I was a little nervous starting KISS OF THE HIGHLANDER because I listened to the first three and was unsure how switching would affect me.
It did take me a little to fully understand just where the story was going and get in the groove of reading Moning’s style, but once I really got into it I found it to be great.
Time travel books are really hard to explain and I seem to be unable to learn the best way to do it.
It all began with Gwen Cassidy taking a Scotland tour which ended up being for the elderly. On a stop, she takes a hike and falls down a jagged crack between mountains and lands on the enchanted body of Drustan MacKeltar.
Convincing Gwen he isn’t mad is a fun part of the book. Drustan slightly remember details of his attack that led him to being put into an enchanted sleep just weeks after the death of his brother and betrothed. Convincing Gwen to stay with him, they make their way to where his keep stood 500 years ago.
During their travel, they fall hard for the other. With cryptic messages, Drustan gathers items to aid in his ‘proof’ that he’s not mad. As they are waiting for the right time, Drustan and Gwen come together for the first time.
Unfortunately, Drustan miscalculates and ends up sending only Gwen back to his time period and it’s up to her to convince the ‘real’ Drustan of the future events.
This was perhaps my favorite part of the book. Gwen totally blotches her credibility when she openly states Drustan slept with her and from there she must go to all ends of the earth to make him listen to her entire story. Luckily she has the aid of his father Silvan and Nell, their mother-like figure, to help her.
It was hard on Gwen to be around the Drustan who didn’t remember her and who was betrothed even though he had no love for the young girl. When she locks him up in order to tell her story, she repeats the Druid wedding vows that Drustan said to her and unknowingly marries him.
From there, Drustan prompts the memory poem out of Gwen and his memories are restored. The happy couple gets a short blissful time together before they are once again torn apart when by changing the future, they change them ever meeting each other and Gwen is sent back to her own time.
Nearly in a catatonic state, finding out she’s pregnant with twins sends Gwen the jolt back to life she needs. Giving herself one last trip to Scotland to say goodbye before she tries to move on, she returns to the keep to discover the MacKeltar line survived.
With clear instructions passed down for 500 years, Gwen is led to where Drustan lies in an enchanted sleep, waiting for Gwen to wake him once again.
With a blissful reunion, Drustan and Gwen have yet to learn the fate of his twin, Dageus.