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Thursday, June 27, 2013

ARC Review - "The Hunter" by Monica McCarty (Giveaway)

The Hunter
(Highland Guard #7)
Author: Monica McCarty
Publisher:  Ballantine
Release Date: 6/25/13
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: NetGalley

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.

I’m new to this series and this author, so I wasn’t sure what I would get when I agreed to read this book. I’ve heard good things from many of my fellow readers though so I figured I would enjoy. And while I did enjoy it, it didn’t totally impress me. The story was great, I absolutely love the real history used, it made it very interesting but I felt there was a bit too much story and not enough romance, for me at least.

Ewen and Janet were great characters. Both are very strong minded and strong willed people, so they made quite the match together but I didn’t really connect with them the way I usually do when reading. They just didn’t capture my attention very well.

Coming into this series with this book probably wasn’t my best decision but I enjoyed this one enough to be intrigued about the rest of the series. There was just too much thrown at me in this book that I didn’t enjoy it like I wanted to but I’d probably feel different if I’d read those other books first, so I plan to do so. I gotta know what happened with those other guys now!

So overall, this book was enjoyable but it’s not a favorite for me. I would definitely recommend this book to highlander lovers but you might want to read the other books first because I found myself getting lost or being given too much information at once. There’s plenty of action and suspense, a lot of great characters, some very interesting history and a bit of romance though. Everything you’d want in a great historical novel! J

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Ballantine has offered up 2 copies of the Hunter to 2 lucky winners! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your email address. 
(This giveaway is for US/Canada ONLY)


Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
Sounds like a great read!!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

thanks for this awesome giveaway!


June M. said...

Love this series!!! Monica writes some great, sexy Highlanders!
manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I hope you get a chance to read the other books in the series so you can pick up on the backstory that you missed.

Thanks for being on the tour!

Unknown said...

The Recruit was AMAZEBALLS!, I can't wait to read The Hunter.


jmcgaugh said...

I love this series and look forward to reading The Hunter.
jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

Unknown said...

This looks like a really good series!


jmcgaugh said...

I love this series and am really looking forward to The Hunter.
jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

Anita H. said...

Ooooh, I can't wait to read "The Hunter", love Monica McCarty books!!!


AngieW said...

Thank you for having a giveaway! This book is on my list. Can't wait to read it!

Ada said...

I so enjoy this series, looking forward to reading this! Thanks for having a giveaway!!

ahui89 at hotmail dot com

laurie said...

I so enjoy this series, looking forward to reading this! Thanks for having a giveaway!!

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