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Excerpt (+ a Giveaway): The Recruit by Monica McCarty

Posted October 19, 2012 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 15 Comments

Today we have an excerpt (click the widget to read) of Monica McCarty‘s The Recruit to share with you.

Scotland’s King Robert the Bruce is retaking his kingdom from the invading English. To win, he’ll need all the grit and courage of his elite band of warriors, the Highland Guard, men who fight without fear and love without limits.

Fiery, aggressive, and bold, Kenneth Sutherland is a true champion—skilled with any weapon and driven to win. Now Kenneth is ready for his greatest challenge: joining Robert the Bruce’s secret army to fight among the elite. Kenneth’s best chance to attain that honor is by winning the Highland Games. Focused and prepared for victory, he is caught off guard by a lovely wisp of a woman—and a stolen moment of wicked seduction. Her innocent arousal and her shameless hunger fire his blood. He will win his place in the guard—and in Mary of Mar’s bed.

The ruggedly handsome hero-in-the-making stirs a heart that should know better. Mary vows that her surrender will be sport only—no promises, no heartbreak, just one night of incredible passion. Nothing, she swears, will persuade her to give up her hard-wrought independence and put her fate in the hands of another powerful man. But with every gentle touch and heart-pounding kiss, Kenneth makes her want more. Now Mary wants his heart. But is this determined champion willing to surrender everything for love?

Giveaway alert: We have one copy of The Recruit to give away. Leave a comment on this post telling us what you think of Highlanders for a chance to win. Please note: this contest is open to residents of the US only. You must include a valid email address with your comment to be eligible. Contest ends 10/19/2012 @ 11:59pm.

 This book is available from Ballantine. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted March 23, 2009 by Tracy in Reviews | 13 Comments

Another busy week here at the homestead. With both kids having projects due it’s been nutty around here. Then I had both of my sisters fly in from different states for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary party, which I’ll blog about later this week. Needless to say there was a lot of running around.

This was apparently the week for my kids to say cute/funny things – this one was from my oldest daughter and just shows you how the 11 year old brain works. The 2 of us were driving home from the anniversary party on Friday which was held in Pasadena, which is about 45 minutes from home. It was about 10:45pm and we were getting on the freeway.

Oldest: Wow, there’s a lot of people out people out and it’s really late.

Me: Well, it’s late for you but in this city there are a lot of people who don’t even leave their houses to go out until 9 or 10 at night.

She thought about this for a moment
Oldest: I guess that makes sense since McDonald’s is open all night. (which it’s not)

I, of course, burst out laughing

Oldest: What? McFlurry’s!!

Omg is that hilarious? I couldn’t stop laughing it was too cute.

Before I get on to the books I’ve read let me announce the winner of the Highland Warrior book giveaway:


Congratulations! Please send your snail mail address to redneyrae at ca dot rr dot com and I’ll get that out to you asap.

So my books for the week:

Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty was my first read. My uber mini review is below. This was my first read of this author and I really enjoyed it. The first part of the book was better in my opinion than the second…but still pretty darned good.

Next was The Diary of Cozette by Amanda McIntyre. Wow – really good book. There were a couple of aspects of the book that weren’t really my thing but it was written so well that I enjoyed it anyway. You can read Barbara’s review here and Amy’s review here if you want more about the book.

Next I tried to read Casual Hex by Vicki Lewis Thompson and couldn’t get past about 70 pages. Not that the book was bad it just wasn’t my type of book. I think it was a little too chick-lit”y” for me – a little too cute for my tastes.

For my TBR book (that’s what I’m calling the book that I read 1x per week from my tbr that’s older than 3 months) this week I read Insatiable Desire by Rita Herron. This is the first book in her Demonborn series. While I liked the book there was something about it that didn’t gel right for me. I’m not sure if I can explain it but it was just a feeling of my skin prickling while I read. Maybe it was the fact that the evil demon in the book was killing women by using their worst fear against them. If they had a fear of heights he’d push them off of a cliff. If they had a fear of suffocation he’d wrap them in cellophane from head to toe. IDK that I can put my finger on it but I’m not sure if I could sit through that again so I’m debating whether I want to read the rest of the series.

After that I read Bound and Determined by Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley) for The Book Binge. I’ll let you know when my review is posted.

