Review: Beyond the Highland Mist (Book #1: Highlander Series) by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Beyond the Highland Mist Series: Book #1: Highlander Series Author: Karen Marie Moning Format: Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages Published: May 29, 2007 by Dell    ISBN: 0440244161

Title: Beyond the Highland Mist
Series: Book #1: Highlander Series
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published: May 29, 2007 by Dell
ISBN: 0440244161

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Synopsis:

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…

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My Rating: 3½/5 stars

My Review:

Adrienne de Simone has a really terrible track record with men. Her one and only serious relationship ended in tragedy and since she fled New Orleans, she has constantly looked over her shoulder and sworn off all beautiful men. The prettier the man the more dangerous and Adrienne has had enough danger to last her lifetime. Her resolute cry of no beautiful men is more than enough for Fae fool to whisk Adrienne away from her own time and place and drop her into an ancient time and into the life of a man known far and wide as the King’s whore.

Hawk is no ordinary man; he is a laird, a fierce warrior, a loyal friend and son and, for the past 15 years, the King’s bitch. Knowing the Hawk’s “sentence” is coming to an end, the vengeful king’s final insult is to require Hawk marry a woman known to be crazy and nothing at all to look upon. The woman who shows up to the wedding is definitely something to look upon but her sanity is certainly questionable. When Adrienne shows up at the Hawk’s castle, he is pleasantly surprised though somewhat confused. Adrienne keeps talking about getting back to her own time and never succumbing to the charm and looks of the Hawk. Additionally, the Hawk often finds Adrienne in the company of the blacksmith, Adam, a man no one seems to know much about.

Adrienne’s determination to stay away from the Hawk is matched by her new husband’s desire to make her his in every conceivable way and keep her the hell away from Adam. In little to no time, it is clear Adrienne’s life is being threatened and though she can’t believe it, the Hawk takes the threat seriously and makes every effort to protect her. Adrienne is initially resistant to the Hawk’s attempts to protect her and get close to her but his charm and stunning good looks are hard to resist. Little by little, Adrienne is drawn closer to the Hawk but for every step forward the couple takes they inevitably take two steps backward. Between the stubbornness of each, the craziness of their situation and, a little Fae involvement, Adrienne and Hawk are seemingly doomed.

The Bottom Line: Beyond the Highland Mist is my first Karen Marie Moning book and I have to say, I wasn’t overly impressed. In many ways, this book is a viscous cycle that could be greatly improved with fewer revolutions. Adrienne and Hawk are, for much of the read, locked in pattern that becomes repetitive. At some point I found myself wondering if the book would ever come to an end L On the less ranty and whiny side, I did like the Hawk, Grimm and Lydia and found each of them to be enjoyable and interesting characters. In the moments when these characters aren’t involved in one of the ridiculous revolutions, they are quite fun. Clearly, Moning isn’t finished with these three characters. As to the rest, I was glad to see everything work out in the end, I liked the Fae tie-in and, I can see potential in this series which leads me to the following . . . .onward and upward to book two, To Tame a Highland Warrior.

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