Gwen Cassidy goes to Scotland hoping to lose her virginity. She's spent her life being logical, concentrating on science, and now she wants to discover if she has a heart. While going on a short hike, she falls into and cave and onto a man in an enchanted sleep, waking him. Drustan MacKeltar is from the 16th century, and at first he believes that Gwen is a bit crazy. He finds out that he's, in fact, in his own time. As he works on getting back, he and Gwen begin to fall in love. This story not only has some traveling back in time (Drustan and Gwen), but also some traveling forward in time, from 16th century Scotland forward to present day Scotland. Drustan, in the past, has to discover who plotted against him and forced him into an enchanted sleep, and this results in danger to both him and Gwen. This book is even better than the previous Karen Marie Moning books I have read, even if the implications of the time travel tended to make my head spin, and there were no few moments that had me near tears in sympathy for the characters.
This report prepared by Melissa Cookson
A 16th century clan chief wakes up in the 21th century by a beautiful woman, and demands her to help him go back to his time to find out the truth of him ending up in another century and to rescue his brother.
This report prepared by Kat Williams
By far KMM's best novel yet, Kiss of the Highlander is the story of Gwen Cassidy going to Scotland in search of her "cherry-picker", someone to relieve her of her awful virginity. She finds him and inadvertantly awakens him after a five hudnred year sleep when she slips through a cave onto Drustan McKeltar's sleeping form. Their love blossoms but it's not to be, as Drustan- a powerful Druid- sends Gwen back in time to keep him from being put to sleep under this spell, where anything is unexpected and welcomed.
This report prepared by Meredith Griffin
Bantam, Sep 2001, 5.99, 416 pp.
In 1518 in the Scottish Highlands, Besseta Alexander warns her son Nevin that the Laird Drustin Mackelter is a danger to him. Nevin knows that his mother is not the “sharpest blade in the armory”, and worries more about the impact of her pagan practices on his efforts to set up a ministry in town. Fully believing in her prediction and promising Nevin not to kill the Laird, but unable to allow Drustin to harm her son, Besseta arranges with Gypsies to place Drustin in an unnatural sleep till sunlight and human blood touches him.
Five centuries later, a bored American, Gwen Cassidy, comes to Scotland in hope of some romantic adventure. She falls into a cave where she awakens the sleeping Laird. Though shocked by her attitude and appearance, Drustin is more stunned by the ruins of his home. Feeling an obsession that his clan needs him in the sixteenth century, Drustin coaxes Gwen to join him on an adventure of a lifetime that includes time travel, love, and treachery.
KISS OF THE HIGHLANDER is an exciting time travel romance that takes readers on quite an action packed tale. The reactions of the lead characters to the respective other person's era is precious and on the mark. The story line is loaded with twists and turns, cleverly handles the time paradox issue, and still provides a strong romance that proves once again that Karen Marie Moning in her fourth outing has written a winning novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner