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Title: To Tame a Highland Warrior
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Published December 1st 1999 by Dell
ISBN: 9780440242178
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A Woman's Tender Touch 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 ravis A Woman's Tender Touch 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. 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....

30 review for To Tame a Highland Warrior

  1. 5 out of 5

    valee

    I loved this book. Really, I don't get why people say that you could skip the first two books in the series and it wouldn't matter. This first 2 books may not be as good as the rest but IMHO they are still worth of being read. The first one was good, but this one was awesome. I know that this will be another series to add to my favs list soon. I'm not adding this book to that list, but if the rest of the books in the series are even better than this one they'll end up there because this one almo I loved this book. Really, I don't get why people say that you could skip the first two books in the series and it wouldn't matter. This first 2 books may not be as good as the rest but IMHO they are still worth of being read. The first one was good, but this one was awesome. I know that this will be another series to add to my favs list soon. I'm not adding this book to that list, but if the rest of the books in the series are even better than this one they'll end up there because this one almost did. I really liked the "Berserker" thing. It was something new which I hadn't heard before. What's not to love about sexy and really hot Scottish alpha males. How could someone not love this book? I can't wait to read the next book. Awesome series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    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 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)

    ★1 star..★ - FULL ON RAMBLING AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! I can't tell you how much it pains me to give this a one.There was so many things,I found irritating in this book and well the main lead characters were a huge part of that. I get that this book is a second-chance-at-romance kind of book and I also went in KNOWING that it will take a bit of time before the two main characters,let go of their resentment and pride and got back together.But DAMNMIT ! Did all that unnecessary drama have to be ★1 star..★ - FULL ON RAMBLING AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! I can't tell you how much it pains me to give this a one.There was so many things,I found irritating in this book and well the main lead characters were a huge part of that. I get that this book is a second-chance-at-romance kind of book and I also went in KNOWING that it will take a bit of time before the two main characters,let go of their resentment and pride and got back together.But DAMNMIT ! Did all that unnecessary drama have to be dragged almost for the whole 80% of the book ?! There was nothing delightful or witty about their sparing.In fact,I found it downright insulting and hateful.All they both ever did was insult and humiliate each other for the whole half of the book.Yes,they did have feelings for each other and yes they did brood in silence BY THEMSELVES in pain.But they never,not once showed a soft spot for the other,in the presence of each-other. So I really found it abrupt & absurd when they suddenly ended up together,just because we were nearing the end.Just Because! I mean if a guy 'secretly' loved me,but went around insulting me in front of everyone I know while simultaneously throwing me in the way of every other suitor present. Rest assured,I can very decisively tell you,I would never hold on to any secret hope of marrying him,Unlike the heroine, Jillian who basically ran behind the hero to just plain annoy him. THIS IS NOT ROMANCE,PEOPLE ! The other problem I had with our male lead character was his low,as in REALLY LOW SELF ESTEEM. "Oh no,I'm a Berserker! I'm mad ! Gosh,a beautiful goddess like Jillian should never end up with a half human like me! Oh no! I should never tell her my secret! she must never find out!" -Grimm,the hero's attitude for the whole 75% of this book. AND last but not the least.WHY IS THIS BOOK IN THIS SERIES?! I read Book one and it had time-travel in it,I read book four it had time travel in it.I read book..and yes time-travel there too. Then why not here? Why? Ugh,so much of my precious time wasted...Why? :'( This series in Ratings so far: #1 Beyond the Highland Mist - 5 Stars ! (Review=https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) #2 To Tame A Highland Warrior - 1 Star :( [The ONLY book in this series I rated so low.]Here's why->(Review=https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) #3 The Highlander's Touch - 3 Stars (Not bad but not that great either.*Shrug*) #4 Kiss of the Highlander - 5 Stars !! (Review = https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) #5 The Dark Highlander - 4 Stars :) (Review = https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) #6 The Immortal Highlander - 4.75 Stars ! #7 Spell of the Highlander - 4 Stars. (Review= https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) #8 Into the Dreaming -4 Stars :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    This love story is about Grimm the strong warrior that had made wishes upon the stars for his best friend Hawk to find his true love in the first book of the series. Grimm already has a true love and for his own reasons he is trying to avoid her until her father decides to play the matchmaker. My favourite scene was the stealing of the bride from the church. I seriously pray to find such scenes in the romantic books I am reading. This book made my day when I finish it and I highly recommend it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    I’ve become quite a big Moning fan since I read the Fever series, and so reading her Highlander series, I had high expectations. And while Beyond the Highlander Mist wasn’t exactly my favourite Highlander historical, I found that To Tame a Highland Warrior was an improvement. I LOVED the heroine, Jillian! I loved the fact that she was a headstrong female and was aware of her feelings for Grimm from the very beginning. Despite the fact that she gets easily infuriated by Grimm’s less-than-roman I’ve become quite a big Moning fan since I read the Fever series, and so reading her Highlander series, I had high expectations. And while Beyond the Highlander Mist wasn’t exactly my favourite Highlander historical, I found that To Tame a Highland Warrior was an improvement. I LOVED the heroine, Jillian! I loved the fact that she was a headstrong female and was aware of her feelings for Grimm from the very beginning. Despite the fact that she gets easily infuriated by Grimm’s less-than-romantic ways, she is so endearing as a character that she easily became one of my favourite heroines. The scene about Grimm’s shirt was so adorable. Grimm has a way of dazzling Jillian to the point of where she fumbles over her words and turns red from embarrassment. But to me, it only makes me love her more. I loved her sharp tongue and the fact that she had no pride when it came to loving Grimm. Similarly, Grimm was a great hero. He has his demons that haunt him, his Berserker curse. But he learns to accept his inherited gift. There were times when he infuriated me because he holds back so much, to the point where you question if they will ever get together. But, as with all romance novels, there is a happy ending. This one just takes longer to get there. Nevertheless, it’s worth the wait. I’ve been chatting with few friends about cheesy romance covers and I think this one had a very good one before! It makes me laugh each time I see it. One can never resist smiling at waxed chests. Look at it and just try to resist laughing!! I dare you!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    2 1/2 to 3 stars I'm glad I read this series out of order (these books can be read out of order). I'm honestly not sure if would have continued the series had I read the first three books in the series first. Personally, I don't think the series was particularly engrossing until after the third book. Books four, five, and six are my favorite, with book six, The Immortal Highlander, my favorite of the series. You must, however, read books four, five, six, and seven in order. I recommend reading th 2 1/2 to 3 stars I'm glad I read this series out of order (these books can be read out of order). I'm honestly not sure if would have continued the series had I read the first three books in the series first. Personally, I don't think the series was particularly engrossing until after the third book. Books four, five, and six are my favorite, with book six, The Immortal Highlander, my favorite of the series. You must, however, read books four, five, six, and seven in order. I recommend reading the series in this order: Kiss of the Highlander (#4),The Dark Highlander (#5),The Immortal Highlander (#6), Spell of the Highlander (#7), The Highlander Touch (#3), Beyond the Highland Mist (#1), To Tame a Highland Warrior (#2)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Gah! This was just painful. I'm so surprised that I managed to finish it. That probably had a lot to do with me having nothing else loaded to listen to on my drive to work and back. Plus, I liked the accents and visions of kilts (mmm, tasty.) This was about a brooding hero full of self-hatred for being a berserker and the ditzy heroine who would settle for no other to wipe his feet with her (until later and then it was nothing but mwah, mwah, mwah, mwah, “Oh, you have beautiful breasts,” and "Le Gah! This was just painful. I'm so surprised that I managed to finish it. That probably had a lot to do with me having nothing else loaded to listen to on my drive to work and back. Plus, I liked the accents and visions of kilts (mmm, tasty.) This was about a brooding hero full of self-hatred for being a berserker and the ditzy heroine who would settle for no other to wipe his feet with her (until later and then it was nothing but mwah, mwah, mwah, mwah, “Oh, you have beautiful breasts,” and "Let me reach up your kilt and squeeze your..." mwah, mwah, mwah.) The story starts with the girl's "da" and "ma" going off to visit relatives, leaving the heroine to choose (unknowingly, of course) between three hunky studs to wed, one of which is our dreary and whiney hero. Lots of hot come-ons by the other two and nothing but "No, Jillian, I'm an evil be-ZURRR-ker (so hard to emulate an accent, dammit!) You’ll only hate me when you find out what I am.” Said to himself, of course. Hardly any direct conversation took place between the H and h for two-thirds of the book except for “Go away, peahen” and “Why, Grim? Why?” over and over and over and over and… you get the picture. I did drop a jaw when they finally got them some and it wasn’t three pages towards the end, but we still had to contend with the H’s nightmares of rejection and self-hatred as well as all the hoop jumping to ensure that the h never found out that he was an evil beast. Her having watched him single-handedly take out a village of bad guys five years before didn’t give her a clue. She was a whole fifty feet away, after all. In fact, she had to have someone practically put in writing with before and after photos of the H’s ancestors. (Sorry, portraits. This was set five hundred years ago. But they were soooo lifelike! Even the one’s engraved in the castle walls because the H’s genealogy is just that cool!) We had our requisite berserker-saving-heroine-from-the-sneaky-and-evil-of the-three-suitors scene. And eff me if he hadn’t been the only hot one! Should’ve figured that. How the hot bad guy managed to get in the impenetrable fortress and out with a kicking and screaming heroine right under the noses of three berserkers is beyond me. So much for their super senses. It turned out ok, though, because apparently berserkers sprout skin like flying squirrels that allows them to escape bottomless pits. Haha! Don’t believe that. I made that up. He actually hit a ledge that was over five minutes of free-fall down into the pit the bad guy lured him into and sprung back out like superman in time to save the heroine. It was so touching how they looked lovingly into each other's eyes while the hero stood there in berserker-mode, holding the dripping, decapitated head of the bad guy. ~sigh~ (I told you it was painful.) The scene tying everything up into a big happy bow included a visit from some characters obviously from a previous book about a time traveling wench and her hot, kilt wearing stud. What a kick to see how confused the current heroine got when she used all her twenty-first century lingo! (I hope you recognize sarcasm when you see it). The sad part is, I have the next book in this series. I don’t think I can do it. What a waste of time and resources. Alas… But, hey, don’t let me stop you from reading this. There are seemingly hundreds of 4 and 5 star reviews just plastered all over the place. Though, it might be just because of the kilts.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steven Walle

