I know I haven’t written a review for a while but I assure it’s for good reasons.I am on vacation, or at least I am enjoying the last few days of vacation. I have been enjoying the wondrous landscape of the Cougar Mountains near my sisters home. My family, which include my beloved husband Larry, Zoe and of course the wonderful wolf pup Alcide, seem to truly enjoy the wildfires of hiking while my hair and I struggle to enjoy the sudden humidity of rain fall. Even though I am grateful for the opportunity to send some natural quality time with my family, I also managed to sneak in some romantic reading. Yes, because says romance than having your teenage nephews arguing with their parental unities while you and your husband try to secretly kiss with your mother one thin wall away from waking into and creating an awkward situation. Thus I was more than happy to pick up “Taming Malcom Grant by Paula Quinn”.
When my mom asked me to go shopping with her to Fred Meyers, I though
1. Fred Meyers is way to big for anyone to shop here without going straight to finical debt. I spent majority of my time thinking my mom was a liar taking me to a clothing store when we were suppose to go GROCERY shopping.
2. O.M.G. This store is huge, and they have a book section. Not only did Fred Meyers have a book section, they and an entire file filled with Romance Novels. Minot, North Dakota does not have Romance novels that weren’t religious based. Fred Meyers has Romance themed novels in Paranormal, Fantasies, and of course Sci-Fi. Obviously, this isn’t a big deal if you live in a bigger are with a better retail store, however since I have spent the last three years in Minot, you’ll have to forgive me if I am shocked how open the book market is even at a local organic grocery store. This is also where I bought the newest book from Rick Riordan’s series Magnus Chase, that I desperately have to read very soon. But let’s get back to this romance novel.
As some of you may know, I am currently taking Gaelic or rather Gaidhlig lessons because despite what people might say I really love Gaelic, and not just because I am an Outlander fan. Some how I manage to convince myself that I can learn Gaelic and of course that meant that I fell in love with all thrilling, exciting, and of course cheesy romance novels, which means I have a large room of curiosity in Highlander Romance Novels thus why, when my mom asked me to at least put one item in for the grocery cart, I quickly put this Scottish Warrior romance novel in the car fast than she could call upon the power of Christ to banish her embarrassment of having a half naked man staring up at her while pushing the shopping cart.
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Taming of Malcolm Grant (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #4) by Paula Quinn
AN ALLURING LASS
Emmaline Grey spends her days with her beloved dog, dreaming of the sea-until a brawling Highlander shatters her quiet life to pieces. Though her blindness prevents her from seeing his face, his voice is a warm blend of velvet and silk, and his rakehell ways unmistakable. Risking the wrath of a rival clan as she nurses him back to health, Emma soon realizes the real danger is the magnetic pull she feels to this half-naked Scot recovering in her bed.
A RECKLESS ROGUE
With his rugged handsomeness and wicked charm, Malcolm Grant wants nothing more out of life than whisky, women, and the occasional war. The only lass he's ever trusted left him with more scars than a battlefield. Yet now at the mercy of this sweet stranger, Malcolm can barely resist the gentle hands that make him feverish with desire-until Emma, the one he will never have, is the only woman he wants . . .
Now Onto the Review
This is the first time I have ever rad a Highlander Romance novel, along with the first time I have ever read Pauala Quinn. Usually when I read a romance novel I want all the raunchy details that I can get. Thus why Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson are always great to read when I need raw emotional contemporary romance that does not hide from emotional or sexual details. However, I am visiting my family with my mom to near to get turned on with ever turn of the page, thus Paula Quinn is amazing. The way she rights her romance scene are not as detailed as Diana Gabaldon’s scene but they are soft enough that the book could be read in front of my nephews without blushing in front of them. (And yes I can blush despite my pigmentation!) Thus why I was even able to read this book without having my mother lecture me about reading a romance novel with a half naked man on the cover at the dinner table. But let’s talk about the characters.
Malcolm Grant is a Scottish Highlandr who is apart of Paual Quinn’s Highlander Romance series. I have only read this series but I am clearly interested in the rest of the novels because of how Grant fell in love with Emmaline. The romance in this novel is a slow raising romance that surrounds the tension within the plots twist and turns of the novel.
“The Tamining of Malcolm Grant” is about Mr. Grant, the tale begins when Mr. Grants attempts to do the righteous good deed of taking the youngest brother of the Grant’s family to a brothel to help lead him into manhood, of course this requires the great talent of a woman. This of course leads the Grant’s to the successful talent of Fortune Smile’s brothel, owned by Malcolm’s good friend Harry. While at the establishment it takes ABSOLUTELY not time for the Grants brothers to find themselves in a brawl which leads them to get seriously hurt leaving them in the merciful hands of Harry’s little sister Emmaline, “Emma” for short. Did I mention that Emma is blind? Honestly this book knocks out my two of my most curious romance themes, historical with blindness. I know how thinks about blindness with romance? I can’t help it, I have been curious about it since I was a little kid watching Fox’s “ Quest of Camelot”, or any martial arts move that has a blind martial arts master. Well of course Emma is not a martial arts master but she is the master at herbal healing. Another great feature that I love about the character profile in the book. Emma line is blind, losing her eyesight due to a great fever that she encountered in her childhood when she lived in France. Left to die she actually survived and found her way living in a wise-woman’s home who eventually taught her the ways of healing through the art of apothecary, along with learning to be lead with her trust canine companion as her seeing-eye-dog.
Malcolm is known in the brothel for ing a great sexual artist amongst the worst of the brothel, especially with one in worker in particular named Bess. Four years ago Malcolm attempt to filled his loss of love with the physical closeness of the sexual act. Despite the fact that Mlacom has not touched a woman in four years, vowing to his own self to be celibate until he can either fall in love or live his life without it, Bess still seems to hold the burning candle towards all the physical actions she felt before with Malcolm, even if Malcom finds himself more interested in the bonnie brave girl of Emmaline.
The connection between Emmaline and Malcolm is a slow rising connection that has all the tension of sexual frustration and character development. What I love the most about the relationship between these two is that the author truly gave us time to get to know each character as well as letting the characters get to know each other. Even though I was reading this book because of my own sexual frustration I found the genuine romance, along with the raising lustful relationship of the characters falling in love highly romance in all the correct ways. I really didn’t expect to like this book seeing that I just grabbed it out of my own frustration of my mother claiming that I wasn’t being helpful with the groceries. I was even more disappointed when I went back to the store to find more Quinn’s novel attributing to her Highlander series wasn’t available to read. Honesty! How are you going to give me a book but you don’t have any of the other books from the series available when I’m reading to read some more! ughs back to Amazon Prime I suppose! Honestly I should be practicing my Gaelic pronouncation, but instead I am taking a break ( actually I’m forced to take a break because my psoriasis has flared up on the cartilage of both my ears, I’m a walking medical nightmare yet my husband still loves me!). Needless to say, reading this book caused me to relax a great deal allowing my psoriasis not to become completely unbearable in nature!
I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars!
I would have like more of the activities of the book to be outside the brothel. I can’t imagine anyone having any type of privacy in the brothel. I think it would have been more enjoyable if the establishment were a haven that just so happen to be a underhanded brothel for those who knew the right words. I feel like if it were the case it would lead more to the threat of why Harry would be so easy to please the crocked family of the Winthers. The fear of having his establishment seized by English soilders. I also wish there were more moments between Sebastian and Bess to better explain how he manage to become so quickly intoxicated with her.
Beside those to features I will keep this book extremely close to my pursue to my on my bedside as a must re-read-read!
Happy readings Ya’ll!