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Title: The Highlander's Touch
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Published May 29th 2007 by Dell Publishing Company (first published November 7th 2000)
ISBN: 9780440244172
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A Warrior Of Immortal Powers He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty—and seduce him wi A Warrior Of Immortal Powers He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty—and seduce him with a desire he could never fulfill. For this woman he burned to possess was also the woman he had foresworn to destroy. A Woman Caught In The Mists Of Time When Lisa felt the earth move under her feet, the fiercely independent 21st-century woman never dreamed she was falling...into another century. But the powerful, naked warrior who stood glaring down at her was only too real...and too dangerously arousing. Irresistibly handsome he might be, but Lisa had no intention of remaining in this savage land torn by treachery and war. How could she know that her seductive captor had other plans for her...plans that would save her from a tragic fate? Or that this man who had long ago forsaken love would defy time itself to claim her for his own....

30 review for The Highlander's Touch

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat Kennedy

    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! 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 imit 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! 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. 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? 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... You may need to discover ANOTHER use for those fingers...

  2. 5 out of 5

    MelissaB

    Circenn and Lisa's story - Circenn is a half-human, half-fae man living in the 14th century. He is also immortal thanks to Adam Black slipping the magic Fae liquid that makes humans immortal into his drink when he was in his 30's. Circenn is quite the broody Brud (sorry couldn't resist). He placed a curse on a flask that causes the flask to come back to him. He doesn't realize that his curse will also bring back whoever touches the flask....Enter Lisa, who is working her night time shift in a mu Circenn and Lisa's story - Circenn is a half-human, half-fae man living in the 14th century. He is also immortal thanks to Adam Black slipping the magic Fae liquid that makes humans immortal into his drink when he was in his 30's. Circenn is quite the broody Brud (sorry couldn't resist). He placed a curse on a flask that causes the flask to come back to him. He doesn't realize that his curse will also bring back whoever touches the flask....Enter Lisa, who is working her night time shift in a museum as a cleaner. Her curiosity drives her to touch the flask and the next thing she knows she is in a bath with a naked Circenn in the 14th century. Lisa desparately wants to return home to her century because her mother is dying of cancer. Circenn cannot return her because he never learned how to properly use his Fae gifts. Circenn and Lisa fall in love but then Lisa finds out the truth about him ... namely that he is not a simple medieval Brude Scot at all. Great ending to the book, it would be nice to be able to sift around in time and fix things. I loved Circenn as soon as he accepted the magic in his veins. Circenn wishing good night to Lisa: "Sleep with the angels tonight Lisa. Then come back and sleep with your devil who would burn in hell for one night in your arms." I think that is all that needs to be said about Circenn in that sentence. Bonus to the story: We learn a lot more about Adam Black and get to see him in a more sympathetic light. If you haven't read the Highlander series, I VERY highly recommend you give it a shot. Start with this book, it's great!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    Now I understand why "everyone" loves this series! :) Circenn Brodie is one of the most "delicious" heroes I've ever met. Truly tall, dark & handsome! The scene where Lisa finds him sleeping at her bedroom door had me melting into a puddle of love. It reminded me of a similar scene from Kinley MacGregor's Born in Sin and, come to think of it, Circenn's nickname was practically identical to MacGregor's hero's name in the same book, but I didn't mind it at all. I'm in love with Circenn and that Now I understand why "everyone" loves this series! :) Circenn Brodie is one of the most "delicious" heroes I've ever met. Truly tall, dark & handsome! The scene where Lisa finds him sleeping at her bedroom door had me melting into a puddle of love. It reminded me of a similar scene from Kinley MacGregor's Born in Sin and, come to think of it, Circenn's nickname was practically identical to MacGregor's hero's name in the same book, but I didn't mind it at all. I'm in love with Circenn and that's all that matters, LOL. I liked Lisa too, but to a lesser extent - after all, who could top Circenn? :) Lisa was strong and brave, the perfect match for Circenn, and it was easy to relate to her indecision when she had to choose between staying with Circenn or going back to her mother. Seeing that her curiosity was the cause of her time-traveling in the first place, it was funny to see this trait of her pulling her into other "problematic" situations throughout the book. I was never a big fan of time-travel stories, because you can really get "crazy" if you try to analyze all the possibilities behind this concept, but KMM made it work for me. When Circenn "explained" what could and what could not be changed when messing around with time-traveling, I was sold. "If one looks down the timeline, one can discern which things are irrevocable and should not be manipulated, and which things will make little difference." That said, I must admit to being slighlty annoyed with (view spoiler)[Circenn changing five years of Lisa's life in order to make everything - and I mean, everything - right and perfect for her. "Resurrecting" her father was a bit too much, IMHO. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, if that was to prove how much Circenn loved Lisa, it was fine by me. :) Despite all its "flaws", I loved this book and will definitely read the rest of the series! Random thought: I'm a bit curious about Duncan Douglas, one of the secondary characters. There was a hint of something "good" about to happen to him, but no closure. I wonder if "his" story will be told later in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    Circenn is immortal in Scotland and he really hates it. He hates seeing people he loves, wives, favourite pets dying around him for the past 500 years. Lisa lives in the 21st century. She is looking after her sick mother and she is working 2 jobs to pay for the bills. A little of magic and she ends up in old Scotland while Circenn has already taken an oath to kill her. Of course they fall in love. In this book Adam Black is manipulating people's lives again and there is a huge revelation about hi Circenn is immortal in Scotland and he really hates it. He hates seeing people he loves, wives, favourite pets dying around him for the past 500 years. Lisa lives in the 21st century. She is looking after her sick mother and she is working 2 jobs to pay for the bills. A little of magic and she ends up in old Scotland while Circenn has already taken an oath to kill her. Of course they fall in love. In this book Adam Black is manipulating people's lives again and there is a huge revelation about him towards the end that it will make you go back and reread the parts of the book which included him. I know there is a story about him later in the series that I am dying to read. My favourite scenes of the book: -Circenn cleaning the barrels of his guns with tampons because he did not know what they are for. -Lisa saying to Circenn 'I cannot die. I haven't even lived yet'