    I enjoyed this book very much. The narrator of the book did excellent accents and voices.I did this as a buddy read with my friend Vicki Goodwin. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    A Highlander book+mythical creature+ strong heroine-> me happy! "To tame a Highland Warrior" tells the story of Grimm and Jillian. When 13 year old Gavrael summons the Berserker at the pinnacle of sorrow and anger, the unknown creature possesses him. Ashamed of what he's become, he leaves the past life.. including people he's met and assumes the identity of Grimm. Jillian has always loved Grimm- when he walked into her life as kid-and also when he walked out breaking her heart as an adult. Years A Highlander book+mythical creature+ strong heroine-> me happy! "To tame a Highland Warrior" tells the story of Grimm and Jillian. When 13 year old Gavrael summons the Berserker at the pinnacle of sorrow and anger, the unknown creature possesses him. Ashamed of what he's become, he leaves the past life.. including people he's met and assumes the identity of Grimm. Jillian has always loved Grimm- when he walked into her life as kid-and also when he walked out breaking her heart as an adult. Years later at 21, she's unwed and her father asks three strong suitors to come for Jillian- Quinn, Ramsey and Grimm. Grimm has always been it for Jillian, her first love, her first kiss. Finding him back brings back a gush of memories she had never forgotten. He pushes her away a LOT in fear of her response to his identity, but she relentlessly pursues him and eventually he gives in. Mixed in are some sad misunderstandings, some revenge and some evil bastards. It started out AMAZING but around the middle I was a little annoyed at the way the courtship seemed one sided. I understand his reasons for keeping her away.. but still.. The love making scenes were HOT! There's a lot of pent up lust between the h and H and the plot is basically "I've loved you forever" kind. Extra stars for the sweet epilogue! Not safe by definition (view spoiler)[ they've know each other when she was a kid and he was a teen/ adult. She's seen him once with a maid. They separate for many years and pretty sure he moved on. Later she also kisses other men (hide spoiler)] 3.75/5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kübra Yağmur Aslanhan

    Ben yine hani bana, hani bana modundayım. Şaşırdık mı? Acımıyor ki bu kahpe yazarlar bana. Sonra da hiçbir şey yokmuş gibi yaşamaya çalışıyorum. YOK YANİ YOK! BİR İSKOÇUM YOK NE YAPAYIM BEN? ölüyorum her okuyuşta ulan Bu aralar çok diyorum ama vallahi yazacağım yorum

