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The Viper: A Highland Guard Novel Mass Market Paperback – October 18, 2011
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However, I did not like his matched heroine. She came across as too impulsive, flat boring and emotionally hysterical to me. You would think that after being held captive for about four years suspended in a cage above a castle she would learn to be more careful with not only the life of those around her, and especially our wonderfully acclaimed hero, but with hers as well; she makes too many careless mistakes and endangers so many lives on reckless impulses. Her story about wanting to reunite with her daughter, or get one glimpse of her daughter went on and on and her always being blackmailed with the chance to meet said daughter should she cooperate with her jailers, and ultimately the Comyn side of the rebellion was just too dragging and tediously repetitious. I found myself having to skim the pages with a great big sigh and "oh no, here we go again with our heroine going all out emotionally crazed and all over the place." With this being said, I truly felt that this couple was a complete mismatch.
Finally, I felt that this book lacked a bit of its own personality and uniqueness because our hero is caught and held captive towards the latter part of the book and pretty much mistreated in the same manner as the hero in the predecessor book, The Ranger.Read more ›
First, the hero was great. I felt his character was believable and consistent and stayed true to himself throughout the story. Strong and silent, dependable and loyal. Who doesn't like a strong, silent bad boy? Although he was, at times, cruel and uncaring in his words, his story and his history gave the reader the ability to identify with him and understand that his lashing out was used to keep people out emotionally and could feel empathy for him. I felt he was the best part of the book. I loved him. The emotional strain between Lachlan and Bella when they at last reach the King, and Lachlan's return for his reward, felt real and pulled at my heart. You could feel the torture of the characters as if it were real. That section of the book made me want to keep reading.
Unfortunately, the heroine at turns made me want to leave her to the enemy, pitch her off her horse or throw her from the wall of the castle myself. Her complete lack of concern for others, including the man she claimed to care for and respect, made me unable to like or feel empathy for her no matter how she was treated. I felt she got only a fraction of what she deserved from the English for her horrible treatment of everyone in her life. Bella judges the hero by rumors before she ever even speaks with him; treats him as if he is dirt under her boot, then cries about his poor treatment of her.Read more ›
"The Viper" is your classic jaded distant bad-boy meets spirited, principled, and optimistic woman. I really enjoyed watching their relationship unfold layer after layer over the course of years instead of the usual day, week, or month-long courtships that romance novels usually stick to. I relish McCarty's rich and complex characters and her devotion to both the male and female protagonist perspectives over the course of the novel. I am especially impressed with the strength of McCarty's female characters and their ability to not whine/become hysterical in certain moments/confrontations. Bella MacDuff is without a doubt in my top 2 for rock-awesome heroines in this series so far.
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I am a big fan of Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series. If you enjoy reading about the Scottish and English ancestors this book is for you. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jb1055
Monica McCarty writes a very true to life romance story that is very enjoyable to read.Published 18 days ago by Deborah C. Carroll
Great book, author, and series. Great read for anyone. Would recommend this book, author, and series to anyone looking for a great read.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
The more I read stories by Monica McCarty the better I like them. They just keep getting better. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance.Published 2 months ago by John Boles
Exciting and adventurous the love story of Lachlan MacRuairi and Isabella MacDuff was a good read. It was about a bad boy warrior and honor driven Countess. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have been waiting for Lachlan's story ever since that public sword fight with Tor in the Chief. Even then, I was far more interested in the Viper than in any other Highland... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tria