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Posted on Under the Covers If a cursed flask holding an immortal elixir is what it takes to travel back in time to find a Highlander hottie like Circenn, then I’m getting my butt on the next train to the museum! Lisa Stone is twenty-three years old. Her mother, Catherine is sick with cancer and solely relies on her daughter to provide for her in her dying days. Instead of attending college with her friends, Lisa works two jobs, one of which is at a museum. Little does Lisa know that the ancient fl Posted on Under the Covers If a cursed flask holding an immortal elixir is what it takes to travel back in time to find a Highlander hottie like Circenn, then I’m getting my butt on the next train to the museum! Lisa Stone is twenty-three years old. Her mother, Catherine is sick with cancer and solely relies on her daughter to provide for her in her dying days. Instead of attending college with her friends, Lisa works two jobs, one of which is at a museum. Little does Lisa know that the ancient flask before her is cursed to be returned to its owner once it is found. Unfortunately, Circenn didn’t anticipate that the person who touches it will also be transported to him. Back to the 1300’s. Circenn is an honourable man, driven by rules and vows. But when this woman tells him she is from the future, Circenn doesn’t know how to deal with her. He is obligated to kill her by his vow with Adam Black, but when he puts his blade to her throat, his steady hands shakes. It is Lisa’s presence in Circenn’s world that causes him to question himself. I found that I instantly had a connection with Lisa. The life she leaves in the twenty-first century isn’t really hers. Instead, she lives for the benefit of others. Here, in the 1300’s she has a chance to be herself and live the life she had always dreamed of having. “I can’t die now,” she whispered. “I haven’t even lived yet.” Moning has a knack for writing witty dialogue. Not only was the bitter back-and-forth banter between Lisa and Circenn amusing, it worked in slowly building up sexual tension that was combustible by the end. I found myself grinning from ear-to-ear while reading this book and laughing out loud at other parts. A book that can evoke any kind of emotion is one that is special. “The gown was too small,” she managed. “I see. And you astutely concluded this would cover more of you?” “I was just about to put my j-jeans back on,” she informed his chest. “I think not.” I wondered how Moning would overcome the obstacles she has placed before her heroine. With this time-travel romance, Lisa must choose to either go back to the twenty-first century to care for her mother or remain in medieval Scotland to be with Circenn. The question is, what can’t she live without? Her family or Circenn? Moning drapes a rich background with the historical facts she has incorporated into this story and paired with a hero and heroine that are to die for, I found myself wishing the end never came. Now I really must find a cursed flask!

  6. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    The Highlander’s Touch is the third book in Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series and once again we’re back with a heavy time travel influence. But this time, whether because I’m getting used to it or perhaps it was better written, the time travel didn’t bother me as much as it did in Beyond the Highland Mist and other time travel books I’ve read. I really do hope it’s just me becoming more comfortable with the theme, because it seems I’m missing out on a lot of great Highlander tales. I thought The Highlander’s Touch is the third book in Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series and once again we’re back with a heavy time travel influence. But this time, whether because I’m getting used to it or perhaps it was better written, the time travel didn’t bother me as much as it did in Beyond the Highland Mist and other time travel books I’ve read. I really do hope it’s just me becoming more comfortable with the theme, because it seems I’m missing out on a lot of great Highlander tales. I thought this story was pretty good, and I found myself laughing out loud a few times. The relationship between our hero and heroine, and for me, one of the high points of the story was seeing (view spoiler)[Adam get a small bit of comeuppance, (hide spoiler)] though long over due and not nearly enough in my oh, so humble opinion. I’m looking forward to continuing this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adina

    Since I was thinking about bad books, I remembered I read this at the beginning of the year and forgot to add it to my read folder. The book feels like a writing exercise in preparation for the Fever series (which I loved). Yeah, she can write a sex scene but that's about it. Not recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)

    ★★★3 Stars★★★-Please excuse my overuse of the word pleasant in this review because I don't think any other word to describe this novel better.*Wince* The Highlander's Touch was a pleasant enough read to earn a 3 star from me. I didn't love it but it wasn't in any way a bad read either.Just very forgettable. Main Characters were pleasant enough but there wasn't anything overly original about them that made me want to root for them as a individual characters or as a couple. :/ The only character that ★★★3 Stars★★★-Please excuse my overuse of the word pleasant in this review because I don't think any other word to describe this novel better.*Wince* The Highlander's Touch was a pleasant enough read to earn a 3 star from me. I didn't love it but it wasn't in any way a bad read either.Just very forgettable. Main Characters were pleasant enough but there wasn't anything overly original about them that made me want to root for them as a individual characters or as a couple. :/ The only character that plays an interesting role in this plot is Adam Black.,a mischievous faerie your probably familiar with,IF you've read the other books in this series IN ORDER...unlike me. Would I recommend this read? *Shrug* Sure,I guess.If you're in a mood for a pure highlander read with a pleasant enough plot. This series in Ratings so far: #1 Beyond the Highland Mist - 5 Stars ! (Review=https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) #2 To Tame A Highland Warrior - 1 Star :( [The ONLY book in this series I rated so low.]Here's why->(Review=https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) #3 The Highlander's Touch - 3 Stars (Review= ) #4 Kiss of the Highlander - 5 Stars !! (Review = https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) #5 The Dark Highlander -4 Stars :) (Review = https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) #6 The Immortal Highlander - 4.75 Stars ! #7 Spell of the Highlander - 4 Stars. (Review= https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) #8 Into the Dreaming -4 Stars :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beliz

    Karen seni aşırı seviyorum❤ Klişe bir konuyu alıp böyle muhteşem yapabilmesi inanılmaz bir şey. Ve bir şekilde bunu Ateş serisine bağlamış olması da mutlu etmedi değil🤗 Circenn aşırı ateşliydi. İskoçlara bir zaafım olduğunu hep söylemişimdir ama bu adam bir başkaydı ya❤ Karen seni aşırı seviyorum❤️ Klişe bir konuyu alıp böyle muhteşem yapabilmesi inanılmaz bir şey. Ve bir şekilde bunu Ateş serisine bağlamış olması da mutlu etmedi değil🤗 Circenn aşırı ateşliydi. İskoçlara bir zaafım olduğunu hep söylemişimdir ama bu adam bir başkaydı ya❤️

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    3 to 3 1/2 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 3 to 3 1/2 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 the series in this order: Kiss of the Highlander (#4),The Dark Highlander (#5),The Immortal Highlander (#6), Spell of the Highlander (#7), The Highlander Touch (#3), Beyond the Highland Mist (#1), To Tame a Highland Warrior (#2)

  11. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness

    I was going to write a review, but Im just completely blank. I will however say what I deem important to say - This book was awesome. Circeen had a manclub the size of an elephant. Lisa was horny all the time. They could freakishly read each others minds - a talent I wouldnt mind having with my husband. The story was funny. The story was great. A happily ever after with trimmings on top!

  12. 5 out of 5

    SamJ ★Needs a HEA★

    ★Book Basics★ Genre : - Historical Paranormal Romance Series : - 3rd in the series Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes Rating - 3.5 rounded up to 4 ★Review★ I enjoyed this one so much more then the first two. Liked both main characters and much preferred the story. The romance felt more real than in the first 2 books, and I much prefer ★Book Basics★ Genre : - Historical Paranormal Romance Series : - 3rd in the series Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes Rating - 3.5 rounded up to 4 ★Review★ I enjoyed this one so much more then the first two. Liked both main characters and much preferred the story. The romance felt more real than in the first 2 books, and I much preferred that there were not other suitors, as in book 1 and 2, that the heroine uses to make the hero jealous. The issues that I have though, remains as with book 1 and 2. Sometimes the language used (and not by a character gone back in time) is too modern. Although this one had a more realistic historical feel to it. And again, as with book 1, sometimes things are mentioned that seem like they will have an impact on the story, yet nothing comes of it. For example, mentioning that there is now a warrant out on Lisa in her time, nothing ever happens with that - it is one random scene between Lisa's Mom and her friend, which I can see why that was there, but why make it more complicated mentioning warrants, when it is never going to come to anything. And there was a bit with Circenn's friends Galan and particularly Duncan, when it seemed like they were being set up for a romance to happen in this book, or a future book but having looked, there seems to be nothing for them. So again, a scene with Duncan and and "intriguing" woman, that leads nowhere. But overall, a much more enjoyable story than book 1 and 2, with characters I like much more. And an intriguing look into Adam Black's character and how he is more than he appears to be.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    For an entertaining and comprehensive diatribe on this book, please read Zosia's review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    AH

