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Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 9, 1999
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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. . . .
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The heroine also takes her weariness of trusting a man too far, to the point where she was hurtful and insulting to the hero, who treats her wonderfully throughout the whole read. There were a couple scenes where she even deliberately called the hero by another man's name in the heat of passion in an effort to push him away. The first time, I was like, okay this might make for great tension. By the second and third time, I disliked the heroine immensely. She seemed too selfish and heartless for me to relate to.
The book was well-written, I give the author that much. And if you enjoy books where there is constant mistrust and outward conflict between the hero and heroine, you will like this one too. My tastes run along different lines, which is why I can't give it more than a 3.
I was sorely disappointed.
The story has some enjoyable aspects to it, but the total disregard for historical fact, the clear lack of research, and the ridiculous use of language meant that I became increasingly frustrated with the novel and the author's sloppy work.
Despite the book being set for the most part in the early 16th century, characters drink tea and coffee (neither of which became popular or even available in Scotland till much later), eat potatoes (which hadn't even been introduced to the country) and stroll in gardens full of rhododendrons (again a much later import).
The use of the "Scots" language is downright silly, and reads more like somebody's hackneyed idea of what a Scot might talk like, based on a couple of viewings of Braveheart and Brigadoon. The scenes of castle life are utterly unrealistic and clearly unresearched.
Most irritating of all is the author's insistence on using the word "smithy" throughout to refer to Adam the blacksmith. A smithy is a blacksmith's workshop, not a person.
There are many more inconsistencies and factual errors, most of which are inexcusable and could have been easily researched by the author.As a result, I would not recommend this book to anybody who's ever been to Scotland or has any knowledge whatsoever of British history.
Adrienne de Simone was whisked through time to the sixteenth century and forced to wed a man known as Hawk. She wanted nothing to do with such a good looking man. Beautiful men mean trouble and pain. Hawk could not believe she would have nothing to do with him. Worse yet, a smithy suddenly appeared in town, named Adam Black and was determined to woo her away from him! Adrienne, wanting nothing to do with either of them, was made into a pawn of which only Aoibheal, who ruled over all, could save.
***WOW! I loved this book. It is definately "a keeper"! Here is one that will never see the inside of a used book store. Powerful, romantic, and leaves you believing in Fairies.***
My biggest problem with this book was Adrienne. I realize that she was abused and hurt but hello...to base your judgement on a person based on what they look like is shallow and in my opinion a waste of time in a romance book. There were many different times I just wanted to shake her and say alright already!!! The fact that it took her more then half the book to see beyond Hawk's looks to see the good in the man was upsetting.
Hawk on the other hand may have had the looks but he was hurting on the inside and found himself tied up with a shrew...still he saw past the facade to the goodness that was buried deep in Adrienne. Just like a hero should.
This book was very slow to start but did pick up and Ms. Monings trademark humor and style began to shine out in the end. For the most part this book had all the good things it needed to be a winner, time travel, yummy men in kilts, fairies, and intrigue...it was just not put together all that well. If you are knew to Ms. Moning this is a good example of her earlier work and worth taking time to read...just be aware that she does have better books out there!
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It was a fantastic story which enveloped the imagination and depicted the scenes as if one were there. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Leonarda Safran
Thought this was a different book, ordered the wrong one. This is one of those "historical" romance novels. Had to give it up.Published 7 days ago by BC Shauver
Purchased on rec of blurb-- similar to Julie Garwood---
Not to my liking- Made the mistake, ordering all of the seirie
This on Kendle, cancel and refund on remaining... Read more
One of her earliest stories. It's not filled with a lot of challenge or angst like her more popular recent titles. Read morePublished 10 days ago by S. Rayball
It could have been the narrators voice that influences my enjoyment of this book but it was very enjoyable. Just went by too fast for the price of the kindle and audible combo.Published 19 days ago by Ktkate