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Saturday, December 24, 2011

[Review] Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Beyond the Highland Mist
Series: Highlander, #1
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Pages: 416 (Kindle Edition)
Publisher: Dell
Release Date: March 9, 1999
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...

Adrienne is kidnapped from present day (1997) Seattle, and is brought to 16th century Scotland to pose as Janet Comyn, the fiance of Sidhaech James Lyon Douglas aka The Hawk (LoL). The Hawk is a womanizer and doesn't care to marry "Janet", but as soon as he meets her (after the wedding) he's suddenly jealous of the sexy blacksmith and wants her all to himself and will do anything in his power to make her love him. Meanwhile, Adrienne is way too accepting of her new persona in this change of location in time and geography; She seems to fit right into 16th century life as long as she gets her morning coffee. But she does miss her cat.

There is really no explanation of Hawk's change in character towards women, and none for Adrienne's comfort in being radomly thrown back 400 hundred years. Time travel should be more disorienting than what Adrienne displays, and there's nearly no description of the setting at all, so why bother even making this a time travel historical romance?! The story would have been better off with Adrienne being some girl taken from her village in order to impersonate Janet, since the time travel aspect is barely even touched upon. And when it is, it's dropped almost immediately as if it's not important. I was very disappointed about this, because I loved Outlander which actually shows us how the main character struggled to understand what happened to her and how she begins to adapt to her new life.

The story itself wasn't bad. I quite liked the rivalry between Hawk and Adam for Adrienne's affection, even though Moning gave next to no explanation as to why either wants her so bad. Adam is super mysterious and I wanted to know how the heck is was and what he was up to! I even found myself feeling sorry for Hawk with all of his failed attempts to woo her. However, the poorly done time travel aspect hindered my enjoyed of this book a bit. I'm not sure if I'll be continuing this series, but overall this one was okay.


  1. Bummer, I was thinking about reading this series after I finished Fever - which so far is amazing (I'm on book 3 right now). I haven't read Outlander but now I'm more intrigued with that series!

    Great review! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you have a fantastic New Years. :)

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  2. +JMJ+

    I think this is one of the weaker books in Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. You're so right that Adrienne might as well have been a girl from the same village! I'm really glad that I started the series with The Highlander's Kiss, or else I never would have read any further.


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