    While cleaning her boss' office, Lisa comes across an artifact. She touches it and is transported back in time to the 14th century where she meets a very naked Scottish warrior. Sounds great doesn't it? Well it is yet another fun summer read. The Highlander's Touch is the third book in Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. Once again, we have the tall, well built, muscular hunk of a man as our hero. We have the requisite virgin. Add in a little fae mischief and we have a great way to spend the While cleaning her boss' office, Lisa comes across an artifact. She touches it and is transported back in time to the 14th century where she meets a very naked Scottish warrior. Sounds great doesn't it? Well it is yet another fun summer read. The Highlander's Touch is the third book in Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. Once again, we have the tall, well built, muscular hunk of a man as our hero. We have the requisite virgin. Add in a little fae mischief and we have a great way to spend the time waiting for Shadowfever to be published. All kidding aside, I really did enjoy this novel. It was a beautiful romance with some very hot love scenes. I loved the psychic connection between Lisa and Circenn. There was just the right amount of the fae element. Adam Black appears as himself and as a young boy. The juxtaposition of past and present added some interesting humor, especially when Lisa discovers that Circenn had a room full of modern items. And the ending was beautiful...heavy sigh.... A great summer read. Going to read Kiss of the Highlander now. Can't seem to get enough of those Highlanders.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    So, this was the first book in the series that actually had an immortal dude in it. I know, right? A Highlander series where so far only one guy is immortal. I'll admit it wasn't bad in the beginning, but close to the end is where it took a turn for the, not worse, but totally and completely ridiculous. I tell you, I practically saw it coming and had to speed read because I couldn't believe she actually tied it up in such a way. And like the last two books, the heroines always - I repeat, always - So, this was the first book in the series that actually had an immortal dude in it. I know, right? A Highlander series where so far only one guy is immortal. I'll admit it wasn't bad in the beginning, but close to the end is where it took a turn for the, not worse, but totally and completely ridiculous. I tell you, I practically saw it coming and had to speed read because I couldn't believe she actually tied it up in such a way. And like the last two books, the heroines always - I repeat, always - end up pregnant. It's like that is the formula for a happily ever after and without it you may as well end the world now. But while Karen Marie Moning can write the romance aspect very well, her stories have plot holes so big I'm surprised I didn't fall into one. I kid you not. In the end, the writing style wasn't horrible and the romance between the H/h wasn't too disgusting so I gave it a 2. Also, due to dialogue and all the "doonas" I was rather enjoying that aspect of it. I like the whole accent thing. Hah. I'll keep reading these books until I get to the very damn last one, I tell ya. I really want to use "doona" in a sentence but I can't think of what to say. Darn it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬

    karen hala seni seviyorum! okuyun, okutun.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mon

    Después del chascazo del anterior libro de la Saga no le tenía mucha fe a este libro, tengo una relación amor odio con esta escritora. Pero menos mal que en este vuelve a sus orígenes, a la línea que comenzó con la Nieblas de las Highlands, los viajes en el tiempo, la fantasía, las faes, y a Adam Black y eso me gusto, pero la traducción ha sido tan penosa que no le podido dar más puntuación. De los protagonistas que decir, Lisa todo lo que le pasa es por su curiosidad, con ella el dicho “la curi Después del chascazo del anterior libro de la Saga no le tenía mucha fe a este libro, tengo una relación amor odio con esta escritora. Pero menos mal que en este vuelve a sus orígenes, a la línea que comenzó con la Nieblas de las Highlands, los viajes en el tiempo, la fantasía, las faes, y a Adam Black y eso me gusto, pero la traducción ha sido tan penosa que no le podido dar más puntuación. De los protagonistas que decir, Lisa todo lo que le pasa es por su curiosidad, con ella el dicho “la curiosidad mato al gato” se hace real, es valiente, fuerte, entregada y generosa, antepone el bienestar de sus seres queridos por delante de los suyos. Y Circenn Brodie, que nombre más raro, que decir de él, es el típico highlander por el que perderíamos nuestras bragas. Y de Adam Black, que decir, aquí empezamos a conocerlo más y ya no me parece este personaje tan caprichoso y vanidoso del primer libro, es un personaje complejo del que sólo vemos su primera capa. La trama no estuvo mal, pero lo que más me gusto fue el giro que da al final, fue la parte más divertida y esa pareja formada por Cin y Adam me encanto, pero ese final, WAF quiero saber más y me voy a poner a leer el siguiente ya.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eastofoz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book 3 in Moning's Highlander series is better than 1 and 2 but still lacks some oomph. There's too much narration and not enough dialog at times. Circenn Brodie (great name!) is one sexy Highlander! Think of the most beautiful marble sculpture you've ever seen and that's Circenn--pure eye candy! The one off thing about him that he's 6'7! That's gigantic even if he is an immortal! Lisa, the heroine, is a bit drab and some of the things she says or does reminded me a toddler stamping their feet in Book 3 in Moning's Highlander series is better than 1 and 2 but still lacks some oomph. There's too much narration and not enough dialog at times. Circenn Brodie (great name!) is one sexy Highlander! Think of the most beautiful marble sculpture you've ever seen and that's Circenn--pure eye candy! The one off thing about him that he's 6'7! That's gigantic even if he is an immortal! Lisa, the heroine, is a bit drab and some of the things she says or does reminded me a toddler stamping their feet in frustration. It seemed strange that she could go back to 14 century Scotland and suddenly start speaking in an older formal English when she's from the 20th century--it's like she didn't miss a step after the initial "shock" wore off. A bit too quick I thought. Circenn is what keeps this book afloat. The steamy-scenes missed the mark each time--almost there but just out of reach of being really good. Even the first time they were "together" wasn't particularly satisfying and seeing as she was a virgin I thought a little more could have been said about her first time. It's almost as if Moning is embarrassed to go into more detail during the love scenes so she side-steps around it. The emotional connection they had was interesting and helped avoid "the big misunderstanding" that plagues too many romance novels. Duncan is a great secondary character--plays the randy male very well! Even Adam comes out looking good when in Book 1 he was such a horrible mean fairy. The ending is what really saves the whole book. A bit of a twist on the time travel romance. Leaves you feeling happy with a smile on your face :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠

