Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #3) by Maya Banks

Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #3)

In a tale of strong ties and true love, Maya Banks' trilogy comes to its conclusion, as the youngest McCabe brother uses sword and seduction to save his clan - and seal his heart.Caelen McCabe’s young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother’s jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any...

Details Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #3)

TitleNever Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #3)
Release DateOct 25th, 2011
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #3)

  • Kristen
    5...HUGE...Stars!!!I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK! EVERYTHING! Not only is it my favorite of the series, it has also landed on my all-time favorite bookshelf. And that's saying something, since that rarely happens. I felt so many emotions while reading this book and not one of those emotion was manipulated through cliched or manufactured plot devices. They were simply achieved through outstanding storytelling and writing. This is the story a...
  • Anne
    The first two books is this trilogy were a bit meh, but this one?!Ha! Kidding!This one ended up being meh, as well.In fact, at times it teetered on awful. Here's the thing: I was less than impressed with the 1st book, but decided to check out the 2nd book, because I thought it was supposed to be about Rionna .
  • Carmen
    Nope. Nope, nope nope nope.This is is just not my thing. I knew by page 39 when her brand-new husband kisses her harshly and against her will at a public dinner to shut her up (because women shouldn't have opinions or express themselves, apparently) and then she bites his lip and then he uses his tongue to smear the blood all in her mouth.Yeah. That happened.And she's a tomboy-warrior type woman and he wants her to wear dresses and cook all day, ...
  • Jilly
    This was my favorite of the series because of the heroine. Rionna is a kick-ass girl who wears pants instead of a dress and trains with the warriors with a sword. She marries Caelen - who is kind of a jerk at first - in order to align their clans. He wants to turn her into a proper lady. She isn't real agreeable to this idea. I'm on her side.Their marriage has a few rocky moments as they each try to get the other to bend to their will. And, reall...
  • willaful
    'Tis the truth, I thought this 'twas a wee bit of a dud. Aye, Laird McGrumpypants gave me a pain in my backside and 'tis the truth, I could not see why a lass would want to change everything about herself to curry favor with the lout. And 'tis the truth, the language got more than a wee bit repetitious, 'tis the truth. Perhaps 'twould have been better read than listened to. The ending 'twas pretty good, so two stars 'twill be.
  • ♡Karlyn P♡
    Sigh. I devoured this series. It was the best kind of romance candy. The kind with hot highlanders, steamy sex, fierce battle scenes, feisty women, impossible odds, high stakes, and teary moments. While each book had a different hero/heroine, the trilogy had an underlying story as the McCabes prepared for war against their fierce enemy Duncan Cameron. I loved how the brothers were always main characters in each story, and how the heroines became ...
  • Wendy
    This was by far my absolute favorite of the series. I loved watching the love between Rionna and Caelan grow and bloom, it was magic. I've said it before, but the romance in this series is old fashioned and I loved every minute of it!
  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    ***5 Stars*** Just because it had begun one way didn't mean it couldn't change to something else entirely. What did I think about this book, you ask?? I'm not going to lie...I wasn't sure historical romance was for me, but I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and check it out...MAN, OH MAN did this series prove me I LOVED this series! The first book was great, the second fantastic and this third one...I've been intrigued by Caelen from the v...
  • Kathleen
    Story Rating 5 starsCharacter Rating 5 starsRomance Rating 5 starsHeat Level 4 starsOverall Rating 5 starsThis was the conclusion of a 3 book series. You must read all of them in order and I highly recommend you read this series if you are indeed interested.Once again I loved all the characters in this book. I also loved that Maya included all the characters from the previous 2 books.This story was absolutely FANTASTIC for me.I loved that the her...
  • Sammy Loves Books
    Caelen McCabe“I love you,” he said fiercely. “ ’Tis not true that I kept a part of my heart locked away from you. You own all of it, lass. You’ve always owned it. I didn’t give it to you. You took it from the very start.” Rionna McDonaldFull review to come
  • Lynsey (A Bookish Life)
    And finally it's Rionna's book! I was intrigued by Rionna's character right from book one when she stomped up to a group of warriors, in trousers and helm, and showed them just who was bitch with the pointy end of her sword. Oh, how that doth ticketh all my boxes. When she took her helmet off and they realized it was a lass? Hee hee! I love it!And who has she been paired with but the surliest of the brothers, Caelen McCabe. And man who's convince...
  • Carvanz
    Audiobook: Narrator - Kristen PotterI absolutely HATE that this series is over an not only because I’ll miss these characters, but because I’ll miss this narrator’s superb performance. She doesn’t just read the story and change her voice a bit here and there, she pulls you into it with her incredible diversity of voices and characters. None are the same, all are addicting, and each one I fell in love with due to Ms. Potter’s narration.T...
  • Heather
    This is the third and final installment in the McCabe Trilogy. Caelan has wed Rionna and they return to the McDonald keep. Caelan is not as readily accepted as he had hoped. Thing pick up and this book takes on a fast paced conclusion to this amazing series.Rionna McDonald has long suffered her fathers lecherous nature and his unfair hand. She knows of his treachery, but as a daughter, she is unable to do much about it. Rionna is not a convention...
  • Rachel
