To Tame a Highland Warrior

Mass Market Paperback | December 1, 1999

byKaren Marie Moning

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Only her love could gentle his savage soul—

He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ancestors. Hiding his identity from the relentless rival clan that hunted him, he called himself Grimm to protect the people he cared for, vowing never to acknowledge his love for ravishing Jillian St. Clair. Yet even from afar he watched over her, and when her father sent an urgent summons, "Come for Jillian," he raced to her side—into a competition to win her hand in marriage.

Why had he run from her so many years before? And why return now to see her offered as a prize in her father's manipulative game? Furious, Jillian vowed never to wed. But Grimm was the man she loved, the one who urged her to marry another. He tried to pretend indifference as she tempted him, but he could not deny the fierce desires that compelled him to abduct her from the altar. She was the only woman who could tame the beast that raged within him—even as deadly enemies plotted to destroy them both....

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Only her love could gentle his savage soul—He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ancestors. Hiding his identity from the relentless rival clan that hunted him, he called himself Grimm to protect the people h...

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"Highly original...sensual, hard-to-put-down romance. Karen Marie Moning is destined to make her mark on the genre."—Romantic Times"A hauntingly beautiful love story...Karen Marie Moning gives us an emotional masterpiece that you will want to take out and read again and again."—Rendezvous