    Good, but not as wonderful as the next book in this series. That one is swoon worthy. I really want Adam Black's book now. I know his story is going to be fun.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*

    I'm really really liking this series. I fall in love over again with each character. Lisa and Circenn meet on less than normal cirumstances. She is a girl from the present with a lot of responsibilty on her shoulders. He is a fierce warrior who is immortal from the fourteenth century. The saying Curiousity kills the Cat is basically right on point in this story. She touches a historical flask of her bosses where she wasn't even supposed to be. The Flask had been cursed sending her straight back t I'm really really liking this series. I fall in love over again with each character. Lisa and Circenn meet on less than normal cirumstances. She is a girl from the present with a lot of responsibilty on her shoulders. He is a fierce warrior who is immortal from the fourteenth century. The saying Curiousity kills the Cat is basically right on point in this story. She touches a historical flask of her bosses where she wasn't even supposed to be. The Flask had been cursed sending her straight back through the past into Circenn's chambers where she finds him shocked and naked. With the curse he has made one of many oaths to kill whoever brought it back the second they showed. But Circenn had also made an oath to his mom not to hurt women and another oath that said he wouldn't spill innocent blood. So, what a fix he has found himself in. All Lisa wants is to be sent back home, all Circenn wants is to make sure she is actually innocent and find a way to spare her life. But after an accidental marriage annoucment between the two he sees there will be no way he will be able to stand by his oath. Over time they both start having feelings for one another. Circenn makes his known but Lisa is still torn between being with someone she thinks she is falling for or feeling bad about her mom and trying to find a way home. Circenn was such a Scotish gentleman. He makes his feelings clear but steps back and lets her work through her own. He continues to be a rock for her but also gives her space when he feels its needed. I loved the bond these two ended up having. I thought it was super cool for them to be able to feel what the other is feeling. I must say, I was a little disappointed in the ending. I mean it was perfect. But after reading everything he did for her, I mean he worked some miracles for her I felt the end was lacking. (view spoiler)[ I wanted to read a little, maybe in the Epilogue, about them sharing there feelings while she was pregnant, or while she was having the baby. I would actually, maybe this is horrible of me, but I really wanted to read about how he felt about the amount of pain she was in while having their baby. It would be the first time in history a man acutally felt what women felt. I wanted to see how he reacted. I also thought after loosing her dad she would have wanted to see him alive. SO, a glimpse into their wedding would have been nice. Or a glimpse into how her parents reacted to going back into the past. There was so much opportunity here and the other two books have given us a glimpse into the future with the happy couple but this one didn't. I was hugely disappointed by this. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I really liked this book, besides the disappointing ending. I've been told the next three books are the best in the series so I'm excited to start them. I have never been into historical romance AT ALL, but I feel like these are close to it and surprisingly I really like them.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

