turns of fate. Ewan McCabe has waited eight long years to restore prosperity to his clan and to revenge the deaths of his wife and father. He will do whatever it takes to protect and preserve his young son's heritage. Ewan is a brave, brawny, battle-hardened Highland Warrior. The laird of his clan, and a leader among men. The unexpected arrival in his life of a spirited beauty with a royal dowry seems like the answer to the financial woes of his struggling clan. Mairin Stuart, illegitimate daughter of a king, his lived her life in the security of convent. Her property entitlement upon her marriage makes her a target for the most unscrupulous of suitors. When she is kidnapped from the convent, meant to become the bride of the ruthless Laird Duncan Cameron, her fate becomes intertwined with Ewan's young son, Crispen. Mairin is protective of Crispen, and when they are rescued by Ewan's brother, Alaric, she is given shelter by the McCabe clan. Once Ewan learns Mairin's true identity, he makes her options clear. She can marry him and have the family and security she has always craved, or she can fall prey to the avaricious Laird Cameron. Mairin agrees to become Ewan's wife, and she is quite surprised to learn that her fierce Highlander has a tender heart when it comes to those for whom he cares. As blazing passion grows toward a lasting true love, forces are at work to tear apart Mairin and her new-found family. It takes the might of a great Highlander and the heart of a very special woman to defeat their determined foe. This is an imminently readable and enjoyable historical romance. Having "met" Ewan's brothers, Alaric and Caelan, I look forward to reading their own stories in the upcoming books in the series. Review Copy Gratis Amazon Vine
Bookmyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great story! I enjoyed it immensley and plan to add Maya Banks right into my buy list. It caught my mind and I had a hard time to put it down long enough to go to work. There was conflict and romance and fighting and I loved that there are brothers who still have stories to tell. It is currently on my read it again shelf , so I can re-read it at a slower pace.
keeneam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, right from the start. It started of with a lot of intensity and never let up. I loved the hero from the beginning and enjoyed the heroine, Marin, as well. I had a hard time putting this book down, and the author did a great job of setting up the stories of Ewan's brothers in future books. I can't wait to read more historical romance from Maya Banks.
tmommy4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was most pleasantly suprised by this book. I went through a phase where all I read were Historical romances set in the Highlands and England. I became pretty burned out on them as they all seemed to be the same plot and same characters rewrittten by different authors. Ms. Banks has renewed my interest with this book. I found both Ewan and Mirian to be absolutely delightful. They grew up in two very different worlds, Ewan in the Highlands and Mirian hidden in an abby for most of her life. Ewan is a typical highland warrior grows into a well rounded man through his relationship wih Mirian. Mirian is a sheltered young woman in many ways however she has a strong will. The interact very well and there were many humorous moments. I was truly relieved that there were no "separations for their own good, separations because of lack of communications etc" chapter. There was one separation but it was one that was caused by people outside of their relationship and one in which they wereboth unwilling to have. The one note I will make was I did find the ending to be a bit rushed, however that did not effect my overall enjoyment of the book. This is my first read by this author and I can not wait to start reading the next book in this trilogy.
Dotland101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Maya Banks' series I've ever read, at first I wasn't sure if I'd like it. Well, it turns out, I've found 'tis a delightful read. Cute love story with chuckles. Maya Banks was bold and not holding back in the areas of passion and romance, don't think fans of historical romance will be disappointed, I wasn't. Plenty of sizzling erotica in kilt to satisfy the readers, I'm sure. Rich in cultures and customs of the Scottish Highlands, Banks did a good job at giving us the insight into the ancient time long gone of the "clan" societies and their ways of life, even the language usage. There's something to be said about highlands lasses and warriors, they're not only "fierce" in battles, it seems. You'll just have to read all three books in this trilogy because like me, once started I just couldn't stop at book -1. I like both characters, Ewan & Mairin, met under odd circumstances, one looks all rough, tough, intimidating from the outside, the other all fragile, small, innocent and seems helpless, but both are passionate, determine and fierce in their own ways. I ended up read all three books... nonstop, hard to put down, it was worth those sleepless nights. Think I'll add Maya Banks to my "Fav" HR writer list, and add this trilogy to my favorite collection.
RitaJo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought I'd read all the Highlander historical romances there were to read a long time ago. I really enjoyed this book. It had everything in it that makes a great Romance book. Intrigue, excitement, passion, dark drama, and funny moments. The hero was strong, fierce, and use to his word being law. The heroine comes across as strong willed and funny. She believes things should be done a certain way and that everyone should do things that way, for their own good. Now the heroine doesn't pertend to know everything and isn't afraid to ask for help. She freely admits when she's wrong. What happens when you throw together a bossy man with a women that one minute enrages him then the next makes him want to laugh. You must read this book to find out. I liked this book so much I bought the next one in line and am looking forward to the 3rd when it comes out.
ikeyjamehoward on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Bed with a Highlander had an interesting story, was well written, had a good romance--all the things a great historical romance novel needs. If I hadn't read SO many highlander romance novels over the years i would say that is an excellent book.
ginger30297 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say I was extremely disappointed in the publisher for the time it has taken to receive this book! I received it a month AFTER it was published. Moving on. . .No matter how angry I am with the publisher, the author did a wonderful job writing this book. Maya Banks was a new author to me and I have to say I was not disappointed in this book! She really brought the characters alive and made the story intriguing! Once I started reading I could not put it down! I won't give away the story, but anyone whose into romantic suspense, or drama will LOVE this, so go get it!