Review: Kiss of the Highlander (Book #4: Highlander Series) by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Kiss of the Highlander Series: Book #4: Highlander Series Author: Karen Marie Moning Format: Mass Market Paperback, 396 pages Published: September 4, 2001 by Dell ISBN: 044023655X

Title: Kiss of the Highlander
Series: Book #4: Highlander Series
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 396 pages
Published: September 4, 2001 by Dell
ISBN: 044023655X

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Synopsis:

A laird trapped between centuries… Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side….

A woman changed forever in his arms… Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them … and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves….

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

Gwen Cassidy is well above average in many, many areas of her life.  Her love life isn’t one of those areas and it certainly isn’t going to get any better if she keeps inadvertently signing herself up for overseas tours with large groups of senior citizens.  One would think her chances wouldn’t get anywhere near better when she falls into a cave while out on a hike but . . . .

For five centuries, Drustan MacKeltar has lain in a hidden cave waiting for the right combination of sunlight and blood to bring him back to the world of the living.  One sunny afternoon, he is brought back to consciousness by a scantily clad young woman who, like Drustan has no idea what in hell is going on.  Though Gwen knows how she got into the cave Drustan has no way to explain his presence nor how he could have possibly been there for five centuries.  The modern world is no place for Drustan MacKeltar and the bits of he his memory that he does has tells him has to get back to his time and place if he is to save his brother, his home, and his entire clan. 

Gwen is certain the stunningly gorgeous man she landed on top of is bat-shit crazy. He keeps going on and on about needing to get to the stones so that he can get back to his time and place and make things right, keep himself from being spelled, and save all that he loves and holds dear.  He seemingly has no clue about the modern world (cars, pants, fast food), his speech patterns are weird, and he won’t let her go until he gets to the stones.  Even more disconcerting, the longer she stays with Drustan the less she wants him to let her go.  What’s more, if this tall tale he’s spinning is at all true, Gwen would love to see Scotland 500 years in the past.  Wait, what????

As one thing needs to another, Drustan’s story turns out to be true and after a little bending of the laws of physics, Gwen finds herself smack in the middle of 16th century Scotland with a man who doesn’t recognize her.  Yeah, Gwen is in all kinds of trouble and now she is the one telling everyone a tall tale and if she can’t get them to listen to her, the whole damn process is going to start again and she will lose everything and everyone she has come to love and hold dear.  My, my how the tables have turned. 

The Bottom Line: As I continue through this series, I find it is getting stronger the deeper in I get.  From start to finish I was all up in this read in large part because of how completely delightful Gwen, Drustan, and all of Drustan’s family are.  Kiss of the Highlander is by far the strongest character driven read of the series and I truly wanted this one to go on longer than it did.  Even the time hopping  – which I’m not particularly fond of unless there’s a Tardis involved – didn’t bother me.  Though there is a lot of drama in this read there is also a great deal of humor and witty banter between pretty much everyone.  There’s not a character in this story I didn’t like and I immediately jumped into book five which is about, lo and behold, Drustan’s brother 🙂

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