A woman’s tender touch
He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavreal 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 the love his love for the 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 is book two in the Highlander series and, man, was it good! I really, really, enjoyed this book. I won’t lie, I was a little nervous about it because I didn’t particularly enjoy the first installment of the series. But, thankfully, that was just an anomaly. KMM is still awesome (there wasn’t ever any real doubt) and I haven’t lost my marbles. Everything is okay.
We met Grimm in Beyond the Highland Mist. He’s Hawk’s best friend, and he’s just a little bit of a loner. His past is shrouded in mystery with no one having any real idea what his story is, and he sees no reason to change that. Grimm’s pretty content with his lot in life. Granted, he doesn’t see a HEA in his future, but things are going well. Until he gets a letter from Jillian’s scheming father. Three words, no explanation. Needless to say, Grimm is thrown into a bit of a tailspin. “Come for Jillian”? What does that mean? Is she okay? What’s going on? Once upon a time, Grimm and Jillian were thick as thieves. Until Jillian started growing up, and Grimm began experiencing what he deemed “inappropriate” feelings for her. Then he started acting like an ass and he eventually bailed. But he never forgot about her which is why, when that letter came through, he didn’t hesitate; he rushed to get to her.
Jillian has a bit of a reputation of being a paragon in her community. Seriously, as far as those people are concerned, she borders on the divine. The only problem? Jillian is dead set against getting married. Her status as a single lady has been the subject of many a family argument, but Jillian doesn’t care. She’ll get married when she finds a love like that shared by her parents. So Jillian has no idea what her father is planning. Her parents just told her that they were going to visit one of her older siblings and their new grandchild. They’d be back in a few months (this was back in the day, remember) and left on their merry way. Jillian was a little surprised by their departure, especially considering all the arguments that she and her father have been having. Part of Jillian’s father’s frustration stems from the fact that she has gone to great lengths to remain unattached, even going so far as to profess a desire to become a nun. Pretty much a surefire way of scaring off potential husbands, to be sure. So, when her parents decides to take their little trip, Jillian thinks that maybe she’s won the war, after all. You can imagine her surprise when Grimm and two other guys show up, telling her that her father sent them to “look after” the keep while he’s away. Jillian would have been annoyed with having to deal with the other two, but Grimm’s presence infuriates her. She swore the day he left that she would hate his guts forever. Now, here he is, as gorgeous as ever, and he’s still ignoring her!
I adored Grimm, I really did. I don’t normally like the whole “I have to act like a douche to protect you” schlep, but this was done really well. At no point did I want to smack him upside the head. And Jillian was pretty cool, too. I think that it can be quite hard in historicals for woman to really make any impact because the author has to keep the setting in mind. And while Jillian wasn’t over the top kick ass, she wasn’t a push over either. She knew she wanted Grimm, and she wasn’t afraid to go after him. Considering that Grimm was the biggest obstacle to their relationship, I totally commend her for her patience.
I just want to share two moments from this book that had me laughing out loud. Both of these scenes involve Grimm’s uncle, Balder. This guy was a complete and utter rock star, and my favourite peripheral character in To Tame A Highland Warrior…
The voice so like his own whipped his head around. He stared up at the two men, uncertain which one has spoken.
“Grim,” he corrected instantly.
The man on the right erupted into an immediate bluster. “What the bletherin’ kind of name is Grim? Why not be namin’ yourself Depressed, or Melancholy? Nay, I have it-Woebegone.” He cast a disgusted glance at Grimm and snorted.
“Lad?” The way Grimm uttered the single word made his threat clear.
But Balder was unruffled. His mouth twisted with a sneer. “Listen up, son of the McIllioch, you doona frighten me. I’m far too old to be put off by a young pup’s growl. You won’t let me call you by your God-given name, and I refuse to call you that ridiculous appellation you’ve chosen, so it’s either goin’ to be ‘lad’ or it’s goin’ to be ‘arsehole’. Which do you prefer?”
Read that last bit without laughing. I bet that you can’t, because as well as being able to write epic romances and amazing stories, KMM is one funny lady.