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The Arrow

The Arrow, September 2014
The Highland Guard #9
by Monica McCarty

Ballantine Books
Featuring: Cate; Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor; King Robert
416 pages
ISBN: 0345543955
EAN: 9780345543950
Kindle: B00I1ZG6WC
Paperback / e-Book
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"The long awaited story of Gregor "Arrow" MacGregor—"the most handsome man in Scotland. . ."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Arrow
Monica McCarty

Reviewed by Dot Dittman
Posted November 5, 2014

Romance Historical

Monica McCarty has written a battle of the sexes in which the contenders have only one thing to lose—the love of a lifetime. In THE ARROW, Cate is a deceptively small and helpless looking woman, but she has been trained as a warrior and knows how to protect herself. Gregor is the hunky hero who is always trying to save someone else. Will they ever stop sparring long enough to fall in love?

Cate lost her family many years ago: her father walked out of her life, and her mother and unborn sibling were murdered in front of her. But she's grown up now and determined to have a new family. She has the children; various foundlings that have come her way and she knows who she wants for a husband. Gregor MacGregor is the man who rescued her when she was fifteen and took her as his ward. Now Cate believes it is her turn to rescue him from his lonely life. . .

Gregor is one of the elite Highland Guards who surround Robert Bruce. He is honor bound to support Bruce in his quest to reclaim the Scottish castles from the English. But he has battle fatigue and is going home for a little rest—at least that is what he thinks is going to happen.

McCarty sets up the story well and she creates multi- faceted characters with flaws that almost keep them from their one shot at happiness. The love scenes are steamy and entertaining. The back stories of the previous books blend seamlessly into the current story and don't get in the way. With THE ARROW, Monica McCarty has again hit the target with her latest release in the historical romance genre. Bullseye!

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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 heart breaker.

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?

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