Author: Maya Banks
Source: Self Purchased
Genre: Historical Romance (Scottish)
Release Date: September 25, 2012
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 marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty - unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.
Grame is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.
Eveline has to be one of my all time favorite heroines. The way she tackles the world was so very refreshing. I still chuckle when I think of her making herself understood to Rorie (Graeme's sister) the first time they meet. Her innocent ways and determined outlook would win anyone over and Graeme was no exception. I wasn't nearly as fond of Graeme at first. The way he allowed his clan to use Eveline and humiliate her (although he doesn't know the extent at first) was horrible. I think he should have noticed much sooner than he did, although his reaction and defense of her was quite spot on.
The resentment of her new clan isn't all that Eveline has to deal with. When it becomes known that she isn't daft but just can't hear, a villain from her past comes out of the woodworks to seek out what he considers to be what is rightfully his. With just enough excitement to make the book ... well ... exciting (where's a thesaurus when you need one) and plenty of romance to leave you with a sloppy grin that just says "Awww....they're so perfect." at the end of it all.
Book two in the series is already out, and I read it before book one. While it does give away a few important details from book one, reading out of order did not effect my enjoyment one bit.