In Bed with a Highlander (The McCabe Trilogy Book 1)

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It was just awesome to read. I could not get enough of those tender moments as well. Right from the start I was mesmerized and pulled in. It was intense but awesome.

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I loved the writing and descriptions. There was an excellent build to the story as all the details unfolded. There was a great pace as well. I couldn't get enough! There was an excellent cast of characters. There's a lot of drama with a bad guy and things happening with the King and it was just all very exciting to read.

I felt a part of this world and loved the style of storytelling. Mairin and Ewan were such passionate, loyal, and loving characters. I cannot wait for the next book and thankfully all the books in the trilogy are out. I loved it all! This is our hero? And I'm not talking about early in the book, okay, in case you are thinking, "Oh, he just needs to be reformed. By that time, even an "asshole hero" should know better. We also have a complete obsession on the hero's part in re: I won't accept defiance from you.

He also likes shutting her up, mostly by kissing her - but sometimes with hand-gagging: When she would have opened her mouth to dispute his assertion, he shocked her by clamping his hand over her mouth. The fact that he just wants his wife to shut up all the time and has no desire to listen to what she wants to tell him is bad enough, hand-gagging her is atrocious. I can't forgive this. Then there's all this possessive crap. Lord, but she was sweet. Nay, bedding her would be no hardship at all. The image of her swollen with his child flickered through his mind, and he found himself very pleased with the image.


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He was hard and aching. Want was fierce within him. There was nothing to prevent him from charging across the room, yanking her from the tub and laying her on the bed. She was his to take. From the moment she'd set foot on his lands, she was his. Whether she wanted him or not. Not only is what you are doing watching her bathe without her knowledge or permission dishonorable, but it is very creepy, skeevy, and revolting. No one likes a peeping Tom. All women who "set foot on" your land are your property to do with what you wish?

And you're the laird of the clan?

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I can't believe anyone would let you lead if that is your attitude. You don't sound like a very good leader. You're just okay with raping someone? You think raping people is your "right? Mairin is a virgin and he "deflowers" hate that term her in the most brutal way. Keep in mind that she was badly beaten two or three days earlier. I mean he just rips her wedding gown to shreds and plows into her. It takes two minutes and there was zero kissing, foreplay, anything.

Could you be more disgusting? I don't think so. He leaves her bleeding and sobbing on the bed. Do you expect me to forgive him for this shit?!?!?!? I never forgave him. He didn't even feel guilty or bad about it!!! He finally starts caring that he might have hurt her or 'done the wrong thing' when she starts sleeping with his 6-year-old son in her bed to keep him away from her at night.

He confronts her about it and she says, "'Tis truth you've no skill at loving The little wench was shredding his manhood. His cock positively withered under her criticism. THAT'S when he decides that kissing and foreplay and good sex is worth his time, because he has to prove his manhood and he's insulted that she thinks he's bad in bed.

Not, you know, because he should be loving and affectionate to his wife and care about whether she's enjoying herself or not. Is this book bad? Well, it's bad for ME. I hate bossy, demanding, possessive, ruthless heroes. I know they are super-popular right now, though, labeled as "alpha" and many readers swoon over them.

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If reading my quotes in this review and my status updates makes you excited instead of making you want to vomit -go for it! It's well-written for a romance book and Banks certainly knows how to make a book exciting and pull on your heartstrings. I think she was kind of going for a Julie Garwood-type of thing in this book - ditzy heroine who is 'cute and feisty, but like a kitten' and domineering hero who wants a slave, not a wife.

You know the type of book. Not dissing Garwood - she was my first romance novel ever! If this kind of thing floats your boat - go for it! Banks is not a bad romance writer. If, however, you like men who are patient and merciful and into things like kissing, I would absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend Banks' other books, Highlander Most Wanted and Never Seduce a Scot.

They are sweet, charming, and heartrending.

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Skip this drivel and go for the good stuff! Thanks to KarenF for letting me know about this! View all 16 comments. Feb 24, Jilly rated it really liked it Shelves: Here are the things that happened to our heroine in this story: This story was really eventful, obviously. It was also cute and funny.

Mairin finds herself married to Ewan after another man had tried to force her into marrying him. She's got one hell of a dowry. It brings all the boys to the yard. Stupid old curdled milkshake! Ewan is hap Here are the things that happened to our heroine in this story: Ewan is happy that Mairin will marry him because he just knows that she will stop being so willful and disobedient.

She will finally respect his complete authority as ruler of the land God has such a great sense of humor! Mairin tries to be a good wife. She even tries to make excuses for her new husband's apparent lack of sexual skills. He could get hurt! Mairin cracked me up throughout the book. She is so clueless from spending most of her life in a nunnery that her attempts at being a good wife are hilarious.

She is also fiercely protective of the women and children. She pretty much starts a women's revolution. I have to approve of that! And, she's so bloodthirsty that I want to have lunch with her. After she completely decimates a guy who was threatening her and her husband is asking her what punishment he should give the guy: Perhaps tied between two trees and left to bleed to attract predators.

Aww, kids say the cutest things! There was a lot going on in this book, which I liked. Never a boring moment. I also really liked all of the side characters and am looking forward to their stories.


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  8. I am especially looking forward to the third book because the grumpy brother and the girl who is a warrior and kicked ass in this one are going to be featured. It should be a fun series. View all 12 comments. I'm in the mood for a Sexy Laird in a Kilt!! Only when he finds his son, he's with a bruised and battered woman. When he discovers that she is the illegitimate heir of the King, he knows me must marry her to secure the future of his clan!!

