So, I’d forgotten exactly what it felt like to write a book review. I’d been so long stuck in my world of reading that actually writing what I thought of something hasn’t been on the forefront of my mind. So, I am 181 pages into In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks. I’ll just do an initial brief review.
I must say that I am pleasantly impressed. Reading this I’m sure you’ll see I have more cons than pros but I do like the book. I’ve always been fond of Maya Banks and with this novel she doesn’t disappoint. The flow of her novel is consistent, the descriptions minimal and the dialogue is pleasant. I will say that I am not overly impressed by this novel. I would think that her being one of the authors that I actually like to read would help the situation a little more, but it didn’t. One of the things that I like about the book is that the accented dialogue doesn’t take away from reading the story. I’ve always found it overly distracting and immensely irritating when authors write in an extensive accent. I’ve read when authors would write in pronunciations and I admit it is interesting and possibly romantic for the first chapter. This is definitely a pro for Banks.
It’s not really a con but I just don’t think the story has enough punch to it. I wasn’t as drawn in as I thought I would be when reading the first chapter. Granted, every novel isn’t going to hit you with the first line but I definitely expected a little more from this author. I’d mentioned earlier that the descriptions were minimal, and they were, but I think a little more risk could have been taken. I hear often from readers that they don’t want to spend two or three pages describing…a tree but we aren’t talking about a tree here. Historicals are written in a time before our own. Just simply describing the actions of highland warriors, in all their handsome glory, isn’t enough for me. I would have liked to read a little more of how dilapidated Ewan McCabe’s keep is. We definitely spend more time in the characters’ heads than we do in the actual setting.
This is sort of a contradiction but I do like that we know how our characters are feeling. Initially it seems like we are really getting to know them; what they think, what they feel, how they feel. I just wonder if it’s just too much. I also must say that the story line is a little old. Not that it doesn’t have its own twists and turns but being a regular romance reader I’ve seen this so many times. I just wanted something a little different.
Everyone knows the twist on the warrior out for revenge, the woman who needs saving. The warrior has a hardened heart and the woman is a spit-fire, slip of a “lass” that obeys no one. He kidnaps, rescues, or wins her and either forces, convinces, or is “decreed” to marry her. She’s angry and resistant, he’s convincing with his “loving” and she eventually turns his heart warm and fuzzy. It’s Stockholm syndrome at its finest! Not that I wouldn’t read this story line expecting something different each time (insane, obviously) but I haven’t!
You never know, my opinion of the book might change as I get closer to the end. I hope it gets better! I would hate to start off on an iffy review.