Gavrael McIllioch left his home and changed his name to escape what he believed to be his curse and a betrayal by his father. He also needed to hide his identity from a clan determined to hunt him down so he became Grimm to protect the people he cared for, including Jillian St. Clair. When she was a young girl, Jillian discovered him hiding in the woods following the massacre of his clan and was taken in and raised by her family. He never let her know how he felt about her and later left the family to protect them. When her father sent an urgent summons, he raced to her side only to find out he was in a competition to win her hand in marriage.Grimm was a favorite character from the last story and he doesn't let you down in this one. He continues to be an honorable and attractive Highlander who is determined to shield Jillian from who he believes himself to be...someone who could endanger her. She has been in love with Grimm since she was a teenager and resents his offhand treatment of her. This is the traditional conflict of the hero trying to hide his feelings to protect the heroine and the banter gets annoying after awhile and the dialogue pretty juvenile. However, the story surrounding Grimm is extremely compelling and keeps you into the story until the two of them decide to be honest about their feelings. Jillian's father proves to be a cunning sort and increases the level of interest. The other two suitors also provide comic and sinister relief, making this a layered tale.I'm rating this 3.5 stars because of the protracted conflict between Grimm and Jillian that just made me weary. Otherwise, it was a good story with some pretyy exciting elements.