    Really enjoyed the story of a true Scottish Brute Warrior (of kilt wearing variety OF COURSE!) Cin and a woman from 21st century trapped in 14th century - Lisa Stone. Lisa living through the worst time of her life with working multiple jobs & doing everything possible to make her mom's last days comfortable. Working as a night cleaning lady at a museum curiosity gets the better of her and opens pandora's box aka cursed object that send her RIGHT TO 14th century -> to Cin -> during bath Really enjoyed the story of a true Scottish Brute Warrior (of kilt wearing variety OF COURSE!) Cin and a woman from 21st century trapped in 14th century - Lisa Stone. Lisa living through the worst time of her life with working multiple jobs & doing everything possible to make her mom's last days comfortable. Working as a night cleaning lady at a museum curiosity gets the better of her and opens pandora's box aka cursed object that send her RIGHT TO 14th century -> to Cin -> during bath time. For a hardcore warrior Cin is an amazingly patient man who courts and woos (very seductively) Lisa, as she adjust to the idea of her new reality and at the same time grieving for her mother. I really enjoyed appearance of grand-grand-grand parents of some of our beloved (and not so beloved) characters from books 1 & 2. Adam... NO NOT THAT ADAM! the fairy Adam lol We meet a new side of Adam that made me go "awwww" him being a very important "creator" wink wink for this book. Nope not going to put that as a spoiler... take from it what you may. As this book feels a bit out of place (jumping back 200 years before the characters of book 1 & 2 are even born... *sniff, sniff* I miss Hawk & Grimm)... but at the end I realized its probably a great set-up for Book 6? My issues with this book: WTF kind of ending is that???... yes, yes we got our HEA. Where is the Epilogue though??? and as I said ISSUES - there is bunch of stuff that's thrown in at the end that made me go... Favorite Word: TUPPING Favorite Quote: "Feelings, emotions—they are neither right nor wrong. They cannot be assigned a value. Feelings are. By labeling a feeling wrong, you force yourself to ignore that feeling. And what you most need is to feel it, let it burn through you, then get on with life."

  22. 5 out of 5

    BJ Rose

    There were a lot of things to like about this book. Circenn and his insistence on following a few basic rules - until he meets Lisa and starts breaking his own rules one by one. Circenn and his love for his family and his people. Circenn and his old-fashioned morals and gentleness. Circenn and his desire to make Lisa happy. Circenn and... I found it very easy to empathize with Lisa and her problems in the present time, and to respect her because she put aside her dreams to work menial jobs and car There were a lot of things to like about this book. Circenn and his insistence on following a few basic rules - until he meets Lisa and starts breaking his own rules one by one. Circenn and his love for his family and his people. Circenn and his old-fashioned morals and gentleness. Circenn and his desire to make Lisa happy. Circenn and... I found it very easy to empathize with Lisa and her problems in the present time, and to respect her because she put aside her dreams to work menial jobs and care for her mother. I liked that Lisa had knowledge of the 14th century & enjoyed 'losing herself' in the medieval wing of the museum - it made it more plausible that she could adapt to medieval life. What I couldn't understand was why she waited so long to explain why she wanted/needed to go back to her own time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Olga

    No ha estado mal este libro aunque leerlo de una traduccion hace que pierda mucho la historia... en este libro el protagonismo absoluto se lo lleva Cin, por sus pensamientos, sus reglas y su oscuro pasado... ella se deja llevar y no he sentido en ningun momento que este a la altura de Cin.... Estoy deseando leer el libro de Adam jejeje... No es de las mejoreas sagas de Karen Marie Moning pero se deja leer y cambio de registro!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mojca

