Highlander Unmasked (MacLeods of Skye Trilogy, #2)
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Highlander Unmasked (MacLeods of Skye Trilogy #2)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,171 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
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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 sear...more
Not too many historical are hitting my list about now, but this is one series I do enjoy.

The second in Mccarty's Highlander series, Highlander Unmasked follows the family of Macleod who are dead set on defending their little patch of Scotland from the Scots English King James and his greedy noble lowlanders.

On his way to King James Court to suss out some key information that will help protect Lewis & the isle of Skye, Alex Macleod comes across a band of knaves attacking a party of nobles als...more
.þµŋψà. [Punya Reviews...]
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This heroine obviously doesn't know how to play hard to get. At all.

I honestly really enjoyed the first half of the book, which is why I didn't rate it with a single star, but Meg (the heroine) really ruined it for me. She was supposed to be this independent, intelligent young woman, but she just came off as annoying and completely clingy when trying to capture Alex's heart. I mean, how many times did she need to be rejected by him for her to understand? What did he need to DO for her to get it...more

Sigh another great Highlander one.

This is the second book of the McLeod Clan series and in this we meet gorgeous Alex (Rory's brother - who also appeared in the first book), and the beautiful and smart Meg Mackinnon.

Alex is on a bit of top secret mission to find out information to what the King is plotting. Again the King is looking to screw the Highlanders over basically, and give away their lands to the "Lowlanders"...specifically the British.
Meg is at court because she nee...more
I'm so disappointed in this book that I don't feel like reviewing it.

See, Alex is one character that I'm really fond of from the book in the series. He's funny, charming and the brother of the MacLeod's chief. So naturally, after loving the first book, I'm excited to read Alex's story. But man, it just fail to deliver.

There's nothing wrong with the story per se because I still believe that Monica McCarty is a wonderful writer. But as a whole, it fails to captured my attention for a very long tim...more
*2,5 stars*

I'm sorry but I don't think that Monica McCarty is my kind of author. Like Heather Graham/Shannon Drake or Virginia Henley (to name just those two) she weaves her romance stories in the History what I like a lot BUT she is doing to many repetitions for me to really enjoy her books.

At least in this book I liked the main characters.

PS: Jamie Campbell the hero of Highland Warrior (book 1 of the Campbell trilogy) is a secondary character in this book.
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this book.
It was slow to start but once it picked up, I could not put it down.
I've got to admit, it’s hard for me to rate this book due to the slow start but Mccarty was able to pull off some excitement and romance to this story. It actually made me tear once or twice (the sap that I am).

Alex was sent to Court to spy for information to help protect his family’s land, but under the pretences that he is in a fall out with his Chieftain Brother, Rory Mcleod (Highlander U...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Monica McCarty continues the story of the McLeods with Rory's younger brother Alex in Highlander Unmasked.
I loved Alex from the first novel so was engrossed with him right away. Though I was a wee bit confused in the begging as to what Alex problem was, what he thought he had to atone for, I thought this was already resolved in the first novel. But as the story unfolds you see that Alex still has deep guilt over the loss of his two cousins and his failure of taking over for his brother in a tim...more
Elis Madison
This second in McCarty's MacLeods of Skye Trilogy revolves around King James I/VI's doomed efforts to pacify the Highlands and Islands of his native Scotland by sending some hand-picked lowlanders to colonize the islands.

Alex MacLeod (the younger brother of Rory from {HIGHLANDER UNTAMED} is headed home to see his brother, but his journey is cloaked in secrecy. Suddenly he hears a scream and while he knows it would be better for his mission to just ignore it, he and his men ride to the rescue of...more
Becca {{Lady Kilt Chaser}}
I had such high hopes for this series.........I could not put down McCarty's Highland Guard Series but alas, I have not found this series all that enjoyable. I cannot give specifics as to why, it has all the right points...the "forbidden" romance, the push and pull, some action/mystery in between too.

As I've said about all McCarty's highlander books, what I love the most is that she bases her stories on real people and sometimes actual facts.

I won't give up entirely on the series, I have a "wa...more
This book was a good Scottish historical. The historical detail was very good and noticable. The romance was very sweet and enjoyable. My only problem with the book was that the pace was slow. There was some action but there was also a lot of down time and dialogue that dragged instead of sped along. I still enjoyed the book and can't wait to read the third book in the trilogy
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
Not as good as the 1st ones. I found myself getting a bit bored with some of the storyline. I keep skipping page after page.
I liked it, I thought Meg was a great character, except the many many times she let Alex be a shit to her... And poor Jaimie, I'll marry you then I won't marry you, then I will again, ha, just kidding, I won't....
It seemed a little drug out, but I guess it had to build... After Rory and Isabel, these two seemed tame... And I remembered Alex being a bit haunted but overall fairly upbeat in the previous book...
Meg often seemed a nuisance, and couldn't take a hint...
I appreciated both of the fami...more
Duygu Pınar
Kitap güzeldi ama nedense bir türlü başlamak bitirmek nasip olmadı. 3. kitabı okumak içinde bir 2 ay beklerim belki. Yazarı sevdim , Alex de çok iyiydi ama Rory gibi de değil :) Burada Jamie nin hikayesini çok merak ettim. Campbell kalanını da tanımak istiyorum. Umafrım Koridor bir an önce yayınlar. Alex in Meg i üzmek pahasına onu korumak istemesinden çok etkilendim. Sahneler in anlatımı da güzeldi. Yazar işini biliyor.
Another excellent Highlander story by Monica McCarty. In this book, we follow Alex MacLeod, younger brother to Rory. For the past few years Alex has been living with the grief and regret of having lost his cousins in battle. He has spent the time honing his skills and waiting for the opportunity for revenge. Now he finds himself at court, spying on and trying to infiltrate the enemey. The last thing he needs or expects to find, is the lovely and innocent Meg Mackinnon. While Alex resists the pas...more
Çok sıkıldım. stop. Gerçekten sıkıldım. stop. Paranormallere devam etmeliyim. stop.
Highlander Unmasked is the second installment in the MacLeods of Skye Trilogy.

