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Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander) By Karen Marie Moning(A)/Phil… (original 1999; edition 2007)

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Title:Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander) By Karen Marie Moning(A)/Phil Gigante(N) [Audiobook]
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Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning (1999)

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    The Bride by Julie Garwood (Vonini)
    Vonini: Both books are well written romances with hot Highland lairds and unwilling love interests. Garwood books tend to have a little less angst and a little more humor
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Hawk is a fantastic Highlander Lord ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
Come avrete letto a fianco delle stelline, il libro a conti fatti mi è piacuto…ma con alcune riserve.
Riserve dovute principalmente alla traduzione, come ho anche “osato” far notare sulla pagina fb della leggereditore. Piccole carenze che mi avrebbero alleggerito la lettura, invece di farmi storcere abbastanza spesso il naso. I termini “difficili” sono solo due ma l’hanno fatta da padrone.
Un “Moonie” che voleva indicare la luna (quindi non capisco proprio perchè non tradurlo), quando già nel testo era il diminutivo con cui ci si riferiva alla gattina di Adrenne. E un “fanciulla” traduzione di lass, termine ricorrentissimo nei romanzi romance con highlander, che vuol semplicemente dire ragazza. In questo caso il continuo ripetersi di fanciulla, vi giuro, mi ha irritato i nervi non poco perchè non aveva alcun motivo per esistere nel testo. Sopratutto, non aveva più senso il ripeterlo dopo che i due sono -come ovvio- finiti a letto insieme. Da che mondo fanciulla è sinonimo di “ragazzina” o comunque persona giovane e pura (vergine se volete).
Finito di lamentarmi della traduzione, passiamo al romanzo vero e proprio.
Si tratta di un tipico romance con un pizzico di time-travel per renderlo più stuzzicante. Anche se l’autrice non si sofferma troppo sulle differenze esistenti tra le due epoche e le semplifica molto.
Quindi i tipici personaggi, lei molto bella e tormentata da un passato di violenza e sopprusi.
Lui, strano e forse la cosa che mi è sembrata più carina e un pò diversa dal solito, con lo stesso problema. Uomo molto bello, desiderato da molte se non tutte, costretto dal proprio sovrano e fare tutto ciò che gli veniva ordinato è stato etichettato a corte come “la puttana del re”. Ma nel momento in cui inizia la storia ha appena finito di scontare gli anni obbligatori sotto il controllo del re e può finalmente deicarsi alla sua terra e famiglia. E alla ricerca di una moglie… se non che il re per ultimo ordine gli impone di sposare la pazza Janet Comin, pena la morte di entrambi i clan.
E’ in queste circostanze che entra in gioco Adrienne, che verrà data in sposa per procura ad Hawk come sotituta della defunta Janet.

La componente magica della storia è data dalle fate. Sono loro che per invidia e vendetta verso Hawk portano Adrienne nella sua epoca. Adrienne, infatti, a causa del suo passato non vuole avere nulla a che fare con gli uomini belli e anzi li odia con tutta l’anima. Sarà quindi un lavoraccio per Hawk conquistarla…sopratutto con un rivale quale Adam a mettergli i bastoni fra le ruote.

Bene.
A conti fatti, insomma, nonostante la non eccelsa originalità della trama si tratta comunque di una piacevole lettura. Priva di complicazioni o grandi salti emotivi, ma leggera e rilassante. Come primo volume della serie si fa piacere, anche se poteva essere sicuramente meglio.

Vi consiglio comunque la lettura del prossimo, che come già vi ho detto, merita veramente di essere letto. Ha profonità e trama molto più completi rispetto a questo. ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Jan 12, 2016 |
Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
Book #1: Highlander Series
Source: Purchase
My Rating: 3½/5 stars
My Review:

Adrienne de Simone has a really terrible track record with men. Her one and only serious relationship ended in tragedy and since she fled New Orleans, she has constantly looked over her shoulder and sworn off all beautiful men. The prettier the man the more dangerous and Adrienne has had enough danger to last her lifetime. Her resolute cry of no beautiful men is more than enough for Fae fool to whisk Adrienne away from her own time and place and drop her into an ancient time and into the life of a man known far and wide as the King’s whore.

Hawk is no ordinary man; he is a laird, a fierce warrior, a loyal friend and son and, for the past 15 years, the King’s bitch. Knowing the Hawk’s “sentence” is coming to an end, the vengeful king’s final insult is to require Hawk marry a woman known to be crazy and nothing at all to look upon. The woman who shows up to the wedding is definitely something to look upon but her sanity is certainly questionable. When Adrienne shows up at the Hawk’s castle, he is pleasantly surprised though somewhat confused. Adrienne keeps talking about getting back to her own time and never succumbing to the charm and looks of the Hawk. Additionally, the Hawk often finds Adrienne in the company of the blacksmith, Adam, a man no one seems to know much about.

Adrienne’s determination to stay away from the Hawk is matched by her new husband’s desire to make her his in every conceivable way and keep her the hell away from Adam. In little to no time, it is clear Adrienne’s life is being threatened and though she can’t believe it, the Hawk takes the threat seriously and makes every effort to protect her. Adrienne is initially resistant to the Hawk’s attempts to protect her and get close to her but his charm and stunning good looks are hard to resist. Little by little, Adrienne is drawn closer to the Hawk but for every step forward the couple takes they inevitably take two steps backward. Between the stubbornness of each, the craziness of their situation and, a little Fae involvement, Adrienne and Hawk are seemingly doomed.

The Bottom Line: Beyond the Highland Mist is my first Karen Marie Moning book and I have to say, I wasn’t overly impressed. In many ways, this book is a viscous cycle that could be greatly improved with fewer revolutions. Adrienne and Hawk are, for much of the read, locked in pattern that becomes repetitive. At some point I found myself wondering if the book would ever come to an end  On the less ranty and whiny side, I did like the Hawk, Grimm and Lydia and found each of them to be enjoyable and interesting characters. In the moments when these characters aren’t involved in one of the ridiculous revolutions, they are quite fun. Clearly, Moning isn’t finished with these three characters. As to the rest, I was glad to see everything work out in the end, I liked the Fae tie-in and, I can see potential in this series which leads me to the following . . . .onward and upward to book two, To Tame a Highland Warrior. ( )
  arthistorychick | Dec 20, 2015 |
Overall... I think the book was 3.5 stars... There were some really great parts and the story was pretty cool.

If it weren't for I was getting super frustrated with Adrienne and her attempt to hate Hawk. He just kept trying and trying to earn her love and I was getting super frustrated at her. And, then when she finally able to love Hawk then Adam stepped in. I skimmed through these parts. the the book would have been 5 stars... but, I'm not complaining... just my opinion. I will read her second book and see how that one goes. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
Overall... I think the book was 3.5 stars... There were some really great parts and the story was pretty cool.

If it weren't for I was getting super frustrated with Adrienne and her attempt to hate Hawk. He just kept trying and trying to earn her love and I was getting super frustrated at her. And, then when she finally able to love Hawk then Adam stepped in. I skimmed through these parts. the the book would have been 5 stars... but, I'm not complaining... just my opinion. I will read her second book and see how that one goes. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
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He would sell his warrior soul to possess her. . . .

An alluring laird...

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.

A prisoner in time...

She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side. . . .

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He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart-until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length-but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve. A prisoner in time...She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side. . . .… (more)

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