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10 March 2012

Brazen Review: Seduction of a Highland Lass, Maya Banks

Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy)The second book in Maya Banks' McCabe trilogy centers on Alaric McCabe, second eldest of the three Highland warriors...

To solidify alliance between the McCabe and McDonald clans, Alaric travels to McDonald land to meet Rionna McDonald, the woman who is to be his wife.  On the way, he and his men are attacked, Alaric being the sole survivor after being found and tended by clan outcast Keeley McDonald. 

Sparks fly between the pair as they spend time together, and when the McCabe warriors find Alaric, he insists that Keeley be brought to McCabe lands.  Her talents as a healer are in great need, and the McCabe clan welcomes her with open arms, filling a void in Keeley's heart since being wrongly accused and banished from her people.  Danger mounts, though, as Alaric's love for the Highland lass threatens the important alliance his clan needs so desperately.

Seduction of a Highland Lass is another well written story by Banks, although I enjoyed the first of the trilogy more.  I was disappointed in the hero as he works hard to convince the young and innocent Keeley to give herself to him, knowing that he is bound to another and will break her heart.  Banks works it out in the end - it's a romance after all - but it is no thanks to our hero, Alaric.  Only after Keeley saves his life - yet again - does the hero do right by her.  In doing so, however, he offers great insult to his betrothed, abandoning her at the altar to confess his love for Keeley!

I was happy that Keeley and Alaric ended up together, but was seriously offended for Rionna McDonald.  It affected my ability to like the hero a great deal.  All's fair in love and war I suppose...

Overall Rating :  3/5 stars
Storyline -  3/5
Hero -  2/5
Heroine -  4/5
Romance Heat -  4/5
Setting -  3/5


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