Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomerys and Armstrongs Series #1)

Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomerys and Armstrongs Series #1)

by Maya Banks

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Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomerys and Armstrongs Series #1) by Maya Banks

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. Never Seduce a Scot features a remarkable woman whose rare gift teaches a gruff Scottish warrior how to listen with his heart.
Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her dutyunprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.
Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345536037
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Series: Montgomerys and Armstrongs Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 9,297
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Maya Banks is the bestselling author of In Bed with a Highlander, Seduction of a Highland Lass, Never Love a Highlander, 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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“ ’Tis madness!” Bowen Montgomery exclaimed. “He cannot tie you to the wee daft daughter of our most hated foe.”
Graeme Montgomery stared grimly back at his brother, unable to formulate a response for the growing rage in his chest. The king’s messenger had departed and was even now riding beyond the Montgomery border. Graeme had made sure of it. He felt deeply betrayed by his king and wanted no representative of the crown on his lands for a second longer.
“She’s but a child,” Bowen said in disgust. “And she’s . . . she’s . . . well, everyone knows she isn’t right. What the hell are you supposed to do with her, Graeme?”
Graeme held up his hand for silence and his fi ngers trembled, betraying his fury. He turned and stalked away from his brother, needing the distance and solitude to take in the magnitude of what had just been done to him. To his clan.
His king hadn’t just made a simple decree of marriage in an effort to halt hostilities between two feuding clans. He’d effectively chosen to end Graeme’s chance to pass the mantle of leadership on to his heirs.
Because there wouldn’t be any.
It would all end with Graeme.
With no sons to become laird, it would be up to one of his brothers—Bowen or Teague—to assume the role and provide heirs so that the Montgomery name would be carried into the future. His clan might even decide that one of his brothers would be a better choice for laird simply because he would be in a position of having a wife who couldn’t assume her role in the clan and he wouldn’t be able to sire children.
What a damnable mess the whole thing was.
How could his liege have done this? Surely he understood the future he was consigning Graeme to.
He paced into the small antechamber down the narrow hallway from the great hall. The room was darkened, the furs not yet thrown back from the windows. He chose to leave them covered and instead lit a candle from one of the wall sconces in the hallway.
The glow from the candle did little to illuminate the room, but he found his way to the sturdy table where his da had sat many a night scratching his quill over ledgers. The old laird had been a tightfisted, scrutinizing man who held into account every thing of value owned by the clan.
But he had a heart the size of a mountain and he was fair and equal with his clan. He made sure everyone had what they needed. All were clothed and no one went hungry even if it meant he, himself, went without.
Graeme missed him every single day.
He sank heavily into the gnarled chair and ran his hands over the aged wood, almost as if he could feel the essence of his father in this very room.
Marriage. To an Armstrong. It didn’t bear thinking about.
And then there was Bowen with all his babbling about the girl being daft. Graeme hadn’t ever paid much heed to the rumors about the lass being touched. It hadn’t concerned him. Not until now. It was widely known that something was off about the girl and that the Armstrong clan had closed ranks around her.
She’d even been betrothed before, to the McHugh whelp. The McHugh chieftain coveted an alliance with the Armstrongs, because once allied with them, he became a force to be reckoned with. There was no love lost between the Montgomerys and McHughs. The McHughs were every bit as culpable in the death of Graeme’s father, but Graeme knew who’d been directly responsible. And so it was the Armstrongs who were most deserving of his hatred.
He hadn’t been sorry that the betrothal had been dissolved and that the two clans weren’t formally bound by marriage. The Armstrongs weren’t quick to ally themselves with neighboring clans. They didn’t need to. They were a powerful enough force that unless many other clans stood against them, they would be assured a victory in battle.
Tavis Armstrong was just as his father was before him. Mistrustful of treaties and promises. He gave no one opportunity to betray him and he trusted his clan’s welfare to no one save himself.
If they weren’t such bitter enemies, Graeme could almost respect the vigor with which Tavis wielded his power and the fact that he relied on no one for support.
Once the betrothal had been dissolved between the Armstrong daughter and McHugh’s son, not much else was said, other than the occasional murmurs that called into question the lass’s state of mind. Since the Armstrongs weren’t exactly a social clan, and they most definitely held to their own, not much escaped about the only daughter.
No, Graeme wasn’t sorry that the marriage hadn’t taken place. He knew that McHugh would use his position with Armstrong to feed the fury against the Montgomerys. McHugh wanted more land, more power, and the Montgomery holding was a thorn in his side because they had him boxed in to the north.
