KISS OF THE HIGHLANDER by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlander #4
Random House: Dell
Released: September 4, 2001
Page Count: 399
Rating: Really liked it!
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 itself for the woman he loves . . .
This one was really interesting, because the man was the first one to do the time traveling! And for once, the woman didn't automatically believe everything that was happening! I loved it!
This is also the first in a new set of connected storylines - books five, six, and seven also contain the same characters (though new ones are introduced as well).
Drustan McKeltar was spelled into an enchanted sleep, and would have stayed hidden that way forever had Gwen not lost her backpack - and then her footing - on a hike and tumbled through the roof of his prison, somehow managing to release him from his slumber. At first, Drustan simply plans on using Gwen to get back to his own time, not caring what happens to her in the process. Gradually, though, he falls for her - and she for him, though she is less inclined to admit it to her self, seeing as how she thinks he's quite insane.
This one had some great characters - not just the main couple, but also the main secondaries that we meet along the way. The ending was also very sweet. I was very curious to see how Moning would write them into a happy ending, and she did a fantastic job. I was very happy with this book, and it's probably my favorite of the series so far!