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The Saint (Highland Guard #5)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,236 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
Robert the Bruce consolidates lands and loyalty in a bold war for Scotland’s independence, as his elite team of warriors, the Highland Guard, fight for king, country . . . and love.

Magnus MacKay is the ultimate Highlander: tough, proud, able to master any terrain and to best his enemies. Called “the Saint” for his refusal to discuss women, as well as for his cool and stead
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Published March 27th 2012 by Ballantine Books
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~ Becs ~
Well, it's been a LONG time since I picked up a book from Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series. My last review for the Viper was October 2011 - three and a half years ago. This is a fabulous series and Monica is possibly the queen of the Highlander Romance genre so I'm racking my brains as to why I left it this long to catch up. I think I just fell out with the whole historical romance thing after a couple of lacklustre heroines (pet peeve in a novel) and moved on but the TV adaptation of Outl ...more
Dec 01, 2011 BookChick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highland
I must say I was sadly disappointed with this one and I was so looking forward to it. I just didn't like Helen. I found myself scanning ALOT. There was too much inner monologue - "how can I win him?", "what should I do?", "why won't he look at me?", "I will not let my brothers tell me what to do", blah, blah, was frankly annoying. I was actually more interested in Will and Muriel's story.

It started off great, the past history between Helen and Mackay and where they end up now left me
Duchess Nicole
It was okay.

Man, I'm bummed about this book. I've loved this series til now, but this one was just off for me. The heroine could have been a great character and a strong woman, but she sunk low in my esteem fairly quickly. I loved how she stayed with her family and didn't make snap decisions about her life like Magnus initially wanted her to. She went against the norm for women back then and learned the art of healing.

However, she turned around and became a sixteen year old with a boy obsession
Laura the Highland Hussy
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Once again, Monica McCarty blends a vivid world rich in history with a lovely romance.

Helen and Magnus were sweet on each other for years during their teens. I thought the flashbacks were wonderful-I love the childhood sweethearts story. But when your clans hate each other with a passion, what are two young lovers to do? For magnus, it’s simple-run away together. He’s pretty sure his family will be supportive, even though Helen’s family is the
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
Proud Highland Warriors didn’t beg.

The flashback were wonderful and it's held me till 1 am. I understand Helen undying love for Magnus. I was NOT disappointed. Monica has such a way with her characters and the history blend well with the story and that leave me wanting more. I absolutely loved it.

There was a secondary romance about Will and Muriel. I found it interesting and it was beautifully written. Oh I wish it's longer.

Hard to put down once you start reading!!

Magnus tells Helen that Cas
Not the best of the Highland Guard series but still a lovely book. Monica McCarty can weave a good Scottish romance. I have just one big complaint: the (view spoiler) overshadows (rightly) the whole romance. I feel like the author took the easy way out and created conflict and angst for the heroes and also set Helen free in an easy way with that plot line. It felt frustratingly contrived to me. It took a bit out of the book for me!
It was also entirely too long wit
I’m hard pressed to give The Saint anything other than five stars because I just love this series….hard pressed to think of any other novels comparable. In saying that there were a few little things that niggled at me during this story. I found it hard to really connect with both Magnus and Helen until we were almost at the end.
Magnus McKay (Saint) and Helen first met when she was 14. There has been a strong attraction between them and as their families were enemies Magnus and Helen would sneak
Jul 09, 2013 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing addition to Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series. Magnus was wonderful, a strong alpha warrior hero. Helen was a great heroine, she gets brownie points for not crying when the going gets tough, and for being smart and resourceful.
The only thing that kept it from being a 5 star read IMO was the weakness of the actual romantic conflict. There was a lot of inner dialogue (should I trust him? does he love me? does she love me enough?). Also (view spoiler)
Apr 21, 2012 Dabney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Ms. McCarty,

The Saintis the first of your books I’ve read and, if they are all like this, it will be the last. This book combined the worst of the two components of historical romance. The history, of which there is a ton, is info-dumped in large swathes into your prose—I began to feel as though I were studying for a test– and the romance is so frustrating, by the novel’s end, it would have suited me just fine had Helen and Magnus (known as Saint), the star-crossed lovers of the tale, ended
Apr 07, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
McCarty... you have done it again! This series just keeps getting better and better.

5 well deserved stars.
♡Karlyn P♡
Great finish, although a slow start, and now I can't wait til the next! Full review soon.
Jul 25, 2016 Bubu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
Contains spoilers!

Right, what could have been a very nice 'Second chances' story, ended as an utterly exhausting and frustrating read to me.

The book starts with a classic Romeo & Juliet setting. Boy meets girl, girl meets boy, they fall in love, but the family feud stands in between. Boy, then, asks the girl to run away with him and get married, girl hesitates just a moment too long, so that her brother sweeps in and convinces her not to leave and reminds her of her obligations. Boy is hurt
4.5 stars!!!

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It's always a delight to read one of McCarty's stories. This book is a masterful mix of emotions and wonderful historical details. THE SAINT was an enjoyable read for me. I couldn't hardly put it down. Ms. McCarty captures the spirit of the time.

