The Ghost by Monica McCarty

Posted May 27, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | , | 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Ghost by Monica McCartyThe Ghost by Monica McCarty
Series: Highland Guard #12
Published by Pocket Books on May 31st 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Joan Comyn swore allegiance to Robert the Bruce the day she witnessed England’s barbarous king torturing her famous mother, Scot patriot Bella MacDuff. Now the mysterious beauty slips into men’s hearts like a specter and entices England’s most illustrious barons to unwittingly divulge their secrets, then shares them with her king. Known only as the Ghost even among her Highland Guard brethren, Joan has become the most wanted spy in England.

The man determined to uncover her identity poses her biggest threat yet. Alex Seton once stood with Bruce but now fights for the enemy. Though Joan knows she must avoid the handsome warrior or risk discovery, his knightly chivalry touches a place in her long since buried. When his suspicions grow apparent, Joan realizes she must do everything in her power to stop Alex from revealing her mission and convince the powerful fighter to join forces with the Highland Guard once more. But as the ultimate battle in the great war approaches, will Alex chose love or honor?

What an amazing series! The Ghost, sadly, is the last installment within the Highland Guard series. The author, Monica McCarty, has taken her readers on a magnificent journey and she ended it with a wonderful story. Not to mention, I’ve been anticipating Alex “Dragon” Seton’s book for some time now. He appeared in previous works and I always enjoyed his chivalric character.

Two years prior, Alex left the mysterious Highland Guard and returned to England. Viewed as a traitor by the Scottish he once aided and untrusted by his fellow Englishmen, he struggles to find a common ground and peace. He is also interested in discovering the identity of the spy within the English camp that has been feeding intel to Bruce.

Joan Comyn is the daughter of previously mentioned character within the series. She is cynical, wary when it comes to men, and wants nothing more than to see the rightful ruler on the Scottish throne. She uses whatever means necessary to gain information, though she isn’t thrilled by it. But when her next assignment is to chisel away at the honorable, caring knight that tries to protect her, she ends up falling for him – making the plot complicated and so much fun since Alex tries to distance himself from Joan, but can’t.

The romance and tension are spectacular even though this book isn’t as emotionally charged as some of the previous installments. The battle between the English and Scottish comes to a head in arguably one of the most important battles in British Isles history.

The ending of the series is just as fabulous as the beginning and I can’t wait to read from this author. I hope she has another series in the works.

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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One response to “The Ghost by Monica McCarty

  1. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    I’m sorry to see one of my favorite series end but it’s probably time. These stories are rich in historical fiction and a incredible warriors. Thanks for a great review!