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The Taming of Malcolm Grant

The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, Book #4

By Paula Quinn

IBSN: 9781455519521

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una



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.


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 . . .


Paula Quinn has again immersed her reader into a story full of love, intrigue, family dynamics and history that will keep you turning pages and not wanting to put the book down. From the opening chapter I loved the character of Emmaline, a young blind woman with the gift of healing and caring. Having lived in France where such gifts were considered witchcraft she makes her way back to England to a brother who had abandoned her as a child. In his care at the brothel he runs, she quietly lives out her life. Her blindness combined with her brother’s restrictions makes life more of an existence that she must endure. Emmaline’s life changes when she is asked to care for two Scottish brothers who were involved in a fight at the Inn. The eldest brother, a rogue Highlander, appeals to something in Emmaline and as he heals Malcolm introduces Emmaline to a world she could only dream about. But danger is always lurking around the corner and enemies are always to be found. Can Malcolm live long enough to fulfill Emmaline’s dreams and will she be able to convince her brother that Malcolm is the man she wants?

Malcolm finds himself wounded along with his brother and being cared for by a sweet young blind lass that makes him want for a life he never thought he would have. After all he had been burnt by love in the past and he never wanted to be burnt again. Emmaline as he finds out in spite of her blindness is strong, resourceful and can see better than most. Her gentle feeling hands make him quake with desire and want, and he learns that he can give her what she most desires which is freedom to try things. When he allows her to play in the ocean and run in the fields he can see the joy in her heart. When Emmaline is threatened, Malcolm knows he must do everything to protect her. How will he convince her brother that he is taking her back home with him?

This is definitely a book that you can curl up with as the days get shorter and the cold replaces the summer warmth. You will laugh and cry as the story evolves. It is historical fiction at its best and I look forward to more Paula Quinn books.