  11. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness

    http://shamelessromancereviews.blogsp... To Tame a Highland Warrior - The second book in this series, I have to say was maybe a little better than the first. I loved the berserker aspect. I thought it was HAWT, but I wish he used his berserker just a little more. I didn’t even see Grim portrayed as anything than a butler in the first book so I was completely taken off guard when it was revealed he was a berserker. So Grimm turned Berserker at a very young age and with a huge fear of hurting the on http://shamelessromancereviews.blogsp... To Tame a Highland Warrior - The second book in this series, I have to say was maybe a little better than the first. I loved the berserker aspect. I thought it was HAWT, but I wish he used his berserker just a little more. I didn’t even see Grim portrayed as anything than a butler in the first book so I was completely taken off guard when it was revealed he was a berserker. So Grimm turned Berserker at a very young age and with a huge fear of hurting the ones he loved, purposely built no physical attachments to anyone. Grimm is called back to his Foster home to watch over and ensure the safety of the daughter of the man he called his father. Unbeknown to him he is actually in the running to win the heart of Jillian St. Clair. Grimm and Jillian clash like cats and dogs! And somehow Jillian ends every conversation with the three words ‘I hate you!’ Both characters were great and funny – one minute they hate each other the next they question their feelings. In the end you could have cut the tension with a knife! So when these two finally do get down and dirty – oh baby, its BERSERKER STYLE! I felt the story lingered a long time of them both wanting each other but not actually acting on it. Tortured heroes are always great, but I think the veil needed to be lifted a little sooner in this one. So what didn’t I like about the book? I hated that Grimm just assumed that Jillian wouldn’t love him if she knew what he really was. He just assumed he would lose control of his berserker and hurt her like his father presumable hurt his mother. Which leads me to my next cry baby whinge – he made WAYYY to many assumptions without thinking things thru. I was pissed thru a lot of the book thinking he needed to just get of his pedal stool and ask some questions. Oh and this one is the only one in the series so far that I have read that didn’t involve time travel. Otherwise a well written story, with only better books to come.

  12. 5 out of 5

    SamJ ★Needs a HEA★

    ★Book Basics★ Genre : - Historical Paranormal Romance Series : - 2nd in the series Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No, there are other "suitors" but no love triangle (hide spoiler)] Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes Rating - 2.5 rounded up to 3 ★Review★ As with book 1 Review Here I struggled with liking the heroine. Nothing I can really put my finger on, just something about them I ★Book Basics★ Genre : - Historical Paranormal Romance Series : - 2nd in the series Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No, there are other "suitors" but no love triangle (hide spoiler)] Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes Rating - 2.5 rounded up to 3 ★Review★ As with book 1 Review Here I struggled with liking the heroine. Nothing I can really put my finger on, just something about them I struggled to put my finger on. Felt like not a lot happened in maybe the first 60% other then them being mean to each other and wallowing in self pity. All sorts of back and forth in their minds, particularly the heroine. "Oh I love, him, oh he is so mean I hate him, I love him, he hates me, oh this must mean he loves me, oh I hate him, I love him" and on. And certain things I just did not get. Grimm has spent time at Court, with Lairds etc, how was he unaware of the survival of his clan and this supposed "great city" given this is Scotland 500 or so years ago, when all clans or clans lairds would be known to other clans and especially their leaders! And there were other things that just made no sense to have happened that way. Again with the first book the dialogue did not feel all that authentic to an historical setting. I started enjoying it more toward the last quarter, as with book 1. And I was pleased for the HEA. But I have been reliably informed book 1-3 in this series are by far the weakest, and book 4 is when it gets great, so shall continue on.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Riverina Romantics

    Karen Marie Moning writes a floorless romance. This is the second book I have read in this series and on both occasions I have been gobsmacked at how perfectly proportioned they are. The drama, suspense and romance are all extremely well balanced that I was left in a constant need for more. The sex scenes are written without explicit detail giving it a more romantic feel and aren’t a big part of the story – concentrating more on the emotional love instead of the physical. Karen also seems to have Karen Marie Moning writes a floorless romance. This is the second book I have read in this series and on both occasions I have been gobsmacked at how perfectly proportioned they are. The drama, suspense and romance are all extremely well balanced that I was left in a constant need for more. The sex scenes are written without explicit detail giving it a more romantic feel and aren’t a big part of the story – concentrating more on the emotional love instead of the physical. Karen also seems to have a profound confidence in her knowledge of the books era. She makes it sound completely realistic that its hard not to feel a part of the story and any writer that can use the word ‘infinitesimally’ and not sound like a tool gets a big two thumbs up from me. This is the second time I have been left with a pounding heart and I can’t wait for the third. Favourite quote...and who’s heart wouldn’t pound at the sound of this: “I wake up wanting you. I fall asleep wanting you. I watch a magnificent sunrise and can think only of sharing it with you. I glimpse a piece of amber and see your eyes. Jillian, I’ve caught a disease, and the fever abates only when i’m near you”. *sigh*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    Is there some rule in writing a historical romance novel that the male character must be a total jerkbag? And, the female must be a complete and utter fool? Cuz, this is the second book in a row that I have been completely and utterly disgusted by the depiction of my gender. I mean, okay, girls like reformed bad boys sometimes - reformed being the key word here. But, the idea that we are all aflutter when some guy treats us like dirt might possibly give guys the wrong idea (not to mention girls Is there some rule in writing a historical romance novel that the male character must be a total jerkbag? And, the female must be a complete and utter fool? Cuz, this is the second book in a row that I have been completely and utterly disgusted by the depiction of my gender. I mean, okay, girls like reformed bad boys sometimes - reformed being the key word here. But, the idea that we are all aflutter when some guy treats us like dirt might possibly give guys the wrong idea (not to mention girls who read these things). Being ignored, called names, physically intimidated, and rejected over and over again is NOT attractive! But, that is how our "hero" treats the heroine of the story. And, she frankly can't get enough. She follows him around, even after he tells her to go away (continually), and throws herself at this man who treats her like crap. Sorry, I had to DNF this book. I had heard that Puck, from the last story in this series, was going to be in all of these books, but he wasn't around. And, there was nothing riveting about this story of a stupid, desperate girl to keep me reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    A re-read (listened to audiobook). A fun installment in the series, and I remember absolutely loving it the first time I read it a few years ago, but after re-reading books 4-7 last month (Kiss, Dark, Immortal and Spell), this one just didn't seam to be able to compare. Still, a really fun and sexy highlander story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    K.

