Aug 23, 2014

The Ranger by Monica McCarty (Highland Guard #3)

The Ranger by Monica McCarty
Genre: Historical Romance
Bottom Line: Just as action packed as McCarty's previous novels, but with a more lovable hero.

Highland Guard
1.  The Chief
2.  The Hawk
3.  The Ranger
4.  The Viper
5.  The Saint
6.  The Recruit
7.  The Hunter
7.5  The Knight
8.  The Raider
9.  The Arrow (August 26, 2014) 

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Chosen to help Robert the Bruce in his quest to free Scotland from English rule and claim his crown, the legendary team of warriors known as the Highland Guard battles on.

Embedded deep behind enemy lines, Arthur “Ranger” Campbell is prized for his razor-sharp senses and his ability to blend into the shadows. But when Arthur infiltrates the clan of the chieftain who murdered his father, his heart is locked on revenge. Inside he faces unexpected resistance from the sweetest of obstacles—a honey-haired siren who is his enemy’s daughter.

Intrigued by this ruggedly handsome newcomer to her father’s forces, the vivacious, enchanting Anna MacDougall is a woman whose skill at uncovering deception rivals Arthur’s own. Though yearning for a quiet life with a good man to love, Anna is drawn to this mysterious knight whose eyes devour her but whose words push her away. As danger, treachery, and the threat of looming war draw them closer into each other’s arms, a warrior made of steel must make a choice from the heart: love or revenge.

My Thoughts:

Arthur was my favorite of McCarty's highlanders so far. This story kept the emotional turmoil of the previous stories, but without the cockiness we got from Tor and Erik.  Anna is a loyal and strong woman, and is immediately drawn to our sexy super-secret spy. Sadly, their relationship is pretty much doomed from the start, since Arthur's ultimate goal is to destroy her family.  All the more fun for us!

I loved the characters in this book.  Anna seemed pretty desperate for Arthur's attention through this book, which would normally have made me hate her, but somehow McCarty made it slightly endearing. It was amusing to have Anna constantly bugging Arthur while he tried desperately not to like her. The romance was hot (as always), but I especially enjoyed the action in this story. Arthur's "special skills" made the plot exciting, and added some depth to the relationship between him and Anna. I can think of only a few ways a doomed love between a spy and the daughter of his mortal enemy can end, but McCarty still managed to keep me on my toes.

Rating: 9

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