Friday, May 27, 2016

Review of The Ghost

The Ghost (Highland Guard #12)
by Monica McCarty

5 of 5 Stars

*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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Release Date: 5/31/16

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? (from Goodreads)

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 year 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 is 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.

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