Title: Beyond the Highland Mist
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: historical/time travel/paranormal romance
50 words or less: A case of mistaken identity (with faerie intervention) is played out as Hawk, a sixteenth century Scottish warrior, has to wed Adrienne de Simone. Too bad she's from the future and wants nothing to do with him.
This is the first book in KMM's Highlander series and is a fun read from start to finish (check out the bodice-ripper cover; that should tell you you're in for a good time.) Hawk is a genuinely good guy who just hasn't had a lot of experience with women telling him no; Adrienne had a really bad experience with a good looking guy and has to get over that before she can move on to someone else. Add in a dash of faerie magic and you've got all the makings of a comedy of errors with a spicy twist.
I'm a big fan of KMM's writing style and the interactions between Hawk and Adrienne feel genuine and are really fun to read. The nub of the biscuit is that while Hawk has never had a woman turn him down before, it never mattered because he didn't care about any of them. He fell ass over teacup for Adrienne and she wanted him to take a long walk off a short pier. Now of course, she's really falling for him in the midst of it all, but that's part of the fun. And when these two finally get over their hangups and decide to knock boots, the sparks fly indeed.
Beyond the Highland Mist suffers a little for having to set up the rules of the world where the story takes place; there's the supernatural element that has to be explained, all of Adrienne's issues, and Hawk's past as a player in the king's court that has to get brought up and dealt with as well. I've skimmed some of the other books in the series so I know that some of the characters, such as Adam Black and Grimm, end up getting their own books as well; seeing those two get their respective comeuppances stands to make me cackle.
This is a good introduction to a fun series. There's a little something for everyone in here- lots of romance, steamy sex scenes, a fun historical setting, and a little magic to boot. I'll definitely keep going with this series.
Overall Grade: B+
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