Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Hunter by Monica McCarty (thoughts)

Scottish highlander romance?  Yes, please and yum!  I'm a sucker for a good historical romance lately so I couldn't resist joining in on the blog tour for this book (even though there are like six books before this one).  And since I have never read a highlander romance before I wasn't exactly sure if I was going to like it or not.  That being said I had my expectations set low/medium but they were shattered as I tore thru this book in less than three days.  I can't wait to go back to the first book in this series to see how it all began!

In The Hunter, Ewen Lamont is part of the notorious highland guard that is fighting to get King Robert the Bruce crowned as king.  He is known for his attention to detail and ability to find/track anything.  When he meets a nun named Sister Genna his entire world is turned on its' axis.  How can he possibly be attracted to a nun?  And what kind of nun acts like she acts?  What he doesn't know is that Genna has secrets of her own that will make their paths cross in dangerous ways.  But it is the chemistry between them that causes them both to start reevaluating their lives and plans for the future.

Yowsers!  This book instantly captured my attention from the very beginning!  I couldn't put it down and flew through the pages which left me wanting more.  Luckily I have the first six books in this series to look forward to because I NEED more!  I'll admit that the first few chapters had me on edge.  I don't want to go into spoilers but there was an event that had me uncomfortable and left me wondering if I was going to be able to get past it.  But before I knew it I found myself immersed in the book wanting to know what was going to happen next.  I loved the fact that Genna stood up for herself and was so independent.  I also liked that she didn't want to change just for marriage.  I really respected that about her.  But I also LOVED the chemistry between her and Ewen.  Whew!  There were a few very HOT pages in this book if I do say so myself.  I wasn't completely thrilled with the ending but it wasn't bad.  Just not what I was expecting I guess.  Don't let that stop you from reading this book though because it is definitely worth the read!

Overall, this was a book that kept me engrossed and left me wanting more.  I have no complaints other than why did I never try a highlander romance before now???  I've definitely been missing out if they are all like this!  If you are a fan of historical romances with LOTS of chemistry then definitely give this one a try.  As for me, I have to go back to the beginning now.  Even though I didn't miss out (at all based on my reading experience) starting this series so far into it, I really want to see how it all began.  I want to get to know the other members of the highland guard so I plan on doing just that.  Definitely a book that I would recommend especially for your summer reading pleasures :)

Bottom Line:  A book that had me captivated from beginning to end! 

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a TLC book tour.  The thoughts are my own!


  1. Wow! This is quite a review, Sam! I'm glad you enjoyed your first highlander romance. :)

  2. I felt the same way when I read this book. She writes excellent historical romances and like you I plan to go back to the beginning to read the others.

  3. I'm so happy to see that you were blown away by this one! I hope you enjoy reading the other books in the series just as much.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  4. Suko- I can't wait to read more from this author! It set the bar quite high for other highlander romances that I read in the future :)

    Darlene- I'm so glad that you enjoyed it as much as I did. Let me know when you read the first book...I want to hear what you think!!

    Heather- Thanks for having me on the tour. I found a new author to follow so I should be thanking you :)

  5. I *heart* Scottish highlander romance. I'll have to keep an eye out for this one. Glad you loved it so much.

  6. I've been enjoying the MacLeod trilogy by the same author. I like that there's so much more to these books than just the romance (although that's pretty good too!).

  7. Naida- This is my first but it definitely won't be my last! Do you have any other highlander romances that you want to recommend to a newbie?? LOL!

    Literary Feline- I didn't realize that she had another series..that is GREAT to know. Because after enjoying this one so much I will definitely be wanting to check that one out. Thanks!


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