    [Audiobook: "To Tame A Highland Warrior" by Karen Marie Moning; Phil Gigante/Reader = 5*] The first time I did the "skim" on this book and wasn't too interested in reading it completely, and now I realize I was probably just taking a nose-dive on the series as a whole after starting it at "The Kiss of the Highlander," an absolute favorite. After KOTH, I read through the end of the series, went back and read "The Highlander's Touch," which was just "okay" for me. Then read "Beyond the Highland Mis [Audiobook: "To Tame A Highland Warrior" by Karen Marie Moning; Phil Gigante/Reader = 5*] The first time I did the "skim" on this book and wasn't too interested in reading it completely, and now I realize I was probably just taking a nose-dive on the series as a whole after starting it at "The Kiss of the Highlander," an absolute favorite. After KOTH, I read through the end of the series, went back and read "The Highlander's Touch," which was just "okay" for me. Then read "Beyond the Highland Mist, another "just okay." So this book (which was supposed to be second in the series, but really has nothing whatsoever to do with the "main" storyline started at KOTH for the most part to me), was cast aside as probably just another "okay" book. Now I realize it was just getting rejected out-of-hand, when compared to the 4 and 5 star reads from KOTH forward. Boy am I glad I finally picked it up on a 3 for 2 credit sale at audible.com. I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book, and naturally, it was made all the more entertaining by the hottest male narrator going, Phil Gigante. (If only he would read the tax codes . . . my job would be so much more pleasant! ;) This turned out to be one of the best "beauty and the beast" storylines I've read to date, the best part being "the beast" is really handsome, rather than an ugly beast, which I consider a MUCH better visual! ;) As a 14-year old victim of a rival Scottish Highland clan that is determined to wipe-out Grimm's existence, along with his village and relatives, Grimm learns of his fate to go through life as a "berserker." Berserkers are Scottish folklore warrior's rumored to have incredible powers of skill, strength, hearing and eyesight, and actually go through a physical metamorphosis bodily to become twice their size (which is already a big, beefy highlander) -- a "beast" basically. At the height of the attack, Grimm has his first experience of "the beast inside” making an appearance and aids in single-handedly putting an end to the slaughter. Through shear overwhelming power, that he finds strange and out-of-control," his family's enemy is driven back, but not before taking a tragic toll on his village and life. Grimm returns to his home after the experience to discover his parents’ fate, only to find his blood-splattered father leaning over the bloodied corpse of his mother, knife in hand. On first sight, Grimm immediately recognizes his father also has the "curse of the beast" and assumes the worst: That his father lost control and killed his mother while under his "beastly" berserker influence. Grimm, devastated and disgusted by what’s inside of him, runs away, vowing to never return or acknowledge his family again. While destitute, starving, and barely surviving in the woods, a young girl comes upon Grimm, and immediately implores her parents to take Grimm under their wing and foster him. Grimm is immediately taken with the little girl, Jillian, and they grow up together happily until Grimm realizes he's falling for the beautiful and blossoming Jillian. At 22 he leaves the 16 year old Jillian behind, as he fears the "curse of his beast" will end up hurting her as his father did his mother. Jillian is crushed, as she has known that she's in love with Grimm for a very long time, and she feels ultimately rejected by his abandonment. Six years later, Jillian, refusing to marry, is on the verge of spinsterhood and her parents have concocted a plot to reunite Grimm, along with two other possible suitors to force her to accept a marriage proposal from one. Grimm returns under the guise of a note from her father stating "Jillian needs you." Having vowed to always protect her, he can’t get back to her fast enough, only to do a 180 and completely reject her and his feelings again, shoving her toward the other two men who’ve arrived as well. And once again he’s begun the process of crushing her completely. These two can’t stop “hating to love each other.” I’m not sure how much was KMM’s writing (always good for me) or Phil’s reading (again, more than “yummy”), but I’m so glad I gave this last book in one of my favorite series another shot. My usual “heart-pang” is the test of any romance novel that is a worthy read for me (multiple heart-pangs on this one), and when added to an interesting “fairytale” romance, I can’t lose. Plus I was treated to some of KMM’s trademark humor she did so well in the other books. She also ties the story in nicely with the H/h from “Beyond the Highland Mist,” not a fav for me, but still a decent book. If all of that wasn’t enough, Grimm and Jillian are just two really likeable people, despite all their “bickering,” which is really good writing, since I normally hate that kind of romance. Here, KMM included enough thoughts of love and reasoning for each of the characters actions, that I understood all their emotions and insecurities. A good solid love story. I’m glad I didn’t miss a “last” possible visit for me to the Scottish highlanders of KMM! [*sigh*:] K.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura the Highland Hussy

    This is a re-read for me. I love Karen Marie Moning, and I credit Monica McCarty for pointing me in her direction! This is a great romance. Grimm is a Berserker, but is ashamed of it-he has no idea that it is a family trait passed down to him, and he should be proud of it! Instead, he believes that he watched his father murder his mother, and then the enemy of his clan slaughtered everyone in his clan-he then called on the legend of the Bereserker to help him defeat the enemy. Really his Berserke This is a re-read for me. I love Karen Marie Moning, and I credit Monica McCarty for pointing me in her direction! This is a great romance. Grimm is a Berserker, but is ashamed of it-he has no idea that it is a family trait passed down to him, and he should be proud of it! Instead, he believes that he watched his father murder his mother, and then the enemy of his clan slaughtered everyone in his clan-he then called on the legend of the Bereserker to help him defeat the enemy. Really his Berserker traits hit with puberty and the first time he sees bloodshed-for him about age 14. But his memory is flawed...his poor father lost his wife to the enemy, and Grimm thought he'd killed her! so Grimm left his clan and grew up with another family. Jillian's family fostered him and she fell in love with him. She thought he loved her back because he kissed her, but then his cruel words and sudden departure break her young heart. But her father devises a scheme to force her to wed...he invites 3 young men (Grimm is one of them) to help her out while he's away, and she is to pick one by the time her parents return. Well she and Grimm have sparks flying every time they are in the same room together. And finally one night, they have crazy hot sex and Grimm panics and leaves her to marry one of the other men. Idiot male. So she plans to wed Quinn and Grimm does actually show up in time to stop the wedding, but that's only the middle of the book! There is so much more before he finally gives his heart fully to Jillian-he finds his clan is thriving, and his father was innocent of the charges Grimm threw at him. The ending has a wedding with our friends Hawk and Adrienne from the first book Beyond the Highland Mist and a sweet HEA. My only wish would have been to see Quinn get his own book. He seemed the perfect type of hero for a Highlander book. Too bad Ms. Moning has said she's done with our favorite Highlander series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    It's a highly forgettable romance with the Highlander setting. This book doesn't work for me because... The characters are paper-thinned. The story is just a run-of-the-mill romance. Nothing special. Some of the scenes are comical and light-hearted enough, but the story as a whole does nothing to me. Sexy Dangerous Mysterious Bad Boy With a Dark Past? No, I don't find this sexy, it's so overused, it isn't even interesting. There's a sweet and good-nature Boy Next Door type male character, but of cou It's a highly forgettable romance with the Highlander setting. This book doesn't work for me because... The characters are paper-thinned. The story is just a run-of-the-mill romance. Nothing special. Some of the scenes are comical and light-hearted enough, but the story as a whole does nothing to me. Sexy Dangerous Mysterious Bad Boy With a Dark Past? No, I don't find this sexy, it's so overused, it isn't even interesting. There's a sweet and good-nature Boy Next Door type male character, but of course he isn't going to get the girl. Also, I don't find kilt sexy. Call me narrow minded, but I just don't understand the appeal. Still, I give this book 2.5 stars because unlike Darkfever, I don't hate the characters in this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Şeyma

