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I was really sad when I was finished reading the book. He was a brash, charming, flirtatious rogue of a warrior. He was such a likeable character. He knew when to This book was such a pleasure to read. He knew when to have fun and he knew when it was time for war. His love interest Lady Elyne de Burgh was quite his equal and his match. I loved the fact that she was not easily swayed by his phenomenal good looks and smooth talk. She was fiesty, caring, serious and very smart. She was a formidible choice for a romantic counterpart. I loved the fact that the story moved very well.

The plot was well-conceived and it delivered on all levels. The love story was really done very well, I think that the characters had enough friction and tension to really see that they would make a great couple. I did have one problem with the story and that was the incident when they were in the boat together on the stormy sea. That was a little unbelieveable. That one aspect of the book kept it from being a 5 star read. This book is definitely 4. View all 4 comments. Aug 19, Elaine rated it liked it Shelves: historical-romance , 3-stars.

The story could have been told easily in pages.

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Way longer than it needed to be for a romance. It dragged a lot in some parts. First half was slow and annoying that the hero was so easily distracted by the heroine even though a war was hinging on him. A confident, playboy Highlander. I really liked Ellie's character as well far more th 3. I really liked Ellie's character as well far more than the heroine of the first book. She's feminine, smart, and strong. Also view spoiler [sex scene in a tiny boat during a winter sea storm while fighting for their lives? It was a little too much.. Overall a very enjoyable book, but there was just something missing.

I can't exactly put my finger on what was missing but something definitely was amiss. I really liked Hawk and Ellie and the development of their relationship. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the book although sometimes is was a little much what could have been pages of historical info here and there was more like , and I found myself skimming some - and I was a Medieval history minor in college.

I will definitely read the next one. Jan 12, Brandy rated it liked it. It was ok, enjoyable, but not particularly memorable. It got old hearing about how unattractive the heroine was and how super attractive the hero was. Also, many scenes were super unrealistic sex on a raft in the middle of a terrible storm. The historical context I just skimmed, I'm not sure why I find that part boring in this series, as I typically don't.

View all 6 comments. Oct 18, Ezinwanyi rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook , scottish-highlanders , historical-romance. It didn't really get much better. I will try book 3 before I give up on the series. This book picked up right where book 1 left of. Robert the Bruce has handpicked highland chiefs who specialize in certain areas of warfare to make up an elite, yet secret army named the Highland Guard. This story featured Eric MacSorley, "Hawk" is a master seafarer, who literally soars through the water. Elyne de Burgh is promised to the brother in law of King Edward as a way to bond her highland family to the English crown.

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Ellie was swimming when she came upon a cave where the highland guard was training. When the men decided to kill her in order to keep their identities secret, Eric quickly took action and kidnapped her from the highland guards. He led her to believe that he was a pirate wanted for looting English ships, and Ellie told him that she was a nursemaid to some English kids. Even though Hawk kept commenting that she was not like the women he preferred she was too thin etc , he kept kissing her.

And she figured out how to push his buttons and did so often. So began their love dance:D It took awhile to get going, and I think the writing style isn't engaging for me. I liked this couple the same as I liked book but I needed a little something else to love this story. I don't know, but I was a little disappointed. Maybe if I could stop thinking about Braveheart, that would help me because I want that movie As much as I loved the first book in this series, I loved this one even more!

Hawk is my kind of man. He's funny, charming, and flirty. He's also strong, protective and a bit on the stubborn side. OK, a LOT on the stubborn side. In fact, he was so stubborn that with only about 20 pages left I wanted to reach through my book and beat him with his sword. Ellie was a wonderful heroine. She was smart and a little bossy, but she was no simpering fool. She also didn't whine and complain when things di As much as I loved the first book in this series, I loved this one even more! She also didn't whine and complain when things didn't go her way.

I'm anxious to read Viper's book to see how he frees the ladies Jun 19, Corinne Michaels rated it it was amazing. Dear Hawk I am devouring these books. One by one, day by day the Highland Guard are becoming my world. I should be working or The best thing is that each story just gets better. This was okay for me. Good but not great. Character-wise I liked it a lot better then the first book but as for plot..

