Author: Maya Banks

Review: Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

Posted March 27, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
Series: The Montgomerys & Armstrongs #2
Published by Ballantine Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Highlander Most Wanted 
By Maya Banks 
Book #2 in The Montgomerys & Armstrongs series 

Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead, nor bring herself to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her longing to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.

Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.

Genevieve McInnes was abducted by Ian McHugh over a year ago and suffered unspeakable degradation and cruelty at his hands during that time. When he had the audacity to kidnap Eveline, the wife of powerful laird Graeme Montgomery, he was killed when they came to rescue her. Genevieve helped them locate Eveline and it brought an end to her own suffering. They were unaware that she was the daughter of an infamous laird with ties to the king and she hides her identity for a time. Now she wants to just be allowed to join an abbey and live out the rest of her life rather than have her parents experience the shame of her experience…they believe she’s dead and she wants to keep it that way.

I must admit I fell in love with this series from the first sentence in the first book, with it’s highly appealing warriors and intriguing women. This story has less action than the first but is packed with highly charged emotion and romance. Genevieve’s situation was really tragic and Bowen Montgomery’s sensitivity to her having been abused by not only Ian but the members of the McHugh clan helped transition this into a love story. Their romance was a tough one given her circumstances (yes, you’ve got to suspend reality a bit to accept her quick recovery, but why not). I loved their story, Genevieve’s courage and Bowen’s honor. There are also secrets that threaten to upend both Genevieve and Bowen, which only served to make it more interesting.

While it lacked some of the spark of the first book, this was still a great story with lots of conflict, steamy romance and interesting characters. I had a hard time walking away from it until I finished. There’s an interesting set up for the next book and I am already anxious to read it. I don’t ever want the series to end.

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HR Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

Posted September 26, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks Book #1 in The Montgomerys and Armstrongs seriesHistorical Romance★★★★★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 […]


Jonetta Interviews Maya Banks

Posted August 18, 2012 by Jonetta in Author Guest Post, Top Menu | 1 Comment

Our very own Jonetta sat down with one of her favorite authors, Maya Banks for an interview. Take a look at what they had to talk about… Hello, Maya and welcome to The Book Nympho! As you’re one of our favorite authors, we are thrilled to have you here. Before we talk about your upcoming novella, we’d like to know a little more about you. Jonetta: You began your writing career in erotica before delving into other romance genres. What was your inspiration for those books and what did you want your audience to experience or gain from the stories? REVIEW Maya: Absolutely nothing. I had no ulterior motive going in. I wrote those first erotic romances for my own enjoyment. I needed a break […]


RS Review: Softly at Sunrise by Maya Banks

Posted August 18, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

Softly at Sunrise  by Maya Banks  Book #5.5 in the KGI seriesRomantic Suspense★★★★BUY Rachel Kelly has traveled a long, hard road in her journey back to her husband, Ethan, and the Kelly family. Now, as she and Ethan are poised to move into their new home, safe behind the walls of the Kelly compound, Rachel wonders if she’ll finally be free of the ghosts that have haunted her for so long and if she’ll step into the sun after a past steeped in darkness. REVIEW: Rachel Kelly has had a long and road back from the hell she experienced almost two years ago when she was kidnapped during a mission to South America. She was held for a year and given hallucinagens for most of […]


RS Review: Hidden Away by Maya Banks

Posted July 14, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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RS Review: No Place to Run by Maya Banks

Posted June 13, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Review: The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks

Posted June 6, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 1 Comment

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