“… I firmly believe that a woman can be whatever she wants to be if she sets her mind to it.”
Published: March 21, 2012
Publisher: Tantor Media
Length: 10 Hours (Unabridged)
Series: McCabe Trilogy #1
“Tis a well-known fact that a man is either skilled in matters of loving or matters of war. ’Tis obvious that fighting is your skill.”
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 or land.
Sigh. What I wanted? I steamy Highland romance to listen to during my long days in the car. What I got? I slightly (okay, highly) problematic romance with a mildly annoying main character and a not very attractive hero.
Let’s start with this: this was a beautifully well read audiobook. I loved the narrator and even considered picking up the next book in the series just to hear her voice again. Kristen Potter is the narrator for this and she was amazing. Bravo, Kristen Potter.
So, I really enjoyed the first part of this book between Mairin getting kidnapped, her time with her captor, and then her arrival on McCabe lands. But somewhere between then and her subsequent marriage to Laird Ewan McCabe she changed and I started to really dislike her. In the beginning she’s shown as this strong woman who fearlessly gives herself up so that the Cameron warriors will leave the nuns alone, she refuses Duncan Cameron’s marriage proposal, and escapes into the night desperate to keep Crispen safe. Then she arrives on McCabe land and Ewan says “well, we better get married” and she just shrugs and is like “sure, whatever”. What follows is a highly problematic and cringe worthy wedding night, lots of Marin crying and being dramatic, and lots of Laird Ewan yelling at his wife and being a general ass.
You might be asking, at this point, how did I even give this three stars? It’s because I really liked parts of this book, especially the beginning, and there were parts where it was steamy and great. However, while I didn’t much care for Ewan or his brothers and Mairin started to grate on my nerves, I liked the plot of the book, side characters, and the narrator. The ending was exciting and was a nice culmination of the overarching mystery. Overall I liked it, there were just too many things that irritated me and took me out of the story.
I’m not going to be picking up the next ones even though my library has all three audiobooks. I don’t think I can read or listen anymore about the super jerks that are the McCabe brothers, but I did really like this audiobook. I had mentioned in my Outlander review that I didn’t think audiobooks are for me, but maybe I was wrong. This has opened my mind again to the world of audiobooks and I’ll for sure be prowling my library catalog for more!
The McCabe Trilogy