Beyond the Highland Mist

Beyond the Highland Mist
(Highlander #1)
by Karen Marie Moning
performed by Phil Gigante
Published 2007 by Brilliance Audio
10 hours, 3 minutes. Unabridged.
Rating: 5/5

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 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 as my prize when I won the Whisper in my Ear challenge last month. Since I previously steered clear of romance, I also steered clear of Moning. Since reading Tina Folsom’s A Touch of Greek for the Book Lovin’ Bitches Ebook Tour, I’ve slowly become a fan of romance as a fun and easy read. I’ve never really loved it for the writing or plot construction… until recently. I got my first glimpse with Irish Moon by Amber Scott, but this book has really sealed the deal. It’s just a good book, regardless of genre.

Hawk and Adrienne are both stubborn and completely likable. No, not likable, lovable. I loved them the whole time. Their banter was just so much fun. I was smiling the whole time. Although, I must admit I got a little frustrated by Adrienne’s resistance. I understand her need to be strong, but she was really just hiding behind her past experiences. It wasn’t fair to Hawk, but the book needs tension and all that. It was just frustrating to me after listening to something like seven hours of her resisting him.

The plot was pretty good, though it was mostly centered around the characters. I mean, that’s kind of the way it is in romance novels. I was happy I had the person responsible for Adrienne’s trip through time figured out. I’ve just read too many books with similar subjects in the past year not to know who he was. I think it’s funny how his personality can be very different depending on his role in a book. Still, he’s always mischievous. It was nice touch to the story.

Phil Gigante is an American actor, director, and producer with over 20 years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio. He’s read for a 130 books and received many awards for his versatility in narration. I was very wary of him when it began. I wasn’t sure I liked his voice, but once I got into it and heard his Scottish accent, I changed my mind. He was wonderful. There was a distinct voice for every character, and his switch between Scottish and Southern American accents was flawless. I highly recommend this audiobook.

This book contains profanity and explicit sexual content. 18 and up, please!

Source: Won from Bewitched Bookworms
Author’s website: http://www.karenmoning.com/kmm/
Purchase this book: Book Depository | IndieBound | Audible

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