Karen Marie Moning is the internationally bestselling author of the Highlander and Fever novels. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, and have one numerous awards, including the prestigious Rita. She lives in Georgia and Florida with her husband Neil and the world-traveling...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.88 × 4.16 × 1.06 inPublished:December 1, 1999Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To tame a highland warrior Excellent book, great characters, loved the story, didn't want it to end.
Date published: 2014-07-05
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Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To Tame a Highland Warrior Couldn't put it down! Smiled, laughed, cried... Didn't want it to end.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow The best of the highland series . My favorite ever
Date published: 2013-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Need a Good Summer Read? This is the Series for you. A more complex book then the first in this series this book focuses on Grimm, Hawk’s best friend, and Jillian a girl from Grimm’s past. Your heart goes out to Grimm as he tries hard to fight what he truly is and also what his heart desires. At the same time you want to cheer for Jillian who isn’t about to let anything deter her from what she wants for more than a few minutes. This story warms your heart. Two stubborn yet loving and wonderful characters make this book even better than book 1.
Date published: 2011-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love These Highlanders This is the second book in the Highlanders series and I loved it I flew through the book and I look forward to the next. This book centers around Grimm who is an awesome character that you heart goes out for and Jillian who is super strong and vulnerable at the same time and all you do is root for the happy ending. This books storyline took a bit of a different angle than the first book did but it still had all the great qualities that the last book had. Overall awesome book and awesome series I look forward to the rest. :0)
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A man so hot, even you'll go a lil Berserkers To Tame a Highland Warrior is book 2 in Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series. It packs more heat and a more complex storyline than the first instalment. Book 2 is all about Grimm, who we were introduced to in Beyond the Highland Mist as Hawk’s right hand man. Grimm leads a mysterious life with many secrets from the few people he’s ever come to care about. He’s a godly warrior, surpassing any humanly battling skills along with healing speed and has a seriously messed up past leaving him with some major daddy issues. Like anyone with a big case of daddy issues, Grimm has closed himself off emotionally from any romantic connections out of fear, but that doesn’t mean his primal urges are as controlled as he would like them to be. Grimm’s stubborn and shut off ways are tested when the man, Gibraltar St. Clair, took him in and cared for him, calls on him to return to the lowlands to tend to his daughter, Jillian. Jillian St. Clair has romanticized after Grimm ever since her family took him in, but Grimm fought off any advances she attempted on him and eventually ends up leaving once he feels responsible for putting Jillian and her loving family in harm’s way. Grimm and Jillian are different and very much alike all at the same time. They both fight off their feelings for each other which makes every single interaction intense and emotionally and physically explosive. Now Grimm has to try to overcome his ghostly past and together with the guidance and sometimes unwelcome love of the beautiful and hot tempered Jillian, they try to salvage the promising, but still unstable future. Grimm’s story was a sensual and explosive one. Moning really has a talent for writing captivating couples and, I must say, she really lives up to her name.. “moning” couldn’t be more accurate. I really did love this book more than the first. There were more twists and turns and heated interactions packed full of hot sweet details to keep you warm on even the coldest of these winter nights. The pace was perfectly set and I had a hard time pulling my nose out of this one If you’re looking for one of those larger than life and walking sex type men.. these are the books for you.
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another good read This is the 2nd book in KMM's Highlander series telling Grimm and Jillian's story. There are references to events and characters from the first book, though the story is mostly stand alone and it's not necessary to read them in order.
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the First I seem to have a thing for tortured heroes… I’m sure that is one of the main reasons I’m more drawn to Grimm than I was to the Hawk. I love that Grimm is this lost little soul in a big burly man’s body. I really love that he can only have one true mate his entire life. But I’m getting ahead of myself… “To Tame a Highland Warrior” by Karen Marie Moning is the second book in her ‘Highlander’ series. Although I liked the first book, I really liked this second one. For me, it came down to the characters. I liked Grimm a lot in “Beyond a Highland Mist”, and he did not disappoint in his book. Confused and riddled with guilt, he loves Jillian but can’t bring himself to take her. Jillian has plans of her own for Grimm. She is a spunky and adorable lass. I really enjoyed reading her. And she and Grimm are great together too! I still haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to continue with the series. I really didn’t like Adam Black in the first book, and the rest of the series focuses on him a lot – not to mention that the 6th book is All about him! When I started reading books, I would buy an entire series all at once assuming that I would enjoy it. I don’t do that anymore because I noticed it’s a little bit of a waste of money if you don’t especially like the first couple of books…lol (I’d feel guilty that I have them and don’t read them, so I suck it up and read them anyways. Then I’d notice that I’m not in such a good mood when I’m reading something I really don’t want to be reading…hmm, interesting.) That means I do have all the other ‘Highlander’ books in my book closet. *sigh* I won’t throw them away or anything. They’ll simply lie in wait on the top shelf behind other books in case I ever change my mind about them. As for my quest to discover which ‘Highlander’ characters cross-over into the ‘Fever’ series… I’ll just look them up online!
