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Highlander Unmasked (MacLeods of Skye Trilogy #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  3,495 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
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 p ...more
ebook, 408 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 2007)
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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
Feb 06, 2010 Stella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
(Kelly)~Got Fiction?~ Oakes
The heat and passion between Alex Macleod and Meg MacKinnon is intense.
Alex has become a fierce warrior in his own right. Fate put him in the right place to save Meg from the savage attack, he road to her rescue and she was now seared into his memory.
Meg didn't know who this warrior was that had saved her and her mother from mere slaughter. He was that of a god, hard as steel and corded with muscle. He had a presence of raw power and strength, but that's not what captivated her. It was his eyes,
Jan 01, 2012 Sian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011

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
Feb 23, 2010 Zeek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
From the cover:

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
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
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
It would have been a 5 star book, but I hate books that describe a character as "smart" and they do very stupid things & made stupid choices. The only thing smart she did was prattle off numbers. WHOA BRILLIANT GIRL! That annoyed the fire out of me... otherwise it was a great book. Also, I would rather read a HR book not based on actual characters, sooo the authors notes at the end kind of blew me off the rest of the books. I wish I had skipped reading the authors note all together. Oh well. ...more
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
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
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.
Apr 30, 2012 ~Leslie~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book-nook
I love Monica McCarty and all her highlander stories and this one is no exception. I actually give it 4.5 stars. Alex MacLeod is everything that a highland warrior should be, strong, fierce and yet he has a warmth to him. We first met him in the first in this series about his brother Rory. In this one, he saves Meg MacKinnon while she is on her journey to court in order to find a husband. She is a strong, intelligent woman and for the most part I like her character. But occasionally she just ann ...more
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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
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
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
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
Nov 18, 2012 Glamdring rated it it was ok
*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.
Jan 28, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"Purple Angel" 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
Oct 24, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I actually felt bad for Meg. I don't mind the girl doing the chasing but when it's ALL THE TIME while the hero is pushing her away then I have a problem. Meg just needs the tiniest excuse to either go after him or wait him out. Poor Meg is always second guessing Alex's intentions. And I don't blame her, especially with Alex's changing moods.

Then there was Alex. I think I disliked him the most. He'd rather hurt Meg by pushing her away or rejecting her than to give up his mission. Even after they
I loved this story, which was quite intense. Alex proves to be a hero as good as his brother and Meg is a strong, worthy heroine

This was probably my least favorite book written by Monica McCarty. I’m blaming it on the fact that the MacLeod of Skye Trilogy was her first series…at least I think it was. I’m glad I started reading her later work first because her later work is spectacular but this was not. The story and plot were excellent as always but there were parts that droned on and on to where I was counting the pages hoping for it to end.

For example, there is a kissing scene in the book where I skipped over paragrap
Este me ha parecido más aburrido que el primero de la triglogía. Le pongo tres estrellas por los ratillos buenos que hemos tenido pero la verdad es que tanto Alex como Meg me han puesto bastante nerviosa, en líneas generales, una colleja les habría dado en varios momentos clave. Y me surge una duda ¿por qué a Meg se le enredan continuamente mechones de pelo en las pestañas? ¿es eso posible?
A ver el tercero a ver qué tal.
Este libro no me ha gustado tanto como el primero ( El highlander indomable ), pero si lo he disfrutado.

Creo que las principales razones por las que no lo he disfrutado tanto como el primero son:

1- La ambientación de la historia. La mayor parte de la trama se desarrolla en la corte de Jacobo VI, que me encanta porque la historia escocesa, y en especial la casa de los Estuardo, me encanta. Pero el libro se centra más en el romance, la parte histórica está genialmente relatada y se nota que la au
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Margaret MacKinnon has been sent to the Court of Kings James at Whitehall by her father to find a husband. Margret know has Meg needs a husband who can help her and her brother lead there Clan once there father dies. Margaret's brother heir to her father the Chieftain of the Clan is mentally challenged. Megs choice of husband must be able to help lead her clan without wanting to over thrown her brother.

Alex MacLeod has been sent to the Court of King James to spy for his brother Rory and the oth
Jun 13, 2016 Izy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Rating~ 3.5 stars.

I enjoyed it but I felt like some parts of the story were dragging or slow. Also while I really liked Meg, I wish that Alex had maybe grovelled a bit because of the way he treated her. I know why he did and so did Meg but after the almost constant 'I don't want you' 'I'm not the man for you' and 'I can't marry you' etc I wanted him to say sorry. Also the ending felt so abrupt...we don't know at all what happens and I wish that we/Alex had gotten to meet Ian, Meg's brother in pr
Jul 25, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, Monica McCarty has come a long way as a writer/storyteller.

I found this book really boring. The hero Alex, is a cookie cutter type of a highlander with nothing special. The heroine Meg, is cringe-worthy forward, throwing herself at the hero and pushing her nose where it doesn't belong. I hate such people, who can't just mind their own business. Meg pushed my buttons: 1. She was throwing herself at Alex, and 2. She just had trouble getting it in he head that people didn't have to tell her
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