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Next up on the IPod.This book has received many favorable reviews but this isn t going to be one of them I feel like the Goodreads grouch but as I was listening to this on audio my overriding thought was, when the hell is it going to end It seemed to plod on and on and if I heard the heroine exclaim I HATE BEAUTIFUL MEN once whilst drooling over two pretty men I was certain I was going lose the last thread of sanity that s holding me together I m not going to waste your time and mine by rehashing the plot bit by painful bit Basically, it s a time travel in which the modern day heroine gets flung back in time straight into the lap of a man in need of a daughter to marry off to The Hawk Hawk is a beautiful man, with big beautiful man parts that he s been using to give pleasure to most of the women in the area for years He s ticked off a jealous fey King and he s in service to his King because of something his father did and both King s have something to do with the time flippery of the heroine Got it No I m not sure I do either The Hawk isn t supposed to love whatshername Adrianne, was it , which is why the fey chose her as punishment but, imagine this if you will, they fall madly, truly, deeply, forever after in love, despite it all.I m being sarcastic because that s how I roll when I m grumpy after listening to this male narrator go on and on for what seemed like two months He does a super sexy Hawk voice but his falsetto female voice just didn t work for me and when he read the sex scenes I was than a bit uncomfortable in a bad way These two characters come across as a bit bratty for way too much of the story She tries to make him jealous to push him away because, don t forget like the author would ever let you , SHE HATES BEAUTIFUL MEN HATES THEM because she s been scorned by one She doth protest way too much and spends numerous pages flirting with a gorgeous o I dare not say beautiful blacksmith and it was downright mean to Hawk and didn t make me sympathize with her at all The Hawk, of course, falls for it every damn time and stomps off in a huff determined to make her love him anyway, even when he thinks she s slept with the other dude Why, man, why There are lots of nice girls out there who would give you those babies you want and wouldn t hurt you so I was so confused I got the impression that she was a modern girl, who in her past, was treated exceptionally bad by an arrogant, beautiful bastard whom she had a relationship with and from the bits revealed it seemed as if she lived with the man However, it is later revealed that she is a virgin Twenty, living with a guy and a virgin still Her ex seemed like a real worldly man and I just didn t get this but maybe I just have too dirty of a mind Yeah, that s probably it.Despite my many issues with this book I did love The Hawk and felt that he deserved better than Adrianne and her silly head games This book made me so crazy and nattered on for eternity but because it made me feel something, even if that something was too often anger, I have to give it three stars for making me care I ll probably read the next one too because that s how I am. What a difference an audiobook makes And especially one with a fantastic narrator Let s just say that from my original 2 star rating I jumped to 4 stars in my reread with audiobook Phil Gigante makes everything interesting, the first half was absolutely amazing and I would ve given it 5 stars if the main woman wasn t such a moron, but oh well it can t be perfect Anyway, all I have to say for the readers Grab the audiobooks of this series You won t regret it First review This is quite a rant, I m not usually up for writing bad about books, but I gotta voice my opinion on this one, sorry KMM fans, don t take it personally I will continue reading her stuff though Just hope the stories will be better than this one.Spoiler alert ahead I ve watched a lot of soap operas, and this book was just like one And a bad one at that I just couldn t like it much The writing style was ok, this is a new writer for me so it took some getting used to, but I didn t mind anything about it.The story well that was the biggest problem You know, when you watch a soap, at the end of every episode there is a O moment The main pair always ends up fighting about some terrible misunderstanding, or some bad guy tries to off them or something Well that was basically this book from the start Every single scene between the H h, if it started good, ended bad, there were sooooooo many misunderstandings I can t remember them all, than I have fingers on my arms AND legs When there wasn t a misunderstanding in question, there was a bad guy woman to stirr things up and make trouble, or attempt a murder or some blackmail or another form of badness I think there was just one scene, only one between H and h that didn t end in a fight or in any bad way, and that was when they had sex for the first time might I mention, the only sex scene in the novel, not including some foreplays that were waaaay sexier than the actuall sex Oh yes, and in the story the hero got 2 potions from a gypsy One was an aphrodisiac, and another some viagra alternative that leaves a man up for hours and hours You d think that was a good thing