Date published: 2010-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Hot Men in Kilts! Grimm is the best friend to Hawk. Even though they would fight to the end for each other Grimm has never told Hawk about his past and who he really is. When that past literally comes calling in the form of a summons Grimm must finally face all his demons. Grimm is a berserker. A war machine created by the Viking Gods. Grimm returns to the home of the family that took him in at 16 after his father killed his mother and his families’ people were killed off by invaders. Jillian found him then and he fell head over heels. But it is never to be. With Grimm’s family tradition of madness, Grimm will never give into his feelings for Jillian, to protect Jillian from himself. Jillian has always loved Grimm and was very hurt by how he left her even after she declared her love for him. Jillian is 21 and her father has called three available bachelors to woe his daughter. Jillian still only has eyes for Grimm, and Grimm stills denies his feelings. Jillian takes things into her own hands when she finally realises that Grimm cares deeply and is barely keeping up the pretence. Jillian pushes, and pushes until she finally gets her passionate reward, Grimm. Grimm has been hunted a band of people trying to kill him for being a berserker. After the third attempt on his life Grimm makes the heart wrenching decision to leave Jillian. Jillian’s father puts on a false wedding to bring Grimm back. A berserker only ever has one true mate. Grimm comes for Jillian and they return to his ancestral home to his father. Finding out the truth that Grimm is not a psycho but part of a line of berserker, Grimm comes to know that truth of his family and finally accept himself and his heritage. Only someone takes Jillian and threatens all that he just found. This is the second in Moning Highlander series. It is so good! Hot man in kilt!!! It is quickly becoming a favourite series. Jillian and Grimm are great characters. Jillian is truly a strong willed a determined woman who goes after what she wants and gets it. Grimm maybe more than human, but he is no match for Jillian. Why do men question what women want! With this series there are many twists and turns to keep you guessing. The characters are truly likable. I also really enjoyed that Hawk and Adrienne made appearances in this book to.
Date published: 2010-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grimm's story was great! While not as fantastical as the other books in KMM's Highlander series I enjoyed this story. Grimm (Hawk's sidekick in Beyond The Highland Mist) gets a letter saying to come for Jillian, a girl from his past. It turns out Grimm is not the meek/mild friend he seemed to be. He is secretly Gavrael, a highlander of noble blood who happens to be a Berzerker (from what I understood is some kind of Hulk type person). Long ago he ran away from his foster home after the family was attacked by an enemy of his birth father so that the only girl he ever loved would not get hurt. After a summons arrives, Grimm is forced to go back and face the girl he left behind and and the past he ran away from.
Date published: 2009-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!! 100% one of the best books i have ever read. The chemistry between the characters gives u no choice but to continue reading... did not put the book down and will be looking into her other highland novels
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner !!! Picked up this book at the 2nd hand bookstore for light summer reading - could not put it down until finished! Love the story flow - you could actual feel the tension between Grimm & Jillian. Needless to say - I went out and bought all of her books .... will keep you posted ,
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Anyone who loves the dark broding type heros will love Gavrael! There is no time traveling in this but it's definately an adveture you won't want to put down! The characters are deep and you can understand how they are feeling. I love these books!
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Finally another good book to add to my collection. Its been a good few months since I found a book that was a pleasure to read and even longer since I've found one in a scottish setting. I couldn't put it down, I loved the characters, the plot and the bit of fantasy woven through the legend of the Berzerkers. Everyone has to read this--and I'm about to order her first book!
Date published: 2000-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To Tame a Highland Warrior This is my all time favorite book. The way the author blends fantasy and history together in astounding. I could read this book every day for the rest of my life and never get bored. I like the fact that, for once, the woman initiates the first sexual contact. I like the way the author proves that men can be just as vulnerable as a woman. She proves that the heart is the strongest, most precious thing in the world. This book made me laugh, cry and warmed my heart. It made me believe that the world isn't such a bad place after all and that happy endings do come true. Anything is possible you just have to believe.
Date published: 2000-09-09

