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Never Seduce a Scot

(The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  28,319 ratings  ·  2,498 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
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
this might be my favorite historical romance ever.

we have a deaf heroine who lost her hearing after a tragic accident from a horse. she has been mute for years since her accident and kept her hearing loss a secret from her family. but now the king has ordered her to marry the Laird of her families rival clan to keep the peace. she is initially against this marriage however when she meets her soon-to-be husband she realizes that she can hear the deep tone/vibration of his voice and she instantly
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
“You don’t have to be afraid here, Eveline. You never have to be afraid with me.”

How do I expect to find love in this world when men like Graeme Montgomery don’t exist?

Despite how much I shamelessly judge books by their covers, especially historical romance books, I add them to my tbr regardless. I read these types of books on my kindle for a reason, but I can't deny I believe they will become my guilty pleasure. Never Seduce a Scot was one I recently heard about, and picking it up o
I had such high hopes for this one because I've heard nothing but good things, and I ended up being blown away by this romance!

Eveline had an accident and lost her hearing. In order to protect herself, she does not attempt to talk anymore and almost everyone believes her to have lost cognitive ability. Now, Eveline is being ordered to marry the son of a rival clan so that the clans can fix the animosity between them. I really loved how Graham and Eveline slowly start to fall for each other, esp
Giorgia ~ Reads
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This one was just so perfect. It had a good story, good writing and sweet characters.

It's weird but when I like a book I'm not always that good at writing a detailed review as to the reasons why.

All I can say is that I loved the characters. They were perfect. Both leads were so great and they had the sweetest relationship. Little to no angst, just the perfect amount of tension and conflict and a good character and plot development.

As far as historical romance novels go, this one wa
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
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.

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
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
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
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
cute and endearing tale of star-crossed lovers with decent plot and action to keep me going. had a fierce, deaf heroine and the sweetest, most overprotective “touch her you die” hero. to put it simply, i was really into it.

(read as an audiobook)
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.

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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
• 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
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
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
mina reads™️
Perhaps it’s time for me to give it up and face the fact that historical romance is not for me. god this was so boring
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
♡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
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
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
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
4 stars

Never Seduce a Scot was my first book by Maya Hughes and I definitely want to check out more of her historicals. I enjoyed this one so much!

This story is about two families, the Armstrongs and the Montgomerys who have feuded for quite some time. The king decides that they have to put this feud in the past and demands a wedding between the two families. That is how Eveline Armstrong and Graeme Montgomery end up wed.

Eveline was in an accident years ago that left her different. She’s kep
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
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
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
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

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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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