Flashback Friday – Kiss of the Highlander

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Title: Kiss of the Highlander
Series: Highlander #4
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Release Date: September 2001
Find it: Amazon | Indigo | Goodreads
My rating: 4/5


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….

My Thoughts:

I love KMM’s books for the humour, fantastical stories and ability to suck me into a world and make me care about characters that would otherwise drive me nuts! I’m pretty sure Kiss of the Highlander was the first of her books that I read (it’s Flashback Friday…that means I read this a while ago!). But it’s not the first in the series.  Although there’s a bigger story line that plays through this series, the books for the most part stand alone.

I will say I’m probably a bit biased as this book hits on all the story elements I love:

  • Time travel\
  • Scotland
  • History
  • Romance
  • Humorous dialogue
  • Hot main characters

Gwen heads to Scotland in search of a highlander to relieve her of her virginity and maybe help solve what sounds an awful lot like a quarter life crisis.  Unfortunately she ends up booking herself on a seniors tour! For someone who is supposed to be a brilliant physicist she manages to come off naïve and a bit stupid.  And yet somehow it works! Gwen ends up breaking a centuries old curse and waking up Drustan MacKelter. He’s from 500 years ago when attitudes towards women and life were a bit different. And I love hearing his opinions on modern day Scotland and the customs we now have. There are definitely some laugh out loud bits.  He and Gwen end up travelling back to Drustan’s time in an effort to change history. And so the story then runs the parallel of modern day Gwen stuck in history. Her opinions aren’t quite as entertaining as Drustan’s though.

Overall, this is an enjoyable read (one that I’ve read more than once) for those who like historical romance with a bit of time travel. There are some predictable bits, and as I mentioned Gwen and Drustan should both drive you nuts with some of their character traits, but KMM does a fantastic job of making them likeable. The humour and steamy scenes with a bit of a bigger mystery build in make this book an engaging read.




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