My fav so far from this series is third book that follows this. As much as I admire McCarty's skill of backing up her stories with a lot of historical facts and information I'm starting to wish she would not pack it in so much, especially in one book. It's getting into 'overkill' territory with all the information 3.

It's getting into 'overkill' territory with all the information some that I think isn't even necessary? Here I felt it started to get in the way of the initial story and the continuous reminders of who is who, who's the enemy of who, who's dead, which guard is where, what territory they are on, etc etc etc just makes it hard to follow and kind of redundant and long-winded to read. I felt my head was spinning with all the events and facts that kept getting pummeled in.

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But that's all that is needed IMO. I swear I kept getting thrown off with all the kings, lords, clan names and Islands that were named in here, you really have to pay attention or else you are completely lost. I can't tell you how many times I confused characters up. Such a charming, witty, outgoing, delicious, adventurous, saucey character who I couldn't help but love. This was a surprising switch of roles where the hero was the chaser and the heroine was the 'seducer', in other words resistant to his charms. Ellie is the first woman to not be impressed with his good looks and outrageous charm and he doesn't know how to handle it.

I must say the reversal of roles was surprising and fun to read. It's usually the other way around where the heroine has to fight to win the hero's affections and make him open up his heart to love. But Erik here isn't the only one who had cynical views on love and marriage, Ellie holds no dreams on love and always tries to be 'realistic'. Ellie is definitely not the typical heroine, she's outspoken, independent and too serious for her own good and a tad haughty at times. I did sometimes find myself wishing she was a little less serious and loosen up but I understood the author's intention.

I guess one of the main reasons this book didn't grab me so much was the heroine. I felt she was too uptight and serious for my taste. She's the polar opposite of Erik's playful witty outgoing personality and it made the story a little stale and less fun. Still, it was interesting seeing the two clash and bring out a side from each other that wasn't there before. While I wasn't overly enthralled with the love story as I was in McCarty's previous books from her other series, it was a nice read.

Can't wait to see who the next book will be on. Lady Elyne de Burgh is resigned to but not excited about her upcoming marriage which will bind her family to King Edward and his efforts to ensure English reign over Scotland. Elyne decides to participate in an annual highland swimming ritual aimed at maidens while she still can. While enjoying her swim, Ellie unwittingly finds herself amid a clandestine meeting and hearing secret conversations full of intrigue designed to thwart King Edward.

Erik "Hawk" McSorley is on assignment to gain Irish s Lady Elyne de Burgh is resigned to but not excited about her upcoming marriage which will bind her family to King Edward and his efforts to ensure English reign over Scotland. Erik "Hawk" McSorley is on assignment to gain Irish support and take them to meet with the Scottish forces to help solidify Robert the Bruce's precarious Scottish throne. Most of the men feel Ellie should be killed before she can tell anyone of their plans, but Hawk cannot stand by and allow his co-conspirators to harm a lady even though at the moment she is decidedly unfriendly to Robert's cause.

Believing she's been captured by Viking pirates, Ellie refuses to reveal her identity and lets Hawk and company believe they've kidnapped a nursemaid and not the Duke's eldest daughter. The longer they are in port for repairs the more Hawk is completed bewildered by Ellie who seems completely immune to both his charm and his seduction - neither weapon had failed him before. Ellie is enjoying her adventure and the company - she isn't necessarily looking to find her way back home. I only had couple of minor nits to pick with this fun read. One being the story seemed a bit flabby and the second was Ellie carrying the masquerade a bit long.

Preposterous actions aside, I absolutely loved the majority of this sophomore installment. It gave me great thrills during the action and suspense set pieces and melted the ice during the romance. The vivid writing set a fairly fast pace while making each character exciting and recognizable in varied interactions. Even the old mistaken identity trope was taken out for air here and worked well throughout the read. Erik and Ellie were both very likeable and had great chemistry with all of the secondary players as well.

