HIGHLANDER MOST WANTED – Maya Banks
The Montgomerys and the Armstrongs,
Book 2
A Perfect 10
Ballantine Books
ISBN: 978-0-345-53324-1
March 2013
Historical Romance

Scotland – Thirteenth Century

Since Bowen's older brother killed the evil Ian McHugh, Bowen and a band of Highland warriors are off to McHugh Keep to remove Ian's father and set the whole McHugh clan on trial. But Bowen does not find what he expected. A lone woman, clearly hated by the rest of the McHugh clan, comes out to beg for the people's safety. Bowen cannot believe the state of McHugh keep—Ian's father had run, taking horses, food, and his supporters with him. All that is left of the clan are what animals they couldn't catch, and women, children, and men who refused to leave their families. Left with little choice, Bowen takes up the leadership role until his brother, the Montgomery Laird, can decide on the McHugh clan's fate.

Genevieve McInnis has no love for the McHugh clan, not after what Ian did to her, and how the clan has treated her since. But she cannot bear to see children hurt, so, putting on a brave face, Genevieve steps out to confront the angry Montgomerys. But Bowen is not what she expected—he's nice and fair, planning to rule the keep until his brother can come and pass judgment. Genevieve is willing to act as his liaison in the castle, but in return, she begs him for the money to travel to an abbey when the final decisions are made. But the more time she spends with Bowen, the less appealing an abbey seems. And no matter what sort of past Genevieve has had, Bowen is willing to overcome anything to make her his.

Author Maya Banks does it again with this second novel in the Montgomerys and Armstrongs series. The ultimate page turner, Bowen and Genevieve's story is tragic, beautiful, and incredibly addicting. Genevieve has a heartbreaking past, and fans of the series will find even more reasons to loathe Ian McHugh. I haven't felt so much for a character in a long time, but Banks knows how to write a tragic heroine, and her work really shines.

HIGHLANDER MOST WANTED more than deserves a Perfect 10 score. With scenes that made my glasses fog up, and a love story that very nearly brought tears to my eyes, Maya Banks is the name to beat when writing about Highlanders.

HIGHLANDER MOST WANTED is the second book in the Montgomerys and Armstrongs series, following NEVER SEDUCE A SCOT (OCT 2012). And be on the lookout for the third book in the series, HIGHLAND EVER AFTER, coming September 2013!

Amanda Toth