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The Ranger (Highland Guard Series #3)
     

The Ranger (Highland Guard Series #3)

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by Monica McCarty
 

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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

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Ranger (Highland Guard Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 210 reviews.
highlandhussy More than 1 year ago
For those of you who haven't read The Chief or The Hawk, this is a new take on our Highlanders, and a new take on Highland Warfare. Imagine "special ops in kilts." Now that we all have that lovely image in our minds, (I know I'm imagining a Navy SEAL in a kilt, and yummmm)..I'm sorry, where was I? After William Wallace was killed, Robert Bruce finally steps up to the plate and looks at what is best for Scotland. In this series, he finds the best warriors in Britain, and uses their specialties; so about a dozen men, all trained in different skills, but trained to work together. It's not easy. Arthur Campbell has a special skill of having heightened senses. He gets a feeling, he can hear things before others can, and he's a damned good fighter. He is also deep undercover, part of the Highland Guard loyal to the Bruce, but on the surface, he's working for the English. One night, Arthur accidentally saves a lass from an ambush by his men, and in doing so, seals his fate. A year later, he is sent by the Bruce into his enemy John of Lorn's castle as a spy. And finds out the beautiful lass he'd saved was his mortal enemy's daughter! What happens next is such an intriguing, suspenseful ride that I almost wish it could also be marketed as a romantic suspense. Obviously it can't be as simple as boy meets girl, they fall in love, happily ever after. Oh no, it has to be not only are they on opposite sides of the war, but they can't even tell each other that much. Between the secrets, and the passion, and stress of remembering which side he's really on, Arthur is trying his hardest to keep Anna at a distance. But her father has asked her to keep a close eye on him. In other words, she follows him around til the men are poking fun at Arthur. One of the hardest parts in the book for me to read was where Arthur saved Anna and her brother from an attack, only to find out he'd killed 9 of his own men. My God, how does he live knowing he saved the enemy at the cost of his friends' lives? At one point in the book, Anna has been utterly rejected by Arthur, who can't let her get close to him, and she agrees to marry a former suitor and potential ally. Her father sends Arthur with her as a scout, and Arthur goes crazy with jealousy. One of my favorite scenes happens after Anna tells Hugh Ross she'll marry him. I think that watching Arthur realize he's in love with her was wonderful, but being an alpha male, he pulled the whole, "I can't have you, but I won't let anyone else have you either" crap and it drive me nuts! Anna is blunt, caring, feisty and sweet. She is the perfect match for Arthur who just needs someone to love and understand him. That his solitary existence has been to protect himself from getting close to anyone, that he's not a freak with unnatural abilities. He's just a man who loves a woman so much he won't do anything about it, so that when the war marches to her door, and her world falls apart around her, and she sees he's betrayed her, that maybe it will save her a bit of hurt. I loved the way Anna was able to see through Arthur's exterior and love him despite his attempts at pushing her away. I loved how Arthur couldn't let her marry Ross. And I loved how Anna handled the discovery that Arthur was a spy and her father had him tortured. I urge you all to read the author's note, because it's so full of the real names, histories and clans that Monica McCarty uses in her series. It's amazing how much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Each book in the series has a life of its on.
Erin-MacMeegan More than 1 year ago
The third book in the series did not disappoint. McCarty brings the Elite Guard to life and has you feeling and cheering for them. The Ranger was his own man in every way. When I think of the Ranger I feel as if I knew him. This is a keeper series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
#3 anto on #4 Trying not to read too quickly don't want to rush the series and come to the end.
gabbymorse More than 1 year ago
So, I really enjoy this this series as a whole, but this one and the one before (#2 and #3) REALLY seemed to drag on forever. If your reading the series, definitely read this one just to help with the continuity, but don't lose faith! #4 and #5 are both phenomenal :).
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I liked the part where Anna saved the puppy.
photokrissy126 More than 1 year ago
Love this series, this book was fun, and flirty, going back and forth between the two man charters, a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One excellent read. If you are not reading this series you are really missing a great historical adventure and romance. Get started and enjoy... Now do not miss out........D
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Loved this book so much I took it everywhere with me!
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MedievalLady More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! Arthur "Ranger" Campbell is one of the Bruce's secret Highland Guard. He is sent into the enemy MacDougall camp to spy. He is to get information that will help Robert Bruce win the war. He also has a personal vendetta against Lorn MacDougall that he hopes to take care of during this mission. I love the fact that Ranger has this uncanny ability to sense things. It's something that sets him apart from the others and has made him feel an outcast from everyone around him. He's a loner and intends to remain that way for life. Anna MacDougall is carrying secret messages for her father who is against Robert Bruce. He feels that by sending women the men fighting for Bruce won't suspect and intercept these messages. One night she is caught by some highlander's who kill her guard then let her go. She is amazed at their abilities, some she has never seen before. She knows that she will never forget the man who saved her life that night even though she couldn't see his face. Arthur and Anna have this chemistry that is screaming to be acknowledged but he is having nothing to do with it. She is his most hated enemies daughter for heaven's sake! He is there to see her family brought to it's knees. She, on the other hand, is entranced with him and finds any reason to stay near him and butts in every chance she gets. His resistance starts to crumble about the same time she starts to question things about him. They both give themselves over to this attraction only to find their loyalties and the love they share questioned and put to the test in the most ultimate ways. This story kept me flipping pages as fast as I could read them I was so enthralled with the battles, the tension, the secrets and their reveals, the pain, and the love. This Highland Guard that Monica McCarty has given us has captured my interest and heart.
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It has has less sex scenes. Too bad.:). But despite that, this kept me at the edge of my seat. The plot is tight. The character is believable. I'm off to read the next book in the series.
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Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Great characters, a tight plot, an atmospheric historical setting, and of course, well written by Ms. McCarty, which makes this book a must to read. I really liked the time period and the story which was set in the Highlands.