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Beyond the Highland Mist

(Highlander #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  63,864 ratings  ·  3,045 reviews
He would sell his warrior soul to possess her...

An alluring laird...

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own,
Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Dell (first published March 9th 1999)
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Gayle Humphreys Nope, not at all. But none-the-less I found this series compelling. I really enjoyed both Outlander AND the Fever series
Jen You don't have to read the first 2 to read the next 4 but it helps build some of the characters.

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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Beyond the Highland Mist is my first read by this author, and not a bad start to the Highland series, though only loosely tied to it.

Those who know me know that I suffer from a sometimes debilitating disorder known as MRBIOs, Must Read Books In Order syndrome. It’s important that you understand this about me because I’m about make a shocking statement, here: In order to enjoy this series, it isn’t necessary to read the first book. Yes, I really did say that, and no, I’m not on medication. Just
Emily May

3.5 stars

I'm having mixed feelings about this one as a whole but I would just like to say that my 3.5 star rating is, in this case, a rather positive one. I actually enjoyed reading the majority of this novel and I also wouldn't mind checking out Moning's other Highland novels as I've heard this is the least popular of the series. It suffered somewhat from the inevitable comparisons that I simply had to make to the Fever series, it was nothing like those and I'm starting to believe nothing e
What will be your reason for picking this one up?

If it's anything like: “Mmm, I really like KMM’s Fever series...Mac 3.0 was alright and Mac 4.0 kicked some ass. And Barrons..oh Barrons! That hot, carnal, cantankerous badass... So why not try KMM's other series?” Well, let's say you're in for a surprise. Beyond the Highland Mist is nothing like the Fever series. Evidence to substantiate this bold statement you ask? How about this?

"The thing about the room that struck her so hard was that it see
• Lisa •
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


It was about time for me to read this new-to-me author. I wanted epic love, a toe curling romance, and a love that would sweep me off my feet and this book delivered. Moning provided me with the perfect escape and I couldn't have wished for more. An utterly dreamy start to a series that I know I'm going to fall in love with.

... Book two here I come.


*Buddy read with the bezzie ...*
Blacky *Romance Addict*

What a difference an audiobook makes...
And especially one with a fantastic narrator!!!
Let's just say that from my original 2 star rating I jumped to 4 stars in my reread with audiobook. Phil Gigante makes everything interesting, the first half was absolutely amazing and I would've given it 5 stars if the main woman wasn't such a moron, but oh well it can't be perfect.

Anyway, all I have to say for the readers: Grab the audiobooks of this series!!! You won't regret it!

First review:

This is quit
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of PNR, Historical Romance, Alpha males, sexy brogues, and fairies.
4.5 stars

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning was the first paranormal romance I ever read.

10+ years ago the only books I’d read that could even remotely be compared to PNR or UF were Anne Rice books (and if any of you have read Anne Rice books, you know that they are so not the same). I don’t think I even picked up my first modern (not Narnia or LOTR) fantasy until my freshman year of college (The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan).

I’m sure that all the Vivian
2 1/2 to 3 stars

I'm glad I read this series out of order (these books can be read out of order). I'm honestly not sure if would have continued the series had I read the first three books in the series first. Personally, I don't think the series was particularly engrossing until after the third book. Books four, five, and six are my favorite, with book six, The Immortal Highlander, my favorite of the series. You must, however, read books four, five, six, and seven in order.

I recommend reading th
Dec 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Looks at her notes. Looks at all her friends reading good books. Feels embarrassed for reading this.

Takes a deep breath.

I hate highlander romances!

Historical inaccuracy regarding kilts and language, forced seduction, territorial disputes that don't involve geography, unexplainable time travel, TSTL heroines, lairds who have balls the size of an elephant, and smoochy talk that would make Barry White ashamed.

I couldn't even get on board with Outlander. It's like it was created to repel me personal
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I read this over two years ago and never wrote a proper review for it. I've never been a romance fan so this didn't go very well for me. My friend Kate did enjoy the book so you should check out her review , it might convince you to give this a try!

Spread the love people, we all deserve to be famous!

Awesome badge courtesy of awesome Kat!

Original review (November 2012):
This is not the type of book I usually read but once in a while I feel like a change and try a something different
2.5 Stars

I adore the Fever series, so I thought I'd have success with Beyond the Highland Mist. No so much. I adored Hawk, but for a lot of the story I was completely frustrated with Adrienne. So illogically stubborn and prejudice against "beautiful men". I know Adrienne was burned by a "beautiful man", but how can someone be so shortsighted to judge every good looking male for the sins of one?!