Updates on the activities of the rest of the Highland Guard helped round out the read. Original Read: January 9 Rating: 4. Sep 05, Angela James rated it it was ok Shelves: , historical. I really loved the first book so I was disappointed that I didn't have the same feelings about this one. First, we start off with a prologue in Robert Bruce's POV, all to establish the history of the legend of how he saw a spider that didn't give up and it motivated him to keep fighting for his crown. The prologue was slow enough, and felt somewhat unrelevant, that I almost gave up on the book during it. Then, throughout the book, from beginning to end, the author repeatedly told us that the Hig I really loved the first book so I was disappointed that I didn't have the same feelings about this one.

Then, throughout the book, from beginning to end, the author repeatedly told us that the Highland Guard had special names, and here's what they are. In the entire book, there are no less than 21 mentions of the different Guard members and there names and what their special names are. It's not that they're called by their nicknames that bothered me, but that we had to be reminded, each time, that this is their real name, this is their nickname and often, that the nickname is their special "guard" name.

Okay, we get it. And yes, I know there are 21 because I started highlighting after the third incident. It felt as though the author was beating me over the head with information which often wasn't vital do we need to have all of them listed for us when they don't even appear in this book? Because of that, I was always distracted from the story and couldn't sink into it. I liked the first book a lot, and recommended it to a number of people.

I'm sad I don't feel similarly about this one and am unsure if I'll seek out the third at this point. Jan 13, Tyra Berger rated it it was amazing.

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I love The Highland Guard novels because they are thrilling, and the characters have bigger than life persona's. Hawk totally fits that description, he is agressive, daring, reckless, handsome, and charming. He practically leaps off the page. He is a born leader and his actions matched his descriptions.

Ellie is described as a plain woman but I think the fact that she didn't immediately throw herself at Hawk was what first drew his attention to her. I think it was her personality and her lust for I love The Highland Guard novels because they are thrilling, and the characters have bigger than life persona's. I think it was her personality and her lust for life that made him fall in love. I thoroughly enjoyed their banter and loved the chemistry between the two characters.

This book hits the ground running and the action never stops. I felt that it read much quicker than The Chief because the author didn't have as much background information that she needed to include, much of it had already been established. I am excited to read The Ranger which hits shelves December 28th Don't forget to make a comment to have the chance to win the first book in The Highland Guard series, The Chief. Apr 27, Kari Kaz rated it really liked it Shelves: highlander-scot-irish. This is the second book in the Highland Guard series. It is a continuation of The Chief, but they do work as stand-alone.

Erik is working for Robert the Bruce, and during a secret meeting with some Irish mercenaries, Erik is forced to kidnap Ellie to protect her. They both hide their identities from each other, but they can't hide their mutual attraction. Erik is a half-highlander half-viking seafarer and a charming flirt.

He wa This is the second book in the Highland Guard series. He was absolutely adorable, handsome, fun, and loyal to Bruce. Ellie was a strong heroine who does not spend her time crying constantly weeping heroines don't work for me ; she makes the best of her circumstances and proves herself to be loyal as well. The best part of the book was the interaction between them while Ellie believed Erik was a pirate, and Erik believed Ellie was a nursemaid. This is a lovely romantic story with a lot of historical background and information. The author makes a point to explain everything in detail so you feel like you're in the story with the characters.

I look forward to reading the rest of the series. View all 12 comments. Jul 13, Ivy H rated it liked it Shelves: hero-was-a-stubborn-asshole , man-whore-hero , pretty-heroine , badass-hero , hero-is-heroine-s-only-lover , heroine-celibate-during-separation , virginal-heroine , hero-celibate-during-separation , sexy-hot-hero. Maybe Monica could have given him a less insecure heroine? Elyne was just average.

These women were so beautiful and far more vibrant and suited to their respective highland guard heroes than Elyne wa This was fairly good but I had really loved McSorley in The Chief and had been expecting so much more from The Hawk.


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These women were so beautiful and far more vibrant and suited to their respective highland guard heroes than Elyne was to Eric. Elyne was just too blah for McSorley. I love the series so far. The story of Erik and Ellie is sweet and flirty. I very much like that Ellie is such a strong character with such a smart mouth. This is a seafaring book.

