Thursday, July 11, 2013

Book review: The Hunter (Highland Guard #7) by Monica McCarty

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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.

Available as of June 25th 2013
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.

This is book 7 in the Highland Guard series by Monica McCarty. I have to admit i have not read all the books in this series. I'm usually pretty compulsive about stuff like this too. I have not had the time to go back and read all of them. This is actually only the 2nd one i have read. Some things are not always clear but you can figure it out soon enough and i don't feel too left behind.  Once i read the blurb for book 6 The Recruit i was intrigued enough to read it and i enjoyed it so much it stuck with me enough that when i saw The Hunter i knew i wanted to read it.  The Hunter is Ewen Lamont's code name in the Highland Guard. His job as a tracker for the guard nets him the job of locating a missing Courier. That Courier turns out to be Janet of Mar disguised as Sister Genna. The missing and thought dead twin sister of Mary of Mar the heroine from book 6. Janet had a plan to save her sister and when it went horribly wrong and she was terribly injured in the process she felt such guilt she decided to let everyone think she was dead and become a courier for King Robert. She believes she can never receive forgiveness for what she caused no matter what she does but still she needs to help to make partial amends if nothing else. Ewan is in precarious position since he has only a sliver of land left  to for his clan and the clan itself  is banished. He can't afford to make the king angry.  Once he finds out who Sister Genna really is ( Janet) his attraction to her grows but then he finds out that's she's to be betrothed to another. Now he's trying to protect her and fight his attraction for her.  Janet is totally in the dark about being betrothed and up until she starts to get to know Ewen plans to really become a nun.  Both Janet and Ewen have some self hate going and something to prove. Each is trying to understand the other. It takes  Ewen a long time to give into the inevitable but he finally succumbs to his love for Janet.  Action packed with no shortage of bad guys.  The characters are well thought out and individual. Janet is a bit of a rebel and a lot of her dialog portrays as a tough woman but at the same time she comes across as vulnerable too. Ewen is a BIG tough guy too and is horrified by what he feels for Janet when he thinks she's a nun. Later he still struggles with his feels and his need to be blunt. Overall a very enjoyable story and i still hope to read the back list and hopefully any future books. 4 out of 5 stars for The Hunter by Monica McCarty

Monica Mc Carty has a really interesting section on her website dedicated to this series. You can get a brief back history of everything that has happened so far and a whose who as well as some history. At the back of each book is short history lesson too if you are interested. It all really adds to the experience. Find all that here

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