Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander #1
Published by Dell on November 4th 2009
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He would sell his warrior soul to possess her...
An alluring laird...
He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.
A prisoner in time...
She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side...
The Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning has been on my TBR for so long I have lost count. It’s a series that rarely goes on sale and is at the pricey end of the eBook market. Imagine my delight when I was able to pick up Beyond The Highland Mist, the first book of the series at our local second hand book store, and it was on sale for 99 cents! So while I’ll be working my way slowly through the remainder 6 books of the series, it is going to be an awesome treasure hunt to build my collection via paperback!
I was filled with both high expectations and a little trepidation having already briefly met the Highlanders in the Fever Series. My recollection was they were View Spoiler » trapped by a curse « Hide Spoiler and I wondered how I could enjoy the series with this knowledge. There was no need for concern because I slipped into the story with ease. A perfect antidote to the after effects of a reading hiatus brought on by the flu that demanded I do nothing but rest.
Beyond the Highland Mist had strong overtones of a grown-up’s fairy tale. There was Adam, the villain with a rather transparent mask of deception. Then there was Hawk, the misunderstood Hero, and his faithful followers. And Adriane, an unassuming, intoxicating, smart savvy heroine hand picked and plucked from the future with the intention of unraveling Hawk.
Adriane was the wild card thrown literally into a time and land far removed from her own. She admirably played her role amid the confusion and frustration. Her aim was not to be hoodwinked by another man. Past experience had taught her beauty is skin deep and a lure set to break a heart.
Hawk instantly recognises Adriane as his heart. A woman he would honour and treasure, for it was her who kept his heart beating. If only life was so simple that Hawk and Adriane’s story could have been wrapped up within the pages allocated to a child’s golden book. Hawk is faced with the biggest challenge of his life, to win the love of the only woman who appears to be immune to his charm.
I loved the cheesy references to Hawk’s manhood and his lovemaking skills. Usually, the way his attributes were shared with us would have had sent my eyeballs rolling. Somehow here, the technique gave an air of innocence and I willingly read every stallion comparison as if I had never read it before (if only LOL). For a man who was legendary in lovemaking, I discovered he was a man who could keep it in his kilt (well mostly) as he waited patiently for Adriane to willingly come to his bed. It appeared hell would freeze over and the only blue he would be sporting would be the plaid of his clan.
A good start to the series, but as I mentioned earlier, this will be a series I will savour slowly because while I loved it, I can’t justify spending over $60 to acquire the rest of the books. This shouldn’t be a problem if all the books are a similar format to Hawk’s story, which had a HFN ending while leaving the overlying threat of the return of the villain and all he represented.
Rating: 4 Be careful what you wish for Stars
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