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The Ranger (Highland Guard #3)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  5,252 Ratings  ·  265 Reviews
Chosen to help Robert the Bruce in his quest to free Scotland from English rule and claim his crown, the legendary team of warriors known as the Highland Guard battles on.

Embedded deep behind enemy lines, Arthur “Ranger” Campbell is prized for his razor-sharp senses and his ability to blend into the shadows. But when Arthur infiltrates the clan of the chieftain who murdere
Mass Market Paperback, 398 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published 2010)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Oct 21, 2011 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highlander-books
4.5 stars
It's no secret that I love Monica McCarty's Highlanders, but it's a well deserved love. In fact I'd say Monica's Highlanders started me on the road to becoming the Highland Hussy.

I will make this as spoiler-free as I can.

For those of you who haven't read The Chief or The Hawk, this is a new take on our Highlanders, and a new take on Highland Warfare. Imagine "special ops in kilts." Now that we all have that lovely image in our minds, (I know I'm imagining a Navy SEAL in a kilt, and yum
Blacky *Romance Addict*

It was great, I really liked it, but I just don't feel like writing a review for it now :)
Jan 01, 2011 Kathleen rated it really liked it
I'm having a hard time writing this review because I really did enjoy this story. It was well written, had great characters, good action, Lots of sexual tension. Monica sure knows how to write one heck of a kissing scene too. What I felt I missed in this book that Monica had written in the others was the heat factor. Those of you who know me know that I love my heat in a romance. The Ranger did have some heat but it was mainly sexual tension. It seemed to me that the H&H thought too much abo ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
Overall, another great highlander romance by Monica McCarty. It started a wee bit slow, but when it picked up I couldn't put it down.

I have to say how much I love that this author always writes heroes and heroines who must move mountains in order to make the relationship work. There are no 'big misunderstandings' or silly obstacles to get around, they literally must triumph over true hardships to find their HEA. In 'The Ranger' not only are Arthur (Ranger) and Anna are on opposite sides of the
Tuba Özkat
Feb 14, 2016 Tuba Özkat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monica McCarty'nin bu serisini gerçekten seviyorum. Kitabın, konunun, o konuyu işleyişinin güzelliği bir yana, kadının araştırmalarını okumak öyle keyifli ki. Tam kitabın son satırlarını okuyorsunuz, içiniz bir kitabı daha bitirmiş olmanın huzuruyla dolmuşken, teşekkür ya da yazar notu için sayfayı çeviriyorsunuz ve yazar notunda size anlatılanlar kitap kadar dikkat çekici.

Kitapta olanlardan ne kadarının gerçeğe dayandığını, hangi kısımları yüzünden aklına bu tarz kurgunun geldiğini, aslında o
Dec 24, 2012 Bry rated it it was ok
Gah! I have rewritten this review like 3 times and I can't make my thoughts order! So this is gonna be a bit messy...

The Ranger is the 3rd book in Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series, and revolves around Arthur Campbell, aka "Ranger", who is the best of the best when it comes to scouting and evaluating the enemy, and being a spy on the English by infiltrating their ranks. The lead man he is spying on also happens to the man who killed his father while his back was turned, and stole his family
Sep 30, 2015 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great characters, ok plots. Arthur's character is a bit fuzzy though toward the end. Way too much war. Hopeless love never goes out of style. I do feel that the book missed the mark, so I can't give it 5 stars. But really really touching relationship and great characters.
I continue to be amazed at the characters in the series and how they are woven together. Really impressive imagination.
Nov 27, 2014 Gamze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kral muhafızları serisinin 3. kitabını da bitirmiş oldum.
Kitap, İzci lakabına sahip Arthur Campbell ile düşman klanın kızı Leydi Anna MacDougall arasındaki hikayeyi anlatıyor.
Anna'nın babası, 14 sene önce Arthur'un babasını öldürmüştür, sırtından hançerlemiştir. Bu olaya tek şahit Arthur'dur ve o günden beri bu adamdan intikam almak için gün saymaktadır.
Hikaye güzeldi. Hele bu türün kraliçesi yazdıysa okumak daha da keyifliydi. Ancak.. Kitap bana gereksiz yere uzatılmış gibi geldi.
Normalde Moni
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
Why I liked 'The Ranger'

