Karen Marie Moning's books are keepers.I think she has a way of bringing her characters to life in all their gorgeous, passionate glory. I felt the love story in this was amazing.I laughed, cried and was angry for the characters throughout the book and it takes a gifted writer to elicit emotion from their readers (and or) listeners.
It is also MY OPINION, that Phil Gigante is an awesome narrator.I will admit that I do prefer, not only with this book, but all books, that a man and woman read the different parts, but again, Mr. Gigante did a wonderful job.
I would now like to address something that really bothers me.Reviewers who BASH an author or narrator because the book is not what they expected. Yes, you are entitled to YOUR opinion , HOWEVER, why would you feel the need to BASH a work that an author has put their time, talent,and most likely tears into.Can't you say something like "This author is not what I expected and I won't be buying their books again". These reviews are for our opinions, YES , but there is no need to be mean. Put yourself in the writer's place. How would you feel if you were the author and a reader said "this book was a stinker" or "it was nothing like this other author because it had no historical references" or "what a waste of my money (or credit)It was all sex."PLEASE reviewers AND buyers, checkout an author and their work on a bookstore site, the author's website to see any awards etc. and read or LISTEN TO EXCERPTS!! That's what they are there for. Make an educated decision on a purchase instead of just buying and then being mad at the author because it wasn't what you wanted and bashing them in your review.Reviewers who give these bashing reviews could possibly be turning away a new reader/listener and that would be unfair to the perspective reader/listener and author.Please think before you type.Thank you and this is MY OPINION.
This is the 5th book in Karen Marie Monings incredible 'The Highlander' series. I love and recommend them all but HIGHLY recommend you read them in order! They each do stand alone however this one is definitely a Continuation of #4 'kiss of the Highlander' and knowing THAT story truly makes THIS story what it is -Wonderful! These are the only two books of this series that are directly related as they are the stories of a pair of twins. This book is wound into the results of 'Kiss of the Highlander' so well that one needs the other if you want to truly understand all that there is beneath the surface.
This series was my introduction to Scottish Historical Romance books and is to blame for my obsession and addiction to the genre'. It is almost impossible to find others that compare as this series is by far my all time favorite. That may be why this was my fourth time listening to it and it is as good now as it was the 1st time!
Karen Marie Moning writes a tale with so much talent that you can never, not ever, be bored. In this one the Druid magic is all consuming woven together with legend, mystery, romance, a little time travel and a whole lot wonderful.
NARRATOR: I adore the warm sexy tone and yummy Scots brogue of Phil Gigante. I do find it distracting when, on occasion, his female voices might lose their femininity momentarily. Otherwise he is masterful.
HEAT FACTOR: Hot! Sex is a underlying component, not crude and not erotica, but it is there steaming and sizzling throughout the book.
The Dark Highlander raises the bar for the romance genre and crosses the barrier into paranormal fantasy effortlessly.
Love this book! Steamy and interesting! The narrator is FANTASTIC! Really brings the story to life!
If you love big, sexy, time-traveling Highlanders than this book (and the whole series) is for you!! You won't be disappointed. Phil Gigante does an amazing job with each and every book!
The complications - characters from other books part of this book - closure for some feels - that was nice very nice.
His male voices are HOT! Female voices are just fine especially when he has to do aloof - he does aloof WELL!
No needs to be savory not rushed
Tell us about yourself!
I'm happy I found out the series and sad at the same time as one more book and I'm done reading the whole series :( The problem is I've fallen in love with it and I want more ;)
On the dark highlander Dageus breaks the promise to use magic of going back in time for his own benefit, which was to save his brother's life (Drustin). By doing that he is cursed into having 13 other very powerful and dark druid's souls inside him turning him dark as well (irreversible). But with Dageus resilitent personality he fights them inside of him and seeks a way to free himself. In the process he meets Chloe, so much happens, and they live happy ever after! LOL You didn't think I was going to tell the whole story did ya? hee hee
Anyways, I loved how the whole story developed, and I loved Dageus!
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
If you like core romance with adventure, this series is for you!
Outlander fans may feel this series has too much fluff. You must love romances to appreciate Phil Gigante and my new fave author Ms Moning.
I started with #5 as the reviews lead me to believe, this was going to give me a great start. I have purchased all 7 as Phil reads these beautifully at a fast pace, unlike Jim Frangione, Black Brother hood series, JR Ward. Too slow.
This series is fun,fast, and sexy...if you want a history book ie Outlander, this is not it.
I can see why many listeners have repeatedly listened to this series.It is fast pace and does not drag on.
Get a Kleenex.
I would compare Dark Highlander to any of the other Highlander books in the Moning series. I wish they could make them into a movie.
1. Chloe defending herself from Giles. 2. Dageus saving Chloe from Simon and the Draghar by sacrificing himself.3. Chloe and Dageus reunion at the end. Wish there had been a reunion with Drustan and Gwen.4. Silvan and Nellie's "wedding."So many more........
Both. Extremely exciting.
My only negative about the audio version is that I wish that there had been a female narrator, too. I have nothing against Phil, but it would be easier to listen to a book when you have a real female voice to offset the male, especially in a romance story. This goes for all audio books with both male and female characters.A good example of this is the audio book by Christine Feehan, Dark Slayer. I would buy it in an instant because there are both a male and female narrator. It was great!Think about it.
I love history and romance. I read several books a month and I enjoy listening to books when I am doing other things. A good book can whisk you away to another time and place while a bad book is like a stomach ache.
I rate this one as a personal favorite.
Daegus is a tortured soul struggling to over come. This book is so superbly written that I found myself wanting to jump into it and become the heroine.
When Daegus makes love to Chloe the first time, wow! Best love scene ever!
I loved the rich fantasy of this book, it's like a mystical spell and I couldn't stop listen to the incredible Phil Gigante. I love how Ms.Moning makes strong female heroines and of course even stronger hero's. The great pull and tug of this story makes it heart warming. I found myself physically hungering for the next book and the next. I was sad when I had Listened to them all so I started all over again and again and again.