Saturday, April 12, 2008

A Trip Through Time


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.


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 hearts, Adrienne’s reservations were no match for Hawk’s determination to keep her by his side...

Title: Beyond the Highland Mist
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander Series, Book 1
Published: 1999
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Pages: 375
Genre: Romance- Historical, Time Travel

In Karen Marie Moning’s first book in her best selling Highlander series, Beyond the Highland Mist you get time travel, fairies, and highlanders, what more could a girl want? How about a super sexy highlander laird named Sidhawk Douglas and a love that transcends time itself?

I’ve heard of this Highlander series for several years now but for some reason I thought it was about vampires and since I had enough series about them to keep up with, I never bothered picking up these until now. How wrong I was! The only supernatural creatures in the books are the Sidhe fairies and they play only a semi-important role in Beyond the Highland Mist so I dived headfirst into the story.

At first I wasn’t too sure what to think of Hawk because he seemed really vain and those usually aren’t the kinds of heros I’m used to or interested in reading about but as the story progressed and you got to really know him and how vulnerable he secretly was but at the same time he was also an Alpha Male. My first thoughts about Adrienne were “poor girl”, because she’s obviously been through a lot and then some nasty fairies go and dump her out of the 20th century into 1513 Scotland without so much as a by your leave! She was a little annoying and childish at times but I liked her, and rooted for her by the end. Fortunately, this is an HEA romance so Hawk and Adrienne eventually get their acts together which makes a certain fairy very unhappy and he stirs up quite a few speed bumps for the two!

I liked this book because it blended the old with the new and it did so seamlessly. It kind of reminded me of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series a few times but Beyond the Highland Mist is more romance, than fiction like Gabaldon. Either way I liked it even if there were certain things I would have changed if I could and after reading some excerpts of the other books in the series, I’m really looking forward to them too.

The Highlander Series:
Beyond the Highland Mist
To Tame a Highland Warrior
The Highlander’s Touch
Kiss of the Highlander
The Dark Highlander
The Immortal Highlander
Spell of the Highlander
Into the Dreaming

I found some interesting fun facts about Beyond the Highland Mist over on Karen Marie Moning’s website and excerpts from this and all of her books can be found there too. I also found an interview with the author from when the book first came out!


  1. I like this series. I own the whole set and am excited to start her new series about fairies.

  2. I loved this series. It's a bummer it doesn't look like any more are on the horizon. Her other series is good. They have them in the romance section (at least at my bookstores) but that is misleading. No romance. Yet. But it's still a really good series.

    I actually liked the second book, Bloodfever better than the first, Darkfever. The new one coming out (not for awhile yet) is Faefever.

    Hope you like the rest in the series!

  3. This sounds cool, thanks for the review. I have a bunch of series I need to start and another bunch I need to get up to date with, but when I have made some headway I think I will check this one out.

  4. this sounds pretty good. I havent heard of it before. great review :)

  5. "AN ALLURING LAIRD" I would have used the word!



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