The Viper (Highland Guard Series #4)

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The war for Scotland’s sovereignty rages on—as Robert the Bruce is crowned king and the Highland Guard, his elite fighting force of legendary warriors, battle for land . . . and love.
 
Prized for his snakelike stealth and deadly strikes, Lachlan “Viper” MacRuairi is a warrior to enlist but not to trust. His only loyalty is to his purse, his indifference sealed by bitter betrayal. All that changes when Lachlan is tasked to protect and ...
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Overview

The war for Scotland’s sovereignty rages on—as Robert the Bruce is crowned king and the Highland Guard, his elite fighting force of legendary warriors, battle for land . . . and love.
 
Prized for his snakelike stealth and deadly strikes, Lachlan “Viper” MacRuairi is a warrior to enlist but not to trust. His only loyalty is to his purse, his indifference sealed by bitter betrayal. All that changes when Lachlan is tasked to protect and deliver Bella MacDuff to the king’s coronation—and the proud, lushly sensual countess unwittingly challenges him to his greatest battle yet: to love again.

Passionate and devoted, Bella has defied Britain’s king and her own husband to place the crown on Bruce’s head, and for this she pays a terrible price: Losing her daughter and her freedom to her husband’s vengeance. Imprisoned with barbaric cruelty, she vows to reclaim her child, even if it means selling her soul—and her body—to a dark, lethal warrior whose eyes glint like steel, but who makes her skin tingle and her breath race. Together they embark on a rogue mission with sinister twists and turns that threatens not only Bella’s gamble to save her daughter—but also her heart.

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"McCarty's newest Highland Guardian book stands out. Her dramatic, action-filled and outstanding romantic story is impossible to put down. A skillful blending of historically accurate events and finely wrought, believable characters gives the story tremendous emotional impact." —-RT Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345528391
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Series: Highland Guard Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 146,274
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author


Monica McCarty is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than ten Scottish historical romance novels, including the Campbell series, the MacLeods of Skye series, and the Highland Guard novels.

Antony Ferguson, a native of London, England, is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off Broadway, and Regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    i enjoyed this and hope another comes out soon

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    LOVED IT!

    so far this is my FAV of the series, very raw, more real but with the same amazing style of writing we love from Monica. VERY excited abotu the next one

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    highly recommended

    Love Monica McCarty books try get each one that published. would recommend each and everyone that even written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I wish they would write more books like this one. The whole series keeps you on edge with suspense; very well written and I love that the characters (and story) are loosely based on history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    Best of this series so far...keep them coming!

    I love this author. She makes you feel like you are right there without filling the story full of unnecessary internal thoughts/feelings of the characters. This whole series is incredible. In fact, all of her books are good. I have read every one. Start this series from the beginning with "The Chief"...all the main characters stories connect. The background of this book is laid out in the previous ones. Read it! If you like historical romance/adventure you will love this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

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    More historical fiction than romance

    In 1306 Bella Comyn sits in a cage hanging high over Berwick Castle ever since she crowned Robert Bruce as King of Scotland. King Edward of England uses her as an example of those who betray him; and her abusive spouse John who wanted to be the Scottish ruler encourages him. Her only regret is she misses her daughter.

    Six months earlier, Highland Guard mercenary Lachlan MacRuairi arrives at Belvedere Castle to escort Bella to Scone to coronate Robert Bruce as the Scottish king. Time runs out on them when John arrives. Lachlan forces Bella to leave her twelve year old daughter behind. They escape, but she is angry with him. John follows them so Lachlan has them hide in a cave. He wants the Countess but distrusts women since his wife betrayed him and his clan. They leave for Scone with Lachlan killing several enemies. They make it safely to Scone but too late for the coronation at a time when Bruce's claim is shaky due to a betrayal. Bruce asks Lachlan to escort nine women and three children to his brother. Lachlan reluctantly agrees. On the journey Lachlan and Bella fall in love, but upon arriving at their destination, she believes he betrayed them to her husband.

    More historical than romance, the early fourteenth century era with betrayal and distrust as common traits comes across vividly described. The lead pair is fully developed, but besides an attraction and a few kisses deftly avoids each other; thus rightfully so the romantic subplot is almost non existent. Although there is an odd major gap in time towards the end, readers will enjoy the tale of two supporters of Robert The Bruce.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    is a great medieval romantic suspense starring two lead characte

    is a great medieval romantic suspense starring two lead characters who find love
    Great characters, a tight plot, an atmospheric historical setting, and of course, true love. And smokin 'hot sex. I was hooked from the first page and Could not put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    The best

    I cant get enough of these books! Right now this is my favorite in the series. To see one character have such a change occur in just under 320 pages is great! I adore the journey these novels take me on!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Wonderful read!

    This is a great book. I enjoyed every minute of it. This series is wonderful and I can't wait to read the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    One of my favorites!

    Great story! You have to read all books to better appreciate Lachlan's character. A complicated and absolutely lovely HERO!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

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    Recommend

    Good story. Tiny bit too much battling for my taste. Can't see why women would be interested in that. I do like Monica McCarty's books and have spent many a pleasant day reading her stories. This Highland Guard series have been most enjoyable and am waiting the publication of The Saint to finish off.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Recommended

    Memorable. One I shall remember for quite awhile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Favorites

    These are possibly my favorite series books in a long time. The stories are great and you fall in love with the characters....not to mention the steam! Loved them and cannot wait for the next book release.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Good read

    This wasnt my favorite. Its well written but bella was extremely irritating to me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Highland guard

    Exciting highlanders and great romance create a vivid page turner you never want to put down - i can't wait for the next book in the series! A must read for historical romance lovers - you won't be disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    OMG! My favw E My fave one if the series!

    OMG!! The best ine by far l love Lachlan! I think Alex (Dragon) marries Joan!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    AWESOME SERIES!!!! A MUST READ!!

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It appears that each book is better than the last. I couldn't put it down and the accuracy of the historical scenes are amazing. I am totally spoiled by her books and I can't wait to read the next one. She is very good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Highly recommended!!

    I waited a LONG time for Lachlan's story to come out and it did not disappoint. Loved everything about it. To me it was very well written. Can't wait for The Saint to come in March. To bad we have to wait that long!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Confused!!!!!

    How does this book have a rating? it hasn't even been released yet.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    THE VIPER

    Could do with out the rather colorful words. Not really nessary.. Took away from the book for me. Not sure i wiil continue with this series. As for me the books are not getting better rather the going the wrong way. I have invested my tme and money and upset with the direction the books are going. WHY? Just tell us a good historcial romamce story. The Viper was not as good as the first 3 books. Sure hope number 5 will stsnd up to the first 3,

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