But now he was going to be saddled with a woman he knew next to nothing about? It was bad enough she was addled and couldn’t perform as a wife, but she was an Armstrong, which meant no matter if she was the most perfect woman in all of the highlands, Graeme wanted nothing to do with her.
When he married, it would be to a lass of his own clan. He’d never marry someone who would bring danger, anger, and dissension to his people. And Eveline Armstrong would certainly do just that.
The small whisper came from the doorway, and some of his anger and tension fl ed as his sister, Rorie, peered in, her expression anxious.
“What is it, sweeting?” he asked, motioning her forward.
Rorie was fifteen winters, but she was behind most other lasses her age. While most had found their womanly shapes and had grown breasts, Rorie was still thin and slight, and were it not for her startling beautiful green eyes and the delicate femininity of her face, she could well pass for a lad.
With three older brothers, one would think she would have grown up able to take on anything, but she was extremely shy, quieter than any lass of his acquaintance. Except around him and his brothers. With them she was bossy, demanding, and impish. She mostly avoided the rest of the clan and preferred to go her own way.
“Is it true what Bowen said?”
She was but a few feet away now, standing in front of the table where he sat, his hands still clenched into fists as they rested on the wooden surface.
“Are you marrying an Armstrong?”
He searched her expression for fear because he’d do anything to soothe her worries. Losing their father had been especially difficult for her because she had been his da’s treasure. She more than any of them viewed the Armstrongs as monsters.
But all he saw was a troubled, worried look in her expressive eyes.
“’Tis what the king has decreed.”
She frowned. “But why? Why would he do such a thing?”
“It’s not your place to question his dictates,” he said with no heat. He couldn’t reprimand her for such a lack of respect when he himself questioned the very thing.
“They killed Da,” she said emphatically. “How can there ever be peace between us? How could the king believe that forcing a marriage between you and one of them would solve anything?”
“Shhh,” he said gently. “Enough, Rorie. We’ve been summoned to the Armstrongs and there we’ll go.”
Her look of horror was instantaneous. “Go there? To their lands? Where they could kill us all? Why can’t they come here? Why are we the ones who must sacrifice everything? Have they done something to gain the king’s favor?”
For a moment Graeme smiled, finding amusement in her statement. “It’s not likely they feel that handing their daughter over to me in marriage is the result of gaining his favor. I doubt they have any more liking for the matter than we do.”
“ ’Tis said she’s touched,” Rorie asserted.
Graeme sighed. “I guess we’ll fi nd out at the wedding, now won’t we?”
Just then, Teague’s bellow could be heard down the hallway. “Graeme! God’s teeth, where are you?”
Graeme sighed again. Rorie spared a slight smile and turned just as Teague burst through the door, sweat and blood caked on his body.
“Tell me it isn’t true,” Teague spat.
“You left training to ask if what Bowen told you was truth?” Graeme asked. “Are you suggesting he would lie to you and that you should leave your duties to question me on such a thing?”
Teague scowled and started to say something, but stopped, only just now realizing Rorie was in attendance. He clamped his lips shut, then glanced down at the blood covering him
Rorie was . . . well, she was different. To most of the women of their clan, blood, violence, battle . . . It was all a way of life. As normal as eating and sleeping. But Rorie was sensitive to such things. The sight of blood made her go pale, and she hated to hear any sounds of pain or violence.

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Never Seduce a Scot 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 226 reviews.
DComfort More than 1 year ago
ABOUT THE BOOK: This sinfully sweet new romance from Maya Banks features a remarkable woman whose rare gift teaches a gruff Scottish warrior how to listen with his heart. Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but considered "touched" to outsiders. Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Eveline taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft, content to stay with her family. But when an arranged marriage with a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, she accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful she can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled he awakens her deepest passions. Graeme is intrigued by his new bride, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation, whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love. REVIEW: Oh my, Ms. Banks has woven an extremely touching story. The story is compelling and draws you in every step of the way. While the book started off slow, a bit of background tossed at you, by a third of the book I couldn’t put it down. It is a story that you will want to take in the shower with you, one that you’ll sneak a peek at during red lights, and one that will make your night of rest, alive. Graeme is an amazingly built character, a man that many should strive to be like. Eveline is such a sweet and strong soul that with each passing scene, you feel your heart growing along with hers. The chemistry and conflict between these two was nicely played out and the plot of the story was one that keeps you intrigued. I loved watching it all play out and in the end, adored the happily ever after. If you are looking for a fantastically written historical romance that will give you a bit of a thrill, pick this one up today. Five out of five stars for a job well done.
