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Never Seduce a Scot

(The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  23,936 ratings  ·  1,997 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Ballantine Books
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Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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, int
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)


This book is a romancy-romance for romance lovers!

Is it historically accurate? Probably not.
Is it realistic? For sure, no.
But was it so romantic and un-put-downable that I walked around carrying that bodice-ripping cover everywhere? YESSSSSSS!

I adored Never Seduce a Scot. I honestly barely read the blurb before buying this book at my library book sale, and I went on simply the positive reviews from my friends. #worthit.

While this book is the traditional virgin-meets-hulking-warrior/lair
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
After just re-reading this for about the 5th time I said to myself, "Self, why did we ony rate this 4 stars? That's ridiculous Self, this book is fucking amazing."

So 5 Stars.

Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anne by: Holly
3.5 stars

Awwwww. This was just so friggin' sweet!


It wasn't perfect, it's not going down as one of my favorites, and I didn't fall in love with the characters.
I have ZERO complaints. None. The guy wasn't a douchebag who did creepy sex-things to claim her, the girl wasn't pathetic or helpless, and her family wasn't a bunch of asshole who abused her.
So. Fucking. Nice.


Ok so the king sends out messengers, and tells these two badass warring clans that it's time to knock it off. And to ensure that
Stacey is Sassy
Jul 06, 2015 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 •
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to • Lisa • 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
Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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DNF @ 28%

*throws book across the room*

I gave this author several chances with two of her BDSM series, but both of those were about gross cavemen using BDSM to facilitate their misogynistic 1950s-style-bend-over-and-hand-me-my-martini fantasies from watching too many back to back episodes of Mad Men and Sister Wives on TiVo with a raging hard-on.

Surely, I told myself, this sort of antiquated mindset would work better in a costume histori
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♡
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

So freaking good!

This HR is about two rival clans in ye old Scotland that are forced by the king to join one of the chieftains to the other chieftain's daughter in marriage. The hope is that this will stop all of the crazy killing between the clans. Neither clan is happy about it at all.

These were some unhappy clams clans.

But then, oh it was so awesome! The hero, Graem, is a total sweetie pie. Yes, an alpha sweetie pie, but still. And, the heroine, Eveline, is so amazing. Ugh! The cute-o-meter
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
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 t
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This wasn't quite as good as I thought it'd be. I enjoyed it, but I just thought it was ok. The H was awesome, but I think I've been conditioned to like a different kind of H as he seemed a little too sweet for my liking. I'm sure I'm a minority in that! The ending felt a little lackluster to me too. Many people loved this, so it could just be me 🤷🏻‍♀️

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Eveline and Graeme's story. They are both from enemy clans and the King has orde
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
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
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 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Sam (AMNReader)
Ugh, just some evidence of my tiny, hard, shriveled heart.

I had some issues with this book, and none of them were necessarily the issues you'd expect from this type of set up.

Everything was just so perfect
After decades long feud (or more) you come to realize these fighting clans are just made up of the best people. except for the mean girls in the Montgomery clan. Without the mean girls, there'd be no conflict. NONE. Absolutely none. Because the hero is a perfect patient man who says all the r
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Eveline has thought to be daft since her spill on a horse years ago. So when the king forms a marriage between two enemy clans regarding Eveline's hand in marriage, her family is outraged. However, to refuse the marriage would be defying the king, but, they do not let her go to their enemies hands lightly and are quick to inform Graeme of Eveline's condition. When she happens upon Graeme and her father speaking, she is instantly taken with him. He is the first person she has ever been able to he ...more
Sophia Triad
“ ’Tis the truth I have no idea what to do with you, Eveline Armstrong”

Two families of sworn enemies.
An arranged marriage.

A bride that is thought to be daft and mute, but she is only deaf.
A Scottish warrior who cannot refuse the orders of his King and puts honour and family above everything.

An unexpected love.

Slowly and gradually Graeme and Eveline will understand each other. Strong and determined Eveline will learn to trust him and honest Graeme will defend her when his clan treats her like gar
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Gi's Spot Reviews
5 MILLION Stars for this book!

My ALL TIME fav historical and my ALL TIME fav HR Hero!

Yes, it topped JG's Lion's Lady and the Bride for me, and considering how much I loved those is saying a whole lot!
Graeme was undoubtedly PERFECT, so very perfect! From first thought to last single line that came from his mouth. If I made a list for everything I want in my HR main male characters I can honestly say Graeme would tick ALL the boxes. That's right, he's THAT good! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Full review to foll
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing


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

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!

Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
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
Mindy Lou's Book Review
This has one of the best heroes. He’s protective, caring and didn’t allow hatred to affect his treatment of the heroine, even though she comes from his enemy clan. The heroine was also one of the sweetest. She did not judge and worked desperately to gain favor of her new clan despite her challenges. It’s a soft love story in the middle of two hardened clans hatred.
Sha Mslvoe
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sha Mslvoe by: ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]
** 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
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Exuberant Stars

This book was a freaking fabulous morsel of highlander magic, the tone of the book is fairly gentle in the first half of the book, but it really, really works, and I’ve ended up devouring the book, thank goodness that due to the bank holiday Monday, work was so quiet, allowing me to get lost in Graeme and Eveline’s tale.

The king in an attempt to put to rest the conflict and hate between two of his greatest allies, decides that a marriage between the clans is the best way to
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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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