I read a novella by Joanne Wylde called Catherine’s Awakening next. About a widow and her brother-in-law coming together after his brother dies. about Catherine learning that she can trust a man and still maintain some independence. Pretty cute. Love cowboys.

Last but not least I read Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James and it was….you’ll just have to wait and see. lol I’ll post a review this week.

Happy Reading
(And my pictures are wonked out and I can’t seem to fix it – I really need to learn html! lol)

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Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty Mini Review and Book Giveaway

Posted March 19, 2009 by Tracy in Reviews | 54 Comments

The ruthless enforcer of Scotland’s most powerful clan, Jamie Campbell is the most feared man in the Highlands. Raw physical strength coupled with cunning political acumen make him a powerful force with whom few men will dare to reckon. Determined to see the Highlands tamed of its lawlessness and unrest, Jamie’s objectives are clear: under the guise of seeking the Chief of Lamont’s daughter’s hand in marriage, discover whether the Lamonts are harboring any outlawed MacGregors. But guise turns to desire when he meets the beautiful spitfire who rules the household with a dainty iron fist. The fierce Highlander never expects that the woman he wants above all others will test his duty and loyalty to his clan to the breaking point.

Cosseted and adored by her family, Caitrina Lamont has no intention of abandoning her beloved father and doting four older brothers for a husband—especially a Campbell. But Jamie Campbell is nothing like the parade of suitors that Caitrina’s father usually traipses across their hall. His raw masculinity threatens her in a way no man ever had before. But when Caitrina’s idyllic world is shattered, could the man she blames for her tragedy become her only hope for the future?

I love a good Highlander romance and this was a good one. I loved Jamie – he knew who he was, what he wanted, who he was loyal to and didn’t waver from that. Caitrina I didn’t like quite as much but she still had a lot of spirit and loved her family dearly. There were some points toward that the end of the book where I wanted to slap her silly but I have to say she did learn, eventually, from her mistakes. I’m pretty sure Jamie carried this book, IMHO. That being said, I’ve already bought the next book in the series, Highland Outlaw, and look forward to reading it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Book Giveaway: I haven’t a clue how I ended up with 2 copies of Highland Warrior but I guess that just works in your favor, doesn’t it?

Go ahead and leave a message on this post up until 11:59pm on Saturday, March 21st and I’ll pick 1 winner and post it on Sunday in my “What I’ve Been Reading This Week” post. Oh, and I don’t have a problem shipping out of the US so anyone can enter. Good luck!

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Review: Highlander Unchained by Monica McCarty

Posted January 17, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: Highlander Unchained by Monica McCartyReviewer: Holly
Highlander Unchained by Monica McCarty
Series: MacLeods of Skye Trilogy #3
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: September 25th 2007
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General
Pages: 384
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Lachlan Maclean will do whatever it takes to protect his clan–even if it means abducting the most willful woman in the Highlands with the secret intention of wooing her for marriage. A born searing sensual leader possessing brute strength, and an imposing command, Lachlan is unprepared for the beautiful spitfire Flora MacLeod, who jeopardizes his plans to save his clan, and digs beneath his hard, chiseled exterior to expose a tenderness that may be his undoing.
The greatest marriage prize in the Highlands, Flora is determined at all costs to avoid her mother’s fate of being bartered away as a political pawn. Vowing to make her captor pay for his ruthlessness, she boldly engages him in a battle of wills, sweetening the challenge with dangerous passion–even as the lingering curse and deadly ghosts of a past tragedy reach out to thwart a tender love that has yet to be spoken.
From the Paperback edition.

I got this in eBook format, and didn’t bother to look at the cover. I have to say I’m rather surprised at how..hot it is. I checked out the covers for her other “Highlander” books and I’d say Monica McCarty got blessed by the cover fairies. Niiice.

I decided to pick this up after reading some great online reviews for the series, and I can’t say I’m disappointed.

Flora McCleod is regarded as the biggest marriage prize currently on the market, not only because her powerful family connections, but also because of her extreme wealth. As such, she’s been courted by all sorts of men. The problem is, she isn’t interested in any one of them, and more than that, she isn’t interested in being married off for duty’s sake alone. Her mother suffered that fate – not once, but four times – and expressed to her daughter the need to choose a husband on her own. So Flora does. Only on her way to elope, her carriage is set upon by Highland Barbarians, and Flora is taken hostage.

