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Kiss of the Highlander

Author: Karen Marie Moning    Series: Highlander #4

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….

This book may contain explicit intimate scenes, so if you are not 18+ then I probably wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers.
My Review

The MacKeltar men are one of a kind, powerful, brave, menacing, but most of all when they love, they give their whole heart and love fiercely. They come from a long line of male druids – ones who are blessed with powers to protect the land and their people. When they find their life mate, they say a special vow an if its repeated back to them, it bonds them forever – an eternity – clear into their next lives. They are warriors packed with power an a tremendous amount of stamina.

“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.”
“Do you want to get married?” He arched a teasing brow. “Are you offerin’ for me, lassie?” he purred. If only she would, he’d like as not snatch her up and marry her before she could change her mind. He found himself more intrigued by her than he’d ever been with any of his betrotheds. She flushed. “Of course not. I’m merely curious. I’m just trying to figure out what kind of man you are.” “Aye, I wish to wed and have bairn. I simply need a good woman,” he said, flashing her his most charming grin.
“Why are you so prickly, English? Is it because I am a Scot?” “It’s because you are overbearing, domineering, and pushy.” “I am a man,” he replied easily. “If men are allowed to behave in such an atrocious fashion, how are women supposed to act?” “Appreciative. And among my clan we like them demanding in bed,” he added with a smile. When her gaze grew even cooler, he said, “You do not respond well to a jest. Be easy, Gwen Cassidy. I seek but to lighten your fears. You need fear naught, lass. I will care for you, despite your bad blood. Even the English can learn. On occasion,” he added, just to provoke her.
“Lass, doona fear me. No matter what happens, promise me you will not fear me. I am a good man, I vow I am.”
It was a risky thing he’d just done, of a certain, because if she never agreed, Drustan MacKeltar would ache endlessly for her. His heart trapped by the binding spell, he would sense her eternally, would love her eternally. But should she one day choose to freely give the words back, the bond would intensify a thousandfold. He could live for such a hope.

With Kiss of the Highlander, we have Drustan, a 6’6 man built like a brick shit house who silently slumbers away for 500 years in a cave when Gwen Cassidy comes tumbling in and wakens him. He is in for a surprise when he realizes he is awaken to modern times – the 21st century – where everything is massively different. At first she thinks he is crazy, mentally unstable, and fresh off the funny farm so she tests him to see how far off he is and he surprises her to be very smart and knowledgeable answering her questions within seconds. Soon she starts to believe his tales and he asks her to help him to correct his past and therefore he sends her back in time – to the early 1500s – by herself to correct it. She arrives at Castle MacKeltar scantly clothed only in Drustan’s tartan trying to convince everyone of why she is there. The past Drustan doesn’t believe her tales and thinks she is a wee bampot – crazy – until she locks him in the garderobe (one of my favorite parts – was hilarious!) an utters a phrase to make him remember everything an accidentally binds herself to him with the druid vows thinking she was just siting a pretty poem he told her.

“Open up!” he roared, pounding it with his fist. Nothing. “Lass, if you open up now, I’ll leave you in one piece, but I swear to you, if you keep me in here one more moment I will tear you limb from wee limb,” he threatened. Silence. “Lass! Wench! Gwen-do-lynnnnnn!”
The only offer/threat that had perked her momentary interest was when he’d shouted that he was going to “toop her ’til her bonny legs fell off.
He sucked in a harsh breath and was silent a long while, relishing her words. “Ah, Gwen, my lovely wee Gwen, I thought I might ne’er hear such words.” He lifted her hair away from her face and kissed her temple tenderly. “I love you. I adore you. I will cherish you all the days of my life,” he vowed. “I knew even back in your century that you were the one for me, the one I’d longed for all my life.”
“Ahem,” Drustan said after a long time. “Do you know you just married me, lass?” “What?” Gwen shouted. “Would you please let your husband out of the garderobe?” Gwen was stunned. She’d married him with those words?

Karen always manages to add just the right amount of humor to her highlanders – so much so that I can’t help to chuckle at them many many times before the book is over. I stayed up into the wee hours finishing because I had to find out what happened to Gwen and Drustan when they got separated. I knew they just had to be reunited, that they couldn’t be kept from each other!

“Och, lass, doona you know? Your heart is my home.”

I just love how Karen brings her highlanders to life, especially her druid ones – they are highly interesting especially with their druid magic powers and how they bind to their life mate with that special vow. I have yet to see any other author write or create tales such as Karen does.

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