New Release Review: The Taming of Malcolm Grant by Paula Quinn

The Taming of Malcolm GrantThe Taming of Malcolm Grant by Paula Quinn
Book #4 in The MacGregors: Highland Heirs
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
ARC provided by Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 . . .

Angie’s Review – 3 Skulls – C

The Taming of Malcolm Grant was the story of a Scottish rogue who has always found good fortune with his looks – until he falls in love with a woman who sees not with her eyes. While this book was the fourth in the series, it was my first from this author, and I didn’t feel lost while I was reading it.

I really enjoyed Malcolm’s character. He was purported to be arrogant, and in some cases he was, but he was mostly lonely and desperate to fall in love – though I’m not sure he’d admit this. He was incredibly loyal to his family, especially his brother, and he was a protector to everyone around him. Emma took longer for me to warm up to. I thought she was a bit immature at times (I had to keep reminding myself that she was only 19 years old,) and then wise beyond her years at others. She was a gifted healer, and she loved to keep Malcolm on his toes. (And trust me – he deserved it!)

While I thought this story was enjoyable, it seemed to drag at parts. Even when the bigger scenes at the end were happening, the pacing felt off. At least a quarter of this book could have been trimmed, and I think it would have kept things moving along better. Most of it took place in one location, and I think that had a lot to do with it. I had two major issues with this book – for one, Malcolm has been celibate—celibate!—for four years. He was determined not to fall in love, but at the same time, he didn’t want to have sex anymore if it was apart from love. I just didn’t get the reasoning behind this. If he had never found love, would the reputed rogue never have had sex again? Also, in an effort to speed their relationship along, Emma spends time with another man to make Malcolm jealous. With as open and honest as she was the rest of the time, this just didn’t seem to be an accurate reflection of her character. I was disappointed with that turn of events. The highlights of this book for me were the secondary characters, especially Malcolm’s brother, Cailean. They had such a wonderful relationship, and it was nice to see them bonding. I also liked Alison, one of the prostitutes at the brothel where Malcolm and Cailean were staying. She was very sweet and loyal.

While I did have some issues with this book, it was a decent read. And I am especially looking forward to Cailean’s book!

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order
1.0. The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell
1.5. The Sweet Surrender of Janet Buchanan
2.0. The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd
3.0. The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor
4.0. The Taming of Malcolm Grant

Thank you to GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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