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Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1)

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Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged ...more
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Published September 25th 2012 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 2012)
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I’ve said it before and I will say it once again, absolutely no one writes a highlander romance like Maya Banks! I love many authors who focus on the Scottish highlands but there is simply something magical and beautiful about Maya Banks’ historicals! Sigh ! Never Seduce a Scot is no exception. It is the first book in Banks’ Montgomerys and Armstrongs series.

Eveline Armstrong and Graeme Montgomery are from feuding clans. The feud has been responsible for many de

So. Goddamn. Cheesy.

I was tempted to leave the rating for this blank, because uuuuuuuugh. It's me, isn't it? I mean, come on, what's not to love here? Deaf heroine, non-rapey male lead, well-researched historical setting.


Dat cheese tho...

And to be honest, I wasn't a fan of how females were portrayed, especially in the first 50%. This is a tale of star-crossed lovers, where the king orders a marriage between two rival clans. The female lead is forced to leave her home and fami
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Never Seduce a Scot is the first book in Maya Banks’ The Montgomerys and the Armstrongs series, and fun, sexy, entertaining tale! From beginning to end, these feuding clans made this a story filled with twists and turns, situations that were both heartbreaking and inspiring, and kept me turning page after page to see what was going to happen next.
Blurb: Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, in
Nov 13, 2012 Dd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites


Do you want a story which has got-


Well then CONGRATULATIONS!!.You have chosen the right book.

The two most powerful clans in highlands,under King Alexander II are the Montgomerys and the Armstrongs.But unfortunately,they are sworn enemies of each other.Nothing exists between them except hatred.

Seeing no other way to stop the war between them,the K
Stacey is Sassy
Jul 13, 2015 Stacey is Sassy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highlander
They thought her daft but she outsmarted them all...

This was a re-read of a favourite historical highland romance. Never Seduce a Scot tells a tale of surprising love between a couple whose families are sworn enemies. The King had demanded that a truce be struck between the feuding clans and stipulated that the Montgomery Laird marry the Armstrong Laird's daughter. Wonderful idea from a king wanting peace but with a bride thought to be daft, there is no happiness to be found for either family.

Lisa Jayne
Sep 19, 2013 Lisa Jayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa Jayne by: Anna


At the persistence of my gorgeous friend (The beautiful inside and out Anna Champion) and the encouragement of fabulous five star reviews I finally found myself one clicking this popular historical romance and promptly falling happily head over heels. Readers If you want to be swept off your feet then I would suggest that you indulge yourself in a book from this romance genre and specifically if like me you are late to the party and haven't already one clicked this diamond pre
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. I'm confused. I'm thoroughly confused. Is this the same author who wrote about a weak-willed woman being repeatedly *cough* utilized by 3 men at the same time in every single possible place there is to utilize a woman? I never would have known that this book came from the same person who wrote the other book if I'd gone into this read blindly. The writing style was completely different.

Okay, I'm not going to lie. Colters' Woman was not the absolute worst book I've ever read, for what
♡Karlyn P♡
Oct 13, 2012 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maya Banks is quickly becoming my favorite author of Highlander/Medieval romances. NEVER SEDUCE A SCOT was another winner. It was a sexy, sweet highlander romance between enemy clans. While it was a bit predictable in places, I really didn’t care. The story kept me glued, the characters were endearing, and the romance was swoon worthy.

Forced to marry by the king’s proclamation, Eveline Armstrong and Graeme Montgomery meet just one day before their own wedding. Graeme will respect the king’s wis
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
I have to say,I was truely touched by this read.Especially after reading the author's notes under ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....

AUTHOR'S NOTE :Eveline’s deafness is based on my husband’s own hearing condition.No one ever knew how bad his hearing was until he was in his master’s program in college.He’d taught himself to read lips and got through school by sitting close to the teachers so he
could see their mouths.Like Eveline,he cannot hear higher pitches and only some lower
tones.This book and the heroine is
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
What a wonderful story!!I absolutely loved this book!!!My first and definetely favorite historical book!!!!


The story starts with a century of long feud between the Armstrong and Montgomery clans.
The king, having the support of both of these very strong clans fears that his backing will be weakened severely if these 2 clans kill each other off.
Really, it's just a matter of time before they war with each other.
In a last ditch effort to save this from happening the King decides to issue an edict th
4 1/2 Lovely Stars! Great start to this Highlander series!

