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Book:”Taming The Highlander” by May McGoldrick
(Scottish Relic Trilogy), Book 2
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook
Heat Rating; Mild
Overall Rating: 5/5*
Bravo McGoldrick does it again with another extraordinary novel that Historical romance readers will absolutely love! Weaving true Scottish history into her new breathtaking magical fictional romance! Even has her hero dealing with PTSD. This is another breathtaking, quick paced, page turning masterpiece of a story! In addition with so many twists, turns, ups and downs on this bumpy ride. I was actually holding onto the edge of my seat, with bated breath and anticipation, not knowing what could possibly happen next! In addition a drool and swoon worthy hero that will makes all lassies hearts skip a beat! A total win/ win in my opinion, one readers of historical romance don't want to miss! For lovers of Scottish historical romance it's a definite must read!
“Taming The Highlander” is book 2, of the magnificent “Scottish Relic Trilogy.” Readers can also read this as a stand alone book. I just personally feel book order is a bit more fun!
The Scottish Relic Trilogy of this sensational “Wheel of Lugh” relic saga continues…
Scotland, 1544, Castle Girnigoe
This heroine of this book is Innes Munro. The daughter of Laird Hector Munro, and older sister of Ailein. Innes, the elder sister, is the one with the relic stone gift. As she can mind read, feel and see what people are thinking and feeling just by using her hands. She basically goes through the same intense experience in her mind, as the person she touches experienced in reality. In addition feeling every raw emotion they felt during the experience as well. Well it is the sixteenth century, so psychics, mediums and anyone with telepathic abilities were often considered being in league with the devil or a witch. Plus accused of being anti- Christian, as in history the church held much power in society as did the crown. Innocent people were often marked as heretics and murdered, if not believers of the same faith. So only Innes’s sister and father know of this gift. They both know her very survival depended on them keeping this quiet and secret as well! As this information could be very dangerous, even deadly If word got out to the wrong type of people.
As the Munros are at Girnigoe Castle for the wedding of their daughter and sister Ailein and Laird Bryce Sinclair. Bryce, was a widow and whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances. The clan needed a rich heiress - due that he had emptied their coffers to pay ransom to free his brother Conall. He is the previous Laird of Girnigoe and the current Earl of Caithness. Conall had been presumed dead and spent the past year in an English ndungeon mistreated and tortured by the English! Bryce and Ailein are also a love match, but get off to a bumpy start why she begs her big sister she adores to lengthen her stay after the wedding.
Conall Sinclair, Earl of Caithness is the hero. He suffers from PTSD in my opinion, of course no diagnosis in the 16th century. As he lives with guilt, remorse and self-crimination plus is plagued with personal demons and nightmares! Feeling he let down his clan losing so many of his clansmen during the Battle of Solway Moss. His clan had thought him dead for months, as he would not reveal his high born status which set the English to continue his torture sessions. Then one obviously betrayed him revealing his true identity to the English to ransom.
Bryce who loved and adored his older brother emptied their coffers, as Bryce would do anything to get Collum back. Another addition to all the guilt and shame he feels. Collum refused to take his title of Laird back, feeling so much self loathing that he didn't deserve it nor want. It is obvious his clan still loves respects and honors him.This only makes him carry more guilt and burdens on his soul. Not to mention losing a hand, plus his guilt, shame and torture he had to endure while in English custody. Plus all his nightmares and day terrors he lives with every day and night! He was all set to put himself in self exile and leave the clan in definitely! That is until one small beautiful new visitor turned his head then things go in a different direction!
His first glimmer of hope is this unique and mysterious elder sister of his new sister-in-law. The one who always wears black and gloves who starts to enchants and dazzles his heart and soul! Stirring feelings inside of him like desire he never felt before or at least not like he did for this unusual woman. Even though he doesn't realise it at first it isn't she the physical either though she is a beauty.Yet she is intelligent, independent, kind, stubborn, and great chess opponent! Plus the only person who seemed to start to open his cold heart feeling things he wasn't sure he wanted to feel. Could this be love? Yet Innes gives him hope for a possible bright future again. Is that even possible for a man like him?
Collum doesn't know Innes’s deepest darkest secret! A secret that could destroy this new found happiness. Innes knows most men couldn't handle this power of her. Some may call a gift but ships definitely feeling as a curse. The burden she has to live with her entire life until death. Innes's met him with her hands accidentally exposed has felt his deepest his route , pain and shame. If the time comes that she confesses her darkest secrets will he feel the same? Or will he feel violated and exposed and abandon her breaking her heart? Will hearts be broken and he become a recluse again. Plus unknown to him their is very evil man and his minions hunting Innes to murder and steal the relic! Is Innes in immediate danger? Will they succeed? Will Collum be able to live with his beloved's demise? Many unanswered questions that I absolutely recommend to read to find out the answers! A total masterpiece of a story that I could not put down,
My favorite character and hero in this book is a four legged wolf named Thunder. A definite scene stealer if you ask me! You will have to read this amazing book to see if you agree? Although I think any animal lover like myself will! I personally love beloved animals in stories!
An emotional, heart-pulling, soul catching, riveting adventure, full of adventure, mystery, intrigue, betrayal, folklore-myths-legends, murder, mayhem,hope, faith and romance! Breathtaking setting, enthralling plots and amazing dialogue that always had me both mesmerized and captivated from start to finish.
May McGoldrick has been one my favorite novelists in Scottish historical romance genre for decades. As they write such powerful, strong, phenomenal, exhilarating, can't put down novels, that I absolutely love! “Taming The Highlander” was no different as I loved this story as I did in book one in “Much Ado About Highlanders!” Yes, also Alexander Macpherson show up in this book too! For all you (Macpherson fans like myself) and his relic power wife Kenna MacKay. I love when the characters from the previous book shows up in the current book. It is kind of like a character reunion for readers!
I now can't wait for “Tempest In The Highlands”coming out 12/6/2016 sadly the last book in this trilogy!
I was given this ARC book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review through netgalley.
The Scottish Relic Trilogy by May McGoldrick
1.Much Ado About Highlander's - Alexander Macpherson & Kenna MacKay
2.Taming The Highlander - Collum Sinclair & Innes Munro TBR 9/6/2016
3.Tempest In The Highlands - Rob Hawkins & Miranda MacDonnell TBR 12/6/2016