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The Viper (Highland Guard Series #4)

The Viper (Highland Guard Series #4)

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by Monica McCarty

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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


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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Random House Publishing Group
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Highland Guard Series , #4
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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 numerous Scottish historical romance novels, including the Campbell series, the MacLeods of Skye series, and the Highland Guard novels. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two children. Visit her at monicamccarty.com.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson is a native of London, England. He 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. Antony lives in Los Angeles.

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The Viper: A Highland Guard Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this and hope another comes out soon
RebeccaTX More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Monica McCarty books try get each one that published. would recommend each and everyone that even written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
FastReaderMJ More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! You have to read all books to better appreciate Lachlan's character. A complicated and absolutely lovely HERO!
atzbech More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Memorable. One I shall remember for quite awhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wasnt my favorite. Its well written but bella was extremely irritating to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!! The best ine by far l love Lachlan! I think Alex (Dragon) marries Joan!
lisibear More than 1 year ago
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.
Wicked68 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 7 months ago
#4 good good . Now#5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As one reviewer put it, this book is more "raw" than the prior three. I think this approach is more fitting with the character. With the first book, I was interested in reading "Viper's" story. He was a memorable character & this story is intriguing. I have to agree it was a bit long, with a number of escapes and close calls, but overall it stands up well with the others. You also get better introduced to some of the members of the guard, to prep you for their stories. I like the connection to history with some alternative interpretations. I can see why some readers either loved this one or didn't like it as much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best i have read in all the books , i have read from her. :):)
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I liked the part where Laclan was comforting Bella when she started crying after he told her she couldn't go to the castle to see her daughter.
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