I love historical romances - especially those featuring pirates, knights, and highlanders - so I was excited to discover Karen Marie Moning's "Highlander" series. "Beyond the Highland Mist" is the first in the series and I am so glad I picked this book up!
Sixteenth Century - Sidheach (Sid-hawk) James Lyon Douglas is known as Hawk, legendary lover to countless women. His sensuality just oozes off the pages. He is well-aware of the hold his beauty and his sexuality holds over the women who are lucky/unlucky enough to share his bed. As he so arrogantly brags to his best friend and captain of the guard, Grimm, "There is not a woman I can not have." A wish upon a star by his friend soon finds the legendary lover eating those very words.
Twentieth Century - Adrienne de Simone has had enough with beautiful men. Finding her world turned upside down by a failed and almost fatal relationship with a gorgeous playboy, she swears off beautiful men forever. Finding herself the pawn in a game between the mortals and the fae, Adrienne is thrust back in time to the sixteenth century where she is to be wed to the man who is the very epitome of everything she has sworn off in men.
Things getting very interesting when the first time Hawk sees his wife, who he was determined before to ignore, she's checking out the blacksmith, Adam Black. Once so sure of himself, Hawk finds himself treading the very unfamiliar waters of jealousy. Determined to not lose his bride to a blacksmith, Hawk sets out to seduce her only to find his every plan thwarted by the not so easily won Adrienne.
I laughed until I cried at these two! Hawk's jealousy towards Adam was hilarious...and touching. The secondary characters were just as enjoyable, too! From Lady Lydia, the Hawk's mother to Tavis and his "I'll say" to the Rom and their superstitions - all come together to form a wonderful story of wit, mayhem, and magic!
By the way, I found myself just as enchanted by Adam Black the blacksmith as the heroine and after a quick search on Amazon.com I found that he has his own book! *squeal Of course it comes much later in the series and so I'll have to wait patiently until I've finished the others before I can find out what happened to my favorite "prankster". *wink
A well written tale of love and revenge, goods and mortals, with a bit of time travel thrown in. If the juicy descriptions of the warriors' bodies don't affect you, surely the beautiful descriptions of Scotland will.
Moning offers the promise of a terrific plotline in her debut romance: a troubled young woman, Adrienne is transported from the 20th century to 16th-century Scotland by an evil jester to take revenge on a Scottish laird. The author has the right characters: there's the heroine who doesn't trust beautiful men and a handsome hero cursed to love a woman who will not return his love. Add gypsies and Scottish mysticism, against the backdrop of the stark beauty of the Highlands, and you've got an intriguing story. The lovers endure quite a bit of torment in order to find happiness, a downer that even Moning's doses of humor can't always leaven. Unfortunately, Moning doesn't fully deliver: she too often relies on transparent plot devices, and while her falconry imagery is both poignant and sensual, it will remind readers of Elizabeth Lowell's Untamed
This is the first Karen Moning book I've read and it won't be the last. Loved it!!
I loved this book. I am hooked on KMM books!!
This book was excellent. Real page turner!
5 stars! The hero (Hawk) is probably one of THE most romantic hero's I've read in some time. I read it in one sitting.
Love this author and series of books. Make sure to read them in order :)
I was really hooked into the book quickly. It's a great story and I'm now addicted to the author and will be looking for the rest of the series ASAP!
Like cocoa and cookies on a snowy day-irresistable and satisfying!
Another sexy historical romance from Karen Moning!
Pulsing with sexual tension, Monring delivers a tale romance fans will be talking about for a long time.
Another great book. Couldn't put it down. Loved the way the characters all had their own stories and things going on through out the story with out giving to much of it away. Great ending Was not exactly all tied up in a sweet bow had to work to get there it was GREAT!
I found this book very good. I loved the jealousy that was played out. Love is not always pretty and this was a prime example. This was my first Karen Marie Moning book and I can't wait to read more.
I loved it! I mean really... a strong heroine, a sexy scottish laird, good vs. evil, fairies and gypsies...how much better could it get? :)
The beginning of a wonderful series!
This is the first book that I have read by the author. It was a great story that had a little bit of everything in it - romance, action, time travel and magic. The characters - Hawk and Adrienne - are both strong characters with dominant personalities. It was a little frustrating reading about their interactions with one another - when you knew what they were thinking, but they couldn't verbalize to each other and were too stubborn to do so. The antagonist (Adam) was great as were the secondary characters - you really had a chance to get to know them too. I look forward to reading more of the writer's work - both with this Highlander series and the Fever series.
This is the second book I have read by Moning. I read the second book first (Grim's story). This is the only third historic romance I have read though so I am new to this genre. For people who are expecting a straight historic romance, just wanted to let you know that there are paranormal elements as well.
The book was okay. I liked Adrienne and Hawk enough. Surprisingly I didn't get frustrated with their inability to communicate. I could sympathize with both characters and their actions. There were a bit of midsummer's night dream in there (with all the fae intervention) to keep things interesting. I thought the plot was interesting as well. It also had a great cast of supporting characters.
This book was harder to read than Grim's story. There was an inconsistency in the language. I expected a lot of that since Adrienne was supposed to be from the present, but the language was inconsistent with all the characters. And what's up with putting "the" in front of Hawk like he was "The Hulk" or something?
I do have problems with some of the scenes where Hawk decided to be more proactive in keeping Adrienne from Adam. I have no problem with kinkiness but keeping a blindfold on someone for two hours straight while travelling was very abusive to me. It wasn't sexy because he did it out of anger. I know the book claimed it was done out of love but really he was into doing anything he can to make himself feel powerful. In that way, I don't see him any different than Adrienne's first abusive boyfriend. Hawk just never hit her. After reading that, I lost a lot of respect for Hawk and Adrienne.
Overall it was a decent read. I think Grim's story was so much better. It has piqued my interest enough for me to continue the series plus branch out to read more historic novels.
I only read the first 10 pages. Soooooo corny. I recommend *any* books by Diana Gabaldon, instead, if you like time travel to the Scottish Highlands and beyond.
i almost can't give it up. Sigh
I thought this book was pretty good.
Awesome, awesome, awesome. I can't say enough about her highlander-timetravel books!!! Awesome.
1st in a series that I love. I am trying to complete my series. I've read them all but I stopped with the 7th book - didn't like the "Fever" books at all. Hope she writes a few more in this series - and yes I know the fever books are an extension of this series. I love her Highlanders and her Druids.
Great book, duplicate to one I have.
This is the cover and title of the book I have, however the ISBN is slightly different...
I found myself having 2 copies of this book and although I havent read it yet, like all of Karen Marie Moning's books I am sure its great.