Review: Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Posted February 3, 2012 by Annie in Uncategorized / 13 Comments

Review: Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Kiss of the Highlander
by Karen Marie Moning

5 Stars

Released: September 4, 2001
Series: Highlander #4
Published by Dell
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 399



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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About Karen Marie Moning

“The only other calling I ever felt was an irrepressible desire to be Captain of my own Starship. I was born in the wrong century and it wasn’t possible, so I chose to explore the universe by writing fiction instead. Books are doors to endless adventure.” -KMM

Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1964, the daughter of Anthony R. and Janet L. Moning. The family moved to a self-sustaining farm in Indiana when she was six years old, where she spent her youth raising cows, horses, tobacco, corn and other crops with her sisters and brother.

An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy, at seventeen she attended Purdue University where she completed a BA in Society & Law, with minors in Philosophy, Creative Writing and Theatre, while working full time as a bartender and computer consultant. She intended to go to law school but after an internship with a firm of Criminal Attorneys, decided against it. For the next decade, she worked in insurance, where she wrote intercompany arbitrations and directed commercial litigation. At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to get serious and do what she’d always wanted to do: write fiction novels.
Beyond the Highland Mist was published in 1999 and nominated for two RITA awards. She then published six more novels in her award-winning HIGHLANDER series, and received the RITA Award in 2001 for The Highlander’s Touch.

In 2004, she began writing the #1 New York Times bestselling FEVER series. The books have been optioned twice for potential franchise development by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Studios, but the rights are currently held by Moning who has expressed a desire to one day see it as a television series. Her novels have been published in thirty-five countries and are performed on audio by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross. She divides her time between Ohio and Florida and is working on two future projects for Random House Publishing.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

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13 responses to “Review: Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

  1. 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

  2. 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.


  3. 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!).

  4. 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 =)

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