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In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #1)

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Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of romance and romantic suspense has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. In Bed with a Highlander is the start of a beguiling trilogy featuring three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to l ...more
Kindle Edition, 351 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Ballantine Books
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4 to 4 1/2 SHINING STARS!!!

I'm going to make this review short and to the point.


This story was fantastic. The writing was superb and the plot marvelously creative. The characters were multi-layered, endearing, and wonderfully human. Unlike some of Banks's other books, the sex scenes were tastefully written and only moderately graphic.

I love when authors include delightfully written children within the plot, and I found myself eagerly looking forward to the interaction
Sep 02, 2011 MelissaB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of good Highlander romances
*** 4 1/2 stars ***

In Bed with a Highlander was a great surprise! I really enjoyed reading this sweet and sexy Highland romance.

Mairin has spent years at a nunnery because she is the illegitimate daughter of the former King of Scotland and has a generous dowry that would tempt men to force her into marriage. She is abducted from the nunnery by bad men loyal to Duncan Cameron, who tries to get her to marry him then beats her when she refuses to say her vows. Along the trip to Cameron lands, her k
Sammy Loves Books
I'm in the mood for a Sexy Laird in a Kilt!!

Ewan McCabe

Laird McCabe's son is missing and he's ready to go to war in order to get him back!! 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!!

His gaze narrowed and she could see his hands twitching again like he’d love nothing more than to throttle her. She was beginning to think it was an affliction of hi
Lisa Kay

I guess I’m in the minority on this one. Lots of my GoodReads friends that I am so often in synch with loved this one. I couldn’t get past a couple of things. Still, I’m willing to give this author another try. I’ve just requested the next book in the series from the library instead of purchasing it this time. Lost interest at a crucial point and had to force myself to go back to it. (Really needed the “I” in the title for a challenge!) Never a good thing. So, consider that, and take my rev
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***

***4.25 Stars***

How do I feel about my first Historical Romance and my first Highlander book??


I loved the McCabe brothers and their family dynamic. Each brother brings something different into the fold, but at their core they are unselfish, loving and deeply loyal. The plot was engaging and had me breaking a sweat towards the end there. The secondary characters were nicely developed and I thoroughly enjoyed the family dynamic of the keep...even though Mairin did have her moments.

Overall, a grea
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Sep 03, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: ARC provided by author
View my ARC review on Under the Covers

In Bed with a Highlander is the first in a new historical romance trilogy by Maya Banks. First off, the covers of this trilogy are amazing, not to mention they all feature the hottie that is Paul Marron. Cue swoons.

But there is more! Banks introduces three McCabe brothers who are simply delicious. In Bed with a Highlander is Ewan McCabe’s story. Ewan is the laird of his keep, where his brothers Alaric and Caelen are his second in command. While Ewan himself
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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 Story

The story opens with Mairin Stewart being kidnapped from the nunnery she’d spent most of her life hiding away in. The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin is heiress t
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
In Bed with a Highlander: A DAZZLING historical romance sure to leave you sated yet hungry for more of Maya Banks stellar writing!

Honestly, it is quite ridiculous how much I enjoyed this here book. I've surpassed fangirldom and have nothing but pure appreciation for this book. It's 5:03 AM and though I have a busy day ahead of me, given I had even an iota of a chance, I would wholeheartedly start the next in the series.

5 Reasons everyone should LIE read In Bed with a Highlander

1. The Heroine: M
♡Karlyn P♡
What a great start to a highlander series! I’ll be honest, until now I instantly dismissed any Maya Banks book. After reading, (and not really liking), her erotic ménage book ‘Colters’ Woman’ a few years ago, I just knew she wasn’t an author for me. But, never say never, right? Right. Despite so many of my online friends repeatedly saying her new series are great, that they are nothing like her earlier erotica stuff, I still held off reading them. But I love a good steamy highland novel, so last ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alpha fans
When she was his wife, he'd take great delight in advising her of her duty to him and, most important, her obligation to obey him without question.

Sigh. What a disappointment. I was so eager to read this book because I adored (ADORED) Banks' "Montgomerys and Armstrongs" trilogy, Never Seduce a Scot and Highlander Most Wanted. I loved Banks' kind, honorable, compassionate, and patient heroes. So I dived into In Bed With A Highlander expecting a real treat.

Instead I got stuff like this:

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
After reading this entire book, I would say the comparison to Julie Garwood's Highland romance books is apt. Yet, it's good to have a new author who writes Highland romance with a lovable heroine and a fierce hero who is not quite tamed, but definitely gives his heart to her. If it works, why not do it?

Favorite aspects of this novel:

*Hands down, I really like Mairin. Who doesn't like a heroine who is genuinely kind and good-hearted? One who is also tough and determined but sweet and innocent as
Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
Apr 17, 2016 Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ by: Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
There was nothing really wrong with this. But I didn't love it.

I think because there was too much happening. So much drahma. We start off with a kidnapping, then an escape/rescue, then a marriage of convenience, then love, then more kidnapping and drahma. It was all a bit over the top.

And I know that Mairin was brought up in an abbey, but I got really tired of how she was so shy about sex. I guess I just wanted her to be more willing to explore the wonders of a penis, without having to read ab
Jenny Q
Jan 08, 2014 Jenny Q rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I don't know about you, but I'm starting to think that if you've read one highland romance, you've read them all. I'm not knocking on Ms. Banks in particular because she writes very well. There's just absolutely nothing new or special here. And I think I've read this same plot line in at least half a dozen romances: A pretty little Scottish heiress, hiding out from an evil chief/laird/lord who wants to force her into marriage to claim her lands, ends up in the hands of a rival, gruff yet good, c ...more
I love the KGI series by Maya Banks, but when it came to reading her historicals I balked. In the past, I’ve found that when I like books of one genre by an author I don’t normally like books of other genres by the same author. So I put off reading this book. Even the description didn’t sway me. It just didn’t appeal.

