Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ARC book review: The Arrow (Highland Guard #9) by Monica McCarty

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As King Robert the Bruce of Scotland plots to retake his English occupied castles, he needs the stealth and skill of his elite soldiers, the Highland Guard. Fearless and indomitable, no men are more loyal to their king, or cherished by the women they love.

The talents of legendary marksman Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor is considered the most handsome man in Scotland, and his fame as an archer is rivaled only by his reputation with the lasses as a heartbreaker. But when his infamous face is exposed during a covert mission, Gregor is forced to lay low. He returns home only to find a new battle waiting: a daring game of seduction involving his now very grown up and very desirable ward, Cate of Lochmaben.

A born fighter, Cate was clinging to life when Gregor rescued her after a vicious English raid on her village left her mother dead. But five years later, the once scrappy orphan Gregor took under his protection has become a woman. Brave, strong, and skilled in warfare, Cate is determined to lay claim to the warrior who refuses to be trapped. The heat in his eyes tells her she has his attention . . . and his desire. But will Gregor allow his heart to surrender before danger finds them, and the truth of Cate’s identity is revealed?

I can't believe we are on book number 9 of the Highland Guard series. I got into this series late and have missed a few books i believe but that has not caused me to have any problems picking up in the middle somewhere and reading from there.  Gregor MacGregor is one of the mysterious Highland Guard. He's the best archer around and his skills have been heavily relied on for their success.  He saves Cate  from a well when her village was attacked and her mother brutally raped and killed. He then took her on as his ward but 5 years later she's a full grown woman. After a disastrous mission he comes home to take a break and finds he's attracted to her. She's attracted right back and wants him and so starts trying to seduce him. She's carrying a few secrets though as to who she really is and how old she really is. This book is full of fun interactions as Gregor tries to fend off Cate when his conscious tells him it isn't right to want her. Once he decides its a losing battle it gets hot fast.  Just when it  looks like everything is going along fine one overheard conversation turns into misunderstandings and pride and old hurts ruin everything.  I love how Cate is portrayed as a smart yet innocent woman. She's trained as a fighter by Gregor's brother John and then Gregor helps her with some more training.  They don't treat as a inferior person and tell her she need to learn how to sew and doing womanly stuff. I also love that the other Highland guard men champion her training and treat her with respect. A great series i always enjoy how Monica McCarty always ties in real history into these books and shares it at the end of her books.  

Find out more about Monica McCarty and her Highland Guard series here www.monicamccarty.com

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