Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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

Synopsis (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....
My Thoughts:  Well, hello, Grimm.  I liked you in book 1 and everything but you blew me out of the water in this book.  Because, you know, I'm all about the sexy, tormented hero who has to find a way to be with the woman he loves beyond all others.  That's you, Grimm.  You're the sexy, tormented hero and I'm totally down with you nailing the girl.  I'm also down with her initiating the nailing and going all GRRRR on you when you're trying to be noble.  I'm an equal opportunity nailer.  Or however you'd put that.

I loved Grimm.  Loved him.  He was both passionate and controlled, wild and loving.  It didn't even bother me that he continually tried to deny his feeling for Jillian.  Normally I'd be sending a virtual smack up alongside the head for that, but it worked here.  Maybe it was because their interactions were so incredibly cute.  I don't know.  I just... liked it.  I liked that Jillian ended up childishly telling him that she hated him every time he'd pick on her.  I liked that he resorted to practically pulling her pigtails whenever they'd get close to one another.  I loved that she couldn't keep her eyes off him.

It was sweet.  Which is a funny thing to say since Grimm is such a badass warrior.  I mean, he can channel such power and yet in Jillian's presence he's smitten.  He's putty.  He's a gooey molten chocolate cake with a delicious filling.  Oh.  That sounds naughty when it's not in my head.

Anyway.  I really liked this one.  Tormented men are my downfall.  Grimm's got that going for him and he's kinda awesome because of it.

Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Beyond the Highland Mist

More books by Karen Marie Moning

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge

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