Never seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

Cover Never seduce a Scot by Maya BanksAnother Highland romance with a little twist.

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

Clan chieftain is forced to marry enemy clan’s daft daughter, but not everything is at it seems.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes, rather.

For people who: like Highland romance and the standard romance components 


My thoughts: 

After the absolute disaster with 50 Shades of Grey I needed another romance to get that book out of my system. After reading a Random House newsletter and looking on Netgalley I got a historical romance by Maya Banks. Can it be a more sure thing than Scotsmen and Maya Banks? I don’t think so.

I have read books by her before, but they were contemporary ménage stories, and I somehow must have expected some happy threesome with a fair maiden, a fierce chieftain and a gentle healer or something because I was surprised to find a rather standard Highland romance. In fact it reminded me a lot of two books by Julie Garwood combined, “The Secret” (bride comes from an enemy clan, just that in The Secret it is kept, well, a secret) and “Saving Grace” (brutal ex husband comes for “his” woman again). But I suppose all components of a Highland romance are so formulaic that you take them from a pool and combine them at will and they will always make a nice romance read.

In this story we have an additional twist with the bride/wife being deaf , and it takes some time for her man to find out. How her family has not noticed this in years and just thought her daft is a mystery to me, but I will let that slide, as it is mandatory to the plot.

The whole story is a really enjoyable read, not as hot as other Banks books, but rather sweet and cosy. I just saw on Goodreads that is is book 1 in a series and that makes perfect sense. Both clans have a couple of brothers to find brides for and it is only reasonable to give them their own books.

Why the book is called “Never seduce a Scot” I have no idea. So far I haven’t come across one Highland romance where the  Scot in question isn’t a prefect specimen of his kind. In fact, seducing a Scot (or alternatively being seduced by one) should be a top priority on every girl’s bucket list.


Product info and buy link :

Title Never seduce a Scot
Author Maya Banks
Publisher Ballantine Books
ISBN 9780345533234
I got this book from Netgalley
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    • Of course I am Kasumi. My husband laughed his ass off when he read this, saying some very unfavourable things about the contemporary Scottish men, :).

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  1. LOL, so Scots should be in high demand then? Too bad I ended up with a Dutch man. What was I thinking 😉 It’s good to know that there are still decent romances out there (and not just the really steamy kind. Not that I am a prude, but well, there can be too much of steam). And, have you managed to get Fifty Shades out of your system|?

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    • As it happens a colleague of mine is reading the sequel right now and she keeps telling me about it. She loves it (saying it might be the good translation, but I DOUBT that), so I am still somewhat involved in that story.
      Not sure about modern day Scotsmen, we are talking about fantasy kilt wearing warriors after all. I don’t think you will find many of those nowadays, 🙂

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