The 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
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!
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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