Tuesday, July 2, 2013

[Pat's Review]: "The Hunter"

The Hunter by Monica McCarty
Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 25, 2013) 
Series: Highland Guard, 7
Genre: Historical Romance
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.

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Pat's Review:

I love reading about Highland Warriors, and their ladies, and this story is no exception, with a twist. The lady in this novel is also a warrior!

Ewan  Lamont  is one of Robert Bruce's elite army. He is known as Hunter, and is the groups best tracker and "finder" of men.  He and his partner  Eoin MacLean  have been sent to find a nun, Sister Genna, who is a courier in the Church's attempt to pass secrets  to the Scots regarding the English army.  The English have been tightening scrutiny of friars, priests, nuns and even pilgrims.  The Bishop who has sent her is concerned about her safety.    Ewan and his partner come across a group of English soldiers who have cornered Sister Gemma, and her companion Sister Marguerite in a clearing in the woods.  He is totally astounded by the sight he sees. A beautiful blonde young woman with golden curls down her back, and her clothing ripped to her waist. She is very loudly cursing the soldier who had ripped her clothing, threatening his manhood and ability to bear children. Ewan was immediately impressed by her bravery, squirming a little at her descriptive curse, but galloped in to save the day.

Sister Gemma is a woman of mystery. She speaks Italian, French, English and Gaelic and uses that knowledge of languages in her missions.  She is actually Janet of Mar, twin sister of Mary Sutherland, and everyone believed her dead.  She carries scars and heartbreak from a mission to rescue her sister that had gone very wrong.  Her life now is a series of secret trips under many disguises to help her country.  Janet is  amazed at the strength and physical attraction she feels for her rescuer. "She had crossed paths with hundreds of fighting men over the years, and they'd never given her problems."    Oh, but she was in for it now! 

This is a very entertaining historical novel . Ewan goes through such struggles to understand this strong and shrewd woman. Janet is captivated by this warrior, who is so gentle with her,  yet frustrated by his attempts to stop her work.  It's a tale of war, romance , and dark secrets.   I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy historical romance, and highland warriors.

4 Stars!

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Pat received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Meet Pat:

Hi I'm Pat Fordyce. I am a retired pediatric nurse living in coastal North Carolina. Being retired I get to do one of my favorite things .....READ..... I love to read and talk about books, and my reviews are my voice. I also volunteer at our Public Library a few days a week. So glad to be joining The Book Queen's group of guest reviewers.

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I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this one, Pat! I've only read book 1 (really liked), and book 5 (loved it!), but the others from McCarty are on my list! :)

Have you read any of Monica McCarty's books? Do you have a favorite? Do you enjoy historical romances where the heroine is a warrior?

Look for more reviews from Pat in the future, as well as Kame, and Musing Maddie. :) Slowly, TBQ's Book Palace is growing, and I hope you like it!


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Kame said...

Ooo I haven't read a historical Highland in a long time - but this Heroine is tempting me! Great review Pat. Is it important to read the series in order?

Pat Egan Fordyce said...

Thanks Kame......I have read other Monica McCarty but not this series. I read it as a stand alone, and she references the previous stories to help. very strong female character hitch I love.

Wickedly Delicious said...

Great Review Pat. The Recruit (Highland Guard #6) is what got me hooked on Monica McCarty. I have only read the one novel and have The Hunter for review and can not wait to see what Janet has been up to. I plan on getting the rest of the series.