Noooo He uses the viagra stuff, but doesn t have sex with her because it made him feel distant from her, not emotionally involved, so he goes away and suffers till it warns off Then she drinks the afrodisiac and becomes horny as hell But noo, he can t have sex with her because HE didn t make her horny, and untill he does that no hanky panky So I guess now you ll know what I mean about every freaking scene not ending as it should Always some stupid excuse for it to go bad It drove me crazy.The heroine was irritating as hell I couldn t stand her The main problem is that I just couldn t relate to her in any way She hates beautiful men because her ex was beautiful and he did some awfull things to her OK I get her, hate the ex But he didn t do those things because he was gorgeous He was just bad And to hate all men who were good looking because you had an experience with a good looking man is just silly I couldn t get that So she helped a lot with those scenes that never ended good, because she ruined 2 3 of them all by pushing Hawk away because he s so gorgeous hmmmmm no comment The ONLY good thing about this was Hawk I actually liked him, even though I cannot understand how he could fall in love with a woman like Adrienne, but hey, each to his own I fell in love with Scottish Highlanders a long time ago, and I love them still, so Hawk holds a soft spot for me here Although there wasn t much brogue here except for some aye and lass involved, I hope it ll get better in the next books It s just too bad for a character who s hung like a horse literaly, she really does say that in the novel and the heroine sees and thinks he really is horse like hung to have only one sex scene I expected some yes I m bad I know, but still, it tickled my imagination XD So, I guess I ll follow the advice and move to book 4 lolSorry again for the lovers of this one, I just couldn t help myself XD What will be your reason for picking this one up If it s anything like Mmm, I really like KMM s Fever seriesMac 3.0 was alright and Mac 4.0 kicked some ass And Barrons..oh Barrons That hot, carnal, cantankerous badass So why not try KMM s other series Well, let s say you re in for a surprise Beyond the Highland Mist is nothing like the Fever series Evidence to substantiate this bold statement you ask How about thisThe thing about the room that struck her so hard was that it seemed to be waiting Open and warm and inviting, saying, fill me with laughing babies and love All was in readiness, the nursery was merely biding time until the right woman would come along and breathe into it the sparkling life of children s songs and dreams and hopes Barrons would have babies for breakfast.I occasionally love to indulge in the guilty pleasure of finding out how the heap of misunderstandings will miraculously lead to THE deflowering scene It s always exciting to find out whether 1 the heroine however often almost thirty, married and divorced and ridiculously hot turns out to be a Surprise Virgin after all 2 and when that fact will become obvious to the hero, when he thrusts his shaft or rather his engorged phallus KMM s words, not mine into her and suddenly stumbles upon a barricade somewhere halfway up At which point the hero and I will both gasp and, while the hero bravely thrusts on, I cry out in wonder Could it be..a hymen In such a strange location Has it travelled upwards in a You shall not pass, Flame of Udun sort of way It cannot be But believe me, in romance novels it certainly can Anyway, Beyond the Highland Mist is not the best that the genre has to offer I vaguely expected something different from the usual fluff Especially since I know how KMM can write ridiculously hot and intense scenes What s interesting is that she experiments with the fae realm, so you get to see a little of the creative process that ultimately led to the successful Fever series But in this novel, that experiment is merely distracting The story line itself follows a bumpy road and brings us to a corny deflowering scene One that goes cringe worthily wrong three to four times due to various bizarre reasons view spoiler it s a romance novel, darn it I don t want to read about my hero coming too early and running away ashamed hide spoiler FOUR HIGHLAND STARS.It was about time for me to read this new to me author I wanted epic love, a toe curling romance, and a love that would sweep me off my feet and this book delivered Moning provided me with the perfect escape and I couldn t have wished for An utterly dreamy start to a series that I know I m going to fall in love withBook two here I come Buddy read with the bezzie 2 1 2 to 3 starsI m glad I read this series out of order these books can be read out of order I m honestly not sure if would have continued the series had I read the first three books in the series first Personally, I don t think the series was particularly engrossing until after the third book Books four, five, and six are my favorite, with book six, The Immortal Highlander, my favorite of the series You must, however, read books four, five, six, and seven in order I recommend reading the series in this order Kiss of the Highlander 4 ,The Dark Highlander 5 ,The Immortal Highlander 6 , Spell of the Highlander 7 , The Highlander Touch 3 , Beyond the Highland Mist 1 , To Tame a Highland Warrior 2 4.5 starsReviewed by Rabid Reads Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning was the first paranormal romance I ever read.10 years ago the only books I d read that could even remotely be compared to PNR or UF were Anne Rice books and if any of you have read Anne Rice books, you know that they are so not the same I don t think I even picked up my first modern not Narnia or LOTR fantasy until my freshman year of college The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.I m sure that all the Vivian Vande Velde, Robin McKinley, and Christopher Pike books I read when I was a teenager set the stage for the love of all things supernatural I developed as an adult, but for whatever reason, there was a five ish year gap after high school in which I never managed to stumble across anything that could pass as either of my favorite genres today the aforementioned PNR and UF.And I was so bored.Enter one of my sisters who was always reading the historical romances that she began filching from our maternal grandmother not the fairy tale reading grandmother at WAY too early an age She was always trying to get me to read some bodice ripper or another, but it just wasn t my thing Then she brings one that she swears I ll LOVE squints in disbelief No, really, she says, and then explains that this is not just a historical romance, this is a paranormal historical romance A paranormal historical romance in which a hot, evil version of Puck drags a woman scorned from the modern world back in time 500 years to the Scottish highlands Fairies, you say Back in time, you say Hmmm.So I gave it a shot.And I loved it I read all seven books in the series, and then several years later, continued on to read the loosely connected Fever series which I loved even Come to think of it, the Fever series was my very first foray into UF, so that makes a Karen Marie Moning book responsible for my introduction to both of my favorite genres C R A Z Y Anyway, loving the Fever books even than the Highlander books made the Highlander books take a back seat in my mind I don t think, in hindsight, that I fully appreciated how good they were It was a finished series I didn t reread them, like I did the Fever series, every time a new book came out.That s my story and I m sticking to it.So fast forward to this past weekend.I m bored I hate my ovaries Historical romance is sounding good ish to my nutso hormones, but not exactly right I know I ll reread those really good Karen Marie Moning historical time travel PNR books YES Best idea I ve had in a long, LONG time It was hilarious It was HOT It was sweet It was clever.Our heroine is an orphaned hater of pretty men who is on the run from her past Our hero is just GAH a literal legend among men AND fairies alike which is why both hero and heroine find themselves in their predicament, incidentally There are crazy Gypsies, fairies in disguise as smokin hot blacksmiths, AND my personal favorite thing about PNR vs UF an absolutely sublime HEA as it turns out, nutso hormones are all about the instant gratification when it comes to books.Basically, if you ve never read them, or it s been a while since you last did READ THEM It s an excellent way to spend an overcast and cranky weekend afternoon. Looks at her notes Looks at all her friends reading good books Feels embarrassed for reading this.Takes a deep breath.I hate highlander romances Historical inaccuracy regarding kilts and language, forced seduction, territorial disputes that don t involve geography, unexplainable time travel, TSTL heroines, lairds who have balls the size of an elephant, and smoochy talk that would make Barry White ashamed.I couldn t even get on board with Outlander It s like it was created to repel me personally Yes, that s the reason.Time Traveling Delivery Service get your own beauteous lass Order today Adrienne judges people based on their looks vengeful likes to do the opposite of what she s told even if it s just to piss people off doesn t know shit about the 16th century makes excuses for men who treat her like shit has the hots for hunky higlanders she likes coffeeHawke called the king s whore he tames falcons and uses it to excuse forced seduction angry accent involving burrs and doonas barbarian caveman douche phallicist rape beast crusader for the holy virgin conquest Likes to say MINEIt s a match One silver haired, silver eyed virgin for one Hawk.What a beautiful barbarian highlander romance.I should have known what I was getting myself into Look at the original cover There s almost a certain formula for highlander time travel romances Usually it involves fairies or some weird rocks in the middle of nowhere The heroine dramatically falls out of the sky into the brawny hero s arms He tries to stake his claim She pouts and pouts and pouts sticking out her chin whenever possible She runs off to prove she s a smart and independent woman because what intelligent woman wouldn t run into an unknown land she knows nothing about The brawny laird runs after her and they have sex on his plaid in a field The book becomes ridden with historical inaccuracies like coffee and kilts and King James court politics Recipe for a highland romance You re welcome.Only reason I read this again is because I recently discovered that I like Moning I wanted to see what I thought of her historicals now And then there s the sex You take that out and I won t read it at all It would be like giving birth to a pineapple It would hurt a lot That s a really bad visual.Moning s writing should not be judged solely on this novel She s actually quite a talent, but this novel doesn t show her real talent It s the Fever series that does that This novel is justbad It s like putting your hand in the fire expecting to get burned You will get burned. 