Beautiful story about two feuding families brought together by through a mandated arranged marriage. Eveline, Graeme and their families are resolved to their fate, not necessarily pleased by the king's order, but they obey to keep peace among the clans.

Eveline was one of the sweetest, bravest heroines I've ever read about, I adored her. Graeme was charming, kind, and even though this union was not what he sought or dreamed about for his
Apr 13, 2013 kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Years now the Armstrong and the Montgomery clans are sworn enemies and they are fighting each other.
The king cant stand this anymore and the solution is not just a treaty but a marriage , an unwanted one.

The marriage of Eveline and Graeme is supposed to stop their clans warring . However, no one wants this marriage but unfortunatelly they cant oppose to the royal orders.

After the marriage she has to go to the enemies land and live with them.
As the laird's wife she should be treate
Jun 20, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story rating 5 BIG STARS
Character Rating 5 BIG STARS
Romance Rating 5 BIG STARS
Heat Level 4 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating, priceless, LOL!

Can you tell how much I LOVED this book? Just in case you have not figured out how much, I must say that this book was absolutely AMAZING!

This book grabbed me early on and had me loving every moment. The heroine, Eveline was such a special character. She went into a marriage with her clans most hated enemy and by the end she brought them to her knees with her be
Mar 02, 2016 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Navessa
He liked kissing. Many a man didn't have much patience for it. His men jested about kissing being a waste of time and was only for wooing the unwilling lasses. But if a lass was willing, they'd much rather move to the more rudimentary elements of coupling.

But to Graeme, kissing was almost as intimate as the act of lovemaking itself. It wasn't something to be hurried or to be offered as a token to woo a reluctant lass. It was an expression of regard.

Welp, there you have it. *Carmen slams the book
I'd always been curious about Never Seduce a Scot and after having it recommended by enough people, I decided it was definitely time to pick it up. I read it in two sittings (thank you uni for interrupting me *shakes fist*) and had to force myself to be able to put it down. It was just fantastic and I absolutely loved it!

Ohhh, the characters. I fell in love with Eveline and her family right away. Her loving parents and brothers cared for her so very much, no matter if they didn't know if she wa
Jun 22, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Never Seduce a Scot was amazing and epic with a romance that turned me into a puddle of goo! I listened to the audio version, and the performer, Kirsten Potter, was perfection!! I’m supposed to save my audio books for my commute but there was no way I could stop listening to this mesmerizing story once I got home! I was up until 2am to finish.

The Montgomery’s and the Armstrong’s are enemy clans engaged in bitter feuding for ages. Being the largest and the most powerful clans in Scotland, the ki
Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*

I haven't read a historical romance in quite a long time. Really... I think it has been close to a year. I don't know why I stopped, but then I decided I wanted to go back to it. I am so glad I picked Never Seduce a Scot, because I loved it!

The Montgomerys and Armstrongs are enemy clans that blame each other for the death of their loved ones. As time passed, their hatred and thirst for revenge grew, but the king was not willing to let them feud any longer. He decides that Eveline Armstrong and G
I seriously loved this book! I liked Maya Banks's McCabes highlander trilogy a lot, but her talent really shines in this book and it's become my favourite book by this author.

We have a truly lovely heroine, who is deaf after an accident she had three years ago. Everyone thinks she's daft though and that the accident affected her mental faculties, and she allows this deception to continue in order to avoid a very bleak fate. Let's face it, it's always cute and touching to have a hero or heroine w
THANK YOU TO EDELWEISS AND RANDOM HOUSE FOR PROVIDING ME WITH AN ARC OF THIS BOOK!!!!! And Ms Banks, you should know that it was your McCabe trilogy which brought me BACK to reading Scottish historical romance after giving that genre up 10 years ago!!! And now this; your new Scottish historical trilogy feauturing the Montgomerys and Armstrongs is going to FREAKIN' KICK AR$E!!!! *HAPPY DANCE*

OH MY FREAKIN' GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was so bloody AMAZING!!!!! I swear i need to breathe n

For someone who usually doesn't like Historical Romance (nor anything by Maya Banks so far), I found this book to be surprisingly enjoyable.
Amazing characters, sweet romance, great plot.

