To Tame a Highland Warrior – Karen Marie Moning

I read this book in February 2007

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….

This is the second book in the Highlander Series and where in the first one love overcomes the boundaries of time, in this one love overcomes a legendary curse. And some legend it is! Gavrael the Beserker a.k.a Grimm Roderick has beserked his way right into my romantic heart.

It dit remind me a little of Rhage (from Ward’s Lover Eternal). Grimm too is a man with a beast inside who emerges when danger threathens en only the love of his mate can tame the beast. There were more similarities like the fear of hurting loved ones when he is in Beserk-mode en the not remembering what happens when he’s in that state. I really felt for Jillian not understanding why Grimm rejects her. She tries not to let him now by using harsh words but in her heart she feels truly rejected. At the same time I also feel Grimm’s incapability to embrace the love he feels because of his fears and his past. But it’s so clear that he lost his heart to the lovely Jillian a long time ago. In this book, not only the hero and heroin impressed me. Uncle Balder with his dry humor and remarks was great. Unfortunately no sign of the mysterious Adam Black this time but Hawk and Adrienne do appear in the beginning and the end.

My emotions weren’t in overdrive as in BTHM but there were the occasional giggles and lumps in the throat.The book wasn’t the emotional rollercoaster BTHM was, but nevertheless a great read..

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