    In 1308 Circenn Brodie, the immortal laird of Brodie, swears an oath to kill whomever comes along with a hallowed Fae flask that's been recently stolen and put a binging spell on. In present day Cincinnati, Lisa Stone is working two jobs to pay the medical bills for her deathly ill mother. One of those jobs include night cleaning at the museum...Then one morning, curiosity makes her touch a shimmering flask in a recently unearthed chest brought to the US from the Scottish Highlands...and she find In 1308 Circenn Brodie, the immortal laird of Brodie, swears an oath to kill whomever comes along with a hallowed Fae flask that's been recently stolen and put a binging spell on. In present day Cincinnati, Lisa Stone is working two jobs to pay the medical bills for her deathly ill mother. One of those jobs include night cleaning at the museum...Then one morning, curiosity makes her touch a shimmering flask in a recently unearthed chest brought to the US from the Scottish Highlands...and she finds herself flung 700 years back, to 1314 and castle Dunnottar, smack in the middle of Circenn Brodie's chambers. Yet the man who swore the oath to kill her, the man who lived his life with honor, cannot bring himself to do what he'd sworn to do. And the woman who, in the past five years, had seldom experienced tenderness, care and comfort finds herself falling for the towering warrior. But there are obligations waiting for her back in the future, and even though Circenn claims he cannot return her, Lisa is adamant in finding a way out of her predicament and back to her mother's side...Even if it means breaking two hearts in the process. This was the first Karen Marie Moning book I ever bought, it introduced me to the author and to this series. And yes, it's probably my favorite of them all. You know, you never forget your first one. But what's not to like about this story, really? It's set in Scottish Highlands (my favorite setting of them all; I've actually visited both castles mentioned in this story—Dunnottar and Brodie!), it features, albeit briefly, the battle at Bannock Burn (providing one of the best quotes in this book*), it's filled with wonderful supporting cast (the Douglas Brothers, the surprise appearance of Robert the Bruce in all his matchmaking glory...), and has one hell of a leading man. Circenn Brodie, the ninth-century warrior living in the fourteenth-century war-torn Scotland, falling in love with a twenty-first century woman. And the man was barely ruffled, except when it came to the woman, of course, as it should be. Granted, I'm not really sure why he fell in love with her, she (at least not that I could see) had any special characteristics, except for being "alien" and having a mind of her own. Yes, she's suffered, she had issues, but that was pretty much it. Not much was spent on her character at least not in the way for Circenn to fall for her the way he did. While many pages were spent on Circenn and all his good qualities (did he even have any bad ones), making him known to the reader so that she/he would understand, empathize and sympathize with Lisa's plight as she stumbled over the proverbial cliff. And then there was Adam Black whose real identity, as it was revealed, comes as a huge surprise for those who read this book for the first time. I'm glad he's starting to redeem himself after the "mischief" he concocted in the first book (where he was quite a villain) and we're slowly working toward his own story. This book was a fast-paced, intriguing mix of historical romance and time-travel with a gripping, yet minor, suspense and treason sub-plot, the romance was lovely and heartfelt, the narration was wonderfully evocative, painting vivid pictures of the characters and their surroundings...All nicely intertwined with magical elements and the beauty of Scotland. * Along the Bannock Burn, Circenn Brodie was an animal, merciless and swift. Later the men would claim he vied with the Berserkers in his deadly rage, and epics would be composed in his honor. He was cold and sharp and hard, and good for nothing but slaughter. He lost himself in a blackness so complete that he cared naught if he slew legions, he simply raged, hoping to exhaust himself and gain the respite of unconsciousness, a temporary kind of death.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    4 stars Re-listen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    Lisa is shocked when, at one of her two jobs, she ends up through her curse of curiosity persay, she ends up being taken back through time, 700 years in Medieval Scotland, with a sword being pointed at her throat. Definitely not what she imagined her day turning out. Circern, when seeing a woman appear before him holding the "flask" he knows he has to remember his vow, and destroy her, but he hesitates thinking that she could be a innocent.Lisa is determined to find a way back to her own time, b Lisa is shocked when, at one of her two jobs, she ends up through her curse of curiosity persay, she ends up being taken back through time, 700 years in Medieval Scotland, with a sword being pointed at her throat. Definitely not what she imagined her day turning out. Circern, when seeing a woman appear before him holding the "flask" he knows he has to remember his vow, and destroy her, but he hesitates thinking that she could be a innocent.Lisa is determined to find a way back to her own time, because she has a mother that needs her more now than ever, and she has been taken away from that life and into a different one in the fourteenth century, yet feels a connection to to Circern. So through a series of events, Circern and Lisa end up being handfasted and a passion is awakened unlike anything either one of them has ever experienced before. Yet will they be able to find a way to have.....Forever? The Highlanders Touch is the third installment in the Highland series by Karen Marie Moning. I haven't read the fever series yet, but her highland series I have just fallen for completely. I have enjoyed each of her books in the series so far, especially since I love anything romances to do with the Scottish Highlands. One of the things I didn't expect when I first started reading this one, was how emotional this book would become for the reader, from beginning to end the plot was filled with excitement, adventure and lots of romance. The relationship between the two especially at first is a bit rocky, but there is a connection between the two and we see the first seeds of their love for each other. I loved both of these characters, they were full of depth and likeable. There was also a level of emotion that is portrayed throughout the book, that will touch any reader deeply. I absolutely adored reading this, and was such a magical read!!! My Favorite Quote Live with me forever. Cease my endless solitude. I will cherish you. I will show you world you only dreamed of. I will walk beside you, hand in hand, until the end of days.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Fantastic! The Highlanders Touch is the third installment in the Highlander series by the amazing Karen Marie Moning! I'm a huge fan of Moning, she has two amazing series under her belt, the Fever series and of course the Highlander series. Two of which that are very different, yet have similar characters and theories. They cross between each other from time to time, but are not officially connected. This time around we are dealing with Circenn Brody and Lisa. Circenn is the keeper and guard of t Fantastic! The Highlanders Touch is the third installment in the Highlander series by the amazing Karen Marie Moning! I'm a huge fan of Moning, she has two amazing series under her belt, the Fever series and of course the Highlander series. Two of which that are very different, yet have similar characters and theories. They cross between each other from time to time, but are not officially connected. This time around we are dealing with Circenn Brody and Lisa. Circenn is the keeper and guard of the fae's important relics and documents. Adam Black has made sure he picked the best, and has also made certian that whoever has stolen the artifact will be held responsible. What they didn't realize is that over time the artifact could be anywhere, with anyone. And that's at will be all a misunderstanding. Lisa is at the museum when she over hears two men talking about a important artifact. When they leave the room, curiosity overrides her and she just has to check it out. What she has no was of knowing is that that artifact is indeed important. It is a piece of fae history and has been cursed. Whoever holds the relic will be imported to Circenn to be "taken care of." Circenn doesn't realize just how hard it will be to go through with his deal when Lisa shows up in his chambers. His word means everything to him, but he just can't seem to do it. I love the chemistry between Circenn and Lisa. Lisa is a modern woman sent back into time, with noway to return. Although it would be horrible to leave those your love behind, could you imagine going back to Ccottland 700 years ago? That would be amazing! As always, Moning has made a intriguing, believable love story with enough history involved to make it super interesting and educational. Honestly, I love curling up with a book by Mrs Moning. She's brilliant, and I can't wait to read more. I look forward to Adam Blacks story. If you like historic romances, with a twist, then this series is the one for you!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Sorry, I'll be the odd one out here and like this book less than the previous two. It came in at around a two to three stat rating, which is a pity as the hero is rather scrumptious. But there are just too many continuity flaws in the plot and I don't mean as in relates to the time travel stuff!! Lisa booby-traps the floor of the room with shards of pottery, Circenn cuts himself on a couple, next thing they're rolling around on the floor with nary another scratch. At one point it's mentioned that Sorry, I'll be the odd one out here and like this book less than the previous two. It came in at around a two to three stat rating, which is a pity as the hero is rather scrumptious. But there are just too many continuity flaws in the plot and I don't mean as in relates to the time travel stuff!! Lisa booby-traps the floor of the room with shards of pottery, Circenn cuts himself on a couple, next thing they're rolling around on the floor with nary another scratch. At one point it's mentioned that there are no pillows on a bed, next thing someone puts a pillow under their head. Yes, I know I'm being picky but little things like that really annoy me sometimes. At times the book gets me in so well that I forget the little stuff, this one didn't get there. Great, now I've forgotten the other little things that seemed out of line. Ok, maybe there weren't that many, but still... Lisa irked me a bit too. I can understand the plot device of her not revealing that she's left a dying mother in the future, but it just annoyed me and seemed too strung out. And the whole embracing Adam after 500 yrs to change Lisa's life for the "better" and the thought of hauling her modern day relatives off to the 14th century indiscriminately just made me cringe.

