Highlander Unmasked by Monica McCarty

Posted June 15, 2013 by Amanda in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Highlander Unmasked by Monica McCartyHighlander Unmasked by Monica McCarty
Series: MacLeods of Skye Trilogy #2
Published by Ballantine on August 28th 2007
Genres: Historical Romance

Alex MacLeod’s virile physique, fearsome reputation, and renowned fighting skills have helped him master to perfection the role of a hardened mercenary. On a secret mission to protect his clan, he must keep his true purpose well hidden. But his dangerous endeavor is threatened by a beautiful woman he saves from outlaws, never dreaming she will appear at court and put his plans in jeopardy.

Meg Mackinnon needs a strong husband by her side to defend her clan’s holdings, but her search has been hampered by burning fantasies of the midnight rescuer whose smoldering blue eyes and raw sensuality left her breathless. Alex pretends to be a mercenary with no loyalties, yet he is clearly much more. As Meg challenges Alex to reveal all his secrets, the stakes grow perilously high, especially for the bold woman who dares to unmask a highlander.

Highlander Unmasked is the second installment in the MacLeods of Skye Trilogy.

The hero, Alex, has come to the king’s court in the hopes of discovering his enemy’s plans to invade and “colonize” his family and ally’s island, Skye. He has lived as an outlaw for the past few years and is trying to keep that a secret, but there is one person at court that could out him.

Meg Mackinnon and her mother were rescued by a band of outlaws – one of which had striking features and she knew he would never forget him. Meg has come to court searching for an honorable, strong man who can help her and her clan. She hasn’t had much luck, but then Alex arrives and she instantly is interested him. Even though he has shaved and cleaned up, she recognizes him as one of the outlaws that saved her.

I gave this book 3 of 5 stars for a couple of reasons.

The hero and heroine were cute together, but there were times when I did not feel their relationship was…natural, for lack of a better word. There were times when the character’s personalities did not seem to match/compliment each other. Also, I had really enjoyed Alex Mac Leods’s character in the first book. He was funny and fun-loving, he was a joker, but his character changed – completely! I was seriously disappointed. Now, I know tortured heroes are “in” and I LOVE heroes that have dark pasts, but it is not necessary. I really would have enjoyed this book so much more if Alex was the same man he was in the first book and not some too serious warrior.

However, the book as whole was good and I’m looking forward to Highlander Unchained.

About Monica McCarty

Like most writers, I’ve always loved to read. Growing up in California there was always plenty to do outside, but all too often I could be found inside curled up with a book (or two or three).

Law School was where I fell in love with Scotland. In my third year, I took a Comparative Legal History class, and wrote a paper on the Scottish Clan System and Feudalism. So I immediately dropped out of law school and went on to write Scottish Historical Romances…well no, not quite. You see, I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. My father was a lawyer, I was a “poet” (i.e., not into math), and I love to argue. It seemed natural.

So I finished law school, got married, passed the CA bar, moved to Minnesota (with a few stops along the way), waived into the MN bar, worked as a litigator for a few satisfying years, moved back to CA, had a couple of kids, realized that a legal career and being a single parent for most of the year (due to husband’s career) would be extremely difficult, and THEN decided to sit down and write.

And how did I end up writing romance? It’s not as divergent as it seems. What I loved about being a lawyer are the same things I love about being a writer—research and writing. The only thing missing is the arguing, but that’s what a husband and kids are for, right?

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Amanda J. Greene is a paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a university student who also works full time at a cosmetology school. She lives in Southern California with her very supportive husband and their two dogs, a sweet cocker spaniel and a rambunctious blackmouth cur mix. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.
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