Published by Forever on September 29th 2015
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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 . . .
¬¬Review by Monique¬¬
Very few books have moved me to tears, and I was not even halfway through THE TAMING OF MALCOLM GRANT, that I was weeping! And not because of what could seem obvious, in view of the main female character being blind, but because Paula Quinn is an astonishingly talented and sensitive writer. Emmaline Grey’s family caught a fever when in France, and at ten years of age, Emma was orphaned and abandoned by her only brother Harry. During that time, Emma learned to heal from an old woman. Ten years after the catastrophe, Emma goes back to England to find Harry, who is the proprietor of a bordello, and she stays with him. She’s not a worker, but he treats her like an invalid, and she is anything but. One evening, there’s an altercation, in which a friend of Harry is involved: Malcolm Grant. Malcolm and his brother are both seriously injured and Emma treats them. And thus begins a one of the most moving, wonderful, tender love stories I have ever read.
Ms. Quinn’s prose is understated, refined and beautifully evocative, and she excels at making the reader experience Emma’s world. Emma is a fabulous character: she has suffered much but is determined that her shortcoming will not stop her from living as normal a life as she can. Malcolm has forever relied on his physical attributes, on his charm to which Emma is entirely impervious. However Emma sees the man who saved her dog; she perceives there’s a good man behind all the bravado. Emma never behaved as a fragile little thing, as a victim, nor is she made to be a superwoman; Emma is simply who she is, and not seeing is merely a challenge.
Paula Quinn has crafted a love story for the ages, worthy of the medieval romances Emma cherishes. The author is able to convey the deepest emotions, colours, feelings – life itself – with such clarity, that I fell completely under her spell. The incandescent desire that eventually engulfs Malcolm and Emma is the result of deeply caring for each other, and working together to present a united front when danger looms, a consequence of the brawl in which the Grants were injured.
THE TAMING OF MALCOLM GRANT is not at all what I expected: it is a work of art. Ms. Quinn’s prose is understated, refined, yet eloquent beyond compare. There is quite a bit of action in this book, and often I find that some historical romances don’t have enough, but even if there had only been the romance, it would have been a fantastic book, because it is absolutely exquisite. Paula Quinn was a new author to me, and I will be awaiting her next book with bated breath!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.