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Friday, 3 February 2012

Review: Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning


Kiss of the Highlander
(Highlander #4)
by Karen Marie Moning

Twenty-five year old Gwen Cassidy is on a mission: To find her cherry picker.

On an impulsive trip to Scotland to find said cherry picker, Gwen encounters a “cherry three chopper-downer” in the form a hulking Highlander who is stubborn as a mule and from the 14th century. Lovely.

After a little mishap retrieving her pack, Gwen takes a tumble and lands upon Drustan MacKeltar, straddling the slumbering Highland laird who has been enchanted by a powerful spell five centuries ago. With sunlight and her blood, Gwen awakens Drustan only to find that he still believes he is in his century. With a vow to help this confused man, Gwen follows Drustan to the place where his castle once stood...only to find it gone. Using Drustan’s Druid powers and stones, he goes back in time, taking Gwen along with him. But when he miscalculates, they find themselves in a time further back before he was enchanted.

While I liked the beginning of the book, it wasn’t until the dressing room scene that things started rolling for me. It was in this pivotal moment that I came to love Drustan and Gwen together:

“What have you stuffed in your pants, MacKelter?” she demanded.
“Nothing that wasn’t God-given,” he replied stiffly.
Gwen stared. “There’s no way that’s part of you. You must have gotten a sock or something stuck. Oh, my.”

Karen Marie Moning incorporates witty dialogue with a sensual miasma of words that any romance reader can appreciate. She may be popular with her urban fantasy books, but I don’t know if they could compare to the raw, erotic nature of her Highlander books. She does romance very, very well. And this book is no exception!

Countless times Moning pulls something that alters her characters lives so much that when you finally reach the end, their happy ending is definitely worth the wait. Gwen and Drustan fall in love twice in this book and each time was better than the last.

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Ning said...

This has to be one of my favorite books in that series. I love the two of them together and the ending b/f the ending broke my heart (if you know what I mean). So glad they're together! I still think Ms. Moning should write more romances. I love the Fever series, but her highlanders are the best!

Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

Under the Covers said...

YES YES! I know what you mean! I may have to do a reread of this book and the next one soon because I seriously adore them and hope that everyone gets a chance to read them.

I agree, Moning should DEFINITELY write more romance. I started with her Fever series first, but I fell hard for her Highlanders.


Eileen said...

I love this series! I've read them a few times already and they are definite keepers.

me said...

I just love your rating system for books. How did you get it? I'm looking to get a cute one for my reviews, but don't know where to go. Thanks, Megan@ http://passionateencounters.blogspot.com/

Under the Covers said...

@Megan, we made it up ourselves.

Amber I @ Awesomesauce said...

I just finished book 2. I am loving these men in kilts! I have book 3 and 4 on my shelf waiting to be read. I can't wait.

Kassandra said...

I have to agree that this one may have been my fave of the series. And Ning had it right about the first ending breaking my heart (I actually teared up!).

Timitra said...

Drustan is another one of my favorites...I love the dressing room scene too it's one of my all time favourite scenes from a book!!!

Nissie said...

I love, love, love this series! Great review!! :)

Sophia Rose said...

I haven't started these yet, but look forward to them since I love the Fever series.

Shelly said...

Enjoyed the review. Really enjoy reading highlander type stories. Adding this book to my wish list.

Under the Covers said...

Amber, they only get better! You're in a treat!

Thank you Nissie!

So glad I've found people who love this series as much as I do!


Lexi said...

Great post! I adore this book, I blame it as the reason I got sucked into reading romance. And then that progressed into my obsession with the fever series. But Kiss of the Highlander will always have a special place in my heart =)