Title: Highlander Most Wanted
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 2
Author: Maya Banks
Genre: Historical romance
Source: review copy from publisher via NetGalley
Published: March 19, 2013
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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 other 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 or 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 that longs 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 her 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.
Despite the beginnings of the story it is a wonderful and heartfelt romance. Genevieve's year of captivity left physical and emotional scars but she still survived. The shame and unworthiness she felt were heavy but she was able to not let those feeling pull her under. Bowen's honesty and protectiveness allowed Genevieve to get past those feelings and I was so happy to see her do that.
I love a hero that's not afraid to fall in love and Bowen is one of the best male characters I've read all year. He is a strong and honorable man and believes in standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. At the beginning of the story Bowen was a unsure of Genevieve but his eventual understanding of Genevieve's feelings and what the lifelong struggles she could/will face made me fall in love with him a little more.
There really wasn't anything that I didn't like about this book. The reactions of all the characters were true and believable to the story. There was no magic "fix" for Genevieve and she and Bowen tackled her feelings together.
“I love you, Bowen Montgomery. I love you so very much, and that will never change, even when we're old and gray. I thank God for you every single day, and that you came and lifted me from the depths of despair. You showed me how it can be with a man who loves me, and you've shined light on the darkest shadows of my memories.”