Never Seduce a Scot is the first book in a new trilogy series from Maya Banks. I would classify this book as a sweet story with a lovely and honorable hero and a strong but lost heroine. Eveline has been deaf for many years since she had a bad accident but her family doesn’t know it. She also hasn’t spoken since then either. Oh, but she’s proficient at reading lips! And when she meets Graeme for the first time she is intrigued by the fact she can somewhat “hear” his voice…or maybe I should say the timbre of his voice. Yeah…I don’t know either. Part of the plot of the book explains to the reader why Eveline doesn’t ever reveal to her family that she is deaf. And that piece of the plot also provides the big scary moment in the latter parts of the book that ended up being kind of predictable.
But what I don’t understand is how this woman never knew she could actually speak? All the hours she’s spent alone, she never once tried to utter a word? Ever? I kept thinking about that the whole time I was reading this book and it felt like such a distraction from a relative well written story. I did enjoy Maya Banks’ writing style in this book – fast paced, not heavy on wordy language or overly descriptive scenery which I find can sometimes happen in the Highlander genre and for me slows a book down too much for my liking. And I really liked some of the secondary characters as well, such as Graeme’s younger sister Rorie. Loved her! I aslo adored the hero, Graeme. But there was just something missing with the character of Eveline for me. Half of her I loved and the other half had me questioning everything. And while Graeme was totally sexy in my opinion, the sex between Eveline and Graeme wasn’t actually …sexy.
So again, overall the story was sweet and I enjoyed the writing, but I’m on the fence and that’s mainly due to Eveline’s character. I think I will continue with the series to see what happens next, because I’m definitely intrigued by some of the characters.
Rorie threw her head back and laughed harder. “Oh my,” she said when she finally stopped shaking. “You want me to stand guard. That’s amusing. You and I are likely the two smallest lasses in the clan, save those much younger than us, and you want me to frighten away anyone who would come close to where you’re bathing.”
“Very well, then. This might be the most fun I have all day.”