Jun 29, 2010

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Review: To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning (Highlander #2)

Paranormal Romance
December 1 1999
Mass Market Paperback
366 pages
Dell Books

Yummy Man – Gavrael “Grimm” McIlliock
Kick Ass Chick – Jillian St. Clair

From Goodreads

“Only her love could gentle his savage soul–

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.

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…”

I seem to have a thing for tortured heroes…  I’m sure that is one of the main reasons I’m more drawn to Grimm than I was to the Hawk.  I love that Grimm is this lost little soul in a big burly man’s body.  I really love that he can only have one true mate his entire life.  But I’m getting ahead of myself…

“To Tame a Highland Warrior” by Karen Marie Moning is the second book in her ‘Highlander’ series.  Although I liked the first book, I really liked this second one.  For me, it came down to the characters.  I liked Grimm a lot in “Beyond a Highland Mist”, and he did not disappoint in his book.  Confused and riddled with guilt, he loves Jillian but can’t bring himself to take her.  Jillian has plans of her own for Grimm.  She is a spunky and adorable lass.  I really enjoyed reading her.  And she and Grimm are great together too!

I still haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to continue with the series.  I really didn’t like Adam Black in the first book, and the rest of the series focuses on him a lot – not to mention that the 6th book is All about him!  When I started reading books, I would buy an entire series all at once assuming that I would enjoy it.  I don’t do that anymore because I noticed it’s a little bit of a waste of money if you don’t especially like the first couple of books…lol  (I’d feel guilty that I have them and don’t read them, so I suck it up and read them anyways.  Then I’d notice that I’m not in such a good mood when I’m reading something I really don’t want to be reading…hmm, interesting.)  That means I do have all the other ‘Highlander’ books in my book closet. *sigh* I won’t throw them away or anything.  They’ll simply lie in wait on the top shelf behind other books in case I ever change my mind about them.  As for my quest to discover which ‘Highlander’ characters cross-over into the ‘Fever’ series…  I’ll just ask you guys!

4 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’What man would dare bamboozle a lass’s maidenhead with her mother hovering at her elbow?’

‘Och!  My mother, my da, my seven brothers, and my grandparents being in attendance didn’t stop you from bamboozling mine.’”


“Now that’s my idea of how a man takes a woman to wife.”

  1. I am in the middle of reading this book right now.
    And I too and reading this because of my fever for Karen Marie Monings “Fever” series- but also because I read the first book in this series last year and enjoyed it.
    Right now, this is my “fix” while I wait for the final book in the “Fever” series.



  2. It’s been so long since I read this series I don’t remember much about this book. I know Adam is in the other books but man you’ll be missing out …. I loved the 2 brothers Durstan and Dageus. Dageus’s book, The Dark Highlander was my favorite. Talk about a tortured hero. Sigh.

  3. This book didn’t really have anything to do with the rest of the series. Don’t give up – you haven’t met Drustan and Daegus and Cian yet! I think Adam has his own book but I forgot which one it is.

    After I finished the series, I kind of felt like book 1 & 2 were separate from the rest, but that’s just my opinion.

  4. All right, all right everyone! I’ll keep the books on the lower shelf of my book closet. I’ll read them soon instead of probably never… You have me curious about these brothers.

  5. YESSSS! You won’t be sorry!

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