Audio Review: The Rock by Monica McCarty

Posted August 15, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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Audio Review: The Rock by Monica McCartyThe Rock by Monica McCarty
Series: Highland Guard #11
Narrator: Antony Ferguson
Published by Tantor Audio on February 23, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hours
Source: Publisher
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The first time Thomas MacGowan saw Elizabeth Douglas, he thought that she was a princess. To the son of the castle blacksmith, the daughter of the powerful Lord of Douglas might as well be. Despite their differences in rank, they become inseparable-until Thom confesses his love, and the humiliation of realizing that Elizabeth has never considered him a potential suitor drives him to battle.

Elizabeth is devastated. She never meant to hurt Thom, but her only hope for security is to marry for the betterment of her clan. When the English capture her younger brother, she turns to the quiet, steady former protector who can climb anything. But the merciless, muscled warrior is not the companion she remembers.

Though Thom has made it clear that he wants nothing to do with Elizabeth, can he truly refuse the alluring woman who makes his heart race?


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Thom MacGowan and Elizabeth Douglas became friends as young children. What made it unusual was the difference in their status: she’s the daughter of the Lord of Douglas and he’s the son of the Castle’s blacksmith. When Thom becomes of age and his feelings transform to something deeper, Elizabeth doesn’t see things the same way and his friendship with her brother, James (The Black) Douglas fractures. Thom decides to pursue his dream of becoming a Knight, creating a path for his worthiness to ask for Elizabeth’s hand.

You may remember Thom and James from The Knight where their animosity was pretty clear. I didn’t like James then and it didn’t get any better here. Thom continued to be so admirable, steadfast in his goals and love for Elizabeth, despite her lack of worthiness for him. If you can’t tell, I wasn’t a fan of Elizabeth’s either.

It is historically accurate that people of different stations rarely married and that is just a fact. However, I thought Elizabeth lacked empathy for a man she’d adored as a child. And, James was just hypocritical given his marriage to Jo, a woman in a similar status as Thom.

I liked the story primarily due to my affection for Thom and his extraordinary skills. There was very little Highland Guard action here so everything fell to the romance, which came up short for me. One other wonderful highlight was the narration by Antony Ferguson. He made an average story a really good listening experience on every level.


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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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Overall: three-half-stars
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4 responses to “Audio Review: The Rock by Monica McCarty

  1. I keep getting further behind in this series. I’m determined to catch up cause this series is so unique from other historical romances.