1. Truly enjoyed romance between Arthur and Anna
2. Loved how Monica writes a story that full of history
3. There's no boring part in 'The Ranger'

Sandy M
Jun 30, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I’m so thoroughly enjoying this Highland “black ops” series that Monica McCarty has created. She’s taken actual events in history and integrated her idea of the elite and dangerous fighters needed during some of Scotland’s blackest days, giving each hero a military or superhero “power” to make him a mean, lean fighting machine. On top of that, Ms. McCarty has taken her stories to the next level, twisting the lives of the hero and heroine in such a way that the emotion is wrung out of you till th ...more
♥ Melody
Third book in McCarty's Highlander Guard series. This one is centered on Arthur "Ranger" Campbell, one of Bruce's secrete Guard members who infiltrates enemy ground to get revenge on his father's killer John Lorn chief of MacDougall clan. What he doesn't expect is Lorn's daughter Anna MacDougall, the sweet-natured warm hearted innocent girl who distracts him and intrigues him more than he would like to admit. Things get very complicated and a tangled mess when he and Anna grow closer together an ...more
Alba Turunen
Una historia muy bonita e intensa, de las mejores que he leído de Monica McCarty. Tiene su toque característico de crudeza y pasión. Si algo ha merecido la pena son sus protagonistas. Anna, una mujer buena y cariñosa para quien su familia es lo primero, desde que ve a Arthur siente algo especial y sabe que ése hombre debe ser suyo. En cuanto a Arthur, es un guerrero de la cabeza a los pies, es un guerrero de elite del rey Robert Bruce y su misión es infiltrarse como espía en el castillo del band ...more
kad ću se dokopati naredne knjige u serijalu,
Dec 27, 2014 Claudia rated it it was amazing
Oh I loved this one. Arthur was a great hero, with integrity and honour although he had to do a lot he found disgraceful, he never wavered in his loyalty.
Anna was intelligent and resourceful and very loyal to her family. Nevertheless sometimes she seemed quite young.

i liked the plot in this better than in the second book (where, to be honest, there is not much of a plot). The pacing of this was very well done

I would have loved to see more if the others but at least we got some glimpses and I ad
Arthur Campbell, known as Ranger within the Highland Guard, has secretly maintained his membership within this elite force for the past two years, spying on King Edward's forces while pretending to be one of them. He's now conflicted about it as his current target's daughter, Anna MacDougall, is seriously testing the limits of his deception. He's seeking revenge against her father but is drawn to this enchanting woman.

I really liked both characters and was looking forward to Arthur's story since
May 19, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
I'm enjoying but I'm not at the point where I'm loving this series so ,much that I basically devour all the book and can't get enough. But don't get me wrong, I'm still enjoying it and I did enjoy this book more.

Maybe it's because I'm starting to get the hang of it but there are times when I still get confused with all the characters mentioned and how they tie into the storyline because every one is somehow connected to someone else! One person seems to be someone's brother, someone's daughter,
Jane Stewart
2 stars. It’s ok but I couldn’t get excited about it. Nothing special about the plot or characters. I skimmed a few parts.

During battle Arthur’s father could have killed Lorn but allowed Lorn to live if he surrendered. The fighting was over, the father turned his back, then Lorn stabbed and killed him. Arthur was a boy when he saw this. He vowed to kill Lorn for revenge.

It is now years later. Arthur is one of the Highland Guard, a group of special warriors serving King Bruce. Most o
Jun 06, 2013 Aoi rated it really liked it
Shelves: hf-scotland
4.5 stars

This 'special ops Highlander' series is getting better and better as it progresses. By taking actual events from Scottish history and integrating them into her characters, she ups the stakes and manages to make this series even more addicting.The Ranger is Arthur Campbell's story. He has been the dark horse in the series so far, so I was glad to learn some more about him.

