Review: Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

Beyond the Highland Mist
(Highlander #1)
by Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Dell
Publication Date: May 29, 2007
Genre: Historical Sci-fi Romance

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…



My thoughts…

I read the 6th book, The Immortal Highlander, a some years back and really liked it. So, I finally decided to go back to the beginning of the series and read my way through the books. I have to say, if I had read this book first, I probably wouldn’t be continuing. While the premise is intriguing, a women from 1997 getting sent back in time to 1513, I found Hawk and Adrienne to be tiresome characters.

You see, Adrienne has sworn off men and Hawk is known for making the rounds. However, when these two meet, it’s lust at first sight. Which Hawk tries to woo his lady, Adrienne swears up and down that she’d rather bed the blacksmith, Adam. This pretty much goes on and on for little over half the book. I kind of lost respect for Hawk because as time wore on not only would he continuously chase after Adrienne but he became more and more aggressive in his manner.

What I did like about this story was the fae element and the time traveling. I feel like those two aspects really kept me reading the book. Oh, and her cat. I had to know what happened to her cat that she left behind in 1997. Is it enough to fully enjoy the story, not quite but it did keep me interested until the end.

If I had started this series in order I probably wouldn’t continue. While I enjoy the author’s Fever series, this one did not start off so well for me. However, because I’ve read, and enjoyed, the 6th book, I know not all the books in the series are like this. So, I plan to continue on with the series.


Favorite quote…

“Bedevil the devil and devil be dammed. I fear no devil and bow to no man.”


6 Thoughts on “Review: Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

  1. This series has a very interesting story, too bad you didn’t enjoyed it that much 🙁

  2. I forget she writes in this genre, gonna have to try these out!!

  3. I’ve read a few series that were like that. Didn’t enjoy the beginning but got into it later. I often wonder why that is.

  4. I read this so long ago I barely remember it but I DID read the entire series, so… 😉 I think I felt this one was a bit “fluffy” or something whereas the rest of the series gets deeper with more going on in the overall story arc. Anyway, I hope, if you continue, the rest of the books engage you more. 🙂

  5. I read this about a million years ago, but never read beyond book one. Whatever did happen to that cat? I snorted when I read the bit “Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir”. I know it’s trying to make him sound experienced and closed off to love, but it really makes him sound silly and skeezy.

    • Yeah. They are a bit on the cheesy and predictable side. As for the cat, she kept flashing back and forth between times do to the Fae fighting over her. I believe one of those times she was close enough to the cat that she snatched it and brought it back in time with her.

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