Review: The Highlander’s Touch (Book #3: Highlander Series) by Karen Marie Moning

Title: The Highlander's Touch Series: Book #3: Highlander Series Author: Karen Marie Moning Format: Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages Published: November 7, 2000 by Dell ISBN: 0440236525

Title: The Highlander’s Touch
Series: Book #3: Highlander Series
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
Published: November 7, 2000 by Dell
ISBN: 0440236525

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Synopsis:

A WARRIOR OF IMMORTAL POWERS: He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty – and seduce him with a desire he could never fulfill. For this woman he burned to possess was also the woman he had foresworn to destroy.

A WOMAN CAUGHT IN THE MISTS OF TIME: When Lisa felt the earth move under her feet, the fiercely independent 21st-century woman never dreamed she was falling…into another century. But the powerful, naked warrior who stood glaring down at her was only too real…and too dangerously arousing. Irresistibly handsome he might be, but Lisa had no intention of remaining in this savage land torn by treachery and war. How could she know that her seductive captor had other plans for her…plans that would save her from a tragic fate? Or that this man who had long ago forsaken love would defy time itself to claim her for his own….

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

Circenn Brodie has lived for many centuries and survived by always abiding by his code.  The men who have served with Circenn know of his commitment and his code and in his current state, they all know the man needs to find himself a woman. 

Lisa’s life is nothing to be jealous of.  She works two jobs, has given up on her dream of a college degree, and has a mother who is terminally ill.  Though Lisa is certainly sad about her situation, she never complains and will continue to carry whatever burden she must in order to make things easier for her mother.  For one so young, Lisa carries a tremendous load and it won’t get any better once her mother is gone because of the serious debt they have incurred during her illness.  Lisa’s only consolation is her night job at the museum, a place that has allowed her to learn even while she works.  Never in a million years did she ever believe she would a get chance for a little hands on learning.

When Lisa lands in the middle of early-14th century Scotland she has no idea how she got there nor why she is standing in the middle of a room staring at the most beautiful man she has ever seen in her life.  All she wants is to get back to her mother and her life but the gorgeous man keeps telling her no and asking her about the flask that came with her.  Turns out, the appearance of the flask brings into play one of Ciercenn’s famed vows; he must kill the person who returns to object to him.  Problem is, the person who returned the flask is stirring things in Ciercenn he vowed to never feel again.  When you’re immortal and your mate isn’t, well, there’s only so much a man can take.

As Lisa slowly begins to accept that she won’t be returning to her own time and place she also begins to fall a little more in love with Ciercenn and his time and place.  In Ciercenn’s world, Lisa is a cherished woman whose quick wit and intelligence are quickly making her one of Ciercenn’s favorite people.  The only thing left for her to do to completely immerse herself in 14th century Scotland is to give herself to Ciercenn sexually and he is bound and determined to woo her into his bed.  Just as things begin to get really good between the couple, Ciercenn is called back into battle and Lisa is swept back in time though it isn’t her own time and place.

The Bottom Line: Moning trots out the touch an object get thrown around in time again but it’s just a means to an end.  Lisa and Ciercenn are clearly meant to be together but that is thanks to a bit of meddling on the part of Adam Black.  Oh yes, Adam is back and he has more than a few tricks up his sleeve; he has plans and information that is directly related to Ciercenn, Lisa, and their future together.  While I enjoyed the romance between Lisa and Ciercenn, I enjoyed the backstory with Adam and the Templars even more.  The plot has highs and lows with lots of action and intrigue; the low points are generally carried with decent dialogue and the high points are carried with intense action.  In short, The Highlander’s Touch will keep you moving forward and keep you interested from start to finish.

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