Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Dell (November 7, 2000)
A WARRIOR OF IMMORTAL POWER
She 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 was sworn 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 the man who had long ago forsaken love would defy time itself to claim her for his own...
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When a hollow artifact goes missing after an ambush Circenn Brodie has just enough time to put a geas on it. Whomever touches the flask will return the Hollow to Circenn, so he vows to Adam Black on his honor he will kill the person returning it. A knight never backs down on his vows, oh no, not Circenn Brodie, he upholds them religiously.
Lisa Stone has two jobs. She needs them in order to take care of the bills her mother’s advanced cancer is producing and to live a little. Upon her cleaning job in the museum she opens a beautiful wooden box and holds the flask within it. And ends up in a tub, with Circenn Brodie, all 6 ft 4 inches of his muscular body. Life suddenly delivers a 180 on both of them and becomes infinitely more interesting.
As I am re-reading all my Highlander novels it is with The Highlander’s Touch that I realize how Karen Moning altered my world with her time travel novels. Up till then I enjoyed the time travel theme but Karen Moning made me fall in love with it. The clash between a 20th century woman and a 15th century warrior is told with an astute feeling for searing romance and Moning’s Fae world is not only imaginative it infuses the story with old magic and mysteries. Place it all in medieval times of Scotland and you have all the ingredients for an astounding story.
First of all, how can I not love Moning’s characters? The valorous knight bound by his own code, Circenn Brodie is much more than a warrior of his time, he is more than a skilled man who wields his prowess with ease, he is more, period. I don’t think I have enough words to do him justice so I’ll quote from the story:
Circenn Brodie, laird and thane of Brodie, exuded the magnetism of a man born not merely to exist in his world, but to conquer it.
Circenn is the kind of hero I lap up from start to finish. Not only innate virile but also bound by his own rules and in a situation that puts him in a conflict with his self imposed rules. It creates such an inner struggle between his honorable warrior’s side and the one that is savagely male and ready to conquer and mate. It provides obstacles for Circenn to overcome, throws him of his rigid attitude which is so hilarious at times and makes the romance and passion all the sweeter.
Now a hero can be a stud-muffin from start to finish but he is just that when there isn’t also an intricate personality to give depth to the character. Circenn held a few surprises along the way and I discovered some of them because Lisa provokes him to no end. Lisa gives as good as she gets and while Lisa is in a dire situation she is resilient enough to deal with it. From the moment a dripping wet Circenn jumps out of the tub she is drinking in the picture he provides, who would blame her? Karen Moning made sure I had all the goods to picture him in my mind to what Lisa got presented at that time. She is dealing with all the changes as they come, she is proud, sensual, intelligent, and tenacious which is all incited by deep emotions. All attributes that provokes Circenn to no end and together they are a combustible combination of personalities.
The rich history of Scotland performs as a fabulous background with Robert the Bruce warring with England for a free Scotland. The Templar Knights who have been torn asunder and find refuge within Circenn’s castle. Mean while a deadly jester in the Fairy Queens court a.k.a Adam Black meddles on his own terms with the sequence of events. From Galan and Duncan Douglas, trusted friends and advisors to Circenn, to the brief encounter with Roberts the Bruce, they all keep the story dynamic and lively. Each character distinct and adding joy and sorrow to the main storyline. Whether Circenn would forgo his honor or if Lisa would make some of the hardest choices any person has to deal with, it was one of the romance factors that made the story so engaging for me. There wasn’t a page I did not enjoy to read, my eagerness to find out what would happen between Lisa and Circenn made this story an instant read. I opened it one late morning and kept on going until it was time to eat dinner.
The romance turned me in to jell-o. Not only do they give as good as they get they fall for each other with such wild, wanton and electrifying passion it concurs centuries. When Circenn discovered what he had to do in order to keep Lisa my heart pounded, romance soared as only Karen Moning can give it and I had stars in my eyes as the ending neared. The Highlander’s Touch is such an ultimate feel good story. Where two star-crossed lovers concur all, where a battle rages in the background, where treachery is lurking for an opportunity and magic seeps through and become the very essence of the story.
Perhaps there were a few minor things that made me raise my eyebrow but they evaporated in the overall pleasure of reading this story. I have to make a separate comment about Adam Black, he adds his own twist and turns again in this story. Just like in Beyond The Highland Mist he is meddling and interfering, an addictive combination of bad and good, of dripping sensuality and ego, of love and longing. He is a mix of Fae magic and male virility I can’t get enough of and I revel in the fact I get so much of him in this series until I reach his own story in The Immortal Highlander. In this story however we get to see a more mortal side of him and it showcases a highly intriguing side that entices to explore for more and what makes him tick.
Circenn and Lisa have it all, a profound ‘all or nothing’ romantic story that swept me off my feet. Enemies to defeat in battle as well as off the battlefield and a supporting cast of characters that enriched The Highlander’s Touch like no other. Time travel has never been so delectable or so addictive to read and re-read. Because if there is one thing that is for certain is that Karen Moning’s Highlander novels are very re-read worthy, her stories, imagination, humor and characters are just that good!
Adam Black smiled as he removed the tampon from the barrel of the riffle. Although Circenn has refused to use any of the weapons Adam had brought him, the warrior within him could not permit time to tarnish them. He snorted, dangling the tampon from its string. Only his fastidious Circenn Brodie would decide that the soft white swabs were to be used for cleaning.
Eyeing the rifle, Adam grinned. They were the perfect size to slip inside the barrel – it nearly seemed sensible. But he hadn’t brought tampons back to medieval Scotland for Circenn to play with; he’d brought them – and every gift he’s chosen – for another reason.
Once, he walked on a California beach, nude in the full glory of his true form. Thousands of Californians had been stricken by high fevers that had erupted in public displays of eroticism.
He loved being Adam.
The sun beat down upon his muscles chest, a tropical breeze licked his dark hair. He was a pagan god, savoring his world- there was no better place to be.
Most of the time.
Question of the day: If you were thrust back in to time and you had a wee bit of time to gather three items, which would they be?