To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning
Form: Audio Book
A Woman’s Tender Touch
He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ancestors. Hiding his identity from the relentless rival clan that hunted him, he called himself Grimm to protect the people he cared for, vowing never to acknowledge his love for ravishing Jillian St. Clair. Yet even from afar he watched over her, and when her father sent an urgent summons, “Come for Jillian,” he raced to her side – into a competition to win her hand in marriage.
A Warrior’s Steely Heart
Why had he run from her so many years before? And why return now to see her offered as a prize in her father’s manipulative game? Furious, Jillian vowed never to wed. But Grimm was the man she loved, the one who urged her to marry another. He tried to pretend indifference as she tempted him, but he could not deny the fierce desires that compelled him to abduct her from the altar. She was the only woman who could tame the beast that raged within him – even as deadly enemies plotted to destroy them both….
To Tame a Highland Warrior was another good one from Karen Marie Moning. While I think it might actually be my least favorite of the entire series, it still offered the entertainment and general “goodness” I tend to expect from her. I did like the reversal of roles in this book which is different from every other Highlander book, where it is the female lead, Jillian, who must convince the Highlander, Grimm or Gavrael, to love her as he should. He does love her, but he’s so bent on who he is and his genetic inheritance – which his 14 year old self has somewhat botched up – that he cannot bring himself to allow him self to marry her.
This book was written before The Dark Highlander, but I think the male perspectives are similar. Both struggle with what they are which holds them back from loving their women as they should. The Dark Highlander is a much better rendition – just showing how KMM’s writing just gets better with each progressive book. The darkness that possessed Degas was much more alarming and sensual than the warrior hidden within Grimm.
I don’t really have a favorite part of this book. I guess perhaps maybe the fight and “make up” in the dining room, but really nothing really sticks out in particular as being the best part. I will say that the scene where Jillian is almost forced to marry Quinn and Grimm bursts through the door riding his horse, and leaves with Jillian, it just seemed like a stereo typical “romance novel cover” feel to it, and not something I’ve come to expect from KMM. I was sort of giggling at the cheesiness of the whole thing.
Two more books and I’ll have completed the Highlander series. Won’t you be so thrilled not to have read about them anymore?