Review: Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Kiss of the Highlander
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlanders, #4
Publisher: Dell
Release Date: September 1, 2001
Pages: 396

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....

So after finishing Dreamfever with that hell-ish cliffhanger I was recommended the Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning. And I must tell you I was reluctant to read them at first, but now I am stolen. These hot Mackelter men just makes you wish you were the one dropped into their century. These are one of those time traveling novels which I didn't know if I would like but I loved it! I admit it was a bit slow in the beginning, but it picked up after the first few chapters.

Gwen Cassidy is on a vacation and takes a bus tour to Scotland hoping to find a guy to loose her virginity to. But what do you know, the bus tour is full of seniors. Poor Gwen takes a walk and wanders around to fall in a cave of some kind and lands on a man. Drustan Mackeltor wakes up 500 years into the future not knowing what is what. He then finds out that he needs to find a way to get back to his century to fix everything and find out why he was trapped 500 years into the future. Did someone have it in for him? And he is determined to make Gwen his.

This book was so so beautifully romantic and so funny at times. I loved it. I think the fun part is that if you are from a different world/century and are thrown into another things are completely different and you are so used to acting a certain way that you completely stand out to others. I think that is funny. What I love about these highlanders are that each book is said that these are big, huge men and small petite women that are virgins and I think what I like about that is that is very different from what I have read and how romantic the guy is. Drustan is a total romantic and her cherishes Gwen like she is his ultimate treasure. And I am like "awwww" so much through this book.

"If aught must be lost, 'twill be my honor for yours.
If one must be forsaken, 'twill be my soul for yours.
Should Death come anon, 'twill be my life for yours.
I am Given."

From first reading Karen Marie Moning's urban fantasy series and then her paranormal romance I can honestly say that she is brilliant! I am fully addicted now. I need to read all of her Highlander books now. I love happy endings and all but these happy endings make me wish there was a continuation to Drustan and Gwen's story. I mean they are so perfect. So I started with book 4 from a recommendation, but I fully intend to read the first three. Moning is able to make her highlander men so desirable that I want them all to myself. With an ending that gets set up for the next book I can't wait to start The Dark Highlander. I know that I will love it just as much as the last book. I just read about Drustan and now I'm on to Drustan's twin brother, Daegus and you got to know that he is equally delicious as Drustan if not, MORE!


  1. Sounds good :) I managed to mooch book 1 and I am so happy about it since I heard they were good

  2. I picked up 2 of the Highlander books but neither is the first one so I have had these two sitting on my shelf but from your review I'm thinking I need to get this one asap. Happy New Year!

  3. I heard that they get better and better with each book. I am finding that to be true =D