Taming the Highlander by May McGoldrick
Series: The Scottish Relic Trilogy #2
Also in this series: Much Ado About Highlanders, Tempest in the Highlands
Published by Swerve, St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: September 6th 2016
Genres: Magic, Historical, Scottish
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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.
Innes Munro is at Castle Girnigoe for her sister Ailein’s wedding to Bryce Sinclair. When she arrives she meets Bryce’s brother, Conall who is a bit of a recluse at the castle, and is almost immediately smitten with the gruff man. Innes has possession of one piece of an ancient relic that gives her the gift of seeing people’s pasts when she touches them with her hands. When she runs into Conall she accidentally touches him and sees the pain and anguish he’s suffered. She wants nothing more than to ease his pain but Conall’s a bit standoffish.
Bryce lost a hand in a battle with the English and then was captured and tortured before he was ransomed to his brother. He doesn’t want to be taken with Innes but he can’t seem to make himself stay away from her. He leaves the castle after his brother’s wedding so he won’t be tempted by her but when he returns he finds Innes still in residence by request of her sister.
Though Innes and Conall try to stay away from each other they find themselves falling in love. Of course, when Innes tells Conall of her “gift” he may not want her any longer.
Another great book in the Scottish Relic trilogy. I really enjoyed Innes and Conall’s story and their rocky road to love. Conall was a man who carried pounds of guilt on his shoulders. He had taken men into battle and lost hundreds and hundreds of them to death as they were outnumbered. He felt responsible for all of the men that were lost and tried to live with the guilt every day. When he met Innes he felt happy but didn’t want to. He felt he needed to stay separated so that he could live with his guilt. I loved the way that Innes made him finally see that the deaths of those men weren’t his fault. When he finally let her into his heart it was a beautiful thing. Of course I have to mention Conall’s dog/wolf Thunder. He was just a puppy but was the size of a full grown wolf, and I loved him. He was such a great part of the book and I was happy McGoldrick added him to the story.
Innes had always kept herself separated from the world. Her sister and father knew of her “gift” as it had been passed down from her mother. She didn’t plan on ever marrying and at age 27 few would have her. When she met Conall he was more than demanding of what she should and shouldn’t do with her time. Though Innes wanted to dislike him I loved how she saw him as more than just his outer shell and gave him time to show her his true self. Their story was a slow burn that led up to a wonderful romance.
Of course we have a villain in the story as there’s a man who is trying to collect all 4 relics so that he can have ultimate power. He’s after Innes as he needs to take her relic and kill her in order to have the power the relic possesses. It was a small part of the story but still good. The first book in the series concentrated on the villain quite a bit so I was happy that this was mostly romance and that the villain got less page time. I’m still not sure why the author chooses to put some of the parts, which are in current time, in italics. It’s a bit frustrating as it throws me out of the book whenever it occurs – but maybe that’s just me, IDK.
Anyway, overall it was a good story and a great romance. I’m looking forward to the final book in this trilogy to see what happens.
Rating: 4 out of 5