Tuesday, April 12, 2011

To Tame A Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning

I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. After reading the first one and being underwhelmed by the time travel aspect, I assumed this one would be much the same, however, in my opinion, this book is much better than the first. With the exception of the mention of a few characters from the first book in the series, To Tame a Highland Warrior can easily be read as a standalone novel.

Why did this one work for me? Well, no time travel, for one thing. Another important factor is the truly tormented hero, Gavrael McIllioch, aka, Grimm Roderick who, while he had superhuman powers, didn’t act like a superhero. In fact, he hated what he was – a Berserker. The stuff of nightmares, the very thing parents threatened their children with to get them to behave. He didn’t trust himself, couldn’t control when the Berserker in him would appear, and worried that one day he’d hurt the woman he’d come to love, Jillian St. Clair.

Jillian had been in love with Grimm since she was a young woman of only twelve and had no intention of ever wedding anyone except him. So it didn’t sit well with her when her father summoned three men to “come for Jillian” to compete for her hand in marriage. Grimm was one of those men who had been called for, and even though he came, he had no intention of marrying her. But he couldn’t stand to see anyone else win her hand, either.

This was a fun, sexy, and sometimes sad, story that can easily be read even if you haven’t read the first book, Beyond the Highland Mist. Although a couple of the characters from the BTHM are mentioned, they played such a small role that you’re not missing anything by skipping their story. Unless of course if you love time travel, have a go at it.

I hear the series gets better and better, so I’m looking forward to reading more.

I'm giving this one 4 of 5 stars.

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