    Okuduğum en iyi İskoçyalı.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liz Hopps (Elizabetha)

    Bueno... dejaré algunas frases para que entiendan mi calificación y, seguramente, cuando esté un poco mejor de salud les cuente por que este libro es pretencioso (quiere ser una novela histórica fantástica con un desaprovechado montón de research motológico por parte de la autora) un cliché con patas, maqueteado, con diálogos falsos, cursi, sin romance (las escenas de cama no tienen más que calentoneo y mordidas en las nalgas, pero cero intimidad), con una mitología viciada (la leyenda es mmmm) Bueno... dejaré algunas frases para que entiendan mi calificación y, seguramente, cuando esté un poco mejor de salud les cuente por que este libro es pretencioso (quiere ser una novela histórica fantástica con un desaprovechado montón de research motológico por parte de la autora) un cliché con patas, maqueteado, con diálogos falsos, cursi, sin romance (las escenas de cama no tienen más que calentoneo y mordidas en las nalgas, pero cero intimidad), con una mitología viciada (la leyenda es mmmm) y un problema padre hijo bien estúpido. Debo reconocer, hidalgamente, que Quinn y su perfección cabelleresca me pareció agradable, al igual que Ronin, el padre del protagonista. Además,me veo en la obligación de mencionar que la autora no tiene un mal oficio, pero, lamentablemente, es afectado y, en muchos momentos, hasta remilgado en su intento de que parezca que la historia es romántica y sensible. Por estas últimas razones, le libro tiene un estrella y no cero xD! Vamos con las perlitas literarias... "Horas más tarde, una Jillian saciada yacía en un charco de satisfacción en su cama." Guak, guak, guak, eso del "saciada" y del "charco" me dieron ñañaras... hartas... Y déjenme decirles que no tiene nada que ver con negar el derecho de la mujer a experimentar gozosamente su sexualidad y decir que la encuentra rica , sino con que la imagen es GUAK para mi, como pegote y desagradable. ¿Por qué esta autora le da con que el tamaño Si importa y todos su héroes son potente y admirablemente dotados? "Se levantaba ante ella como la naturaleza lo había modelado: un guerrero poderoso con ángulos duros y planos musculosos. Su mirada se dejó caer más abajo y se fijó en lo que seguramente debía haber sido el regalo más abundante que le había dado la naturaleza. Ella se mojó los labios, un gesto mudo de deseo, ignorante del efecto que tenía en él." Aclárenme una cosa, ¿por qué encuentran sexy que tu "enamorado sensual" (mino rico en Chile) te llame "muchacha" ? Onda, ¿Que? ¿Ah? En mi mente es como "Ven acá Muchacha metete a mi cama que te daré placer" ... ¿Es que a nadie le parece que es como el papy chulo reggetonero que te perrea al oído? ¿Ah? Noooooo .... Noooo ¡Horror! Interesante:nuestro héroe es un ser sensible quien, a pesar de ser medio bestia y rudo a morir (y tener la manía de pasarse la mano por el pelo), lee a Esopo, junta flores y notitas de amor en su libro y protege valientemente y (obvio, desde las sombras) a su amada (Obvio, en secreto y a quien rechaza por su bien) rubia y virginal (dos obvio) Jillian (quien, obvio, se muere por dejar de serlo y le pone harto empeño en lograrlo con resultados apoteósicos, con una "perfomance" de su parte impecable y una perdida de su "pureza" sin dolor ni nada, a pesar de el, también obvio, problema de la "grandeza" de su amado xD!). Pero aún así, a pesar de su aparente caballerosidad, de ser algo desvalido en la lucha contra sus "sentimiento" y que está destinado a amar salvajemente a un sola mujer en su vida ,es, a su vez y para más "perfección": **Totalmente carnal blablabla **Dios del sexo blablabla **ardiente como una hoguera blabla **salvaje, pero preocupado en el sexo (donde, como y cuando xD! Seguro!) blablabla ** mujeriego (le gustan las taberneras) blablabla ** gran miembro (que es así, según su poseedor, para "satisfacer a las mujeres") blablabla **cuerpo escultura blablabla **belleza de arcángel blablabla ** sonrisa cruel y labios sensuales blablabla Bis Bis bis al infinito y más allá Por la C*** W***, como decimos en Chile, O sea... O sea.. xD! Cómico a morir. P.s. Olvidaba un dato súper importante el se llama Gavrael Roderick Icarus McIllioch... ICARUS, quien se llama ICARUS en los Highlands, ah? ah? xD! Supongo que la filosofía de la autora es que "lo que abunda no daña" xD! Lo cual, si bien puede servir en una trabajo para el cole, no funciona en un libro. Lo peor, está puntuada en Goodreadd casi solo con 5 estrellas What? WHAT? ¿Cómo? El mundo está loco... o yo soy una estúpida.... Elijan la opción que más les guste ... ¡Piedad y Misericordia!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liv

