Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Taming of Malcolm Grant (The MacGregor’s: Highland Heirs Book 4) by Paula Quinn - ARC Review

The Taming of Malcolm Grant
(The MacGregor’s: Highland Heirs Book 4)
By Paula Quinn
Pages: 384
Publish Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Forever
Source: Netgalley
Review requested by Author
GENRE: Historical Romance

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.

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 . . . 


Review by Ronda Tutt
a.k.a Queentutt

Historic Writing of Brilliance!

Ms. Quinn’s master piece of creativity combines one enchanting sexy rogue, one blind determined and independent Lass, and one incredible woven life of experiences filled with harsh realities and haunted regrets producing one visionary and heartfelt Highland Romance of all time.

I was totally spellbound from the first page. This exciting story is full of mischief, humor, deceit, jealousy, honor, death, and sacrifices.  The stunning characters will have you caught up in their story as if you were living it with them.

I loved getting to know Malcolm Grant.  His highland honor and pride are ordinary traits, however what captivated me most was his character’s demeanor and experiences of trying to correct his wrongs, giving up women for the last few years, separating himself from a previous clingy old rump in the sack, and rationalizing his purpose in life along with discovering if love would exist for him which had my heart singing for him.

Emmaline Grey (Emma), hands down is one of the best female characters ever created and that you will ever read about.  Sure she is like every other woman being independently strong and feisty but her special quality exceeds any personality trait I have ever read about.  She is blind but doesn’t let her handicap hold her back.  She acts like she is not blind and moves around like every other ordinary female.  She is intelligent and beautiful inside and out.  I loved that she was a healer and was knowledgeable of the herbs.   I fell in love with her Seeing Eye dog Gascon too and could feel the special bond between the two.

The character connection between Malcolm and Emma is explosive.  Emma is off limits due to respecting his friend’s wishes but their chemistry between each other is stronger than honoring his friend’s wishes.  Their sexual tension steams off the page and their toe curling interlude romantically involves a secluded beach and some ocean waves. SWOON! (3 Flames)

Other characters won me over too and I can’t wait for Paula Quinn’s next installment to find out more about these new characters.  Cailean, Malcolm’s young brother has definitely had his share of tragedy.  We already knew from a past installment that he lost his best hound but now he has had another great loss that will possibly send him into insanity or locked into himself forever being sad.  My heart just cries when I think of his devastating baggage. 

Also, the character Sebastian Winther has my interest.  It was bad enough that Sebastian’s brother Oliver is an evil monster who caused all kinds of hell and many died from him but Sebastian was the good guy and I hope the readers get his story of him living his dream of sailing his own ship.  Sebastian’s sexual charisma bled off the pages and I only wanted more of him.
In the end, I’m still reeling with the lasting images as they play through my mind. The Happy Ever After is blissful and has me satisfied with giddiness, yet the unfinished battle of the wicked evil Baron of Newcastle has me hungry for more story.  This is just an outstanding read and I totally recommend this historical romance to all readers.  I can actually say this is one story that I will enjoy reading over and over again and definitely will be keeping it on the shelf.

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