And although it provides a great context, but I got lost in the weeds when they were talking about sailing from one island to the next, through one channel to another. I needed a map to navigate! I had to knock the rating down a bit for all that confusion. If you like this series, you will like this book.

May 19, Sha Mslvoe rated it it was ok Shelves: highlander , on-nook , hot-warrior , scottish-highland , historical-romance , medieval. I feel bored and this was a OKAY read. After Chapter 21 I'm eager to read and be done with it. Sep 04, Spoiler Whore-Momoa rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-romance , monica-mccarty.

Another great one for Monica. Absolutely loooved it! I think I fell in love with Erik. I would recommend this to anyone who loves historical romances. Hawk Erik was funny, charming and an idiot but hey who isn't?! Shelves: epic-seconds , series-i-will-love , yummy-male-lead , romance , dying-dying-to-read-it , series-i-love , 5plus-stars , favorites , great-side-characters , super-yummy-alpha-male. This series is awesome!! Im totally hooked :D This series is awesome!! Mar 27, Aly is so frigging bored rated it it was amazing Shelves: hh-highlanders , medieval , historical.

Buddy read with Maru I love this series! I wanna thank Dee for McCarty has a great writing style, I am never bored by her books! Mar 23, Aoi rated it really liked it Shelves: hf-scotland. The Highland Guard series follows Robert Bruce's struggles to win back his crown from the head of Edward Longshanks and to be reinstated, as is his birthright and lineage, as the King of Scotland.

In the winter of , defeated, his army decimated and on the run after two disastrous battles, Robert is forced to flee his homeland only with his elite band of troops- the Guard.


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Erik MacSorley, nomme de guerre Hawk, is on a mission to recruit Irish mercenaries from Dunluce Castle, when things go awr The Highland Guard series follows Robert Bruce's struggles to win back his crown from the head of Edward Longshanks and to be reinstated, as is his birthright and lineage, as the King of Scotland. Erik MacSorley, nomme de guerre Hawk, is on a mission to recruit Irish mercenaries from Dunluce Castle, when things go awry.

Dunluce Castle is the home of Robert Bruce's father in law, who sides with Edward. On the same night, Ellie is enjoying her last nights of freedom before her marriage, diving off the cliffs into the frigid waters for the Maiden's Plunge rituals. When she decides to take an alternate path back to the village, she chances on a treasonous conversation.. Forced to choose between executing the eavesdropper or taking her along to the open seas, Erik "kidnaps" Ellie and makes off with her to the Isle of Spoon, where they lie in wait till the decisive attack on Edward's forces.

Hawk, with his veritable God-like looks and impressive sea faring skills, is effortlessly the darling of women everywhere. There hasn't been a woman who hasn't fallen for him, but to his utter chagrin, Ellie is immune to his charms. Cue the following charming exchange- "Let me guess: tall, overly muscular pirates don't feel pain? I didn't think you noticed.

Her eyes flashed in the flickering firelight. He'd thought they were brown, but standing so close he could see flecks of green and gold. Unusual and quite pretty. Then she had to ruin the effect by adding, "I'd notice a peacock preening his feathers and strutting around, too. Her father is one such, so utterly handsome and loved by all to settle for the love of one woman. On seeing, year after year, her mother's heartbreak, Ellie knows better than to fall for such a man. Living amidst the calm that is island life, Hawk and Ellie learn to see past appearances.

But, unknown to either of them, both are hiding secrets that make it impossible for them to be together.. I thoroughly enjoyed the book! It has got everything us readers come back to read Highland novels for, time and time again. A land both majestic and brutal, loyalty to land and Lord that is unrivaled, strong characters who fight shoulder to shoulder in face of horrible odds and manage to turn the tide. The Hawk is also infamous for some ludicrously hilarious scenes. Torrents of freezing rain and cresting waves that threaten to capsize the vessel. They've just had their mast ripped off by the wind..

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