13 September 2011
Posted by Lynette
in bed with a highlander
BACK COVER BLURB:
Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.
The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin’s strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.
Cover looks way to modern for a historical novel and a tartan (or whatever it's called) doesn't help.
Mairin Stuart knelt on the stone floor beside her pallet and bowed her head in her evening prayer.
LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:
Followers of my blog should know by now how I feel about Maya Banks writing, it is like crack. There is something about Ms. Banks style that makes me pick up her books and no matter what she writes, even when I find some of the material questionable. Her writing style is so engaging that I cannot help indulging myself.
I've also mentioned that I've been a die-hard romance fan since I was eleven years old and one of my favorite authors was Julie Garwood. Back in '91 when she started her Highlander series, I brought all the books and I still have them down in my basement in boxes because when we moved into our new house two years ago, the hubster promised to build me bookshelves. Two years later, no bookshelves.
I'm drifting. Anyhoo.
The Bride, The Secret, The Wedding, and my favorite Ransom were devoured by me and while it's been awhile since I read them, I still remember them fondly and they are my all-time favorites.
Right now you are probably wondering why I'm talking about Julie Garwood for a Maya Banks review. I have a point, I promise.
But first I would like to apologize for doubting another reviewer who had said Maya Banks KGI series was a little too similar to her favorite romantic suspense novel. When this reviewer cited the similarities I thought, yeah that was a little too close for comfort, but there are only so many plots and it could just be a coincidence.
Now that the same experience has happened to me with one of Ms. Banks novels, I understand this reviewer's point better.
As always with Ms. Banks novels, I enjoyed IN BED WITH A HIGHLANDER, I really did, but this story hit a little too close to home for my personal tastes.
No, I am not saying that it was an exact copy of Garwood's novels. It's not. Ms. Banks has such an unique writing voice that makes it hard for her to be other than herself, but the plot was a little too similar to Garwood's Highlander series. IN BED WITH A HIGHLANDER seemed like a mash up of Julie Garwood's Highlander series including plot and character personality traits.
In Ransom, the heroine is held captive in a castle with a young boy. The boy is there by mistake. The heroine protects and becomes fiercely protective of this young boy, even taking a severe beating by her captors in order to protect him. They manage to escape and meet up with the boy's godfather who returns them to the boy's home. The next morning the hero finds the heroine and the boy sleeping in the same chambers.
IN BED WITH THE HIGHLANDER the heroine is held captive with a young boy. The boy is there by mistake. The heroine protects and becomes fiercely protective of this young boy, even taking a severe beating by her captors in order to protect him. They manage to escape and meet up with the boy's uncle who returns them to the boy's home. The next morning the hero find the heroine and the boy sleeping in the same chambers.
It is not only that that gives me pause. The heroine Mairin seems to me like a mash up of the heroines in Ms. Garwood's Highlander novels. It's hard to cite specifics because it's been awhile since I read Garwood's novels. I apologize for not being to articulate my feelings in a better manner, but while reading IN BED WITH THE HIGHLANDER all I could think of is Julie Garwood. It's from the ways Mairin tries to integrate inside the clan, from the way she gains the respect of the soldiers and the women, from the way the hero and the heroine's relationship progresses.
Yet, despite my qualms, IN BED WITH A HIGHLANDER is an engaging story but because of the similiarities I just don't have the interest to keep reading the series, I'd rather re-read Julie Garwood. It didn't work for me. You may be different.
Purchased with my own money.
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