ARC Review: Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

Expected Publication Date: March 13, 2013
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #2
Available: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Book Depository / iBooks / Books-A-Million
Format: eBook (ARC)
**provided by publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
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In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.

Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.

Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.

Genevieve McInnes has been a prisoner of the McHugh keep for over a year after that dirty dog of a man Ian McHugh kidnapped her and then brutally raped her and scarred her during that time. Her only hope is when the Montgomery’s and Armstrong’s come back to the keep to take care of Ian’s father Patrick. Bowen Montgomery as he storms into the McHugh keep is blown away by Genevieve’s beauty when she is the one to step forward and help a small child that those “rats” of McHugh’s sent out to surrender to the army that was sent to their keep.

I've read several books this past week that had me crying “literally” including this one.

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Maya Banks I believe has switched roles in this series. She has turned the heroine in these stories into the tortured being…but she doesn't overwrite her characters. She has written them so that they are likable…no lovable all throughout the story. You feel sympathy for these women and you want them to win the battle that they have chosen to take on.

In the second book in the Montgomery & Armstrong series, we have Genevieve and Bowen. Genevieve…omg, this character was so strongly written. You felt empathy for her, but you don't pity her. Because even through all she went through in this story…she was still this strong woman, she wouldn't let Ian McHugh and his people beat her down. I loved that so much about her and I have to give Ms. Banks a big whopping hand clap for creating this character.

I just feel sometimes when we read about characters who are raped, some authors create them to be too unlikable because they are written to where they can't move on…they are constantly whining about what happened to them. That did not happen in this story. Yes, it was reflected on about what happened to Genevieve, but it was a constant downer. Maya Banks worked the story around what happened and out came this beautiful romance that was just a damn tear-jerker.

Bowen Montgomery…(seriously my book boyfriends are going to be falling out of my damn closet soon). Here again is where Maya shines. So you have a tortured female? Give her a man that would give up home and family for her. That is what Bowen was willing to do for Genevieve, the man was just awesome. He was loving, caring and so protective of her. My goodness, he was so delicious!

Even though Highlander Most Wanted was heart breaking to read, the world building was clever and the characters were well written. Highly recommended read here at Salacious Reads. Grab it up as soon as you can, I don’t think you will regret it all.

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