    She was beginning to think it was an affliction of hi I'm in the mood for a Sexy Laird in a Kilt!! She was beginning to think it was an affliction of his. Did he go around wanting to choke the life out of everyone or was she special in that regard? Mairin Marin has spent her entire life in hiding. If any Laird were to discover that she is the illegitimate heir of the King's, they might force her to marry them in order to steal her dowery.

    She has just escaped the clutches of one man, only to find herself in the arms of another that wants to marry her. I usually love a smart mouthed heroine, and Marin is beautiful, sassy, and confrontational.

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    But she is also too stupid to live. She's constantly butting her head in where it doesn't belong and acting like she is in charge of shit when she doesn't even know what's going on. She's openly disrespectful of her husband, but it's because he is openly disrespectful of her too. But I wanted to throttle them both during the middle of the book.

    It made for great angst, which I am Not a fan of. This was a joy to read and it had all the elements I loved. A kidnapped damsel in distress, a sexy Laird with an attitude, and a couple that marries before they fall in love. Oh, and the villain was a complete Dick!!! I highly recommend this to all of my friends that love historical romances about highlanders.

    You will not be disappointed. I also look forward to reading more of this series. View all 19 comments. Sep 22, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: It just wasn't superduperamazing, either. I'm not really sure I have any real complaints, but it kinda left me with a bland taste in my mouth when I closed the book. And maybe that's because I like my romances to have a little more humor in them?

    I read it 2. I read it in a few days, and didn't hate it. Plus, you should check out some of the other reviewers who adored this one. Just because it wasn't totally my cuppa, doesn't mean it won't be yours. I will say that I liked the secondary characters enough to snatch up the next book in the series! This is one of my favorite Kilt Romances: When a Scot Ties the Knot Sep 01, Lisa Kay rated it liked it Shelves: Lots of my GoodReads friends that I am so often in synch with loved this one.

    Lost interest at a crucial point and had to force myself to go back to it. Never a good thing. So, consider that, and take my review with a grain of salt. Not why I picked up this book. The whole giving up the virgin-blooded bed sheet to the enemy? Not conceivable in that time as they practically filed them with the church along with the marriage documents.

    Last, but not least, I love a great escape scene, and this was denied me. View all 32 comments. A Fun, Romantic, Sexy Tale! In Bed with a Highlander is the first book in the McCabe Trilogy , a sexy, romantic, fun historical romance written by the very talented Maya Banks. I thoroughly enjoyed this story with its twists and turns, wonderful characters, sweet romance and the steamy sex that Ms.

    Banks writes so well. The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin is heiress to strategic, prized land, and the man who marries her will make his Clan a force to be reckoned with, a power unlike any other. Duncan Cameron is determined to be that man. Laird Ewan McCabe, a widower, has spent years rebuilding his Clan after an attack that almost wiped them out. He wants nothing more than blood revenge against Duncan, the bastard who killed his father along with most of his Clan. The Audio The narrator for this book, Kirsten Potter, has a lovely, rich, clear voice.

    I enjoyed her Scottish accent and the emotion and humor she gives to the characters and brings to the story. View all 29 comments. I do not read much historical and this started a little rough for me. But it was smooth sailing after that and I stayed up ridiculously late to finish it. Mairin was funny, brave and sweet. In the beginning she was so brave that I knew I was going to love her.

    While she skirted around a couple of "stupid" moments, I found her cute and was not frustrated. I loved that the nuns taught her about sex so she thought she 4. I loved that the nuns taught her about sex so she thought she should instruct her husband that he did not kiss properly! Or her learning about BJs I can picture her face!

    Ewan was tough to take at times but I grew to love him. His adoration of his wife and son helped. I felt bad for his struggles, admired his tenacity and loved that he had no problem showing his affection for Mairin. His character was not quite as developed as Mairin and probably why I did not love him as much. Of course his son, Crispin aged 8 , was adorable. It was nice to see that these big tough warriors were so openly affectionate with the children.

    The fact that Ewan had a dead wife did not bother me one bit. He says he never thinks of her and mostly cannot even remember her she has been gone about 8 years. They were childhood friends and married because their fathers told them to. They were not together long and Cripin never knew her. Ewan certainly cared for her, but his love for Mairin far surpasses that. Actually his lack of ever mentioning her was a little strange, but I was pleased. I listened to part of this on audio and I thought the narration was terrific.

    Safety Gang safe - only issues for some are dead spouse and some violence against the heroine by the bad guy. A note about historicals - I am so grossed out when I think about where these men get their sexual experience. In this book the men talk about tavern wenches and I am totally skeeved out thinking about their swapping fluids without protection. And I am not one to worry about condoms in books, but for some reason this bothers me.

    I guess because you know there are few women, lots of men and zero protection. ARC provided by author. First off, the covers of this trilogy are amazing, not to mention they all feature the hottie that is Paul Marron. But there is more! Banks introduces three McCabe brothers who are simply delicious. Ewan is the laird of his keep, where his brothers Alaric and Caelen are his second in command. While Ewan himself is strong and mighty, his keep and clan are not.

    They are dwindling in resources and food and a war is threatening to rise among clans. The book starts off with Mairin Stuart, the niece of King David, praying that her enemies do not find her. Mairin bears the crest of Alexander on her thigh, which was placed upon her at birth so that no one would ever mistake her identity. With a wealthy dowry and power, Duncan wishes to wed her immediately and consummate their marriage, thus gaining power and an advantage. After a severe beating, Mairin and her young charge flee for their lives. The young boy, Crispin vows that his father will protect her and all they need to do is get home.

    She becomes the answers to all of his dreams and nobody is more surprised than he is that he develops feelings for her and he would go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. This was a fun book from beginning to end and the romance was lovely.


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