Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Arrow by Monica McCarty

The Arrow (Highland Guard, #9)
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Historical (Highlander) Romance
Series: Highland Guard #9

As King Robert the Bruce of Scotland plots to retake his English occupied castles, he needs the stealth and skill of his elite soldiers, the Highland Guard. Fearless and indomitable, no men are more loyal to their king, or cherished by the women they love.

The talents of legendary marksman Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor is considered the most handsome man in Scotland, and his fame as an archer is rivaled only by his reputation with the lasses as a heartbreaker. But when his infamous face is exposed during a covert mission, Gregor is forced to lay low. He returns home only to find a new battle waiting: a daring game of seduction involving his now very grown up and very desirable ward, Cate of Lochmaben.

A born fighter, Cate was clinging to life when Gregor rescued her after a vicious English raid on her village left her mother dead. But five years later, the once scrappy orphan Gregor took under his protection has become a woman. Brave, strong, and skilled in warfare, Cate is determined to lay claim to the warrior who refuses to be trapped. The heat in his eyes tells her she has his attention . . . and his desire. But will Gregor allow his heart to surrender before danger finds them, and the truth of Cate’s identity is revealed?

My Rating: 4 Roses

A wonderful addition to a brilliant series, The Arrow was a fantastic historical romance. I really liked this book. From the secrets, to the romance, to the flawless historical backdrop, this book was amazing. Loved it!

Cate was a very strong heroine. She went through a lot in her childhood, not the least of which was watching her mother die, yet she came out strong and intent on not only surviving, but thriving. She was extremely determined when she set her mind to something and she was definitely a force to be reckoned with. I really liked her. I thought she was wonderful.

Gregor was okay, for the most part. He was definitely formidable, but he could also be very sweet. There were a couple of things about him that frustrated me, though. First, was his hesitance to accept responsibility for his clan. I know he had issues with his father, but it seemed overly vehement. Second, he was frustratingly blind to what was right in front of his (and I mean this about Cate). He was so determined to not admit his feelings that he acted like an idiot. And, that leads to the final issue, which was the biggest. Near the end, after he's had a big fight with Cate, he goes and does something VERY stupid in an effort to make a point. And, this something made me want to kick him in a sensitive area and it ruined the chances of me being able to truly like him. I know he did his best to atone for it, but it didn't change the fact that he would do such a terrible thing. But, when he wasn't being a dumbass, he could be sweet and rather adorable. In the end, I was okay with him.

The romance was good. Despite Gregor's reluctance to admit his feelings, I thought they were very sweet together, especially in how they both implicitly understood and accepted each other. And, the heat level was up with these two, with plenty of steaminess going on. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. This author is a master at creating an impeccable setting and drawing the reader entirely into the story, in all her book, including this one. There were a couple of secrets lurking in Cate's past that took me by surprise. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

The Arrow was an amazing historical romance read. I really liked this fantastic book. I've loved every book I've read in this wonderful series and this one doesn't disappoint. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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