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Dalkeith-Upon-the-SeaThe Highlands of Scotland1515Grimm paused at the open doors of the study and gazed into the night. The reflection of stars dappled the restless ocean, like tiny pinpoints of light cresting the waves. Usually he found the sound of the sea crashing against the rocks soothing, but lately it seemed to incite in him a questing restlessness.As he resumed pacing, he sifted through possible reasons for his unrest and came up empty-handed. It had been by choice that he remained at Dalkeith as captain of the Douglas guard when, two years ago, he and his best friend, Hawk Douglas, left Edinburgh and King James's service. Grimm adored Hawk's wife, Adrienne--when she wasn't trying to marry him off--and he doted upon their young son, Carthian. He had been, if not exactly happy, content. At least until recently. So what ailed him?"You're wearing holes in my favorite rug with your pacing, Grimm. And the painter will never be able to finish this portrait if you won't sit down," Adrienne teased, jarring him from his melancholy reverie.Grimm expelled a breath and ran a hand through his thick hair. Absentmindedly he fiddled with a section at his temple, twisting the strands into a plait as he continued to contemplate the sea."You aren't looking for a wishing star out there, are you, Grimm?" Hawk Douglas's black eyes danced with mirth."Hardly. And anytime your mischievous wife would care to tell me what curse she laid upon me with her careless wishing, I'd be happy to hear it." Some time ago, Adrienne Douglas had wished upon a falling star, and she steadfastly refused to tell either of them what she'd wished until she was absolutely certain it had been heard and granted. The only thing she would admit was that her wish had been made on Grimm's behalf, which unnerved him considerably. Although he didn't consider himself a superstitious man, he'd seen enough odd occurrences in the world to know that merely because something seemed improbable certainly didn't render it impossible."As would I, Grimm," Hawk said dryly. "But she won't tell me either."Adrienne laughed. "Go on with the two of you. Don't tell me two such fearless warriors suffer a moment's concern over a woman's idle wish upon a star.""I consider nothing you do idle, Adrienne," Hawk replied with a wry grin. "The universe does not behave in a normal fashion where you're concerned."Grimm smiled faintly. It certainly didn't. Adrienne had been tossed back in time from the twentieth century, the victim of a wicked plot to destroy the Hawk, concocted by a vindictive Fairy. Impossible things happened around Adrienne, which was why he wanted to know what bloody wish she'd made. He'd like to be prepared when all hell broke loose."Do sit down, Grimm," Adrienne urged. "I want this portrait finished by Christmas at the latest, and it takes Albert months to paint from his sketches.""Only because my work is sheer perfection," the painter said, miffed.Grimm turned his back on the night and reclaimed his seat by Hawk in front of the fire. "I still doona get the point of this," Grimm muttered. "Portraits are for lasses and children."Adrienne snorted. "I commission a painter to immortalize two of the most magnificent men I've ever laid eyes upon"--she flashed them a dazzling smile, and Grimm rolled his eyes, knowing he would do whatever the lovely Adrienne wished when she smiled like that--"and all they can do is grumble. I'll have you know, one day you'll thank me for doing this."Grimm and Hawk exchanged amused glances, then resumed the pose she insisted displayed their muscular physiques and dark good looks to their finest advantage."Be certain you color Grimm's eyes as brilliantly blue as they are," she instructed Albert."As if I don't know how to paint," he muttered. "I am the artist here. Unless, of course, you'd like to try your hand at it.""I thought you liked my eyes." Hawk narrowed his black eyes at Adrienne."I do. I married you, didn't I?" Adrienne teased, smiling. "Can I help it if the staff at Dalkeith, to the youngest maid of a tender twelve years, swoons over your best friend's eyes? When I hold my sapphires up to the sunlight, they look exactly the same. They shimmer with iridescent blue fire.""What are mine? Puny black walnuts?"Adrienne laughed. "Silly man, that's how I described your heart when I first met you. And stop fidgeting, Grimm," she chided. "Or is there some reason you want those braids at your temples in this portrait?"Grimm froze, then slowly touched his hair in disbelief.Hawk stared at him. "What's on your mind, Grimm?" he asked, fascinated.Grimm swallowed. He hadn't even realized he'd plaited the war braids into his hair. A man wore war braids only during the blackest hours of his life--when he was mourning his lost mate or preparing for battle. So far, he'd worn them twice. What had he been thinking? Grimm stared blankly at the floor, confused, unable to vocalize his thoughts. Lately he'd been obsessed with ghosts of the past, memories he'd tossed savagely into a shallow grave years ago and buried beneath a thin sod of denials. But in his dreams the shadow corpses walked again, trailing behind them a residue of unease that clung to him throughout the day.Grimm was still struggling to answer when a guard burst through the doors to the study."Milord. Milady." The guard nodded deferentially to Hawk and Adrienne as he hastily entered the room. He approached Grimm, a somber expression on his face. "This just came for ye, Cap'n." He thrust an official-looking piece of parchment into Grimm's hands. "The messenger insisted 'twas urgent, and to be delivered into your hands only."Grimm turned the message slowly in his hand. The elegant crest of Gibraltar St. Clair was pressed into the red wax. Suppressed memories broke over him: Jillian. She was a promise of beauty and joy he could never possess, a memory he'd consigned to that same uncooperative, shallow grave that now seemed determined to regurgitate its dead."Well, open it, Grimm," Adrienne urged.Slowly, as if he held a wounded animal that might turn on him with sharp teeth, Grimm broke the seal and opened the missive. Stiffly, he read the terse, three-word command. His hand fisted reflexively, crumpling the thick vellum.Rising, he turned to the guard. "Prepare my horse. I leave in one hour." The guard nodded and left the study."Well?" Hawk demanded. "What does it say?""Nothing you need to address, Hawk. Doona worry. It doesn't concern you.""Anything that concerns my best friend concerns me," Hawk said. "So give over, what's wrong?""I said nothing. Leave it, man." Grimm's voice held a note of warning that would have restrained a lesser man's hand. But the Hawk had never been, and would never be, a lesser man, and he moved so unexpectedly that Grimm didn't react quickly enough when he whisked the parchment from his hand. Grinning mischievously, Hawk backed away and uncrumpled the parchment. His grin broadened, and he winked at Adrienne."'Come for Jillian,' it says. A woman, is it? The plot thickens. I thought you'd sworn off women, my fickle friend. So who's Jillian?""A woman?" Adrienne exclaimed delightedly. "A young, marriageable woman?""Stop it, you two. It's not like that.""Then why were you trying to keep it a secret, Grimm?" Hawk pressed."Because there are things you doona know about me, and it would take far too long to explain. Lacking the leisure to tell you the full story, I'll send you a message in a few months," he evaded coolly."You're not getting out of this so easily, Grimm Roderick." Hawk rubbed the shadow beard on his stubborn jaw thoughtfully. "Who is Jillian, and how do you know Gibraltar St. Clair? I thought you came to court directly from England. I thought you knew no one in all of Scotland but for those you met at court.""I didn't exactly tell you the whole story, Hawk, and I doona have time for it now, but I'll tell you as soon as I get settled.""You'll tell me now, or I'm coming with you," Hawk threatened. "Which means Adrienne and Carthian are coming as well, so you can either tell me or prepare for company, and you never know what might happen if Adrienne comes along."Grimm scowled. "You really can be a pain, Hawk.""Relentless. Formidable," Adrienne agreed sweetly. "You may as well give in, Grimm. My husband never takes no for an answer. Believe me, I know this.""Come on, Grimm, if you can't trust me, who can you trust?" he coaxed. "Where are you going?""It's not a question of trust, Hawk." Hawk merely waited with an expectant look on his face, and Grimm knew he had no intention of relenting. Hawk would push and poke and ultimately do exactly as he'd threatened--come along--unless Grimm gave him a sufficient answer. Perhaps it was time he admitted the truth, although the odds were that once he did, he wouldn't be welcomed back at Dalkeith. "I'm going home, sort of," Grimm finally conceded."Caithness is your home?""Tuluth," Grimm muttered."What?""Tuluth," Grimm said flatly. "I was born in Tuluth.""You said you were born in Edinburgh!""I lied.""Why? You told me your entire family was dead! Was that a lie too?""No! They are. I didn't lie about that. Well ... mostly I didn't lie," he corrected hastily. "My da is still alive, but I haven't spoken to him in more than fifteen years."A muscle twitched in Hawk's jaw. "Sit down, Grimm. You're not going anywhere until you tell