I think the story would've benefited by some editing down, as well.

As for the narration, Phil Gigant
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, romance
Next up on the IPod.

This book has received many favorable reviews but this isn’t going to be one of them. I feel like the Goodreads grouch but as I was listening to this on audio my overriding thought was, “when the hell is it going to end?” It seemed to plod on and on and if I heard the heroine exclaim “I HATE BEAUTIFUL MEN!” once more whilst drooling over two pretty men I was certain I was going lose the last thread of sanity that’s holding me together.

I’m not going to waste your time (and mi
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness

Beyond the Highland Mist - First of all I have read this series out of order, intentionally. I was told by a dozen fellow reviewers that the first three in this series were pretty flat. So I read 4-7 and FREAKING LOVED THEM, but then my gal pal, Nissie and I decided that we should pay the first three in the series homage. After reading the first one, I’m going to have to swing my vote in favour of this one not being anywhere near as good as books 4-7. The only compensation being that I got a chu
Not Now...Mommy's Reading
I love historical romances - especially those featuring pirates, knights, and highlanders - so I was excited to discover Karen Marie Moning's "Highlander" series. "Beyond the Highland Mist" is the first in the series and I am so glad I picked this book up!

Sixteenth Century - Sidheach (Sid-hawk) James Lyon Douglas is known as Hawk, legendary lover to countless women. His sensuality just oozes off the pages. He is well-aware of the hold his beauty and his sexuality holds over the women who are lu
Kitty (I solemnly swear that I am up to no good)
Fans of Mac and Barrons STAY AWAY from this offensive pile of dung.

This is the fantasy story of the beautiful, man hating (but not really, do not read this is you have any pro feminist views at all) orphan 'Adrienne De Simone' who travels back in time and right onto the lap of a violent laird, all because of the jealousy of the fairy queen's lover.

This is actually convenient for both the creepy old laird and Adrienne; for him because he just inexplicably killed his mad daughter right before she
Sophia Triad
What a sweet romantic book and what a great author Moning is!

In the kingdom of Fae, the King and the Queen with the help of the Fool are playing with the lives of two young people Hawk and Adrienne.

From the 20th century and New Orlean, Adrienne teleports to the 16th century and Scotland. There, she is forced to marry Hawk, a womeniser who does not really want to marry her. Hawk and Adrienne eventually fall in love.

My favourite scene was when Hawk was trying to seduce his wife in the falcons st
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
★★★★★5 Love&magic stars★★★★★
Bedevil the devil and devil be dammed. I fear no devil and bow to no man.

This book was truly an absolute delight ! Passion & seduction,love & magic,secrets & mystery;This book truly had it all !Beyond the Highland Mist was like an unexpectedly tasty morsel ,I just had to finish at one go!Which I so promptly did ;)

I know with all that exclamatory marks,I'm probably coming across a bit unhinged and bouncy,(Is that even a word?) right now but I promise you,it's only from
May 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, with-smut
What did I think? I thought thank god I read the Fever series before this or I would have never picked it up and would have mocked anyone who recommended it to me.
There isn't much to say about this book except the fact that this is not the Karen Marie Moning I am used to. Yet, some things have actually acquired a certain clarity; she is certainly a veteran in writing hot steamy sex scenes and the Highlander series has been, for all intents and purposes, her training camp, leading to the Fever s
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kobo, series
"Beyond the Highland Mist" is the first book in Karen Marie Moning's "Highlander series." Stubborn and lusty Scottish warriors have been a literary delight of mine since I first read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series when I was 19. While I would say that each series is in a class separate from one another, both have been quite enjoyable reads for me.

The plot here is nothing new in the romance novel genre world. The male protagonist, Hawk is a Scottish warrior and laird of the Douglas clan. Women
I don't know what I expected when I started this novel but at the end, it did not work for me at all. Writing was rushed and chaotic, it didn't sit well with me. I really had troubles concentrating on the story and I had hard time connecting with characters.

Moreover, the way others talked about "hero" made my eyes roll quite often.

"His manhood at half-mast would make a stallion envious."

And I just couldn't take story seriously when similar phrases were lurking at me here and there while read
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads

Beyond the Highland Mist is the first book in Moning’s Highlander series. A tale of when men were men, all brawn and brains, where the fey lurked about and caused confusion. Where men wore kilts and you would die just to get some wind to blow up those suckers. When a Sixteenth century warrior meets Twentieth century woman, things will never be the same again.