    I'll be very honest upfront, that I much prefer KMM's Fever series than this Highlander series. Perhaps it may have to do with the fact that the two series are slight different genres - Fever is more UF while Highlander is more PNR, and I'm usually more of an UF fan... Anyway, I still thought that this was an easy read. Sometimes I thought the stubbornness of Jillian, the female lead, was actually quite funny. Her initial interactions with Grimm were always bickering and bantering, but meanwhile I'll be very honest upfront, that I much prefer KMM's Fever series than this Highlander series. Perhaps it may have to do with the fact that the two series are slight different genres - Fever is more UF while Highlander is more PNR, and I'm usually more of an UF fan... Anyway, I still thought that this was an easy read. Sometimes I thought the stubbornness of Jillian, the female lead, was actually quite funny. Her initial interactions with Grimm were always bickering and bantering, but meanwhile it was obvious that she was still immensely attracted to Grimm regardless of his aloof attitude. The internal struggles that Grimm experienced were also well described. I think KMM had a way with words, which captured the readers' attention and enabled vivid imaginations... Also, given that this is a PNR book, it certainly fulfilled its share of hot romance... Even though I enjoyed this book and will definitely continue onto the next installments in the series, I could not bring myself to giving it any higher rating than 3 stars (I was actually tempted to only give 2.5). The plot was extremely predictable and the "hidden" villain was so obvious that the hints literally screamed in your face! So there were no surprises and excitement from a plot perspective. Furthermore, perhaps it was my logical mind at work again, or may be I was just being picky with things in general, but I found the following issues with the book... (1) Errors - there were glaring editing errors in several places. They were so conspicuously wrong that I couldn't just forgive and move on... Seriously, how can you ignore a sentence when the subject should be a "he" but it got printed as a "she"??!! There were a few similar editing errors found throughout the book and they really bothered me. (2) Inconsistencies with the characters... So let's see, the book prologue opened in year 1499, when Grimm was in a battle and at the time he was only 14 years old. Then it was forwarded to present-day year 1515. So, by simple addition Grimm should be 30 years old (or at the very least 29 years, since the book kept mentioning that he had been away from home for 15 years since the battle). Now, let's look at Jillian, a beautiful girl who grew up with Grimm and she was 21 years old in present-day year 1515. So again, simple math tells me that Grimm and Jillian should be AT LEAST 8 years apart in age, right? But no, wait, in the middle of the book, Jillian recalled a kiss that she shared with Grimm when she was 16 years old and he was supposed to be 22 years old at the time... Okay, guys, does this make any sense? So they were supposed to be 6 years apart in age then? But hey, didn't I tell you already that he should be at the very least 8 years older?!?!? Like, how does this add up?!?!? I know this seemed like a trivial thing and most people probably wouldn't even notice, but sorry, this really bothered me... Why? Well, that would lead me to the third issue that I have... (3) Moving on, to talk about my last issue... So, for the moment, let's presume that these two characters were only 6 years apart (instead of 8 years). Grimm met Jillian when he was 15 or 16 years old. And they supposed to have fallen for each other then (according to the story)... Ewwww.... that's just gross!!! Jillian would have been only 9 or 10 at the time, doesn't this seem a little odd to you?!? Yuck! I would have felt better if she were only a year or so younger, but not THAT MUCH younger!!! Geez... Honestly, I had to consciously tell myself to just ignore that "growing up together" bit because it was just, kinda... ewww... Really, I'm not complaining... I really thought that this was an easy, fun read, aside from those little itsy bitsy things that buggd me...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Too much pondering and filler. If a few people would talk to each other truthfully there would be no story. STORY BRIEF: Grimm is a berserker. When he sees blood, he turns into a super warrior – stronger and faster than others. His wounds heal magically. It is close to impossible to kill him. His father is a berserker, it’s inherited by males. The McCanes have hated the McIlliochs for generations. When Grimm was 14 he had not yet been told he was a berserker. At that time the McCanes attacked his Too much pondering and filler. If a few people would talk to each other truthfully there would be no story. STORY BRIEF: Grimm is a berserker. When he sees blood, he turns into a super warrior – stronger and faster than others. His wounds heal magically. It is close to impossible to kill him. His father is a berserker, it’s inherited by males. The McCanes have hated the McIlliochs for generations. When Grimm was 14 he had not yet been told he was a berserker. At that time the McCanes attacked his family. Grimm saw his father kill his mother. Then Grimm became a berserker for the first time and killed most of the McCanes. Grimm didn’t understand what he had become. Grimm ran away from home never to return. He thought his father was insane. He also thought he should never marry because he might kill his wife the way his father did. Soon Grimm met Jillian. They fell in love but Grimm left her because he didn’t want to hurt her. Fifteen years later Jillian’s father sends a letter to three men asking them to come to his home “for Jillian.” The three men were Ramsey, Quinn, and Grimm. The father wanted Jillian to choose one of them to marry. Grimm comes but knows he will never marry Jillian. It’s obvious that Jillian and Grimm love each other, but Grimm insults her, rejects her, and hurts her over and over. He repeatedly tells her to marry Quinn. REVIEWER’S OPINION: This is book 2 in the Highlander series. In book 1, the couple loves each other but the female rejects and hurts him for most of the book. In book 2, it’s the male who rejects and hurts her for most of the book. I was unhappy with this plot for both of these books. The following comments are about book 2 only. A common plot device in romance novels is to create conflict between a couple based on vague communication and inaccurate assumptions. It’s overused in this book. I hated the way Grimm made false assumptions about other people and then rejected those people. He assumed Jillian would never love him if she knew he was a berserker. That was false. He assumed he would harm her because he was a berserker. That was false. And then for almost the entire book I watch stupid things. For example Jillian comes up to Grimm and starts to rub his back. When he turns around a few minutes later. He tells he to go away. She said I thought you liked the back rub. He says he thought it was a tavern wench doing it. That was a lie. He knew it was Jillian. He tells Jillian she should marry Quinn. Then a little while later he thinks she and Quinn are having sex, so he is in a rage and jealous and breaks down the door to stop them. After he has sex with Jillian for the first time, he says you must marry Quinn. You are not safe around me. When Jillian asks Quinn about things, he won’t answer. One time his answer was “not so many questions. Give me time.” So many conflicts based on not communicating. I wanted to throw this. I suffered through it. I did not enjoy it. Most of the book was pondering and filler about nothing. Very little plot. The narrator Phil Gigante has a wonderfully deep voice and does the men well, but I don’t like the way he does female characters. He uses a high-pitched voice that tends toward weak and whiny. DATA: Unabridged audiobook length: 10 hrs and 23 mins. Narrator: Phil Gigante. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 5. Setting: 1499 and 1515 Scotland. Copyright: 1999. Genre: historical paranormal romance.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nihann~

