Friday, 6 May 2011

Beyond the Higland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

The super long synopsis: 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 the Hawk’s determination to keep her by his side…

Ok, so this was my first true ‘erotic romance’. I will admit that at first I found it kind of cringey and embarrassing, the synopsis especially so. But I went along with it and soon I was loving all the cheesy-ness and farfetched story lines that come with these romance novels. It is an incredibly easy book to read which is what I was looking for to help me get through my exams this week.

In 1513 Scotland, Aoibheal, Queen of the Fae, tells her court of a man of such power and beauty that no woman could refuse him, a man they call The Hawk. Overcome with jealously, the King sends his fool, sexy but sinister Adam Black to seek revenge on The Hawk.  Adam travels through time and brings back the perfect woman who hates all beautiful men. Adrienne’s rebuffs make Hawk try harder, and when the Adam, sets out to seduce Adrienne, sparks fly and the game shifts into a higher dimension.

Hawk is an example of the true alpha-male, and as I mentioned in My Book Boyfriend post he is handsome, strong and masculine in every way, but with a past that makes him vulnerable. Adrienne was messed around by a man in her past and as a result is stronger, stubborn and more independent. They are both likeable characters, although I feel that The Hawk was a bit foolish near the end.

One thing that bugged me a little was the over use of the word silvery or silvery-grey to describe different things. For one, Adrienne’s hair was slivery blond and her eyes a silvery grey. It only bugged me because when I read that someone has silvery hair I imagine grey hair. And that isn’t how I wanted to picture Adrienne. Only a minor fault.

I’m giving this one 4/5 and would definitely recommend it. There are quite a few books in the series and I have heard great things about Moning’s Fever series which I will be starting sometime next week :)

Describe it is two words? Romantic and Magical


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