Wednesday, April 20, 2011

39 of 111 Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

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. ..."

I chose this book because I loved Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series SO MUCH! and I wanted to try more of her books. I ended up mostly enjoying this book. It didn't captivate me (I read another book in the middle of reading this one) but it didn't bore me either. Beyond the Highland Mist was a middle book for me. I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but I won't reread it. It's not a favorite but there were things I liked about it. 
Here we go:
-Characters both Hawk and Adrienne were likable, so were secondary characters Lydia, Tavis and Grimm (look at that! I still remember them - always a good sign.)
-For a book that mentions Hawks sexual prowess repeatedly, I wasn't bored by the sexing since there's not really that much of it
-the rest of the series looks good and the Mackelters (from the Fever series!) are up-coming characters.

If I had one complaint it was this (SPOILER!!!!!)

When Hawk and Adrienne finally do the deed, he discovers that she is actually a virgin. This made NO sense to me. She had a boyfriend/fiance who was using her to smuggle drugs(or some such thing) into (out of?) the country. Adrienne thought she loved Eberhard and that he loved her.  Why, oh why would he not have used her sexually in addition to ALL the other ways he used her? Adrienne is portrayed as a doormat in regards to Eberhard, so I don't see her resisting him if he wanted to have sex with her and I don't see why he wouldn't have wanted to. Adrienne is supposed to be stunningly beautiful and wouldn't that have been enough reason since Eberhard was the ultimate jerk? I don't see why she needed to be a virgin for story purposes (Hawk needed to learn to trust her regardless of her virginity) It was just one of those things.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I'll read the rest of the series, but it wasn't a favorite book.

3.5 out of 5

Up Next

I want to start Game of Thrones. I thought the HBO series premiere was interesting. There was a lot of introducing characters, so it'll be interesting to see where it goes once the story lines really get going. I've heard that it gets better as you get into it. 

Also, I will finish At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost. I already bought the next one and I just have to get back into it. 
I also found to FREE downloads by Jill Myles. Foreplay and Zane's Story. I read Gentlemen Prefer Succubi when it was available free and didn't love it, but I couldn't resist two more free shorts from the series. I haven't read them yet, but when I do I'll add them to my Not Quite a Book section. If I'm really lucky the other two books in the series will show up as free reads and I can read the whole series for free. 

There are a few books I really want to read that are out in May and I think I'm stuck in a holding pattern right now waiting for them. 


  1. I haven't read any of her stuff yet, but I've heard a lot about them. Thanks for review.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. The characters are wonderful and well developed. Humour abounds but not overly so. The plot is interesting and fun, wit flourishes. A roller coaster ride for sure, laughter and sadness mixed well together. Some parts I will admit were a little predictable, but the characters more than made up for some of the predictablity.


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