Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blog Tour: The Hunter by Monica McCarty

Author: Monica McCarty
Publisher: Ballantine
Date of publication: June 2013

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.

The Hunter is 7th book in The Highland Guard series.  This book is exactly why I am always hesitant to read a series out of order. For me, this was not a stand alone book. I will admit, that I had a hard time keeping my interest in the book because I felt like I was missing back story about the "guard" as a whole.  It felt very history laden and I had a hard time keeping the characters straight initially. I found myself skimming in places. I did like the main characters though. I think Ewen is definitely someone I would want saving my butt over and over.  Janet is a strong female lead who gives Ewen a run for his money. There were some very yummy love scenes between the two.

The book is well written so, I'm not saying it's a bad read.  I think in order to fully appreciate the book, I need to go back and start from the beginning of the series with the first book.  Ms. McCarty does have a recap of what has happened so far (well, up to book 5) on her website.  That might be helpful if you choose to read them out of order. She also has a nice write up of the real historical events to help give context to the series.  I have seen that this series has gotten great reviews as a whole, so I do look forward to starting with The Chief.  I know that fans of the series will enjoy this latest installment.  Check out the tour page for more reviews on The Hunter.

About the author:

Monica McCarty is the bestselling author of The Recruit, The Saint, The Viper, The Ranger, The Hawk, The Chief, the first six books in the Highland Guard series, the Highlander trilogy (Highlander Untamed, Highlander Unmasked, and Highlander Unchained), and the Campbell trilogy (Highland Warrior, Highland Outlaw, and Highland Scoundrel). Her interest in the Scottish clan system began in the most unlikely of places: a comparative legal history course at Stanford Law School. After a short but enjoyable stint as an attorney, she realized that her career as a lawyer set against her husband’s transitory life as a professional baseball player was not exactly a match made in heaven. So she traded in her legal briefs for Scottish historical romances with sexy alpha heroes. Monica McCarty lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two children.

To connect with Monica, visit her Facebook page.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope that you will go back and read the entire series - it sounds like this would have been a much better read for you if you had the background from the previous books.

Thanks for being on the tour!