ARC Review: The Arrow by Monica McCarty

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ARC Review: The Arrow by Monica McCarty
The Arrow

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: August 26th 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Highland Guard #9
Pages: 416

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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About Monica mcCarty

Like most writers, I’ve always loved to read. Growing up in California there was always plenty to do outside, but all too often I could be found inside curled up with a book (or two or three). I started with the usual fare: The Little House on the Prairie series, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Watership Down, Nancy Drew, and everything by Judy Blume. Once I cleared off my bookshelf, I started swiping books from my mom. Some, like Sidney Sheldon’s The Other Side of Midnight, probably weren’t the most appropriate choice for a pre-adolescent—although they were definitely illuminating. I can still remember the look of abject horror on my mom’s Catholic-girl-face when I asked her what a virgin was. After that rather brief conversation, she paid a little closer attention to what had disappeared off her book shelf, and steered me in the direction of Harlequin and Barbara Cartland romances. I was hooked. I quickly read through the inventory of the local library and was soon buying bags of romances at garage sales.

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Thanks for the review Angela

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thanks Timitra! ~Angela


The Chief was actually the first Historical I’ve read so this series is special to me. I can say that this book is one of my faves in this series but I do encourage you to read the other books. If you liked this book you’ll love some of the others. I can tell you that The Chief, The Hawk and The Viper are some of which you’ll want to reread and reread AND reread!

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MIneliz, I think I’ll read the Chief next. I believe it’s also on audio. Thanks, ~Angela


I’m the same way Angela! I thought this book was perfect the whole way through until the infidelity. It’s just something I can’t forgive and single-handedly knocked an entire star off my rating. I’ve read all Monica McCarty’s books and she just amazes me with her talent. Each is better than the last!

I have to second Mineliz on the recs, too – especially The Viper. Honestly, every installment in this series stands very strongly on its own.

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Alex, my opinion of Gregor totally changed but Cait gave him a hard time which made me feel a bit better. LOL. Also, maybe I’ll read Viper next. =) Thanks for passing by and your comment. ~Angela

Kathleen O

I am a big fan of The Highland Guard series, oh what they heck I am a big fan of Monica McCarty books period. I can’t say who is my fav of the Highland Guard, but I would have to say you go to your first love The Chief… I am waiting for The Arrow to arrive on my doorstep any day now. I always pre-order Monica’s books…

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Kathleen, Hope it gets there soon! It was really good. ~Angela


Thank you for your candid review. I appreciate the warning av
Bout cheating. I feel the same way about it. It won’t stop me from reading it however. Looking forward to it.

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Eileen, the cheating is not as bad as if it was a New Adult with a lot of angst. I would definitely still recommend this read. Enjoy! ~Angela


Cheating is a big no no for me as well…thanks angela