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The Highlander's Touch by Karen Marie Moning
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Feb 09, 11

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Read from February 08 to September 02, 2011

In case you're wondering, yes, I am thoroughly ashamed.

How can I possibly give this book more stars than Madame Bovary? It's disgusting. It's tragic. Worst of all, it doesn't even makes sense. I don't LIKE Historical Romance!

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C'mon, I DARE you to find something dignifying about this.

I don't like TIME TRAVEL Historical Romance! I don't like modern woman meets warrior Highlander Hunk. First of all, it's been done - so many times. Never as well as Outlander, in my opinion. And I swear, if life imitates fiction then you'd better brush up on your Scottish history because ANY timetravel that is possibly going to occur will not be used to better humanity or learn and introspect about ourselves. No, it's going to be used solely to transport beautiful women back in time to the Highlands to experience a whirlwind romance.

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Get in line, ladies...

And please note to any future Highland authors out there - Kilts were not invented in Scotland until 1725 and specific clan quilts weren't invented until the 19th century. Luckily Moning got one part of this right, in that Circenn wears a plaid, not a kilt (THEY MAY TAKE OUR LAND - BUT THEY'LL NEVER CHAFE... OUR BAAAAAAALLLLLLLLSSSSS!)

So I was dutifully informed by my harem of adoring lady-lovers that I should skip the first two books and I'm glad I did because I actually really enjoyed this one. Could it, should it and would it ever compare to the indefinable, unsurmountable, incredible Fever series? No, of course not and if you're expecting something quite as awesome then you ARE going to be disappointed. Circenn is no Barrons and whilst Lisa, who starts off making me roll my eyes, is no Mac, she is a reasonable female protagonist.

What saves this novel is it's interesting conceptualization of the time-honoured Highlander/Timetravel formula, mixed in with a strong, beautiful romance. It was very short of the time-honoured stays of the genre. Lisa doesn't get properly kidnapped ONCE. I know, I know. I was disappointed too. Nor is she ever threatened or almost raped, nor does she actually run away, faint, get lost, lose faith in the male protagonist for some blindingly stupid reason...

But you know what it's NOT short on?

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If you guessed "women playing flaming violins" then you're all out of luck!

That's right. Moning, who I have arbitrarily decided writes brilliant relationship couples, also keeps to her namesake. As in, this book will have you Moning.

The woman knows how to write sex. It's just all so satisfying!

And really, if you're reading these kind of books for any other reason, then you really need to re-evaluate your life...

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You may need to discover ANOTHER use for those fingers...


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message 1: by Nicole (new) - added it

Nicole Hey, I just finished this one, it's not bad..enjoy!


message 2: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana LOL. Gawd, you make it so hard to resist these books...


message 3: by AH (new) - rated it 3 stars

AH Yeah! You liked it! Wait until you get to the later stories. They are a really good relax by the pool and sigh type of book (it is summer in your part of the world, right?)


message 4: by Dominika (new)

Dominika Well, now I know what I'm going to buy after I finish Lily Bard ;)


Kat Kennedy Tatiana, don't resist! Descend into the sinkhole with me!

AH, yeah I did really enjoy it. If I wasn't such a snob I might have given it four stars! But I just couldn't bring myself to do that. I do was to read more to see who Adam ends up boning. *Sigh* Summer is slipping into Autumn now (woot!) but I don't read near water. Curled up in bed is just fine with me!

Dominikia, um, a flaming violin? :P Hope you like this book!


message 6: by Nora (new) - added it

Nora Nice review :). I am reading the fever series right now and I definitely agree on The woman knows how to write sex. It's just all so satisfying! . I might check this out (for the next summer vacation, maybe?).


message 7: by Dominika (new)

Dominika ahahahahha, you got me there;))) why are there so many books one wants to/could/should read and so little time (and a master's thesis waiting to be written......... ..... )?? i just got a bew desk and used this opportunity to re-arrange my books... damn,so many of theme are waiting and I just keep on buying new ones;p


Maddux Your review was fooking win.


Barbara you review was a treat, i think i enjoyed it more than the book!


message 10: by Amy (new) - rated it 2 stars

Amy Faircloth I really enjoyed this book right up until that ridiculous ending when everything turns out so peachy perfect. I know we need our happy endings, but Moning over did it in this book. Love the rest of the series (mmmm, Deagus) and her Fever series!


Lavender Brooke I did not need to see that version of a highlander!


Molly lol oh man after reading that I need to check out some of your other reviews


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