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Posted December 30, 2010
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
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Posted March 8, 2012
Posted February 5, 2011
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.
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Posted November 19, 2010
In 1307 in Scotland, Robert the Bruce assigns Arthur "Ranger" Campbell a special top secret mission. He wants Ranger to go undercover pretending to be in support of the British while spying on their enemy. Ranger knows if he is caught he will be executed.
During an attack, Ranger saves the life of Anna MacDougall. They are attracted to one another, but he knows he must not lose sight of his task. Instead he joins her English loyalist father's call to arms. As he keeps saving her life, her father directs her to spy on the Scotsman. Arthur, who hates her father, and Anna, who dislikes her father, fall in love, but open hostility has ignited between both sides making their desires unattainable.
The third Highland Guard medieval Scottish romance (see The Hawk and The Chief) is an engaging historical due to the star-crossed lead couple whose love may prove not enough to overcome the hostilities that engulf them and others. Both are moles as he spies for the Bruce and she spies for her father. Marvelous Monica McCarty magically moves her fans to the early fourteenth century with a thrilling Highland Guard tale.
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Posted August 11, 2013
Posted July 27, 2013
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.
Posted July 25, 2013
Posted May 11, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2012
Posted July 26, 2012
Monica has an imagination that is incomparable!!! Wish she could write faster. I just found her books and have already read everything she has written..Can't wait for "The Recruit" If her name is on the cover, BUY IT!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2012
The Ranger was very good. Not my favorite in the series but I still enjoyed it. I'm loving the Highland Guard Series!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2012
These characters are so well written that you feel as if they are your friends. As usual Monica takes history and spins this amazing tale. The only problem with these books is that they end! Can't someone start a mini series about the Highland Guards? kinda like the Tudors? please??Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2012
Posted December 30, 2011
Great Highlander Series! Highland Guard #3
'Ranger' - Arthur Campbell was sent into the enemy territory as a spy. He has done a great job of this without being discovered. However, Anna brings out all his protective instinct even though she is the enemy.
Anna is her father's daughter. She believes she is fighting for the right cause and is helping in anyway she can. Her father wants her to get close to Arthur and find out if he is genuine. This creates a problem since there is a pull between them.
Will they cultivate love or destroy it?
Posted October 2, 2011
Posted September 28, 2011
I have read all of Monica McCarty's books. The love stories are beautiful. There is always suspense! When I start to read one, I can't put it down until I've finished it. Awesome writer!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2011
Posted February 17, 2011
I really liked the first book I read in the series and this book was not a disappointment either. The hero is great and there is humor as well. Not a lot of sex, but everything else makes up for it ten fold. I really really think you should read it!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2011
I love that this book was meaty in a very good way! It was well developed and didn't feel rushed. Also, even though it was "meaty" it was not filled with pointless details that can make a book lag. It was the opposite; I was excited to keep reading and see what happened next between the characters and where everything would land towards the end. I would recommend this book to anyone and also suggest that you begin with the first book in the series since this is I believe, book 3.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.