Thumbs up!

Sep 21, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars !! I loved loved loved it !!!

My Graeme :

Review to come soon !!

I inhaled this and left my buddies Lisa Jayne and April in the dust !! I couldn't help it ! I couldn't put it down !!!
Need more highlander fix !!!
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
** Pre-order the paperback version and I know I'm going to love this book **

What a story!!! Loved it loved it loved it!!! ! I'd give it 10 stars, if I could.

She is deaf not daft. She can read other’s lips. She’s brave, intelligent and beautiful. She quite scared at 1st when she heard about her arranged marriage with Graeme. But she gives her hands with all her heart. His clan, Montgomery despises her clan, Armstrong because his father has been killed by her grandfather. She tried her best to wi
*EDIT - RE-READ FROM 17th-19th NOV 2013*

I had a huge urge to re-read something that i know would get me back into reading, and Never Seduce a Scott was the first thing that popped into my mind.

This book is just pure perfection and i could not see any flaws in it. LOVED everything about it from start to finish, so it's no surprise it went, and still is on my 'favorites' shelf.
I don't re-read books very often but i'm glad i did with this one because, yet again, i was on an emotional ride i hoped
(*le sigh*) Such a sweet romantic story!


Maya Banks has done it again! I can't say I like everything she writes (and to be fair I haven't read everything either), but she does write a mean (or should I say sweet) Scottish historical! I enjoyed this start to the 'The Montgomerys and Armstrongs' series just as much as the books from the 'McCabe' trilogy...

What I liked:
1) It's all about the romance! The setting is medieval Scotland, but Banks doesn't let things get too bogged down by historical accu
Nov 22, 2012 Richa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I'm so in love.....

When I look at you and see the sun
The love in your eyes
See the day and night
The ending of the pain and hate
The start of a new beginning
A different life with you
You bring me hope
Just like when you walk past me
And I see your hair blow in the wind
You make me breathless
My heart sinks so low some days
But I see you and
You make my heart open so much
It could rip.
This is all because
I love you

You have come to me from a distant land,
Dreamer of dreams, to fill my he

5 Stars
Genre: Scottish Historical Romance
Heat Barometer: 4 out of 5 flames
Audiobook edition

Once I started the audiobook I couldn't wait to get back to it, every free moment I had, my headphones were in and I was IN Scotland. I am a newbie to audiobooks and the narrator, Kirsten Potter, is what I think made this book just come alive for me. I fell in love with the H&h, Graeme and Eveline. I can not count how many times my chest tighten up or my face warmed because of these beautiful characte
When Graeme Montgomery receives word from the king that he is to marry the daughter of the clan that murdered his father, he is furious. How could the king ask this of him? Especially as the girl is rumored to be daft and unable to have a normal marriage. With the prospect of passing on his heritage through his own blood gone, he still reluctantly accepts his duty as to refuse would be treason and would end up in his death. Graeme gathers his two brothers and his men and heads off to his rival A ...more
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
Never Seduce a Scot(The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1): Amazing Five Star strong start to a series

Thank you so much edelweiss/Ballantine Books for granting me the pleasure of an arc of this amazing book!

I will post this review soon, when I can write a bit more freely and not be tooooo spoilery!. So what I can say right now is this book is absolutely exceptional. Not only was the story an amazing stand alone, but the start to a series I'm more than excited to read about. I'm heavily invested in
An alpha male in the form of a rugged warrior highlander, that’s caring, sweet and utterly swoony. Graeme Montgomery can’t resist the blonde beauty with her sensuality and her innocence. She can pierce his soul with those eyes and ultimately captures his heart.

Eveline Armstrong, is considered as touched after an accident has left her without her hearing. She learns to read lips and holds this little secret to herself and also her own family. Until her arranged marriage to Graeme, which she grace
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“I love you, Eveline," he whispered, though he knew she could not hear him. "Somehow, I'll make you hear me and you'll know that I love you as fiercely as it's possible for a man to love a woman.” 26 likes
“My lady, I don’t simply care for her. I love her. She is my entire life. Without her, I am nothing. I have nothing.” 6 likes
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