Sunday, May 1, 2011

To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning

Title:   To Tame a Highland Warrior
Author: Karen Marie Moning
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Highlanders #2
Main Characters: Grimm & Jillian
Release Date: December 1999
978-0440234814 or 0440234816
Publisher: Random House
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99 
Borders- $7.99 
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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 Review:
Jillian is 21 years old and her father has decided that it's time for her to marry, so he sends for three Scottish warriors to win her heart...Ramsay, Quinn, & Grimm. All three men are in love with her, but only 2 are pursuing her- Ramsay & Quinn. The problem is, she wants Grimm.

Grimm loves and wants her too, but he refuses to give into those feelings. He's a Berserker, a fabled warrior with a beast that lives inside of him that lives only for killing and blood. Grimm also believes that madness runs in his family after seeing his father murder his mother when Grimm was only 14. Grimm is afraid that if he marries Jillian, then he would eventually kill or hurt her and he will not allow that to happen.

This is a great book. There is no denying that Jillian & Grim love each other from the very beginning and as a reader, it makes this book very emotional. These are both really strong people that you can't help but admire and pull for their happily-ever-after.

Both Jillian & Grimm are totally self-sacrificing and strong in the level of their love. Here's a passage from Jillian that shows it brilliantly...
"Kaley, if I knew that I could only have a few nights in that man's arms or nothing, 
I would take those magic nights and use them to keep me warm for the rest of my life."
Chills! Jillian's parents have a marriage of passion and love and she simply will not accept anything less. Like I said, they are both really strong and courageous characters.

Another thing that I loved about this book was the strong sense of camaraderie  between all the men in the book. Quinn & Grimm are best friends and that friendship shines out of the pages of the book, even though they are basically in competition with each other. Even the scenes early in the book with the 3 men (Ramsay, Quinn, and Grimm)- they really are fun to read with the joking around and mutual respect and honesty that the scenes show. And then later in the book, you see the same thing with Ronin and Balder. They are brothers, but also friends.  They rely on each other for advice and support- it's just really nice to read about these types of relationships between men. 

I think that may be part of what sets the writing in these books apart. There are conflicts and disagreements about feelings and you have to have that so that there is conflict in the novel. But the way that Karen Marie Moning writes this conflict is with a great sense of respect- both in the maturity of the characters and in their relationships with each other. It's an amazing writing skill that few authors can pull off and she does it brilliantly.


Amy said...

I'm so glad you're liking these! Just wait till you get a little further in and you start recognizing characters from the Fever series :) I think I might have to go back and re read these..

Christi Snow said...

I was thinking about this last night, Amy...that I need to go back and find all their names so that I will recognize them when I see them in these books...

Julie said...

KMM is brilliant. You are so right! I liked Grimm. He made me happy. ;)