Wow. The power of Karen Marie Moning’s writing always has me in awe every time I finish one of her books. As soon as I start on page one, the characters crawl into my heart and eat away at me until I’ve learned their entire story from start to finish.
The last of the Highlander series, The Immortal Highlander, was no exception. In fact, I think Adam Black’s story is my favorite of the whole lot. I finished it two days ago and I’m still thinking about it.
Here are the deets courtesy of Goodreads:
Back of the Book:
Enter a world of timeless seduction, of ancient intrigue and modern-day passion. Enter the dazzling world of Karen Marie Moning, whose acclaimed Highlander novels have captivated readers, spanning the continents and the centuries, bringing ancient Scotland vividly to life. In a new novel brimming with time-travel adventure and sensual heat, the nationally bestselling author of The Dark Highlander delivers a love story that will hold you in thrall—and a hero you will most certainly never forget.
BEWARE: lethally seductive alpha male of immense strength and dark eroticism, do not look at him. Do not touch him. Do not be tempted. Do not be seduced.
With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerizing eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensely sensual, he is the consummate seducer, free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man. With his very life at stake, Adam’s only hope for survival is in the hands of the one woman who can actually see him.
Enter law student Gabrielle O’Callaghan, who is cursed with the ability to see both worlds: Mortal and Faery. From the moment she lays eyes on this stunning male, Gabby is certain of one thing: He could be her undoing. Thus begins a long, dangerous seduction. Because despite his powerful strength and unquenchable hungers, Adam refuses to take a woman by force. Instead, he will tease his way into Gabby’s bed and make her want him just as he wants her.
Now, no matter how hard Gabby tries to avoid him, Adam is everywhere, invisible to all but her—perched atop her office cubicle in too-tight jeans, whispering softly from behind the stacks of the law library, stealing her breath away with his knowing smile…all the while tempting her with the promise of unimaginable pleasure in his arms. But soon danger will intrude on this sensual dance. For as Adam’s quest to regain his immortality plunges them into a world of timeless magic and the deadly politics of the Faery queen’s court, the price of surrender could be their very lives. Unless they can thwart the conspiracy that threatens both mortal and Faery realms…and give them a shot at a destiny few mortals ever know: glorious, wondrous, endless love.
The cover is appropriate and tasteful, with bold colors. It’s nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s still somehow eye-catching and very fitting to Adam Black’s story.
Adam Black. I could leave the review right there and say all I needed to, only add a little whispery sigh when you say his name, and there you have it. The delicious fae blacksmith has appeared through out the series as somewhat of an antagonist, a wild card, and damn sexy in every last one with his shining black locks and body to die for. He’s arrogant and full of himself, so sure of his effect on women and sexual prowess.
KMM really ripped him a new one in this book, starting right off with a bang right after the last book ended. He’s not the same, having suffered a punishment by the fae queen for defying her yet again. He meets his match in Gabrielle, a Sidhe-Seer who is the only one anywhere who can see him, and the only one who doesn’t want to.
The way the relationship progresses from two stubborn heads butting together, to sexual tension almost unbearable to take is so natural and believable, I was nearly shouting at the characters to shut it and get naked already! There were sweet moments, too, and misunderstandings between them that made the story all the more interesting. There are some seriously hot scenes in this one, even hotter than in book one with Hawk.
Loved. Every. Page.
Five stars, as usual. I’m not a sappy romance kind of person, yet this one really lit my fire. Hard won relationship, hot alpha male who is far from perfect, and a heroine who I could identify with put this book in a class above the rest.