  29. 4 out of 5

    liirogue

    Dear God this was horrible! I expected cheesy, but not rampant stupidity, giant plot holes, and the mother-of-all cop out endings. First of all, a 5'10 woman in the 1300's would have been considered a giant, not "above average." Good luck finding clothes that fit and walking through doorways. Second, did the main character have even two brain cells to rub together? Because you sure can't tell by her actions. Every possible action is done to ensure maximum chaos and misunderstandings. Bonus points Dear God this was horrible! I expected cheesy, but not rampant stupidity, giant plot holes, and the mother-of-all cop out endings. First of all, a 5'10 woman in the 1300's would have been considered a giant, not "above average." Good luck finding clothes that fit and walking through doorways. Second, did the main character have even two brain cells to rub together? Because you sure can't tell by her actions. Every possible action is done to ensure maximum chaos and misunderstandings. Bonus points if even a kindergartner could tell it's a boneheaded move. Third, no one in the 14th century should have been able to understand two thirds of what came out of her mouth. Yet they magically understand it all and can respond with 20th century slang. Fourth, Moning constantly repeats that the characters are in love with each other but never actually shows it. It's just her repeatedly writing that their in love with no actions from the characters to really back it up. Other than Lisa's love of Circenn's giant cock. She shows that plenty...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    What can I say about this book? Overall I really rather enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging and the storyline was intresting. I liked the little spin on the time travel theme in this book. Lisa was a very ballsy heroine, who although seemed to come around to Ciaranns way of thinking, was not the simpering wallflower, who just accepted she was in the 14th centurary and thus acted as was proper for this time. I did like the little plot twist regarding Ciarrans relationship to Adam and the What can I say about this book? Overall I really rather enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging and the storyline was intresting. I liked the little spin on the time travel theme in this book. Lisa was a very ballsy heroine, who although seemed to come around to Ciaranns way of thinking, was not the simpering wallflower, who just accepted she was in the 14th centurary and thus acted as was proper for this time. I did like the little plot twist regarding Ciarrans relationship to Adam and the two provided some of the more intresting parts. As for the sex scenes, well lets just say that the author knows how to get you right into the scene! So why not the 5 stars? The ending seemed very rushed and there was very little explination. I don't want to spoil it but the whole way that the magic wand was wisked over Lisa's life just seemed to contrived and kind of lessoned her journey up to that point. I can see why, but I just felt it didn't sit right.

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