The hero, Alex, has come to the king's court in the hopes of discovering his enemy's plans to invade and "colonize" his family and ally's island, Skye. He has lived as an outlaw for the past few years and is trying to keep that a secret, but there is one person at court that could out him.

Meg Mackinnon and her mother were rescued by a band of outlaws - one of which had striking features and she knew he would never forg...more
Feb 06, 2010 Stella rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: historical romance lovers, larger than life Highland warrior hero
Shelves: romance
This is the second book in Monica McCarty's first trilogy which tells the story of the McLeod siblings, this second book is about Alex, the younger brother of Rory (the hero in Monica McCarty's first novel: Highlander Untamed).

I have to confess this second book is my least favourite in the trilogy, but still it is remarkably good (I just personally prefer the 1st and 3rd novels). McCarty's writing is again stellar, her prose is flowing and her characters are again more than mere 2D characters,...more
Book two of the MacLeods of Skye.
I LOVE this author. I've never read anything of hers that wasn't at least a four star read. She tells a great story.

Alex MacLeod is on a secret mission to protect his clan. He has to keep his identity secret and to that end, he's been 'estranged' from his brother and away from the clan fighting with the outlawed MacGregors for the past three years. On his way to meet his brother in secret, he saves a beautiful woman and her small traveling party from true outlaws...more
i think,when i read this book, i realized that romance books are basically all about your feelings
.i was seriously sick of reading the characters sort through all their feelings.i just wanted to scream! it was very exhausting.
one minute meg knew that he 'wouldn't be suited as her husband' and the next she was all 'no one else would do'. i just don't understand it. the guy made it painfully clear that he didn't want to get married and she all but through herself at him! on second thought,she did...more
Lori McD
3.5-4 stars

This is Alex MacLeod's book. Alex has been roaming the Scottish highlands, supposedly a mercenary for hire, after a falling out with his brother, Rory, laird and chieftan of the MacLeods of Dunvegan on the inner Hebrides islands of Scotland (Skye and Lewis). In reality, he's working with his brother and the other island chieftans to thwart King James' plan to route the Highlanders, take their lands, and settle the islands with Lowlanders.

But when Alex and his men come upon Meg Mackinn...more
While I did enjoy this book to some extent, it wasn't nearly as good as the first IMO. In this one, there was a lot more political plot lines, and Alex played the role of a double agent which became confusing at times. The first part was a little boring to me, but part 2 of the book was more interesting. The romance in the book was great, I just wish there were more of it and less of the clandestine meetings, and overheard conversations behind closed doors. It became a little tiresome.

Also, I li...more
I think I liked the plot and the pacing a little more than the first in the series. In the first book, I thought things happened very slowly, but given it was a one year time span expected. However, I thought this one moved a lot more quickly (I think the time span is maybe several months, but the bulk of the action happens in 3 weeks).

I liked the courtly intrigue and the musings of Edinburgh (the new road constructed between Holyrood Palace and the Castle). Having been to Edinburgh and to the P...more
As the second novel in McCarty's Highlander series, Unmasked follows Alex, the younger of the two McLeod brothers. With his past mistakes haunting him, he is driven by honor and duty, intent upon avenging his cousins who were killed in battle under his command by protecting his family lands from the war-mongering, greedy King. Meanwhile, there's Margaret Mackinnon, a headstrong, intelligent woman who seeks a husband who will, rather than usurp her challenged brother's position, will help him to...more
Dec 23, 2011 Mafi rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, ebook, eng
o 2º livro da 1ª trilogia dos Highlanders, outro livro que se lê bem, com personagens masculinos apetitosos e donzelas teimosas mas no fundo umas românticas à espera dos seus príncipes (neste caso, Homens das Terras Altas) encantados. Mais um bom livro, dentro desta temática.
Este livro conta história de Meg que com o seu pai à beira da morte, e um irmão que não quer saber muito do reino (mas que ainda assim quer ter algum poder) parte para Edimburgo com a sua mãe, a amorosa Rosalind que é uma ro...more
"Purple Angel"
Ok..talk about a book full of angst. This was an emotional roller coaster. Alex and Meg can't be together because of his mission. Then they make love and he proposes. Then he forces her to break the engagement and leaves. She goes home and her father explains about his mission, and she realizes he did what he did to protect her. Enter Jamie, the childhood friend of both of them, with vital information needed to help win the war that Alex is fighting. A mad dash across the channel to Isle Lewis....more
I've read a few of McCarty's other books and so I know her style of writing with its details in surroundings and background/history more than dialogue and action- which would normally make me drop a book but she does it so well I thoroughly enjoy reading her books. I did drop this book at the end of part One because the back and forth was getting annoying and I figured I'll get what happens afterwards when I read book#3.

I read this book before book#1 of this trilogy but I didn't feel I missed to...more
Cara Defelix
I found it best to read The Campbell Trilogy (CT) and Macleods of Skye (MOS) intertwined together. The timeline flows much more nicely reading CT book 1 then MOS book 1, then CT book 2 and so forth. Everything happens around the same time and most of the main characters show up in each other's books. It's quite delightful. and I'm pleased knowing what each character did when they were away in another's book.

However, as much as I love Alex in Rory's book, he's definitely a different like 180 degr...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
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 en...more
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Like most writers, I’ve always loved to read. Growing up in California there was always plenty to do outside, but all too often I could be found inside curled up with a book (or two or three). I started with the usual fare: The Little Ho...more
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