Review: Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
Beyond the Highland Mist
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander #1
Published on: November 4 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 388 pages, eBook
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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...
Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning was the first paranormal romance I ever read.
10+ years ago the only books I’d read that could even remotely be compared to PNR or UF were Anne Rice books (and if any of you have read Anne Rice books, you know that they are so not the same). I don’t think I even picked up my first modern (not Narnia or LOTR) fantasy until my freshman year of college (The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan).
I’m sure that all the Vivian Vande Velde, Robin McKinley, and Christopher Pike books I read when I was a teenager set the stage for the love of all things supernatural I developed as an adult, but for whatever reason, there was a five(ish)-year gap after high school in which I never managed to stumble across anything that could pass as either of my favorite genres today (the aforementioned PNR and UF).
And I was so bored.
Enter one of my sisters who was always reading the historical romances that she began filching from our maternal grandmother (not the fairy tale-reading grandmother) at WAY too early an age. She was always trying to get me to read some bodice-ripper or another, but it just wasn’t my thing. Then she brings one that she swears I’ll LOVE.
*squints in disbelief*
“No, really,” she says, and then explains that this is not just a historical romance, this is a paranormal/historical romance. A paranormal/historical romance in which a hot, evil version of Puck drags a woman scorned from the modern world back in time 500 years to the Scottish highlands.
Fairies, you say?
Back in time, you say?
Hmmm . . .
So I gave it a shot.
And I loved it. I read all seven books in the series, and then several years later, continued on to read the (loosely) connected Fever series (which I loved even more). Come to think of it, the Fever series was my very first foray into UF, so that makes a Karen Marie Moning book responsible for my introduction to both of my favorite genres. C-R-A-Z-Y. Anyway, loving the Fever books even more than the Highlander books made the Highlander books take a back seat in my mind. I don’t think, in hindsight, that I fully appreciated how good they were. It was a finished series. I didn’t reread them, like I did the Fever series, every time a new book came out.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
So fast forward to this past weekend.
I’m bored. I hate my ovaries. Historical romance is sounding good-ish to my nutso hormones, but not exactly right . . . I know! I’ll reread those really good Karen Marie Moning historical/time-travel PNR books. YES!!!
Best idea I’ve had in a long, LONG time. It was hilarious. It was HOT. It was sweet. It was clever.
Our heroine is an orphaned hater-of-pretty-men who is on the run from her past. Our hero is just GAH—a literal legend among men AND fairies alike (which is why both hero and heroine find themselves in their predicament, incidentally). There are crazy Gypsies, fairies in disguise as smokin’ hot blacksmiths, AND (my personal favorite thing about PNR vs. UF) an absolutely sublime HEA—as it turns out, nutso hormones are all about the instant gratification when it comes to books.
Basically, if you’ve never read them, or it’s been a while since you last did—READ THEM. It’s an excellent way to spend an overcast (and cranky) weekend afternoon.