Saturday, January 15, 2011


The end of military week is upon us and we are going to finish it up by kicking it old school with the third book in Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series, The Ranger.

The Ranger, Monica McCarty, Ballentine Books, December 2010
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.

Well she has done it again! McCarty has given us another strong story to continue her Highland Guard series. I didn't know how she was going to bring these two character's together since they start at such opposite sides, not only in the ongoing civil war but in a long standing clan war as well. I enjoyed watching the two character's romance develop and can't wait to see who she brings us next. While some of the inner dialog can seem a bit drawn out it is so worth reading when you get to the action parts and the love story. I can't wait for my next trip to the 14th century.
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