Series: Highland Guard #7
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Ballantine Books on June 25, 2013
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The war for Scotland’s freedom continues as King Robert the Bruce battles on. At his command is an elite army of trained warriors, soldiers dedicated to their king, their country—and to the remarkable women they love.
Prized for his unbeatable tracking skills, Ewen “Hunter” Lamont accepts a dangerous assignment: locate a missing undercover courier. But this is no ordinary target. Ewen has met his prey before as “Sister Genna,” a fiery, forbidden woman forever etched in his memory after one stolen, sinful kiss. Now that he knows her real identity, he’s more determined than ever to keep her safe. But without the protection of the veil between them, fighting the allure of the beautiful lass may be the toughest battle this extraordinary warrior has ever faced.
After her ill-fated attempt three years ago to rescue her twin sister, Janet of Mar has found salvation acting as a royal messenger—until she surrenders to a darkly handsome warrior whose rough, sensual kisses stir feelings the woman in her can’t deny. But when betrayal leads to danger, and a crucial communiqué is put in jeopardy, Janet has no choice but to put her faith in the hunter who can find anything—perhaps even her heart.
From the moment I saw that this book involved Scotland and a highlander, I wanted to read it. I have an affinity for all things Scottish, even though I’ve never visited the country myself (though I desperately want to). It’s one of the main reasons that Gerard Butler is my perfect man, though he has many other fine qualities as well… but don’t get me started… -starts to stare off into the distance- … ahem! Sorry! Back to the review!
Janet is a woman known by many names, and working undercover for the King (Robert the Bruce) to deliver important information about English Troops and where they’ll attack next. She is a nun, an apprentice, a daughter and a twin. Ewan is part of The Bruce’s Highland Guard, or “Phantoms” as the people call them. Amazing warriors, able to take on entire squadrons all on their own. Ewan’s war name is “Hunter” — the best tracker in the land. And when Janet goes missing, Hunter is sent to find her. And find her he does…
This book had moments that were thrilling and moments where I found myself skimming paragraphs that I didn’t think were necessary or just dragged on. This is the first book by Monica McCarty that I’ve read, so I don’t know if it’s a common trait to have run-on sentences or if it’s singular to this one book. The quote above is a perfect example. While some of them work for the book, others just get a little silly and your brain is fighting to catch up to what the sentence even began with. There is a four-page kiss in this book — no lie. Four. Pages.
Over-all, it’s a good book, but the parts that I skimmed due to the story running stagnant were detractors. And it happened in all parts of the story — sex scenes, history, battles and general story line. So a 3.5 out of 5 from me.
However, I did anticipate one special moment and when it happened, I did, in fact, giggle.
“Damn it, Janet!” (-insert singing- “I LOVE YOU!”)
If you’re awesome, you’ll get the reference. (Reviewed by Ginny)
“And moments later when she looked into his eyes, as he stroked her to the very peak of passion, when her breath caught, her body clenched, and warmth spread over every inch of her, shattering into a blinding light, Janet knew something else: she was glad she wasn’t a nun.”