Never Seduce a Scot
by Maya Banks is an intriguing historical romance story that centers around two feuding clans, the Montgomerys and the Armstrongs, who have long been deathly enemies. King Alexander II tires of having his two strongest allies killing off each other and decrees that there shall be a marriage between Graeme Montgomery and Eveline Armstrong. Of course, each side thinks that the other has gotten the better of the bargain, particularly when it comes out that there is something odd about Eveline and that the marriage may spell doom to the Montgomery succession. Fortunately, the two primary participants learn to deal with each other and strive to make the enforced arrangement into a true alliance only to be threatened by an outside influence determined to destroy all that the king and the former deadly enemies are trying to build. Graeme and Eveline will have to decide whether they can find enough common ground with each other to cement the bond between their respective clans with something other than bloodshed.
This was an intriguing tale that explores the vitriol
that existed between various families and the lengths that were taken
to either avoid or promote alliances. The exploration of the
implications of having a physical handicap and the difficulty attendant
in being deaf or mute in a society where very few are literate add
texture to a conventional tale. The author demonstrates her usual
exquisite ability to pen a sensual tale with interesting characters and
situations. I did feel that events didn’t quite proceed as they would
have with respect to one of the final conflicts but that’s just my
opinion. Overall, this was a nicely romantic tale with a nice cast of
characters whom I would enjoy reading more about.