by Karen Marie Moning
Released: September 4, 2001
Series: Highlander #4
Published by Dell
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.