Adrienne de Simone is sick and tired of beautiful men. She knows hands down behind the face of an angel is the heart
Jan 29, 2015 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2015, romancelandia
Feeling quite hungry for some more KMM smut after reading "Burned," I decided to give this series a go.

Ugh, it's a debut and pretty poorly written at that. Some seeds of Fever goodness ahead, occasional decent dialog, but overall I wish KMM plotted this one better and avoided the whole lust-at-first-sight nonsense.

But I think I will try another, later installment in this series. They seem to get better ratings.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Beyond The Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning had its up and its downs.

I’m a sucker for anything relating to men in kilts in anyway - toss in a fiery lass, a stubborn yet gorgeous Scotsman, his clan and his pride, Scotland itself...I’m going to read it.

I actually loved Hawk. It was Adrienne that annoyed me. I suppose I could relate to where she was coming from but at the same time it took almost the entire book to break her. The story went round and round and the book could have been half the
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Take some Midsummer Nights Dream mix in a little Taming of the Shrew and you will understand why I love this book! 😁💕
This is one of those books that you are reading a long and thinking “This seems so familiar. 🤔 Have I read something like it?” Then you realize that you’ve already read this book years ago, but you loved it so much that rereading it becomes necessary. Its like rewatching Friends episodes or old movies. Doesn’t matter that you know how its going to end and what is going to happen,
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
This book took me FOREVER to read, I'm not going to lie about that. After seeing this mentioned on a book haul video a few years ago on YouTube and hearing the words "Time Travel", I was excited to search for a copy to read of Beyond The Highland Mist.

The story follows Adrienne who lives in Seattle, USA until the moment she ends up arriving in Scotland during the medieval period. There, she is married to a man known as Hawk who happens to be handsome, bold and fighter on the battlefield. During
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5/5 stars

Thanks Rhonda for this book! Xo

Hawk is the perfect man, the epitome of male beauty. Legions of females fight for their one chance to be with the legendary Hawk, but Adrienne de Simone isn’t one of them. It isn’t the fact that she comes from the twentieth century. Or the fact that she doesn’t notice Hawk’s stunning good looks. It’s the fact that Adrienne just hates beautiful men.

And doesn’t that just suck for Hawk?

I just love it when the shameless manwhore finally falls for someone wh
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: highlander-books
This is one of my favorite series of all time, I just love KMM and her hot Highlanders!
I loved Adrienne and I thought she handled the whole being tossed back in time a few centuries pretty well. Hawk really made me mad, and I thought that the whole "seeling" her to him like his falcons was a bit much. I liked the way the two of them were together after they finally had sex.
I loved Adam Black, oh my gosh did I love him! A hot sweaty blacksmith in nothing but a kilt? mm-mm Too bad his book isn't
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
**Re-read review May 12, 2016**

4 1/2 "Time-traveling Highland" Stars!

I liked this story even more this second time around. It would be a 5 star read but Hawk and Adriana's lack of communication conflict went on too long, IMO. But overall I liked it a lot and I think I will continue my revisit of The Highlands. On to book two. Happy reading!

** Original review January 18, 2014**

Very good. I enjoyed it a lot. I'm sure I will read them all. Happy reading!
Al George
Mar 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF - this book aggravated the he!! out of me.
Radd Reader

Time travel, fairies, a Scottish hero, a woman scorned and a Fairie bent on revenge.....all these elements make for an interesting story.

My thoughts:
- in the beginning I was a little confused keeping everything straight. It took me just a bit to get into a groove where the story made sense.

- The Scottish hero - yes he says "lass" and "wee" and "dinna" - so you get all the Scottish dialect you would expect and want from this type of hero. On top of that, he has given up 15 years of his
Kat  Hooper
Mar 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit.

Modern Seattle: Ravishingly gorgeous Adrienne de Simone (whose every body part is “perfect,” though she doesn’t know that) hates beautiful men because she just had a bad experience with the gorgeous man who was her fiancé. Never! Never again!

Medieval Scotland: Sidheach James Lyon Douglas, otherwise known as “the Hawk” (even his mother calls him that) or “the King’s Whore,” is the hottest laird on the Highlands, but he’s never met a woman he could love. Every one of hi
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“The only other calling I ever felt was an irrepressible desire to be Captain of my own Starship. I was born in the wrong century and it wasn’t possible, so I chose to explore the universe by writing fiction instead. Books are doors to endless adventure.” -KMM

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 NYT bestselling author of the Fever Series and Highlander novels.

An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy,

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