Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander, #4
Publisher: Dell, September 2001
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A laird trapped between centuries...Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side....
A woman changed forever in his arms...Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?
Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them ... and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves....
“If aught must be lost, ‘twill be my honor for yours. If one must be forsaken, ‘twill be my soul for yours. Should death come anon, ‘twill be my life for yours. I am Given.”
If I’m going to completely honest with you (and myself), it’s lines like this that kept me up all night reading this book. There’s a magic in Moning’s writing that brings her world to life, and I was hooked from the moment Gwen fell through the cavern ceiling onto the sleeping laird.
I initially had a mixed reaction to Gwen. There were elements of her that I understood (finding a guy, her place in life) and others I didn’t, specifically her science background. She did focus on it (maybe a bit too much), but it felt like the musings of a girl who lost her mother and wondered if the choices she made were right. It took a while to understand her, but I did.
Drustan, the Highland laird that Gwen inadvertently fell on, immediately clicked with me. I liked the background and motives that Moning built up by switching the narrative between the two characters. Without the insight into his thoughts, he would have been short of impossible to understand.
The romance. Sigh. I loved it. There was a tense, love-at-first-sight, never-going-back kind of beautiful romance that built the drama and increased the tension at every page. If one could have a Druid Prince Charming, well, there he is.
Quite simply, I loved Kiss of the Highlander. It’s already on my Amazon order list for my annual book-buying binge after Christmas, and her other works are on order from the library. I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan.