Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Taming the Highlander (The Scottish Relic Trilogy #2)
by May McGoldrick

This new historical romance from May McGoldrick pits one spirited lass against her biggest challenge yet: a Highland lord who has no desire to lose his heart.

Innes Munro has the ability to "read" a person’s past simply by touching them, but her gift comes with a heavy price: her freedom. Forced to stay at desolate Castle Girnigoe, Innes never expects to be drawn to the wounded warrior who haunts its dark passages and challenges her at every turn.

Conall Sinclair, the earl of Caithness, carries the scars of battles with the English and the lash marks of their dungeons, but the wounds that fester within give him even greater pain. Isolating himself from his clan and the rest of the world in a tower perched on the wild Scottish coast, Conall is reluctant to let the spirited Innes close to him, however neither can deny the growing passion that ignites with every look, every touch.

But can Conall ever love a woman who can read his darkest secrets and feel the pain he hides... and can love really tame all fears? As dangerous forces close in, Conall and Innes must take the ultimate leap of faith and forge a bond of trust that will save them both...or lose each other forever.

I went into this book not realizing it was the second book in a series, but I was still able to follow what was going on in this book. I do think this book could be read as a standalone, but I think readers will enjoy this book more if they read the first book before reading this one. That being said, I really enjoyed this book! I thought Taming the Highlander was captivating, funny, original, mysterious, and romantic. 

I thought the plot of this book was so interesting. There were elements of magic and mystery. I found those aspects to be really exciting and unique. It was great to have an addictive plot outside the romance. I sometimes find straight romance novels to be boring, but the other plots in this book kept me hooked. I also loved the way the author described the scenery. I felt like I was actually in Scotland, and it was beautiful! 

I really liked the two main characters, Innes and Conall. Innes was a loyal and smart woman. I liked how she was a woman who didn't let anyone order her around. Innes was quite stubborn which was a little annoying at times, however, I admired how strong willed she was. Her stubbornness lead to some great banter between her and Conall. Conall was a typical mysterious romantic hero, but I still fell for him. Conall was a dark and damaged man, but he slowly warmed up to Innes. I liked seeing them play off of each other. They had a great love hate relationship. However, when they finally got together, I felt like their declarations of "love" felt a little rushed. I wanted them to be together, but I just felt like everything was rushed once they finally gave into their passions. 

Overall, I thought this was an entertaining and romantic read. If you are looking for a historical romance with an addictive mystery, then I would recommend this book to you!

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for a honest review. * 

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