Review: Highlander Unmasked by Monica McCarty ★★

Highlander Unmasked by Monica McCarty
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: MacLeods of Skye #2
Publication Date: September 2007
ISBN: 0345494377
Page Count: 432

 Alex MacLeod’s virile physique, fearsome reputation, and renowned fighting skills have helped him master to perfection the role of a hardened mercenary. On a secret mission to protect his clan, he must keep his true purpose well hidden. But his dangerous endeavor is threatened by a beautiful woman he saves from outlaws, never dreaming she will appear at court and put his plans in jeopardy. Meg Mackinnon needs a strong husband by her side to defend her clan’s holdings, but her search has been hampered by burning fantasies of the midnight rescuer whose smoldering blue eyes and raw sensuality left her breathless. Alex pretends to be a mercenary with no loyalties, yet he is clearly much more. As Meg challenges Alex to reveal all his secrets, the stakes grow perilously high, especially for the bold woman who dares to unmask a highlander.


Review:

Well this was disappointing. I think 'underwhelmed' is the word of the day. Out of the two inter-connecting series, the MacLeods of Skye and the Campbells, I have now read 4 out of the 6 books. Yes, I am reading them all in the wrong order and arse about face, mostly just to annoy people who think that's against God's plan *grin*, and partly because... I have no idea why. Because I felt like it. I'm contrary, what can I say?

But, out of those 4 I've read, this was by far, far, FAR the weakest entry. The plot was nigh on non-existent, the romance took until the last 20 pages to do anything, it was just so far below the standard of the other books. I'm a bit shocked, actually. And the portrayal of Alex's character is a million miles away from the nicer, less grumpy younger brother of Rory Mor we met in the first of this trilogy. I know he's supposed to have become hardened after his years away fighting with the MacGregors, but he was literally unrecognisable.

My mummy says if you haven't got anything nice to say you shouldn't say anything at all, so I shall leave it there because the rest of the books have been really, really good so I'll let this one slide.

2 Stars ★★

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