Highlander: Beyond the Highland Mist

Beyond the Highland Mist

Beyond the Highland Mist

An alluring laird

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and 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 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 uncertainties 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.

As you guys may have picked up, I really enjoyed KMM’s Fever series. I tried to be subtle, but I think that some of my enthusiasm may have come through. So, I was pretty psyched to read Ms Moning’s earlier Highlander series. I mean, it’s KMM. It will be nothing short of awesome. Sadly, I was a little let down. I can hear your gasps of horror already. It wasn’t the story or the writing. I just had a problem with the leading lady. In short, I wanted to slap her.

Before I tell you why our heroine grated my cheese so bad, let me give you the basic gist of the story. We start off meeting Hawk. He is a Scottish laird living in the 1500s, and he is a complete and utter manwhore. He loves the ladies, but not nearly as much as they love him. His sexual prowess is the stuff of legend and his conquests aren’t limited to women from the human realm. Rumour has it, he’s even gone there with the Seelie queen and managed to leave one hell of an impression. Grimm, the best friend, finds Hawk’s success with the ladies both really funny and totally unfair. One night, the two guys are outside chatting when, as a joke, Grimm makes a wish on a falling star. Grimm wishes that Hawk would meet a woman who is the embodiment of physical perfection, but who has zero interest in Hawk. The guys laugh it off (har, har, like that’ll ever happen). And Grimm’s wish would have remained the idle banter between two friends had a jealous fae not been listening in on the conversation. The fae decides that this is exactly what Hawk needs and sets out to find such a woman.

This is where Adrienne comes in. She’s been badly burned in the past by a beautiful man. So, she swears that she’s going to avoid beautiful men like the plague. Never again will she experience such hurt at the hands of a gorgeous man. Ding! Ding! Ding! Ladies and gents, we have a winner. Small problem, though: Adrienne lives in Seattle in the year 1997. The likelihood of her running into Hawk is… well, minimal. Until the fae hurls Adrienne back to a time where men rock kilts (sans underpants) and live in castles. Circumstances beyond Adrienne’s control see her being forced to marry Hawk. Neither party is particularly thrilled about the prospect… until they get their first look at each other. Hawk is gobsmacked; Adrienne is horrified. Not another bloody beautiful man!

The story had so much to like! The whole time travel thing sounded like so much fun! I was looking forward to Hawk meeting his match in Adrienne. Plus, there wasn’t likely to be any insta-love because of her beautiful man complex. But it was that very complex that pissed me off. I understand that she has trust issues, but the least she could have done was give the guy a chance. She was like the little kid with the building blocks; she’d build him up and then knock him down. Every time Hawk thought he was making progress, boom!, Adrienne would pull back and crush his hopes. Even worse was how she kept flaunting Adam Black (our villain) in poor Hawk’s face. Eventually, I wanted nothing more than for the jealous fae to dump Adrienne back in Seattle, in the middle of a busy road where she’d promptly be hit by a bus. Yes, she was that much of a bitch.

My disappointment with this book stems mainly from the fact that I didn’t like Adrienne, but I’m still really keen on reading the rest of the series. I’ll put this one down to fluke and a clash of auras. It’s Grimm’s book next, and I’m really excited about it!


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