However, Alyssa kept bugging me to read this book. She promised I would like it. Every time I was looking for a book to read she would beg me to read this. And every time I would p
Arranged marriage is one of my favorite tropes in romance genre so obviously, I was looking forward to reading this book. However, romance-wise and plot-wise, this story is pretty simple, straightforward and full of clichés (brooding confident overbearing hero and fierce independent heroine prone to cause difficulties). Moreover, I don’t have patience with heroines who always blurt out everything they are thinking. It may happen once but repeatedly through out whole novel? That’s one annoying tr ...more
May 01, 2013 Mo rated it it was amazing
A fantastic start to a new series by Maya Banks. Loved it.

The first book in Maya Banks' McCabe series, set in Medieval Scotland. Googling in the information provided in the novel I believe this story is set around the year 1134. The heroine, Mairin, is stolen from an abbey where she was hiding. Mairin escapes and ends up with hero, Ewan McCabe. While a bit spicy in places I did find it sweet. Some have compared this to Julie Garwood's historicals and I did find a similarity here and there. Mainly with the stubbornness of the heroine and the alphaness o ...more
As the illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin Stuart new one day she would marry, but she wanted it on her terms. With marriage Mairin holds a large dowry as well as a prominent piece of land, making her a target for those who would rather use her for the power they would gain then treat her as a proper wife.

An abduction from the abbey where Mairin has been hiding thrusts her into protecting a young lad who is lost. Wanting to escape from her abductor who plans to force her to wed, sets Mairi
Rating: 4,5 stars

'He caught her face between his hands and stared down into her eyes. "You are everything to me, Mairin. I can go without food. The keep can crumble. But I can’t live without you."'

I'm in love with Maya Banks' writing! Seriously. Her Highlanders are absolutely fantastic and I cannot even begin to describe just how much. *swoon* While I did love Never Seduce a Scot a bit more, mainly because this one didn't hook me quite as quickly, In Bed with a Highlander definitely didn't d
Mairin is tenacious and witty and she needs it to confront her arrogant, stubborn highlander.

"In bed with a highlander" surely makes for a good start to a highlander series. It was recommended to me by a Goodreads friend and I'm not disappointed in the least. I really enjoyed these 2 characters as well as the sensual sparks between them.

Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
3.5 stars

Lovable characters and great writing.Especially the heroine,Marian.Loved her character the best.
An Enjoyable read.
I absolutely adore Maya Banks historical fiction. She created an amazingly realistic backdrop and provides characters with depth. This one is no different. I felt like I was part of this world and got so sucked into the story that I read until almost two in the morning without even realizing it.

Mairin Stuart is a young woman in hiding. She is the bastard child of the former King of Scotland. She is set to inherit a large plot of land upon marriage. The land is highly sought after. Her hand in ma
Marjorie - FOAB
2 Stars.

Not a favorite of mine, but I still enjoyed it. It did get slow in the middle. I won't review the book because I wouldn't have much to say in all honesty. It was alright.
Sep 06, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story rating 5 stars
Character Rating 5 stars
Romance Rating 5 stars
Heat level 4 out of 5
Overall Rating 5 stars

I must say for the first time writing an historical romance that Maya Banks did an amazing job. I was glued to the pages from the moment I started reading this book.

I LOVED all the characters. Mairin the heroine was my favorite. Right from the start she was a fierce protector putting her own life in danger to save others from harm. She had the cutest habit of saying her thoughts out loud
Feb 21, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing !!! I can always count on a highlander to sweep me off my feet and have my heart soar to the skies !

4.5 stars.


I do not read much historical and this started a little rough for me. I was worried. Ewan lost a 1/2 point for their wedding night. 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
Angela James
Since I just went on a bit of a re-read binge of Julie Garwood historicals a few weeks ago, and it was only last week that I just re-read Ransom for the millionth time, it was only natural that I had some comparisons going in my head at the beginning. Fans of Garwood will see some similarities in this book and Ransom right off, but Banks' writing and story will move you past those and get you lost in the story.

Sometimes, when you're familiar with an author's work, it can be difficult not to let
Lover of Romance
Mairin has been in fear for over ten years ever since she was hidden away in a convent since she was a child, but then the convent is attacked and she is kidnapped and on the way to the Laird Cameron who wants to marry her to get access to her land, she saves a young boy, and they are later rescued by his father Laird McCabe, who scares her at first but when she knows she has no choice but to marry him and soon she will start to realize that there is nothing to fear from Ewan. There is a powerfu ...more
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 fe
Nov 22, 2011 Karla rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Karla by: Kathleen
Wonderful! The McCabe brothers have stolen my heart, as well as the adorable Crispin. Ewan wanted to marry Mairin for what the union would bring to his clan, and found himself captivated by her charming and determined ways. Her relationship with Crispin warmed my heart, in the way of mother and child. She challenged Ewan and his brothers at every turn, and proved to be as fierce and protective as they were of the ones she loved. This devotion and determination earned her the loyalty and acceptan ...more
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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.
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Other Books in the Series

McCabe Trilogy (3 books)
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  • Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #3)

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