    SEVGİLİ LADIES Historical Romance okuduğumuz tarihten bu yana İskoçlara hayran olduk, ( ki sizi bilmem ama ben hala daha hayranım, ) ve itiraf edelim onları İSTEDİK ama kitaplarda olsa bile o kadar savaşa dayanamayıp elbet ölüm haberlerini almaktan korktuk DERKENNNN.... İSKOÇ ERKEKLERİNİN PASLANMAYAN,LEKE TUTMAYAN, EKRANI ÇİZİLMEYEN ÖMÜRLÜK-FULL(?!) GARANTİLİ VERSİYONUNU YAPMIŞLAR. ---> BERSERKER Efendim kendileri bizzat Kelt Efsaneleri tarından %100 garantilenmiş olup bu "efsanevi" meziyetleri SEVGİLİ LADIES Historical Romance okuduğumuz tarihten bu yana İskoçlara hayran olduk, ( ki sizi bilmem ama ben hala daha hayranım, ) ve itiraf edelim onları İSTEDİK ama kitaplarda olsa bile o kadar savaşa dayanamayıp elbet ölüm haberlerini almaktan korktuk DERKENNNN.... İSKOÇ ERKEKLERİNİN PASLANMAYAN,LEKE TUTMAYAN, EKRANI ÇİZİLMEYEN ÖMÜRLÜK-FULL(?!) GARANTİLİ VERSİYONUNU YAPMIŞLAR. ---> BERSERKER Efendim kendileri bizzat Kelt Efsaneleri tarından %100 garantilenmiş olup bu "efsanevi" meziyetleri de sadece savaş meydanlarıyla sınırlı kalmamaktadır. (Uww beybi!) Benim kitabı bitirdikten sonraki tepkim kitabı başlarken ki tepkimin aynısı oldu. Yeniyılla paket olark gelen finallerim yüzünden 2014e mental olarak girememiştim. Şimdi de ders notu beklemekten giremiyorum. Ve bu durumu dileyemediğim 2014'ten yeni yıl dileğim için fırsat olarak görüyorum VEee... Can I take one Berserker for my own please? ONU İSTİYORUMMM!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    I am so far behind on writing my reviews right now that I am having a hard time justifying the time it will take me to write a full review for this book when I didn't even like it. But on the other hand I also feel like I should justify why this was only a two star book for me... I'm going to make this short and to the point. It wasn't as bad as the first book in the series, but not significantly better either. The "twist" to reveal the bad guy was pretty obvious and although I liked the female le I am so far behind on writing my reviews right now that I am having a hard time justifying the time it will take me to write a full review for this book when I didn't even like it. But on the other hand I also feel like I should justify why this was only a two star book for me... I'm going to make this short and to the point. It wasn't as bad as the first book in the series, but not significantly better either. The "twist" to reveal the bad guy was pretty obvious and although I liked the female lead in this book better than the first book (by a lot), and even better than some of the female leads that we get later on in the series, she wasn't enough to get me through this book. If you are considering reading this series, I would say unless you are a die-hard Moning fan or are one of those people that CANNOT skip books in a series, this one would be okay to pass on and you will not miss anything from the later books in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erica Ravenclaw

    Previous Reviews (also the order I read them in, YOU DON'T OWN ME) Beyond the Highland Mist (#1) Spell of the Highlander (#7) Kiss of the Highlander (#4) The Dark Highlander (#5) The Immortal Highlander (#6) Into the Dreaming (#8) Up Next: The Highlanders Touch (#3) I had no intentions of reading this book, I clumped this into "no thank you" after reading the first installment. Skipped ahead to the Keltar portion of the series and read on happily. Then I got to the end and started to panic a little, it Previous Reviews (also the order I read them in, YOU DON'T OWN ME) Beyond the Highland Mist (#1) Spell of the Highlander (#7) Kiss of the Highlander (#4) The Dark Highlander (#5) The Immortal Highlander (#6) Into the Dreaming (#8) Up Next: The Highlanders Touch (#3) I had no intentions of reading this book, I clumped this into "no thank you" after reading the first installment. Skipped ahead to the Keltar portion of the series and read on happily. Then I got to the end and started to panic a little, it couldn't be over? You see, I read the Fever series, then started on Highlander, and I am currently in a group re-read of Fever, all I've done for a month is read KMM and get utterly and completely lost in the universe she has created. Her first three books (Highlander 1-3) lack the continuity of Highlander 4-8 then of course all through Fever. I understand she changed publishers and could explain some of the changes I've noticed, but with that said I really didn't plan to read it at all. Big surprise, I read it desperate for more. I'll take my plate of crow now. WHATEVER. Alright, so in Beyond the Mist we learn about Grimm, as the best friend of the male MC Hawk. To be frank he's kind of a dick in that book, when I realized that he had his own book I was totally disinterested. It picks up in Hawk and Adrianne's castle, where Grimm gets a summons from someone in his past with a rather cryptic message to come get Jillian. It's quickly alluded to the fact that this woman is someone he deeply cares for and rushes out. When Grimm arrives at the St. Claire home (castle) Jillian is enraged by his very presence and tries to have him removed. Silly woman, doesn't she know she has no say? Her father was actually the one who summoned Grimm, so he must stay until her father returns and releases him. We don't really know their back story other than she saved him when he went insane and was living in the woods. Yeah... In come two other "suitors" who have arrived to win her heart, all arranged by her meddling father as she's OLD at 22 and still not married. Yeah... Here are some things about this book that I could have done without. The constant use of the word "berserking". The whole "I can't tell you anything because you won't love me anymore". The "I'm going to hurt you by leaving you, in order to prevent you from getting hurt". Oh yes and the "You are a woman and don't have a say at all". It's actually not a bad story, or a bad read, but if I wasn't on the death rattle of an addiction, I wouldn't have read this in the first place. I am Taylor Swifts disapproving expression.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zeek

