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Beyond the Highland Mist (The Highlander Series, Book 1)

Beyond the Highland Mist (The Highlander Series, Book 1) - Karen Marie Moning After reading the Fever series, I am now starting the Highland one.Done reading this first of the Highland stories, and it gets a solid 2,5 stars (shown as three stars) for the setting and the idea of having a 20th Century woman arrive in the 16th Century Scotland.But then what happened? It was like Adrienne came from his time, completely. The only thing she talked about from the future was 1. coffee, and 2. her cat.By God, this story could have spun in so many brilliant ways, and that is all you do with it? Seriously? Coffeee and a cat? And what's with the fact checking that is non-existent? Seriously, the potato didn't arrive in Europe until many years later, and coffee not for almost another century. This is basic if you are writing a period piece, do your research.The tale of beautiful men is, at best, a boring one. This man, the Hawk, was kind of flat and just, well... Pretty. The Hawk is first all bragging about his conquests "There is no woman I can't have." and then he's all "they made me do it, it's not my fault. Duh.Adam Black was an interesting character, even though I felt him too human for Fae, and too Fae for human. I hope to meet him again, further down the line in the series. In this book he was just plain obnoxious. But that's what a Fae is, I suppose. The characters did one thing while saying or thinking another, it was like they had split personalities. All the things the Hawk was thinking, he could have said, and thus make his statement true. Instead he would say the contrary. Much like Adrienne, I'm afraid, who always said one thing while thinking another. Very annoying. And then there was the bomb in the middle, that wasn't at all what I expected, all of a sudden you tell us that Adrienne was a virgin?! Wow, from 1997, a grow woman, who's been out and about, fiancée with a beautiful and worldly man and all, and never had sex? And you did not think to tell the reader about this fact a bit earlier? It felt like the author decided on the spur of the moment, to make her a virgin, just before the sex started. Kind of lame.An interesting last impression of Ms Moning's writing: whatever she writes about just pulls you in and keeps you reading until your eyes cross. This book took all of three days (and I work more than full time). It is simply impossible to put the book down. And the very best character of all was Hawk's mother, Lydia. Now, that was a true Medieval lady. On to the next book in the series, let's see what Ms Moning does with this line of thought. I am sure that my love of the Fever series has somewhat colored the enjoyment of this one, so I am trying to keep an open mind. But, woe-be-me, I do miss Jericho.****Reading from a borrowed copy.