AngelaCarr More than 1 year ago
Astounding Love Story Never Seduce a Scott is what Scottish Historical Romance genre is all about. It is an astounding love story that had me in tears. But be forewarned, this book will give you a book hangover and your next book will for sure to put you in a book slump. The Armstrongs and the Montgomerys are feuding clans that go back centuries and their hate towards each other are ingrained from childhood. As a last resort to end this quarrel, King Alexander II decides to marry them off. Both clans are furious but a forced alliance was made through Graeme and Eveline’s marriage. Maya Banks did a wonderful job with Graeme as the hero, a total Scottish alpha male. He is every bit romantic, as he is a warrior. Everyone respected him, all the women wanted him and he is well endowed!!! He is the exact alpha I love to read about. Eveline, is known to be “daft” but yet, forced into a marriage without knowing her groom, live in his household, deal with his clan who hates her, not to mention she has a disability but somehow survived it all. She stood tall, proud and made the worse situation to a better one without help or a pity party. I cheered for her right from the start and reading about her was so uplifting. Let me tell you this chick rocked. Maya Banks did well to put these two very strong personalities together without clashing to a disaster. It was so easy to fall for them both. The Romance was just epic!!! Never Seduce a Scot is without a doubt. one of my top reads of the year! *ARC provided by publisher
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Really great book. Kept me entertained all the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because another author I read was saying how much she loved this book. So I reluctantly bought this.....I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVED IT!
Momov4 More than 1 year ago
I loved the entire series, but this one was my absolute favorite. Character development was awesome - angst was just right! Wonderful couple, I will be reading many times! Can't wait for highlander series from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Previously, I enjoyed Maya Banks KGI Series and her Highland Series. I was looking forward to this read since I read a synopsis about it at the beginning of the summer, I was not disappointed. Banks gave more depth to each character in "Never Seduce a Scot." You enjoyed both the hero and heroine as individuals. Then Banks built the relationship and established a depth in the characters you felt connected to those individuals and their clans. In addition, this book is a wonderful jumpstart to her new series. There were so many characters introduced that you enjoy and wonder when their story will be written next. The next one is already being anticipated. Definitely check this one out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant to see how the story would be written with her difficulties because it could have ended up a mess, but the author created a wonderful story with a strong but gentle female character and a man who treats her with respect. Yes there are conflicts but it enhances the story so well. Amazing story, now one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I liked the struggles that both families had to deal with. It made the plot and storline more interesting. I do however fiind fault with the title. Where was the seduction?? There were some risky/steamy live scenes though. Other than that, it was a good read. I look forward to reading others in this series.
Traann More than 1 year ago
Maya Banks has done it again! “Never Seduce a Scot” kicks off her Montgomerys and Armstrongs Scottish historical trilogy with a very powerful story. The story takes place in the 1200‘s with the King wanting his two most powerful allies and clans in the realm to end their feud. To accomplish this he orders the chief of clan Montogomery to marry the daughter of the chief of clan Armstrong. There are two problems with this, the clans have been at war and Eveline is supposedly “touched”. Graeme, chief of the Montgomerys, knows he must obey the king and the story begins with many conflicts. Eveline and Graeme's story, will warm your heart, bring tears to your eyes and give you hope. If you are a Maya Banks fan you know she loves her tortured characters and Eveline is one them. I think one of the things I loved about Eveline who wasn’t “touched” but deaf, was that you felt her pain and frustration with her hearing loss but she found a way to deal with it making what some would call a negative a positive thing. Maya dealt with her situation with such compassion and strength. At the end of the book Maya explains she based Evelines hearing loss on her husbands own hearing condition. Her personal experience comes through and this is such a wonderful facet of the character and adds richness to the story. One of the many strengths of Maya Banks books is the complexity and depth of her characters. You feel as if you know them in this book as with her others. They bring tears to your eyes and take your breath away. No matter what the genre, Maya is consistent in the sensitivity of her characters and they add a richness to her stories that can’t be ignored. Maya’s stories are unique and if you love reading a book that will take you away then Maya Banks is the author for you. This book is a wonderful addition to her list of successes.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down! I thought it was a captivating and unique story with wonderful characters. I loved watching everything develop and the love between Graeme and Eveline grow. A truly wonderful read! I was so caught up in everything, I pretty much blew off a day so I could sit and read and absorb every detail. I thought there was a great introduction really pulling me in from the start. Such an interesting situation Graeme and Eveline were in. I love how they met and how they got to know each other. I really enjoyed learning Eveline's history and what was going on with her. Graeme was amazing, sweet and patient and commanding but so kind. He did so many thing through out the story that made me fall more in love with him on every page. I loved Eveline’s grit and determination. She was a force and I found her refreshing. I loved their connection and watching them come together. I was so excited while reading. I was lost to everything around me. I liked the conflict presented between the clans and all the tension and drama that was brought about. There were some tense moments that had me on the edge of my seat. There were sweet, fun moments as well mixed in with quite a few heartfelt and emotional ones too. I really enjoyed the build and flow. I thought there were great details and descriptions of the time period. There was a wonderful cast of characters introduced and I love the world presented. Her brothers, his brothers and sister. I'm excited for the next one and to see where it all will go. This had everything I love in a story. And that ending? Wow! So intense. Loved the drama and emotion. I kept thinking, this keeps getting better and better, and it so did. Excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are just a great set of books. Can't wait for more!
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Great read, hard to put down!
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Never Seduce a Scot is book one in The Montgomerys and Armstrongs series. I've been loving all the different Historical Romance books I've tried lately and had to grab this one when I saw it was on sale and a blogger friend recommended it. I had no clue MBanks wrote Historical Romance, and boy do I need to see if she has several more, I loved this one! We start off the book with the King telling the Montgomerys and the Armstrongs that their children will be getting married. The families have been feuding for awhile now and neither wants any part of this, but they must do as the King says. This is when we get to know about Eveline Armstrong. She's not your typical character and I quickly loved everything about her. She's deaf and can read lips, but everyone thinks the accident she was in caused brain damage and she's not all there, they have no clue that she's deaf. She keeps it that way for a few reasons which you find out later in the story. She's being married to Graeme Montgomery, who is strong, hunky and runs his clan. When they first meet, Eveline is surprised to actually be able to hear a slight noise, it turns out his deep voice is the cause. She still isn't able to understand what he's saying by listening, but she can hear slightly, which she is thankful for. She's happy for the most part about the arranged marriage, the only downside is having to leave the safety and security of her family home. After they're married, they head to the Montgomery's home and she does the best she can in a place where everyone seems to hate her. Slowly but surely, she wins over a few people, but mostly she's not treated well. I did love how Graeme treated her and how he slowly came to love her even though they were forced into the situation. As I said already, I really loved this book and need to grab the rest of the series. I loved that the author included a deaf character as a leading character, and it was realistic. Eveline was admirable, she knew what she wanted to do and went after it, which I can always appreciate. Graeme treated her well and cared about her, he was just a sweetie. I'm pretty sure this ebook is still on sale, and highly recommend you grab it if you haven't read this series yet!
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I can't wait for the next book in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story! The chemistry between the characters are excellent. Eveline Armstrong is exceptional. 
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Minnie_Medina More than 1 year ago
Maya Banks delivers once again. In this new historical romance story by Mrs. Banks we have Eveline Armstrong-a gentile lady who has being wronged by those that love her-and her clan's archenemy Laird Graeme Montgomery. After a decree from the king to unite the clans in marriage, to starve off impending war between the two strongest clans under his rule, Eveline has her opportunity to have a happy normal life if she has the courage to take it. Meanwhile Graeme fights his attraction to his daft wife, only to discover the she is not daft but deaf and that he can have a real marriage and wife. Soon passion ignites and feelings start to surface. But as more time passes it is apparent that the Montgomery clan is not as accepting of their mistress as Graeme is. What will he do and will he do it before is too late? It is here that lies the true test of love, and I think that Mrs. Banks developed this book to reflect the deep emotions running rampant between the characters. I cried like my heart was being rip apart for poor Eveline. Specially when she was telling Graeme the story behind the rumor that she was daft. This book has depth in conveying what the characters were feeling. What I have left to say is that I can't wait to read Bowen's story!
julieford More than 1 year ago
Never Seduce a Scot is a wonderfully written, emotion inspiring book. The story is about two feuding families ordered by the king to have the laird of one marry the daughter of the other. This book is filled with love, treachery, hatred and misunderstanding. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story!