    Turned berserker at a young age- Grimm Roderick managed to avoid any firm emotional attachment for years for fear of him hurting the ones he loves while in a rage. Called back to the place that he called home after leaving his birthright- his only reason for returning now is to keep a vow he made to a man who raised him as son. Well that and the fact he couldn’t resist seeing the laird’s beautiful daughter just one more time- and ensure her safety. But once there he did his best to avoid her, bec Turned berserker at a young age- Grimm Roderick managed to avoid any firm emotional attachment for years for fear of him hurting the ones he loves while in a rage. Called back to the place that he called home after leaving his birthright- his only reason for returning now is to keep a vow he made to a man who raised him as son. Well that and the fact he couldn’t resist seeing the laird’s beautiful daughter just one more time- and ensure her safety. But once there he did his best to avoid her, because Jillian St. Clair had turned into a beautiful woman he couldn’t resist and just as she knew the tall and noble Grimm was supposed to belong to her, he knew she was the last person he could ever attach himself too, for she could tear down every defense he had built bolster his raging emotions. Besides one man would stop at nothing to destroy any berserker he came across and it seemed it had found Grimm Roderick nee Gavrael McIllioch once again. Grimm would have to go home- his birth home- before he would complete his journey and it’s the last place he ever wanted to go. But there he must go to reunite with his own berserker father- the father who had murdered his mother before his eyes. Because only his father will help him get to the truth as well as finally defeat his fiercest enemy- before he destroys Grimm and everything he has ever loved. Well I made it thru this one, although it seemed to go on forever. When I tried to read this yrs ago I gave up before page 20 but a friend gave me this one and a few others on Audio so I gave it another try. The story lingered far too long on Grimm and Jillian wanting each other whilst Grimm fights the attraction and then later with the big misunderstanding between Grimm and his Father and also the truth of Grimm’s berserker status which he keeps from Jillian. The other issue for me was the reader for the Audio book- Phil Gigante has a beautiful voice but to hear him speak the horrendous euphemisms Moning uses for manly parts and talk about Gillian’s aroused nipples made me wince and laugh in embarrassment as if I was sitting in the room listening to him record it. He also gave the heroine a whiny voice- and considering Moning already wrote her as such- I wanted to pull my hair out at the overload. Anyway, it ends quite Happily Ever After of course, babies and all- unfortunately it took far to long to get there and by then I actually was wishing for a NON h.e.a just to alleviate some boredom. There's nothing in this that connects to Moning's Fever series so if you're reading it for hopes of that- you can save yourself the torture. Wish I had.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

    [image error] I think it is safe to say that I am developing a fetish for kilts because of this series. Currently I have about 10 tabs open of hot men wearing kilts Grimm with a sad past... Gets saved by a beautiful girl when he is 14 years old - Jillian St Claire. But his past haunts him and he must leave her behind as he thinks that is the best way to keep her safe. Stubborn ass! I never wanted to throttle a man more than Grimm. For a man who raised himself from a "wee lad" into a true bad ass [image error] I think it is safe to say that I am developing a fetish for kilts because of this series. Currently I have about 10 tabs open of hot men wearing kilts Grimm with a sad past... Gets saved by a beautiful girl when he is 14 years old - Jillian St Claire. But his past haunts him and he must leave her behind as he thinks that is the best way to keep her safe. Stubborn ass! I never wanted to throttle a man more than Grimm. For a man who raised himself from a "wee lad" into a true bad ass alpha with lots of money he has the the worst self-esteem. At some point I kept waiting for Jillian to say "eeeh... too much work... got 2 more vying for my attention". But that thought disappears quickly as he is Grimm and no other can compare. But all is well in HEA Kilt land with minor fires, poisonings, stabbings, feral animals, broken tables & occasional bloody attacks.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ronda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2nd read - audio, so much better than the first narrator! Still 5 stars too! *********************************************** My first pleasant surprise, or maybe delight is a better word, was that this story is about Grimm. Grimm was an instant hit to my heart during the first book so to see his history before me was sheer delight! I was moving along the pages at a nice pace, all along thinking that this book was a worthy 4 stars! At what point this changed is debatable in my own mind... It could h 2nd read - audio, so much better than the first narrator! Still 5 stars too! *********************************************** My first pleasant surprise, or maybe delight is a better word, was that this story is about Grimm. Grimm was an instant hit to my heart during the first book so to see his history before me was sheer delight! I was moving along the pages at a nice pace, all along thinking that this book was a worthy 4 stars! At what point this changed is debatable in my own mind... It could have been the way Jillian was placed in front of her 3 suitors, of course one being Grimm, or it could have been when Grimm finally abducted the *willing* Jillian from her wedding to Quinn! Maybe it was when Grimm had no choice to return home and discover his past was not as morbid as he thought and his own father had not killed his loving mother... whatever the reason, this book acquired the 5th star and a night of not being able to put the story down!!! I loved this book, a truly gripping tale with twists and turns right up to the final battle... I wonder what the next tale will bring...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alana ~ The Book Pimp

    You know, even this (in general)loather of Historical Romance... I like these books! I think it's because as P.A. Lupton put it (I'm paraphrasing here) it's not about the timeperiod as the focus - the romance and the characters are the focus. It just happens to take place in the 16th century (I think- don't quote me on that date.) So I don't have to deal with the idiocyncracies of the day-to-day life of that age, or the 'expected' way to treat a woman (these woman are VERY independant and much m You know, even this (in general)loather of Historical Romance... I like these books! I think it's because as P.A. Lupton put it (I'm paraphrasing here) it's not about the timeperiod as the focus - the romance and the characters are the focus. It just happens to take place in the 16th century (I think- don't quote me on that date.) So I don't have to deal with the idiocyncracies of the day-to-day life of that age, or the 'expected' way to treat a woman (these woman are VERY independant and much more modern in their way of thinking.) Also, the narrator... *Sigh* Love those accents. Adore them. The audio is totally worth it! Comparing it to the Fever series- I still prefer Fever, I think because it is an 'urban' more modern day fantasy. But, I will most definitely be working my way down this series until I can finish off to see if it's wearing it's kilt in true Scottish fashion. *Please be commmando*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Again, I would have given this book a 3.5. I adored the characters and once again the female lead has a helluva choice. At least we think she does... Loved ALL the characters as is usual in a KMM book. She writes such strong, clearly defined relatable men and women, even if it is 16th century Scotland. She created great angst with this tale that began when both characters were young. There had always been an attraction there, but Grimm held fast to a personal vow he had made for all the wrong re Again, I would have given this book a 3.5. I adored the characters and once again the female lead has a helluva choice. At least we think she does... Loved ALL the characters as is usual in a KMM book. She writes such strong, clearly defined relatable men and women, even if it is 16th century Scotland. She created great angst with this tale that began when both characters were young. There had always been an attraction there, but Grimm held fast to a personal vow he had made for all the wrong reasons to never wed, let alone fall in love, even tho he already was... Would Jillian be able to break thru that hard headed man and get him to release the locks on his heart? You'll have to read to find out!

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