Monday, 20 February 2012

Book Review: To Tame A Highland Warrior

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...

In honour of Valentines Day (and the fact that I'm supposed to read a book from every genre for my Genres of Fiction class this semester) I decided to pick up a romance novel last week. Having heard a lot of positive things about Karen Marie Moning, I figured picking up a book from one of her Highlander series would probably be my best bet. While I enjoy novels with romance plots, I haven't read a Harlequin type romance since back in high school. I knew I should expect flowery language and scenes that got  hot and heavy, but I couldn't help but feel like the entire novel was a little bit ridiculous!

Maybe it's because I did my undergrad in English Literature, but the entire time I was reading this novel I couldn't stop myself from cringing at the writing style and the absolute cheesiness of some of the lines that were thrown in. For example, "Her knees buckled. His voice brought her violently to life. Everything in the room receded and there was only Grimm, blue eyes blazing, his massive frame filling the doorway." Okay...that may not be the cheesiest of lines but it was the best example I could find online since I've already returned the book to the library... but you get my point. The absurdity of some of the dialogue and narration in the novel really made me want to start a meme called "Worst Romance Lines of All Time," or something like that. On the bright side, however, these cheesy lines were good for a couple of laughs and giggles.  

Although I may have found the writing amusing, the plot itself certainly had potential. While it was pretty obvious that there was bound to be a happy ending (kind of a requirement with romance novels), there was a slight twist at the end that I hadn't been expecting. I also enjoyed the fact that this story was set in a historical period, but also incorporated the paranormal. Grimm's supernatural strength certainly resulted in some interesting situations. Overall, I think this is probably a book that hardcore fans of romance novels will LOVE, but unfortunately I'm not one of those people. While I can understand why many readers devour romance novels, I have yet to be won over by their charm. Maybe one day! 

Rating: 2 Stars


Jacquelynne said...

Well that is unfortunate you didn't enjoy it! But yes I have to agree if Romance is good for one thing it is good for a good giggle or two at the sheer absurdity of some of the language and lines used, lol. Too bad you didn't enjoy it, although to think of it I didn't enjoy this one as much as the other ones I have read - for some reason I couldn't get into the story as much as her other Highlander books, but you cant love all of them you read, lol. At least you gave it shot! I feel like you'd like Nickolas Sparks a lot better than any Harlequin novel. Just a thought, lol

TG said...

Hah! This review is hilarious and I'd totally participate in that meme, too. I read a romance novel recently, myself, and came to the same conclusion - not for me. Like you, I'm keeping an open mind that I'll find one I really like one day, but today is not that day.

Jenny said...

Way to go reaching out of your comfort zone. Romance novels always leave me giggling at the absurdity. I guess I just don't get the draw.

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