I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Monica mcCarty
Released: August 26th 2014
Series: Highland Guard #9
Published by Ballantine Books
“It was brutal, heart-wrenching, and it immediately hooked me to the story. …The Arrow made a lasting impression on me. ” ~ Under the Covers
The Arrow starts out with a tale telling scene of a young child as her world was attacked and killed with her the only sole survivor. It was brutal, heart-wrenching, and it immediately hooked me to the story. I’ve read Ms. McCarty’s McLeod’s Skye a while back and enjoyed it but, The Arrow made a lasting impression on me.
Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor is an Archer and a skilled warrior under Robert the Bruce. Along with the rest of the Highland Guard, their ultimate goal is to fight for Scotland. Gregor is known for his skills as an archer but also a well-known heart breaker. Little did he know that the little girl he saved long ago will be the very one to capture his heart. Caty was beyond her years. Not only that she has become a lady but quiet a warrior herself. She has vowed vengeance to the man who was responsible for her town’s destruction. That and to marry the man who saved her.
I was stoked to finally read one of the Highland Guards book. I’ve gotten several recommendations for this series, and I just never got around to it. Would you believe, I’m kicking my butt for not getting to it any sooner? I truly enjoyed this book. In so many ways, Gregor and Cait reminded me of Brad Pitt’s movie Legends of the Fall. So much has gone on in the hero’s life that the one to finally put him at peace is the little girl who had always been waiting for him at home. It was romantic with a lot of tension, a jealous edge and a whole lot of intrigue.
However, for the ones who are fickle about infidelity, be forewarned. There is a hint of cheating in this book, and it totally broke my heart for Cait. Unfortunately, this never goes well with me. There are plenty of things I can forgive when it comes to the heroes I read about, but cheating is a big no-no for me…that goes with all my fictional and real life heroes. Gregor is an amazing man in every sense of the word. He is a remarkable warrior, friend, brother, and a laird, but all the respect I had for him drained the moment he used another woman to solve his problems. It’s a poor characteristic for any man, IMO. Take note that this is an opinion, and it does not reflect Ms. McCarty’s writing. She actually and incredible writer. Her execution of the storyline that coincide with the history was just amazing. The end part explaining more of her research was definitely intriguing. The hints of truth in these stories she tells just amazes me. I can tell she had shed some blood, sweat and a whole lot of time in her research…and for that, I applaud her. A beautiful job well done.
*ARC provided by publisher
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I coblog and review here at Under the Covers and occasionally review for Hot Listens.I love to read PNR, UF, Contemporary, New Adult, and Romantic Suspense. Occasionally, I will venture to Erotica, BDSM reads and rarely Historical Romance. There are some sub-genres that I don’t always enjoy, but I’m open to stepping out of my comfort zone.For the most part, as long as there’s a hint of romance, I’m pretty much in.