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In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks {Amanda’s Review}

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In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks {Amanda’s Review}In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks
Series: McCabe Trilogy #1
Also in this series: Seduction of a Highland Lass, Never Love a Highlander
Genres: Historical, Romance, Scottish
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

I love me some Scottish Highlanders.

My Thoughts on In Bed with a Highlander

Kelly has massive love for Maya’s historical romances and I follow Kelly wherever she goes. Errr… or something. Anyway. I see why Kelly likes these books. In Bed with a Highlander was good, sexy fun. In the historical times. After finishing In Bed with a Highlander, I had to have the other two books in the trilogy.

I love—LOOOOOVE—a good historical book. I think I have already mentioned that I like books set in the past, and this is true. But historical romances are one of my FAVORITE types of books because they combine both HISTORY and ROMANCE. And, you know, those are awesome. I haven’t reviewed many historical books on my blog (I’ve been tugged in the paranormal direction), but I should change that. Because In Bed with a Highlander was that good and now I need MOAR.

Highlanders lend themselves well to historical romances (at least for me) because they capitalize on my favorite types of romance characters. The strong, alpha man who tumbles under the wiles of a stubborn and strong-spirited woman (who, most of the time, doesn’t even realize she has feminine wiles at her disposal). And the POSSESSIVENESS. Done right, it’s a lot of fun. And Maya Banks does it right. Ewan and Mairin sparked like crazy.

This is a pretty standard historical romance. Nothing new or crazy going on here, but that didn’t stop me from devouring In Bed with a Highlander in a single afternoon. Being the first in the trilogy, In Bed with a Highlander also set the stage a bit for the next books. (*flails* Want. Them. Now.) In Bed with a Highlander is like that comfy pair of pajamas you put on at the end of a really long and tiring day. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. And that is the best kind of book.


About the author: Amanda, noun: 1. Creator of On a Book Bender and Bout of Books. 2. Editor at The Path of Least Revision. 3. Lover of language and books. 4. Drinker of wine, coffee, and vodka. 5. Idea wrangler and wielder of words.

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  • Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) January 2, 2013, 8:22 am

    I love historical romance books, too! I’ve really been on a contemporary kick with them lately, but I should read a few more historicals soon … And I’ve said it once (or twice), so I’ll say it again — I need to read some Maya Banks!

    Great review, Amanda!

  • Mary @ BookSwarm January 2, 2013, 9:12 am

    There’s something about a man in a kilt, isn’t there? I don’t know if it’s the easy access or the confidence a guy has to have to wear one but I’ve always loved a man in a kilt.

    Plus, this series is great — just read the fourth (??) one and really enjoyed it (with minor quibbles. Ah, the reviewer’s dilemma).

  • Jenny January 2, 2013, 10:03 am

    YEAH AMANDA!!! I love this series so much! I flew through all three of them a while back and now will buy any and all of Maya’s historical romances. Book 3 of this series is my favorite – Caelen and Rionna:) Give me more men in kilts with accents who get all growly and possessive over their women. Win.

  • Tena @CBS January 2, 2013, 11:19 am

    Maya Banks as been a favorite go to author for me for some time. But her ‘historical” novels just make me oh so happy! Amazing!!!
    I loved this book ( the series) when I read it!

    Happy Reading

    • Amanda @ On a Book Bender January 2, 2013, 3:51 pm

      That’s awesome to hear! I just bought the second book in this series, so I can’t wait to dive into it. :)

  • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal January 2, 2013, 11:22 am

    *flails at you* This series progressively gets better, too. It’s SO fun. (Although the 1st book in her newest highlander trilogy is FANTABULOUS. So, you know, KEEP READING!)

  • Logan January 2, 2013, 9:57 pm

    I have wanted to read this one for a long time and still haven’t gotten around to buying it. ARGH! This definitely sounds like it is right up my alley – I’m so with you on the possessiveness done right thing. Yes please!!

  • Amy @ bookgoonie January 3, 2013, 9:01 am

    After meeting Jamie in Outlander, I crave a HOT SCOT all the time. I haven’t read any Maya so I may have to look for this one.

  • Carla February 21, 2013, 4:35 pm

    Men in kilts?? this book is set in the 12th century so there can’t be any kilts. Kilts didn´t exist until the 16th century.

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