Lochlan is a Highland chief who’s willing to do whatever needs done in the best interest of his clan. To protect them, he needs to secure Flora’s hand in marriage. But due to a bargain he made with Flora’s cousin, he can’t just force her into the marriage. She has to come into it willingly. But wooing the Holyrood Hellion (as Flora is so aptly nicknamed) turns out to be much harder than Lochlan ever anticipated. Because though she’s willful and stubborn – and delights in pushing him as far as possible, and because as he comes to care for her, he understands her reasons for pushing him, and her need to be in control of her future – or as much as possible.

The chemistry between the two was good, and though I understood her reasons for not wanting to be forced into a marriage not of her choosing, I think Flora took her stubbornness just a bit too far. Because his brothers life is in danger, Lochlan has to do what he has to do, and I think it took Flora just a bit too long to see past her own fears and preconceptions and to recognize that even Lochlan, a Highland Chief, is bound by duty.

But in the end, though it took her awhile, Flora was finally able to move on and see that she was letting her mother’s life dictate her own, so the book was saved.

Overall, a good read. Not absolutely fall out of your seat amazing, but nice enough to spend a few hours with.

4.0 out of 5

Apparently this is the 3rd book in a trilogy (or perhaps series??), which I didn’t know when I started reading it. Isn’t that how it always is for me? The series is as follows:

Highlander Untamed
Highlander Unmasked
Highlander Unchained

I have the other two books waiting TBR, and I’m planning to read them soon. You should, too.

You can buy it here or here in ebook format.


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Highlander Untamed by Monica McCarty

Posted October 30, 2007 by Casee in Reviews | 4 Comments

Book description:

Rory MacLeod is a bold and powerful Highland Chief with only one allegiance–to his clan. He vows revenge against the rival MacDonald clan, though duty demands a handfast marriage to Isabel MacDonald–a bride he does not want and has no intention of keeping. But Rory couldn’t have anticipated the captivating woman who challenges his steely control, and unleashes the untamed passion simmering beneath his fierce exterior.

Blessed with incomparable beauty, Isabel MacDonald is prepared to use every means possible–including seduction–to uncover her husband’s most guarded secrets. Instead Rory awakens Isabel’s deepest desires and her sweetest fantasies. Now Isabel has found the happiness she’s always dreamed of with the very man she must betray, and discovers that passion can be far more dangerous than revenge.

I’ve had this book for ages, but was just not in the mood for a medieval. I’m glad I finally picked it up b/c it was really very good. I read it about two weeks ago, so this is really a brief review.

Isabel MacDonald has always wanted approval from her family. After her mother died when she was just three years old, Isabel has strove to get attention from her father and three brothers. Always falling short of the mark, Isabel finally has a chance to prove her worth by handsfasting w/ Rory MacLeod. Given the duty of finding Rory’s secrets, Isabel arrives with vague intentions of seducing his secrets out of him and then leaving after the required year.

Rory MacLeod has his own agenda when it comes to his handsfast bride. Agreeing only to placate the King, Rory has no intention of forgoing his revenge on Isabel’s uncle, MacDonald of Sleat. After a slight to his sister that he can’t ignore, Rory has every intention of not only avenging her, but defeating Sleat once and for all.

Though Isabel commits to Rory with every intention of betraying him, she soon finds herself caring for her husband. Though she doesn’t want to let her family down, she also wants to fight for the marriage that never thought she wanted. Though she wants to confide in Rory, she hesitates b/c she is not sure he would forgive even the thought of betrayal.

I thought this was a very good debut for McCarty. Isabel was a very like able heroine while Rory was exactly what I’ve come to expect in a Highland Laird. Always putting the duty to the clan first, Rory is arrogant and stubborn enough to figure out a way to have his revenge while keeping the bride that he should not want. Though he is at first blinded by her beauty, Rory learns that there is much more to his wife than first meets the eye.

The resolution of the conflict between the characters was believable. That’s always important to me. I don’t like finishing a book and thinking “WTF just happened?”.

I recommend this series to readers who are looking for a good medieval romance.

4 out of 5 stars.

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