Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review Kiss of the Highlander, Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Kiss of the Highlander
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander
Release Date: September 4th 2001


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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Author Bio

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the sizzling Urban Fantasy FEVER Novels set in Dublin, featuring MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, and the paranormal romance HIGHLANDER Series, with fifteen books in print in thirty-six countries.

She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award, and multiple RITA nominee. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Society & Law.

Books by Karen Marie Moning

Fever Series


Highlander Series


I've read the first two and, while I liked them very much, this one just blew me away!

I fell for our hero, Drustan MacKeltar as soon as our kick-ass heroine, Gwen fell for him. On him. Details.

KMM has one heck of a talent in spinning a story; combining magical elements, the supernatural with reality. The descriptions, the characters, everything was so well done, I couldn't put the book down. It's definitely a page-turner and keeps you interested and curious.

So, we meet our heroine, Gwen, who has lived her life by her parents' rule, doing their bidding. They were scientists, they didn't believe in laughing, hugging, spending family time. So, she grew up lacking a usual childhood. Plus, she too is smart. I liked the fact that, she simply upped and quit her career; her family. I also liked how she decided to go on a journey, to experience things she hadn't had the chance before. And experience them, she had.

Our hero - and hero, he is - is Laird Drustan MacKeltar, who had been asleep for five hundred years. As I mentioned above, I fell for him as soon as KMM introduced him. There's a presence about him, it's practically palpable. That's how good KMM describes him, making us feel, not only tell. She also shows. Kudos for KMM, not many can pull it off so well!

"What have you stuffed in your pants, MacKeltar?" she demanded.
"Nothing that wasn't God-given," he replied stiffly.

Of course that upon awakening and telling his story to Gwn, she doesn't believe him, but she soon embarks on yet another journey, a different one. Let me tell you, the scene with them at the ruins broke my heart. I just wanted to pull Drustan to my bosom and keep him there.

What happened after was a smack; I wasn't expecting it but I got it. It's interesting how the situation was reversed and a 16th century Drustan thought Gwen was crazy.

Anyway, I was dying to see how the problems would be solved; how the loose ends would be tied and well, then came another smack but I knew, I just KNEW KMM wouldn't do this to me and these awesome people would have a HEA! If they didn't deserve one, after going back-and-forth in time, their love lasting for five hundred years, I don't know who did!

Clearly, all's well that ends well BUT! It's not exactly over. And of course that now I'm going to have to devour, er, read, the next book too. Hot twin, anyone?

P.S. Drustan was the funniest!

"I made you a pallet upon which to sleep. In my time I would spread my plaid for you. But I would also warm you with the heat of my naked body. Shall I remove my plaid?"

5 +++ stars, one of the best books I've read this year and I do believe KMM has won herself a stalker, ah, fan! A fan.

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