Arthur "Ranger" Campbell has spent his years since his pretend-ouster from the rest of the Guard as a spy amidst the
Feb 20, 2011 chanceofbooks rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Suzanne Brockmann fans, Joanna Bourne fans, Jo Beverly fans
This is a quiet little history-driven romance that is a departure from the more common character driven historical romances where a Scottish setting is more like window dressing for a front-and-center relationship. Here, the real story is the Highland Guard--think Navy SEALS meets kilts and swords, and Ranger's double life. Arthur "Ranger" Campbell spends most of the book fighting very hard against any attraction to Anna, and it's not until the 2/3 mark that the relationship starts to really dev ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Olga rated it really liked it
Me ha encantado como todos los leidos de la saga... Arthur me parece un personaje que se debate entre el amor y el odio y que siempre ha querido tener un perfil bajo por sus habilidades y piensa que su vida es estar solo hasta que descubre a Anna y lucha contra lo que siente por ella...recomendable 100% como toda la saga!!!!
Jun 26, 2016 Janja rated it really liked it
Great like all the others in this series.
Heidi Hart
This third book in Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series (think 'Special Ops in Kilts') should have been right up my alley. There are few things I like better than a good, angsty, Forbidden Love story, where there's some almost insurmountable reason the lovers can't be together, and yet they can't seem to stay apart, and this should have been that kind of story. Arthur "Ranger" Campbell is a spy for King Robert the Bruce, posing as a knight in the service of Robert's enemy, John of Lorn, chieft ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Dec 09, 2015 Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" rated it really liked it

The Ranger is Arthur Campbell's story. The last we had heard of Arthur; he had been dismissed from the Highland Guard the first year of his training because it appeared he couldn't pass the rigorous training exercises given by The Chief of the Highland Guard. Arthur has been sent to spy on the MacDougalls by Robert The Bruce. John MacDougall murdered Arthurs father and now he wants revenge. But Arthur falls in love with Anna MacDougalls John MacDougalls daughter who is being used as
Susan (susayq ~)
I liked this one a lot. Arthur "Ranger" Campbell is one angst guy. He's torn between his loyalty to Robert Bruce and his love for an enemy's daughter. And what Monica McCarty gives us a a wonderfully angsty story that is full of love and the desire to protect that love.

I'm looking forward to the next one.
Jan 15, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical romance readers; highland romance readers
I just love this series and I think that "The Ranger" is my favourite so far. I love how Monica McCarty weaves a tale of romance and history together in a way that I just want to read from the first page to the last without taking a breath. I can't wait for the next instalment.
Brittany B.

5 +++ stars!! Doesn't get better than this! The series gets better with every book.

Easily one of my favorite historical scottish/highlander novels.
E luvs Dan, Qhuinn, Tate, Po, Rule & Lucas
Oh what a beautiful story about duty, honour, loyalty and how love affects them all.
Just as "The Hawk" was a fast paced adventure story in line with the character of the leading man, "The Ranger" is slow to build up just like the hero is sombre, reflective and very slow to anger. |There in lies the power of Ms McCarty's writing. Her characters are true to their personality and the story premise justifies their actions. The character in this story are not larger than life; they act and face conse
Buddy read with Aly

I think so far this one is my favorite from the series! Loved every minute of it!
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“We'll have to fix your shoulder first,” MacRuairi said. He turned him around, grabbing hold of the top of his arm. He handed Arthur his dagger. “Ready?”
Arthur put the wooden hilt between his teeth and nodded. The pain was extreme but quick. After a moment, he was able to roll his shoulder freely in the socket. “You've done that before?” Arthur said.
“Nay,” MacRuairi said, a rare smile on his face. “But I've seen it done. I guess you're lucky I'm a quick study.”
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