The Highlander's Touch

by Karen Marie Moning

4 Star Review

Solid Romance and Sexy Men With Brogues

The Highlander's Touch by Karen Marie Moning

Reviewed:   September 18, 2009

Genre:   Paranormal Romance

Series:   Highlander, Book 3

Rating:   4 Stars

Length:   354 Pages

Formats:   Print, eBook

What I Thought...

As a fairly recent but HUGE fan of Moning's Fever series, I thought I'd give the Highlander series a try. I knew going in that the two series are vastly different, but hoped that some of the things that truly make the Fever series stand out to me would cross over. I was pleased that they did.

I won't bother with a synopsis of the story - that's been done and done well (see on What I will tell you is that while I used to be a large fan of historical romances and time travel romances, I've been out of that passion for at least a decade and only my love of Moning (and yes, my pining, gnashing, and wailing for Shadowfever) drove me back to one such book. I'm glad for it, too.

I found the characters to be compelling and Lisa Stone in particular to be a lovely protagonist. Circenn was sexy, totally alpha male, and wonderfully mysterious in his own right - and now I understand the reference to Adam that V'lane made in Dreamfever. I very much liked that particular Seelie. Lisa's emotional struggle with a mother dying of cancer struck a very real and true and grief laden chord with me, too. I thought the story was paced well and there was enough depth in the secondary and ancillary characters, as well as the plot, that Highlander's Touch was a a full, rich delight to read. And there's NEVER a disappointment in Moning's character's dialogue - it's always fun, witty, and sarcastic as each scene warrants. My only true criticism was the ending - I wasn't fond of the direction it went to get to a resolution and I thought it was wrapped up a little too quickly, given the care and thorough detail given to the first 80% of the book. Still, it's a light and engaging read without too much angst or misery and as always, Moning's attention to detail and her ability to embelish on fae folklore is in fine form here.

Happy Reading! ~ Tracy

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Books by Karen Marie Moning

Fever, Book 5 Highlander, Book 7 Highlander, Book 6 Highlander, Book 3 Fever, Book 3 Fever, Book 4 Fever, Book 2 Fever, Book 1

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