If you’ve stuck with H&H’s April Book Club Choice, Karen Marie Moning’s Beyond the Highland Mist, you have likely finished the book and, perhaps, have an opinion as to the outcome of Adrienne and Hawk’s passion-filled romance.
For the first book, we chose a romance with a Scottish hero, but we also got time travel, medieval, and paranormal.
Readers of Moning’s Fever series can see the antecedents for both Mac and Barrons here—Adrienne is stubborn, quick to make decisions, feisty, and unable to resist a compelling man. Hawk is large, gorgeous, also stubborn, proud, and laid low by his immediate attraction to Adrienne.
What sustained me throughout the reading of the book was Moning’s use of descriptions—medieval Scotland really seemed to come alive through her words, and it made some of the other over-the-topness more palatable.
Perhaps my favorite part is at the end, when Hawk is attempting to bind Adam Black, and has spent weeks writing the exact precise language he has to use to make sure the Fae doesn’t wriggle out of the deal.
“Did you write a goddamn book? You can’t do it like this,” Adam said through gritted teeth. “You get one command. You can’t read that whole thing.”
“I said give it up, you infantile, mewling mass of mortality. It won’t work.”
“...and you will never...” Hawk continued.
Hawk reads a long, very complicated document without stopping, even though he is interrupted by Adam, Adrienne’s return, and the Fairy Queen herself.
Once Hawk and Adrienne are back together, Adrienne needs to find out what has intrigued readers of Scottish historicals since the genre began: Do our heroes wear anything under their kilts? (Although one would think she might’ve found that out earlier in the book, to be honest, given their mad frolicking.
“Nothing beneath this plaid, just as I suspected,” she observed pertly.
“Adrienne. You’re killing me.”
“I’ve only just begun, my love.” She wrapped her fingers around his magnificent arousal and slipped her hand up and down his shaft with a velvety friction.
Did you finish it? What did you think? If you didn’t finish it, why not? All comments welcome!