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"McCarty is a powerhouse storyteller, and this multilayered, intense novel proves it." ---RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Monica McCarty is the bestselling author of The Viper, The Ranger, The Hawk, and The Chief, the first four books in the Highland Guard series, the Highlander trilogy (Highlander Untamed, Highlander Unmasked, and Highlander Unchained), and the Campbell trilogy (Highland Warrior, Highland Outlaw, and Highland Scoundrel). Her interest in the Scottish clan system began in the most unlikely of places: a comparative legal history course at Stanford Law School. After a short but enjoyable stint as an attorney, she realized that her career as a lawyer set against her husband’s transitory life as a professional baseball player was not exactly a match made in heaven. So she traded in her legal briefs for Scottish historical romances with sexy alpha heroes. Monica McCarty lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and their two children.
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Product Details

  • Series: Highland Guard (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345528409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528407
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monica McCarty is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 15.5 (and counting!) Scottish Historical romances, including her current Highland Guard series (THE CHIEF, THE HAWK, THE RANGER, THE VIPER, THE SAINT, THE RECRUIT, THE HUNTER, THE KNIGHT (novella), THE RAIDER and THE ARROW), and 2 Regency Romances (THE UNTHINKABLE and TAMING THE RAKE). Her books have won and been nominated for numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA and Golden Heart, RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice, the Bookseller's Best, and Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Known for her "torrid chemistry" and "lush and steamy romance" as well as her "believable historical situations" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been translated and published throughout the world. Monica's interest in the Scottish clan system began in the most unlikely of places: a comparative legal history course at Stanford Law School. After a short, but enjoyable, stint practicing law, she realized that mixing a legal career with her husband's transitory career as a professional baseball player was not exactly a match made in heaven. So she "traded" in her legal briefs for Scottish Historical Romances with sexy alpha heroes. When not trekking across the moors and rocky seascapes of Scotland and England, Monica can be found in Northern California with her husband and two children.

Visit Monica's website at: www.MonicaMcCarty.com
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The characters were well defined and likable.
Becky C. Harvey
I was flipping pages so fast and speed reading like a demon that once I closed the book I had to go back and re-read it again the next day.
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So Monica McCarty is by far one of the best highland romance writers I have ever read!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on April 4, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Monica McCarty is one of those authors who has a certain talent for taking the reader back in time. When reading her Highland Guard Novels always I feel as if I am right there with the characters. Be it on a battlefield, walking the lush green grounds of a Highland castle, or just traveling down a dirt road wondering what will happen next. No matter what, she reels you in. There is just something magical about her books, and as a devoted reader I feel the need to express my disappointment in this newest book in the Highland Guard series.

The Saint, aka Magnus MacKay, is anything but a Saint. I went into this book expecting another fun, adventurous, sexy romance. What I have gotten my little hands on, however, is an angst-filled book that has me mad enough to start my own war! Magnus, in my humble opinion, is an arse of epic proportions! I truly didn't expect him to be such a childish, hateful man. I spent half the book feeling as if I were reading some teenage drama unfold. I may have rolled my eyes a few times to boot.

The female lead, Helen, spends the entire book chasing/pining after Magnus. Even after he has told her to her face (many times) he doesn't want her, (this was done mostly out of his pride & guilt - not actual truth) she still follows him around like a lost puppy who seems to enjoy being kicked repeatedly. Again, I find myself with another book that claims romance yet there is not much to work with! At least, not until almost the very end. Basically, after reading The Saint, I was left feeling confused as to what happened from the last book to this newest one. Has McCarty gone emo on us?! A little angst is always expected in a romance novel. We all know it can't be rainbows and unicorns all the time, but my goodness! There was nothing but angst here. In my opinion, you will need the patience of a saint to get through this book. Good Luck Lads & Lassies!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a fan of the Highland Guard series and Monica McCarty's entire books, I am always excited about any upcoming releases. With the release of The Saint, the 5th book in this series, I was excited but wasn't salivating for it as much as I was for The Viper. I didn't have any high expectations or over-hype about the storyline building in my head. All I knew was I would enjoy it because the fact is, Monica has become an author I trust. I'd follow her wherever she would like to take me as a reader. I want to go on record as stating that I freaking love, love, love the snot out of this book. This was hands down my favorite book of this series and probably my top two books of all of Monica's books. It's always the quiet and unassuming ones that surprise you and this is the perfect descriptive for this book and the hero.

Magnus the hero has always been the steady and quiet one. He didn't sit around the campfire boasting or talking about the next bed partner conquest hence his nickname the "Saint". He is always in control, was the impression I got in the previous books, so to see him so unglued when it came to Helen was funny and sweet. Monica really puts his character through the ringer. I could never imagine having to make the choices and do the things Magnus had to do in this book. My heart broke for him as I watched him battle his feelings for Helen because he wasn't able to forgive himself for the decisions he had to make. Magnus's character is very endearing. I fell deeply in love with him right along with Helen. Monica gave the readers another hero to fall in love with. With each book I find that I can't help falling for each of these guards.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lily on March 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Though Robert the Bruce has been crowned King of Scotland, his reign is by no means secure. In fact, the king needs his Highland Guard - an elite, shadowy force of warriors - now more than ever.

Magnus Mackay is as fierce a warrior as any of his Highland Guard brethren. But Magnus - known as "Saint" for his calm demeanor and lack of interest in women - hides a painful secret. He's long been in love with Helen de Moray, the daughter of his clan's enemy and the woman who broke his heart when she refused to abandon her family and run away with him. Years have passed since Magnus has seen Helen but when they do meet again, it's on her wedding day. Helen is betrothed to Magnus's partner and best friend and for that reason, if no other, she can never be his.

Helen is determined to win back the heart of the man she so foolishly turned away when she was young and scared. But tragedy threatens to cause a divide between them that not even their love can overcome. Will Helen be able to break through the walls the Saint has built around his heart to reconnect with the man beneath the warrior's honor?

Nobody does star-crossed lovers like Monica McCarty! THE SAINT is filled with heartbreak, betrayal and hope. Love is lost, found and forced to go through the proverbial fires of hell to come out stronger than ever. Ms. McCarty had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning of THE SAINT, taking the story through twists and turns I could not always expect; something I love in a book.

Magnus and Helen are two people who are very clearly meant to be together, but the depth of the hatred between their two families is not something either can ignore. As youths, Magnus and Helen were idealistic, and I loved that Ms.
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