me all of it, and I suspect it's a tale that's long overdue.""I doona have time, Hawk. If St. Clair said it was urgent, I was needed at Caithness weeks ago.""What relevance has Caithness to any of this, or to you? Sit. Talk. Now."Sensing no possibility of reprieve, Grimm paced as he began his story. He told them how, at the age of fourteen, he'd left Tuluth the night of the massacre and wandered the forests of the Highlands for two years, wearing his war braids and hating mankind, hating his father, hating himself. He skipped the brutal parts--his mother's murder, the starvation he'd endured, the repeated attempts on his life. He told them that when he was sixteen he'd found shelter with Gibraltar St. Clair; that he'd changed his name to Grimm to protect himself and those for whom he cared. He told them how the McKane had found him again at Caithness and attacked his foster family. And finally, in the tone of a dreaded confession, he told them what his real name had been."What did you just say?" Hawk asked blankly.Grimm drew a deep breath into his lungs and expelled it angrily. "I said Gavrael. My real name is Gavrael." There was only one Gavrael in all of Scotland; no other man would willingly own up to that name and that curse. He braced himself for the Hawk's explosion. He didn't have to wait for long."McIllioch?" Hawk's eyes narrowed disbelievingly."McIllioch," Grimm confirmed."And Grimm?""Grimm stands for Gavrael Roderick Icarus McIllioch." Grimm's Highland brogue rolled so thickly around the name, it was a nearly unintelligible burr of r's and l's and staccato-sharp k's. "Take the first letter of each name, and there you have it. G-R-I-M.""Gavrael McIllioch was a Berserker!" Hawk roared."I told you you didn't know so much about me," Grimm said darkly.Crossing the study in three swift strides, Hawk bristled to a stop inches from Grimm's face and studied him, as if he might uncover some telltale trace of a beast that should have betrayed Grimm's secret years ago. "How could I not have known?" Hawk muttered. "For years I'd been wondering about some of your peculiar ... talents. By the bloody saints, I should have guessed if only from your eyes--""Lots of people have blue eyes, Hawk," Grimm said dryly."Not like yours, Grimm," Adrienne remarked."This explains it all," Hawk said slowly. "You're not human."Grimm flinched.Adrienne leveled a dark look at her husband and linked her arm through Grimm's. "Of course he's human, Hawk. He's just human ... plus some.""A Berserker." Hawk shook his head. "A fardling Berserker. You know, they say William Wallace was a Berserker.""And what a lovely life he had, eh?" Grimm said bitterly.* * *Grimm rode out shortly thereafter, answering no more questions and leaving the Hawk immensely dissatisfied. He left quickly, because the memories were returning of their own accord and with fury. Grimm knew he had to be alone when full recollection finally reclaimed him. He didn't willingly think about Tuluth anymore. Hell, he didn't willingly think anymore, not if he could help it.Tuluth: in his memory a smoky valley, clouds of black so thick his eyes had stung from the acrid stench of burning homes and burning flesh. Children screaming. Och, Christ!Grimm swallowed hard as he spurred Occam into a gallop across the ridge. He was impervious to the beauty of the Highland night, lost in another time, surrounded only by the color of blood and the blackness of soul-disfiguring desolation--with one shimmering spot of gold.Jillian.Is he an animal, Da? May I keep him? Please? He's an ever-so-glorious beastie!And in his mind he was sixteen years old again, looking down at the wee golden lass. Memory swept over him, dripping shame thicker than clotted honey off a comb. She'd found him in the woods, scavenging like a beast.He'd be fiercer than my Savanna TeaGarden, Da!Savanna TeaGarden being her puppy, all one hundred forty pounds of Irish wolfhound puppy.He'd protect me well, Da, I know he would!The instant she'd said the words, he'd taken a silent vow to do just that, never dreaming it might one day entail protecting her from himself.Grimm rubbed his clean-shaven jaw and tossed his head in the wind. For a brief moment he felt the matted hair again, the dirt and sweat and the war braids, the fierce eyes brimming with hatred. And the pure, sweet child had trusted him on sight.Och, but he'd dissuaded her quickly.

Editorial Reviews

"Highly original...sensual, hard-to-put-down romance. Karen Marie Moning is destined to make her mark on the genre."—Romantic Times

"A hauntingly beautiful love story...Karen Marie Moning gives us an emotional masterpiece that you will want to take out and read again and again."—Rendezvous