Magnus McKay is one yummy hero to read about. He's everything I love about heroes- tall, dark, and handsome. He's part of the Bruce's secret Highland Guard. Yeah, he makes my pulse stutter. ;)

Helen is a wonderful and endearing heroine. I lov
Mar 23, 2012 Ing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Xia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved The Saint. Monica McCarty does not disappoint. Every book gets better and better, and The Saint is no exception. I loved the two main characters. Helen is my favorite heroine yet. I loved her attitude and determination. She is a girl who knows what she wants and goes for it. Magnus is caring, strong and just absolutely swoon-worthy. Their relationship was beautifully written. The new twists that Monica McCarty added into the story were also a pleasant surprise. She delivers a wonderful s ...more
Bobbi Jo
This book needs to come out sooner.
Lover of Romance
Helen and Magnus fell in love with they were both young, but their familes are rivals and enemies. They family trusts the other. Magnus once gave his heart to Helen, but she chose her family over him, and so he turned his back and didn't look back even though there will always be a place for Helen in his heart. Magnus then joins the Highland Guard, a elite force of men that aid in Robert Bruce and his campaign. Now Magnus has come to a wedding of one of his closest friends, but then is shocked t ...more
Amanda The Book Slayer
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To start off I just have to say that this book kept me on my feet and guessing. People die, relationships fail and some relationships build an unbreakable bond! Yet another great addition to the Highland Guards series!

Recommend: Anyone who has read the first 4 books will enjoy this book as well. If you haven't read any you can either:

a) start reading at the beginning of the series with the book The Chief


b) pick up this book and start in the m
2 stars

I could place this book with its DNF brethren but I changed my mind. So, I skimmed mostly.

Frankly, the premise is disappointing! I enjoyed previous books and I loved them I set high expectation on this book only to get cruelly squashed.

The romance's terrible at most. Although I felt bad and sad for Saint but his leading lady, Helen is utterly annoying made me thinking violence.

Also my heart is torn into pieces because the author killed a character that already I formed a fondness of I wan
Apr 17, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always Monica Mc Carty did not disappoint I am still in love with the highland guard series her characters are wonderfully developed and jump off the page for me. This book is the story of Magnus Mackay, Helen Sutherland and William Gordon; Magnus and Helen have a past; William and Helen are betrothed but William isin the dark about his best friends former relationship with Helen his fiancé. Resolutions and tragedies strike while trying to protect Robert the Bruce from ongoing threats to his ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this book because reading about Magnus and his Helen in The Viper made me really curious. This is just the kind of story I like.

I admit to mild disappointment, thought I did like Magnus and Helen. First of all I agree with other reviewers, I don't get the secondary romance between Helen's brother William and the clan healer Muriel. It adds nothing to Magnus and Helen's story and does give the impression that Monica McCarty needed more mateiral to fill the pages. I did not p
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
The Saint had all the bones for a great story, but Magus MacKay the Highland Guard and hero of the story danced around his attraction an his passionate love for Helen Sutherland. While guarding Robert The Bruce during his progress around Scotland Magus. is invited to his best friends wedding William Gordon. William is his HG partner. Well his best friend is marrying Magus's one and only love of his life Helen. I Liked Helens character a lot she is smart and witty and sometimes funny, but 3 years ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Deniz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh this is just what I needed. I love the series. And this instalment, had everything I was hoping for.
Cute & fluffy with hot alpha warriors.
Even if I wanted to pommel Magnus through half of the book. And I was nearly throwing my kindle on the wall with frustration about towards the end. The pent-up wanting by 80% had me screaming at both, Helen and Magnus.
The end was freakn awesome. I feel that nice glowing contentment after your cute & fluffy fix. All happy fuzzy... and I really rea
Jul 04, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love McCarty's attention to detail and her ability to weave a fictional romance into true historical events. It gives her stories and characters life. I love the Highland Guard and comraderie between the characters. This the books in this series never disappoint!
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Already a devoted fan (scratch that: obsessive fan) of Highlanders, especially in my romance novels, it should come as no surprise that The Saint is a top contender for my favorite book of this year. But not all Highland romances are the same, and it takes a special, and very talented author, to create not only a hero for the reader to fall in love with, but also a whole cast of other c
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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I knew from previous books in the Highland Guard Series, that Magnus was in love with a woman who was either off limits or involved with a fellow Guardsman. There is an unspoken "Code" between the Guardsman and Magnus knew to bow out. This book was a rollercoaster for me, so much emotion, it had me crying like a baby one minute and laughing at the banter the next.

I have read the first 4 books in the series, and although I think you can get by
Rachel T
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ARC of THE HUNTER provided by NetGalley for an honest review

COMBINED REVIEW with The Recruit and The Hunter

5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

So before I get into this combined review I need to give you a brief synopsis of the previous books. This review consists of books 5, 6 and 7 but to appreciate these books, I do think that the read
Oh good grief this book...I have to say out of all of the books in the series thus far I found this one the most predictable. From the very beginning I could tell what mistakes the characters would make and what paths that would force the author to go down.

This story revolves around Helen and Magnus (aka Saint) who were teenage sweethearts. He wanted to marry her but her family would never allow it as their 2 families have been a blood feud for generations. Thus they were separated, each still
Apr 25, 2012 Kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I wanted to like this book I was sadly disappointed.

Right from the start I liked the heroine, Helen. She was a reasonable young lady and she had a great talent which she was anxious to use. The story started out great and I loved reading about the earlier years of Helen and Magnus. It was very interesting and it laid out the foundation for a fabulous and passionate love story. The wedding idea was very well written and I thought there was a lot of potential for a good way out for the
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What do you get when you mix a legal career, a baseball career, motherhood, and a love of history with a voracious reader? In my case, a Historical Romance Author.

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
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Highland Guard (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • The Hawk (Highland Guard, #2)
  • The Ranger (Highland Guard, #3)
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  • The Recruit (Highland Guard, #6)
  • The Hunter (Highland Guard, #7)
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  • The Arrow (Highland Guard, #9)
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