Author: Monica McCarty

Going Dark by Monica McCarty

Posted October 2, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 7 Comments

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

Going Dark by Monica McCartyGoing Dark by Monica McCarty
Series: The Lost Platoon #1
Published by Berkley on September 5, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 351
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The members of a top secret SEAL Team can't keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.

Like Rome's Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.

After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.

Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she'd intended, there is only one man she can turn to...

She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven't exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he's the kind of man she can depend on. Because he's gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her...

 

 
SEAL Team Nine’s Retiarius Platoon goes on a covert, unsanctioned mission into Siberia, Russia and realizes too late that they’ve been set up. The survivors “go dark” and scatter until they can figure out who they can trust and take down the traitor. Senior Chief Dean Baylor is undercover as Dan Warren and working as the captain on a merchant boat in the Isle of Lewis, Scotland when he clashes with marine ecologist Annie Henderson and her group of activists. What was supposed to be a simple excursion out to an oil rig turns into a nightmare that threatens to expose Dean’s cover and more.

 
The story literally begins with a bang and the tension rarely lets up until the end. Dean is highly trained and formidable, which comes in handy when the naive but charming Annie Henderson gets them both in a fix. Despite their differences, they can’t get around their attraction to each other. There are plenty of harrowing moments and high intrigue as Annie gets herself mixed up in something that turns out to be more than a sit in on an oil rig. I really liked that there were two mysteries running concurrently with Dean and Annie struggling to avoid a romance.

 
I liked the premise of the story as well as the locales, which featured some of Scotland’s more obscure isles and towns. They’re very much a part of the plot, described vividly throughout. The mystery and suspense sometimes took a back seat to the romantic elements, which were pretty steamy, but overall the balance was on target. I liked both of these characters and them as a couple. While elements of the mysteries were resolved, the continuing story arc will be figuring out who was behind the catastrophe in Siberia. I’m definitely in for this series.

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?


Audio Review: The Ghost by Monica McCarty

Audio Review: The Ghost by Monica McCarty

Posted January 23, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

  When she witnessed the inhumane treatment of her mother at the hands of the English, Joan Comyn silently vowed her allegiance to the king of Scotland. As soon as she was old enough, she used her wiles to extract vital information from powerful men and delivered it to Robert Bruce and his Highland Guard. She became known only to them as the Ghost, her identity secreted. But she was infamous to all as the effect of her treachery was damaging. Alex Seaton, formerly a member of the Guard before her time, is now working on behalf of King Edward and is committed to squirreling out the spy. However, he’s beguiled by Joan and she with him. This series is ending on the highest note […]


The Rogue by Monica McCarty

The Rogue by Monica McCarty

Posted November 14, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    I wasn’t a big fan of Thomas Randolph but was very interested in learning more about him after Ella broke off their betrothal. Isabel (Izzie) Stewart was someone I wanted more from as she was more spirited and intriguing than her cousin, Ella.   I liked the story but was hoping for more action involving the Highland Guard, which just doesn’t happen here. The one action event was covered in the last story so this was limited to the developing relationship and romance between Randolph and Izzie. Since my primary attraction to the series is the focus on the historical elements, it fell short of my expectations.   Thomas isn’t the most likable character but Izzie draws the best out of him. It’s […]


Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty

Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty

Posted August 22, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | 0 Comments

  Monica McCarty is hands down one of my favorite historical authors. She writes with such care and detail and her characters are wonderful. Jamie Campbell is a man driven my loyalty and duty. He always does what’s right, not what’s easy. He never expect a woman would test him. Caitrina has lived a charmed, sheltered life and Jamie is drawn to her naïveté and reckless spirit. But life hits her hard and she learns what the real world is like the night her family is slain and her home destroyed. Jamie want to protect Caitrina and make her happy. By marrying her can help her regain her family’s land and rebuild their castle. The trouble is, she and her clansmen don’t trust the Campbells […]


Audio Review: The Rock by Monica McCarty

Audio Review: The Rock by Monica McCarty

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

    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 […]


The Ghost by Monica McCarty

The Ghost by Monica McCarty

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

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 […]


Audio Review: The Striker by Monica McCarty

Audio Review: The Striker by Monica McCarty

Posted April 19, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Highland Guard Eoin MacLean is completely captivated by Margaret (Maggie) MacDowell, despite her unconventional behavior and her being the daughter of Dugald MacDowell who opposes Bruce’s claim to the throne. After their whirlwind marriage, he has cause to believe she betrayed him and Bruce’s warriors to her father. Thinking Eoin had died in that fateful clash, Margaret prepares to remarry six years later, only to have him show up at the moment she’s to take her vows. But, she’s also got a surprise in store for him, too.   I loved this story, even when Maggie and Eoin’s relationship woes would alternately make me want to scream or cry. Their behavior, however, was completely realistic given the circumstances. I enjoyed having Robert Bruce […]


Straight Through My Heart! The Arrow by Monica McCarty

Straight Through My Heart! The Arrow by Monica McCarty

Posted March 22, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

    Gregor MacGregor, known as the most handsome man in Scotland, is the archer for Robert Bruce’s Highland Guard, code name Arrow. When he begins to notice changes in his precision, he takes leave to return home to figure out and resolve the problem. Gregor also needs to determine what he’s going to do with his ward, Caitrina (Cate) Kirkpatrick, who he rescued five years before.   This is one of my favorite series, primarily because of the historical aspects. Unfortunately, there were numerous word usages and vernacular that were beyond the medieval period of 1312. Cate is repeatedly referred to as “cute,” which has its origins in the 19th century, as well as “nightmare” and “wow.” When I saw “chomping at the bit” […]