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5.0 out of 5 starsPerfection
Reviewed in Canada on March 13, 2020
Characters that draw you in. Storyline that isn't predictable. Could not put it down
Very slow moving. I am half way through and have no idea what the plot is, other than to deflower the heroine. The romance scenes reminded me of a lesson in anatomy and physiology. This novel does not measure up to Moning's previous novels.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Sit on the Edge of Your Seat Romantic Adventure
Reviewed in Canada on July 10, 2004
Gwen Cassidy was just trying to add a dash of spice to her ho-hum way of life. At twenty-five she has no family left to speak of, she's sick of her job, and there's no man in her life. So she embarks on a group tour of Scotland, but little does she know her trip will lead to the adventure of a lifetime, and then some. While out exploring alone, she stumbles and falls into a cave, directly on top of the sexiest man she's ever laid eyes on. A Highland warrior, who awakens from a nap that has lasted centuries. Drustan MacKeltar is determined to keep Gwen by his side, especially once he discovers he has been enchanted for five hundred years, and only ruins remain where his castle once stood. He knows he must return to his own time by using the closely guarded power and knowledge of his Druid heritage. Drustan has the ability to travel through time, and he'll not leave Gwen behind. She has no idea she will accompany him, until she finds herself whisked back to sixteenth century Scotland. It is then that Gwen realizes the life of the man she loves, along with the fate of Drustan's entire clan, rests solely with her. For there is an enemy plot which will eventually cause the death of Drustan's people, unless she can successfully alter the course of time. But can this diverse couple, each from a different century, find a way to remain in one place together for all time? I believe my first thought after finishing this book was, "Wow!" This was my first novel to read by Ms. Moning, and I was definitely impressed. I've previously read a couple of time travel books by other authors, and found them too unbelievable and just lacking something. Now I do realize that any way you look at it, time travel is unrealistic. But the difference here is Ms. Moning makes it realistic, and very possible. This story was a non-stop, sit on the edge of your seat, quick, turn that page, nail-biting adventure! In fact the pace reminded me of watching an Indiana Jones movie. This book has it all: well-developed main characters, interesting secondary characters which add to the plot, fast-paced adventure, humor, romance, and some sizzling love scenes. A definite five star keeper, and I can't wait to read the rest of this series!
This book was oh so perfect! I couldn't get it off my hands until it was over and that hasn't happened to me since I read the "Heart of the Condor" some time ago. There is only one "flaw" in this book: it is not an original plot. I know most romance books tend to have many similarities in plot but in this case it is not just a similarity. Rather the plot is an exact replica of Jude Deveraux's all time classic "A knight in shining armor", which was written many years ago. On the other hand, despite being a copy-cat (and thus the author can't be praised for her brilliant idea), it is a book that stands finely on its own and it's highly addictive! The plot of the book is this: A modern woman named Gwen goes on a trip in the highlands in order to find her perfect man. She literally falls over him and manages to awaken the highland laird from an enchanted sleep. Although she is attracted to him, she can't believe that he is from the 16th century, but agrees to help him return to his family castle anyway. Drustan, gets to know some of the wonders of technology (car, jeans, etc) but is also very attracted by the innocent Gwen. When they reach the place where his castle was, they find only ruins. Drustan knows that he has to return to his century and make sure that the family line continues. The fact that Drustan is a druid adds an interesting twist in the book and is the only difference between this book and "Knight in shining armor". Before Drustan gets back to his time though, he falls in love with Gwen and she with him. But because of a mistake Drustan makes, Gwen finds herself in his century where she meets a Drustan who doesn't even remember her! Can Gwen alone save Drustan's life and thus his clan's family line? Can she find a way so that she and Drustan live happily ever after? Though the answer in these questions is obvious, I guarantee you will have a wonderful time reading this book and not once regret buying it. I am now certainly going to buy "The Dark Highlander" and find out what happens with Drustan's brother, Dageus. Also, if you haven't read "A knight in a shining armor" and you liked this book, go and order it right away. Even if their plot is the same, both authors are masterful story-tellers, each with her own style, and these books are among the best about time-travelling.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2017
Where has this book been all my reading life 😮. It's fantastic I love it when a twenty first century girl go's back in time with the almighty highlander "swoon". The storyline is an fairly easy going one the delicate relationship with our two main characters is great you really feel the emotions between the two even though their surroundings and situation are constantly changing.
Beautiful and breathtaking are the two best words to describe this book this is the first book I've read of Karen Marie moning and wow what an impression she has left, I can't wait to read more about her highlanders especially after the big hint at the end 😉. The sex scenes are here and there not a constant which I like, not to much but enough and definitely hot and steamy when they do.
100% worth every single penny I for one will be rushing to buy the whole series and others if there are any fingers crossed 😊. Only one thing but I'm not sure if this is the first in the series or even what order they're to be read in I'm going to have to Google it which is a nuisance but oh well. I don't like leaving review's explaining the gist of the book like others but I hope this helps to make your mind up about buying this amazing story.
Oh my goodness. There is the Karen Marie Moning I know and love. What a fantastic book this is.
The first in this series was a huge let down for me. I almost DNF Beyond The Highland Mist. But, after latter books in the series kept popping up in my GoodReads updates with excellent ratings, I couldn't quite give up on the Highlanders yet.
I skipped books 2, and 3 (I may go back to them later) as I'd heard good things happen from book 4 onwards.
Well. Wow. Plot twists, humour, sexual tension off the charts, and yet more plot twists. KMM you are a genius. I nearly cried! I read the freakin' words through tears. THROUGH TEARS!
And then - the ending?!
Colour me intrigued. Hell, yes. I have found a new series to love!
That roller coaster of emotion I've just experienced is why I love books.
Well I'm well away. Book 4 just finished. The story, the plotting and the magic just made me keep turning the pages. Drustan MacKelter's been in a enchanted sleep for 500 year's. He's awakened when Gwen an American on holiday in Scotland literally land's on him. I'm not going to give it away but the story is good. She end's up going back 500 year's without him. She must convince the Drustan of the time she's in now that they've met and his clan are in danger. There's alot of twists and turns but still enthralling. I've been to some of the places in this book aw! the memories (very fond one's).
5.0 out of 5 starsA humurous romp through the Scottish Highlands.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 31, 2012
This book is a funny,sexy romp through my favourite country.Pure fantasy and entertainment perfect to get lost in for awhile.The author has captured the essence of the Scottish Highlands and their men perfectly.Nothing wrong with letting your imagination go along for the ride either.5* for a brilliant read that dosn't take it'self too seriously.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2006
It is rare indeed for there to be a twist in a book that has me completely gobsmacked and exclaiming 'NO!' out loud. I normally see them coming a mile off, but not this time. I really didn't have a clue. Of course there are plenty of those more predictable moments in this book; it's is clear as day that Gwen and Drustan are going to get it together at some point, for example. But there is also a great plotline here and I really didn't see the big twists coming at all.
Gwen is on holiday in the modern day Scottish Highlands when she falls into a cave (in a more believable fashion that you might think) and lands on a man. Drustan is a Druid from 500 years ago, enchanted until Gwen wakes him. This story is a moving, funny account of their growing attraction as Gwen has to take a leap of faith and help this attractive, sword wielding man to prove his story. And boy, does he prove it!
As a result of reading this book I immediately bought a heap of others by the same author. Some I liked more than others, but the next three in the series (The Dark Highlander, The Immortal Highlander and The Spell of the Highlander) are all fantastic. I urge you to buy them...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2012
I loved this book. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. It's extremely romantic, and it incorporates magic and time travel, two of my favorite themes. I give it five stars, and I stand by my rating.