Wednesday, February 29

Book Review: Beyond the Highland Mist

Author:  Karen Marie Moning
Title: Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander #1)
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance,  

Pages: 375

First Published: 1999
Where I Got It: Borrowed from Library

"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. . . ."

This is the first of the Highlander series by Ms. Moning. 

I just happened to stumble upon this while looking for another book. Not only did the cover draw me in, but the summary did too! I waited and waited for the another library to ship this to my library. The moment in came in I dived into reading it. I wasn't 100% sure what I was getting into, but once I started reading I could hardly put it down.

To be blunt....I simply LOVED it! It was everything I hoped it would be! The love between to the two characters took a while, because Adrienne (the heroine) refused to let herself love Hawk, even though Hawk is very handsome and a great guy. Why? Well, the poor girl had a bad, BAD relationship beforehand. Not only was the man a bad guy, but the relationship ended on a...well...dead note. I could see why she was so anti-hot men. She was made a fool in her last failed relationship and she didn't want a repeat. However, Hawk was nothing like the other man. You could tell he honestly in love with her. 

Not only was Adrienne a stubborn mule, but so was Hawk. He understood that Adrienne was still healing from her past (future...past...OH you know what I mean) and his love for her never faltered. He fought for her and tried to win her love. It was really romantic and made me love Hawk even more because he loved her so. Ms. Moning did a wonderful job with the development with the character (side-character's stories as well) and with the underlying plot. I loved how she incorporated Adam and the Fae beings. It didn't seem too cheesy or out of place. Everything worked well together. 

The only thing that bugged me was how stubborn Adrienne was sometimes and how dense Hawk could be. Hawk was over-emotional at times and I just wanted to struggle him and yell "stop being an emotional woman and open your eyes!" I still loved him in his dumb and dense moments though ^.^

Overall, this was a wonderful read and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. It's Grimm's tale (Hawk's guy friend who wished Adrienne the Stubborn to come and wreck havoc in Hawk's heart). I loved Grimm even when he was being an idiot. Men, eh? Anyways, I would recommend this to Historical Romance lovers who love a little fantasy mixed in. Be warned, there are a lot of smutty parts too. haha. Out of five stars I grant this one 5 stars. Woot woot!

Favorite Character(s): I have a lot! Hawk, Grimm, Adrienne, Lydia, and Moonie the cat.
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Adam Black (gah! The Fairy Queen should have banished him to the moon. Stupid man)


Carole Rae said...

Steve, cool. I'll check out your blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Joanne said...

Yes, this is a fun, easy series and I've read the first few. I need to finish the series -- maybe this summer by the pool...perfect poolside reading!

Carole Rae said...

hahaha. Yeah, it seems like a fun series. I can't read the next one. It's a definite series I'll read by the pool.

Blodeuedd said...

I shall read it one day, maybe a rainy day

Carole Rae said...

:) You'll enjoy it!