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 Graeme Montgomery must marry in hopes that the war between them ends. They have no choice but to obey the King's orders.
Eveline Armstrong is the only daughter of Tavis Armstrong, cheiftan of the Armstrong clan. She suffered an accident years before that resulted in Eveline never speaking again. Everyone thinks she is touched and daft but the truth is, she has lost her hearing and doesn't mind what people are saying about her. This is because at the time of her accident, she was set to marry Ian McHugh, a man that had everyone believing he was a very good man when he was not. Many times he came to Eveline and spoke of all the ways she would suffer once they were married. So Eveline pretended to be what people called her in order to get out of the marriage.
Eveline was such a great character. She knew that she wouldn't be able to get out of her marriage with Graeme like she did with Ian, but she would do it for her family. When she arrives at the Montgomery keep, she is hated instantly because of who she is. There are glares everywhere she looks and obscene words said to her, but she is determined to find a place in the Montgomery clan and to be accepted. The women of the clan were the worst towards her and I loved that she never lost that goodness inside, even when they were downright cruel to her. She did show her anger but she never became vengeful towards them. It was at those times that she showed how strong of a woman she really was. She was also an intelligent and sweet person.
But neither of them had been given a choice in the matter and in Eveline's mind it was better to make the best of a bad situation. She liked Graeme. The more time she spent in his presence, the more she grew to like and even respect the man he was.
He'd been kind to her and he'd shown her understanding. Any man who could do that with the daughter of his most hated enemy was not an evil man.
"I do not regret having to marry you," she said gravely.
"I do not regret our marriage either, Eveline."
Graeme Montgomery is the chieftan of his clan. He has had nothing but hatred for the Armstrongs since he blames them for the death of his father. He can't believe that he has to marry Tavis's crazy daughter. When he sees Eveline for the first time, he is struck by her beauty and finds that he can't blame her for the sins of her kin. He later sees the intelligence in her eyes when he speaks to her for the first time and starts to realize that the rumours may not be true. He is determined to protect and to care for her as she deserves. He slowly starts to fall for her and is disapponted and angry that his clan is treating Eveline so badly and that he can't control it.
"Why do you stare at me so?"
"Because you're the most beautiful woman I've ever had the pleasure of looking upon."
He wanted her wholly to himself. By his side. In his bed every night. In his arms... She was a ray of sunshine on the dreariest of days. She filled a hole he hadn't even thought occupied his heart.
He couldn't let her go.
Graeme was a super swoony highlander. If I ever had to have an arranged marriage, I would want it to be with Graeme *sigh*. He was a fair, kind, caring, and protective man. I really loved seeing them fall in love and not caring about which clan they came from. The pacing was just perfect, and all of the moments they shared were truly heart warming, that it actually had me melting. It was really beautiful!
"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 fiercly as it's possible for a man to love a woman."
I loved the story, the main characters were very lovable, and even the secondary characters were great. The plot was also very interesting and never had me feeling bored. Now, I can't wait to dive into Bowen's story! If you are looking for a good highlander book, I really recommend this one!