    Overall rating: 5 "Warrior Princess" stars!!!Triggers:Cheating: (view spoiler)[ no (hide spoiler)]Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ no (hide spoiler)]Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ no - in fact, the heroine is a virgin and the hero hasn't been with anyone in a LONG time. It is alluded to that he hasn't been with anyone since his last fiancee betrayed him 8 years ago. (hide spoiler)]HEA: (view spoiler)[ yes and it was lovely! I loved the epilogue! (...
  • Dawn
    Wow. I loved this book. Although the second one is still my favorite, this is very close.I would recommend reading these in order so you get the full impact of the story. I suppose it can be a stand alone, but I think the reader would lose a lot.Poor Rionna has been played a pawn two times over. She was to marry Ewan McCabe in a political alliance, but that didn't work out. Next she was to marry Alaric McCabe, and was jilted at the alter. Finally...
  • CC
    4.5 stars!What a rollercoaster this series was. I loved the first book , then I was severely depressed by , so I was nervous about this one. Luckily it was pretty awesome!I will say right off that my half star deduction is for Caeden. He was a jerk more than I would like and took too long to show Rionna how much he loved her. But he did love her and did show her in small ways how caring he could be even when he was being a jerk. He would also s...
  • Jamie
    ****RE-READ 4/5/2019 -- Loved it just as much the 2nd time around ♥♥♥♥♥*********************************************************************Its been a while since I've gone through such a long historical rom phase! I throw them in here and there.... but my love for reading started at 16 with a bodice ripper , so this genre will always be my first love. Now make it one with sexy Highlander and I turn to putty. This one was no exception. ...
  • Anna
    Reread of an amazing series ❤ Reread of an amazing series ❤️
  • Mei
    LOVED IT!!! LOVED IT!!! LOVED IT!!!I loved everything about this book!Gruff Caelen... mmm.. he's as much gruff as sweet and passionate! He didn't want to fall in love with Rionna, but when he did... oh, boy, it was spectacular! I liked Rionna since the first time I met her. She's just perfect for Caelen! I love a sword-wielding girl! And one that doesn't dress in fancy dresses, but leggings! WOW!!!I loved that, for once, it was a woman to save ma...
  • Eni
    5++++ starsI loved it.One of the best book series I've ever read.
  • Gi's Spot Reviews
    4.25 Stars
  • Ari Reavis
    SPOILER-Y AS HELLI was so freaking excited to start this book. Although I didn't bother with book 2, I definitely wanted to hear Caelen's story and find out about how his 'foolishness' got his clan killed. Was I little confused at times because I skipped a book? Yup, but it didn't take away from the story at all.Caelen was a freaking dreamboat. He was gruff and protective and I just loved him. Rionna was all that and a bag of chips. She was a wa...
  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    Quick review:Cover: Iffy Rating: NC-17Steaminess: HOT Thumbs Up: 4.5Overall: Take me back in time to meet a Highlander please.Characters: Well WrittenPlot: Feisty girl meets her match and will try not to be tamed.Page Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Not Sure Recommend: YesBook Boyfriend: CaelenSUMMARY (50 words or less)What was there not to like about this book, that it ended? This story had me a page one. I coudln't wait to see it played out. I’...
  • *~*~~*~reading~**~till~**~forever*~~*~*
    "Then she made her move. She turned abruptly and thrust the torch into Cameron’s face. His howl of pain was instantaneous. At the exact moment of his cry, Rionna let out a war cry that rivaled any Caelen had ever heard. She drew her sword, tore off her cloak, and ran for the stake. Caelen stared in disbelief as McDonald soldiers swarmed over the walls, dropping down, swords in hands."*battle crySTRAIGHT INTO THE BATTLE BITCHES, AND ANYONE WHO C...
  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    Finally we come to the last book in the trilogy and the most stoic brother, Caelen. Because of a past discretion that lead to some horrific outcomes, Caelen has always put honor and his clan before all else. So when circumstances change with Alaric not marrying Rionna, Caelen steps in. Little does he know that he has indeed met his match.To be honest, I wasn't sure what to make of this couple. They both are really so similar in how they regard th...
  • Gina
    This is the last book in the series and my favorite! I loved them all actually, but Calean McCabe was my favorite of the three brothers. His heart broken and mistrustful because of a woman years ago who betrayed him and caused the death of his father and attack on their clan. Calaen is determined not to let his emotions cloud his judgement as it did before and not see the truth like he missed before. Forced to marry Rionna McDonald to secure the ...
  • Stacie
    4 1/2 "Love Me A Highlander" Stars!Fantastic ending to the McCabe Trilogy. Just enough action to not overshadow the romance. Caelen was perhaps the most Lairdly (probably not a word) of the McCabe Lairds. This Highland warrior was set in his ways, but oh so sweet beneath his stearn exterior. Loved him!! Rionna was a stubborn, but so sweet Highland warrior princess. Loved her!! I wanted them to fall truly, madly, deeply in love. Reading their jour...
  • Becca
    I LOVED THIS BOOK.Did the hero say some flowery things at the end that I shouldn't believe? Yes. Were there a lot of sex scenes and it broke my rule of how many I like in a book? Yes. But was it an epic story with a woman who truly was a warrior and kick-ass and brave and all-around awesome? YES. YES. YES.This story picks up where the first two in the series stopped. The heroine Rionna has been rejected by the first two brothers and is down to th...
  • Muse-ic ♬
    The ending of this was really good, but overall it was quite mediocre.Rionna is wonderful.
  • Emily
    Hello and welcome to today's instalment of Emily Explores Sexy Scottish Literature. In previous episodes, I was reading the first two books in the McCabe Trilogy. I nearly considered taking a break and reading something else because these books were beginning to be bad for my blood pressure but honestly I was most looking forward to this book out of the three so I set aside my hesitation and dove right in.Again, read my previous reviews to get my...