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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop - The Hunter: A Highland Guard Novel by Monica McCarty

About The Hunter (A Highland Guard Novel)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 25, 2013)
The war for Scotland’s freedom continues as King Robert the Bruce battles on. At his command is an elite army of trained warriors, soldiers dedicated to their king, their country—and to the remarkable women they love.
Prized for his unbeatable tracking skills, Ewen “Hunter” Lamont accepts a dangerous assignment: locate a missing undercover courier. But this is no ordinary target. Ewen has met his prey before as “Sister Genna,” a fiery, forbidden woman forever etched in his memory after one stolen, sinful kiss. Now that he knows her real identity, he’s more determined than ever to keep her safe. But without the protection of the veil between them, fighting the allure of the beautiful lass may be the toughest battle this extraordinary warrior has ever faced.

After her ill-fated attempt three years ago to rescue her twin sister, Janet of Mar has found salvation acting as a royal messenger—until she surrenders to a darkly handsome warrior whose rough, sensual kisses stir feelings the woman in her can’t deny. But when betrayal leads to danger, and a crucial communiqué is put in jeopardy, Janet has no choice but to put her faith in the hunter who can find anything—perhaps even her heart.

My Thoughts:

This is the first novel of Monica McCarty's that I've had the pleasure of reading, and it was just that - a real pleasure!

I loved how McCarty mixed in Scottish lore and history with a fascinating and sizzling romance. I've always been a fan of the "Robert The Bruce" era of Scottish history and McCarty has clearly done her research to bring the flavor and atmosphere of the time to this story. Her characters are captivating and just a lot of fun - the feisty Janet of Mar (aka Sister Genna) and the brooding but heroic Ewen "Hunter" Lamont are just perfect for each other to spar and flirt with. Their love story is just a joyful experience.

This is the seventh book in the Highland Guard series, and there are a ton of characters to keep up with, but first-time readers will easily be able to pick up on who is who and the backstory.  I highly recommend the previous six novels in this series as well!

About Monica McCarty

Photo credit: © Alex AbercrombieMonica McCarty is the bestselling author of The Recruit, The Saint, The Viper, The Ranger, The Hawk, and The Chief, the first six books in the Highland Guard series, the Highlander trilogy (Highlander Untamed, Highlander Unmasked, and Highlander Unchained), and the Campbell trilogy (Highland Warrior, Highland Outlaw, and Highland Scoundrel). Her interest in the Scottish clan system began in the most unlikely of places: a comparative legal history course at Stanford Law School. After a short but enjoyable stint as an attorney, she realized that her career as a lawyer set against her husband’s transitory life as a professional baseball player was not exactly a match made in heaven. So she traded in her legal briefs for Scottish historical romances with sexy alpha heroes.

Monica McCarty lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two children.

To connect with Monica, visit her Facebook page.

Monica McCarty’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, June 25th:  Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, June 26th:  Book Sniffer’s Anonymous
Thursday, June 27th:  Booklovin’ Mamas
Friday, June 28th:  Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, July 2nd:  Mom in Love with Fiction
Wednesday, July 3rd:  Love, Romance, Passion
Monday, July 8th:  Passionate Encounters
Tuesday, July 9th:  The Eclectic Reader
Wednesday, July 10th:  Bibliophilia, Please
Thursday, July 11th:  Fiction State of Mind
Monday, July 15th:  Romancing the Book
Tuesday, July 16th:  A Night’s Dream of Books
Thursday, July 18th: Booked on a Feeling
Monday, July 22nd:  From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, July 23rd:  The Romance Dish
Wednesday, July 24th:  Urban Girl Reader
Monday, July 29th:  A Chick Who Reads

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to the publisher, Ballantine Books, for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds really good!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

It is a real good story, Mary! A bit spicy, but that's a good thing in the summer time, isn't it? :)

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm glad to know that I don't need to go back to read the previous books in order to enjoy this one!

Thanks for being on the tour.