2.5 StarsI adore the Fever series, so I thought I d have success with Beyond the Highland Mist No so much I adored Hawk, but for a lot of the story I was completely frustrated with Adrienne So illogically stubborn and prejudice against beautiful men I know Adrienne was burned by a beautiful man , but how can someone be so shortsighted to judge every good looking male for the sins of one I think the story would ve benefited by some editing down, as well As for the narration, Phil Gigante s male voices are so rich and seductive Man oh man, he could talk the panties off a nun His Scottish accent was lovely The female voices are another story Lydia wasn t so bad, but Adrienne came off as whiny and peevish, and maybe that was on purpose somewhat, but it made me think she was even of a brat when I already wanted to shake her. 3.5 starsI m having mixed feelings about this one as a whole but I would just like to say that my 3.5 star rating is, in this case, a rather positive one I actually enjoyed reading the majority of this novel and I also wouldn t mind checking out Moning s other Highland novels as I ve heard this is the least popular of the series It suffered somewhat from the inevitable comparisons that I simply had to make to the Fever series, it was nothing like those and I m starting to believe nothing ever will be.But my first impressions of the novel were good, I found it to be a kind of fae version of Outlander, where the female protagonist ends up time travelling several centuries back into a Scotland complete with kilted men, feudalism and sexism There she is forced to marry a Scot who she grows to love against the odds yeah, definitely sounds very Gabaldon ish, minus about 600 pages This Scot is a 16th century manwhore, to put it plainly, womaniser is too kind a word for him and he naturally falls for the spirited, independent 20th century woman who refuses his advances.I found the historical aspect both interesting and enjoyable, even though this will never be the Fever series, Karen Marie Moning is still a very good writer and I like the way she tends to use the less explored folklore and mythology, rather than just following the pattern of countless other writers who have jumped on the vampire werewolf bandwagon This book did have a heavier focus on the romance than her other series did, but it wasn t unexpected and the romance worked for the most part I lost confidence in Hawk the hero of the novel somewhere in the middle but he managed to win it back again towards the end But I will whine about what I didn t like this is my review after all and say that his behaviour during his own insecurities was ridiculous In pretty much every romance story you will find at some point that one or both parties will experience an element of self doubt relating to their partner You know does she really want me or is she thinking of someone elseor am I just another one of his numerous conquestsIt comes with the genre But jealousy I can take, anger, brooding, revenge I can take what I can t take is oh, well, if she doesn t want me I m going to lock her in a room, take away her freedom, until she does When the so called hero does that I don t find it attractive I simply think something along the lines of pathetic, desperate control freak Not sexy, not good at all.I am relieved that these tricks didn t work and Hawk felt bad about them afterwards, and he got better as the novel went on Though, I still have problems accepting how most of their attraction to one another was based on beauty for me, if an author creates a hero well enough I will fall for them just as much as the heroine in the story but, seeing as aesthetically a book leaves something to be desired, looks are one of the least important things Take V lane from the Fever series, he could never compare to Barrons because he was little than a pretty face a face that we couldn t see I m sure these men are orgasms for the eyes but I m reading a sodding book so it s not really working for me Give me personality please.And let s not forget the sheer hilarity of some phrases from the book If they had been said in jest then I would have applaudedThey say his manhood at half mast would make a stallion enviousOuchPerhaps you have something in need of a heated shaping and molding Or perhaps I might reshape my steel lance in the heat of your forge, miladyHow I LOLed.Don t be put off, seriously it s quite enjoyable in a way that makes you feel dirty for enjoying it, haha Yeah, I will read , for smut and laughs if nothing else D ^KINDLE ↡ Beyond the Highland Mist ↚ He Would Sell His Warrior Soul To Possess HerAn Alluring LairdHe 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 ResolveA Prisoner In TimeShe 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