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The Ranger (Highland Guard #3)

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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  3,301 ratings  ·  206 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...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
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...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*

It was great, I really liked it, but I just don't feel like writing a review for it now :)
Kathleen
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...more
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'

Recommended!
Sandy M
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
Jonetta
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...more
Monique
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,...more
Aoi
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...more
chanceofbooks
Feb 20, 2011 chanceofbooks rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Clio Reads
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
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.
Karen
Jan 15, 2011 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Marulett
Buddy read with Aly

I think so far this one is my favorite from the series! Loved every minute of it!
HÜLYA
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Jocelin
I was very disappointed in this entry into the Highland Guard Series. Arthur Campbell was such a bore. I was ready to start the new book with gusto but, by the time I was half way through. I was so ready to be done with this one. His love interest was just as grating if not more so. Anna MacDougall was a spoiled, juvenile busybody. I did not like their romance, because it seemed like they did not want to be together. The first 2/3 of their relationship consisted of him not wanting to be around h...more
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. It’s ok but I couldn’t get excited about it. Nothing special about the plot or characters. I skimmed a few parts.

STORY BRIEF:
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...more
Bry
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...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
The last one was better.

I think I'll just leave a short review on this one. I realized why I didn't read all of these at once & finish the series out. They are so wordy & descriptive. Even though it's a work of fiction, there is so much that has to be explained because these books are so researched, that it gets boring sometimes. Then, with all the description, some of the story just happens & we have to accept it. I can't relly describe what I mean... but below is kind of an exampl...more
Nance
So glad that Monica McCarty keeps writing about this group of superior warriors that just always happens to capture some innocent young woman’s heart. Another stellar hero to swoon over! Creeping panther-like, silently scouting out his mission, Arthur “Ranger” Campbell is there and gone without the wisest of people knowing that he was once among them. His latest tryst, as he inconspicuously works for the English crown, while actually supporting Robert Bruce, the man trying to claim victory from...more
Kari
This is the third book in Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series. It can be read as a stand-alone because a lot of background information is given, but I find it nicer to read this series in order and catch up on characters in previous books.
This is the love story between Arthur Campbell "Ranger" and Anna MacDougall. We meet Arthur in the previous books. He is part of the Highland Guard, the one member who was sent to act as a spy when his training was completed. Arthur's mission this time is t...more
Hackmops
The Ranger is the third book in Monica McCarty's series featuring special Highlander Ops surrounding King Robert the Bruce set during the wars of Scottish independence. The male lead, Arthur "Ranger" Campbell is one of these elite fighters. While secretly undercover in the English army, he is gathering information and trying not to get his cover blown. Due to his undercover espionage being all ~srs business~ he is presented as a serious and very sober character (especially compared to Eric "Hawk...more
Amanda
This was a good story, enough to hold my attention but not enough to make me fall in love with it. I was very glad that the author didn't make Anna into a hardheaded shrew, which for some reason is the norm with Scottish heroines in romance.
Ranger is a good character. He is muscular, mysterious, and has some nifty skills.
There was one scene I hated, where the author was trying to get across how kind and caring Anna was, and she rescued a puppy who was going to be drowned by a couple of kids. F...more
Jm
Attention, voici une mise en garde : les livres de Monica McCarty ont la fâcheuse tendance de vous prendre en traître ! Alors que vous avez décidé de ne lire que quelques chapitres avant de dormir, les livres, mus par une volonté propre, ne vous laissent pas les refermer avant de les avoir finis. Ce qui ne devait être qu'un plaisir d'avant dodo, devient une dépendance terrible aux Highlanders, aux kilts et au récit des exploits de Robert Bruce et de sa garde fantôme. Vous aurez été prévenus !

Rob...more
Yumru
Şimdiye kadar okudğum en sıkıcı kitabıydı yazarın.Aslında konu olarak iyiydi ama o iç sesler düşünceler o kadar çoktuki darlandım.Toplasak diyalogları 20 sayfa etmez.Seri çok güzel ilerliyordu ama bu kitap olmamış.Sanki başka bir yazarın kitabını okuyormuş gibiydim.Umarım bir sonraki kitap daha iyi olur.
Shelly
So far, this is my favorite in the series! I love the historical part to bits, and there is a fair amount more than is usual in historical romances, but it's interesting (to me at least) history, and dramatic. The author bases a lot of the story on factual details - love! McCarty is a former lawyer, and her detailed research is a huge benefit. Both characters felt real for their time period without feeling overly dramatized or far-fetched. They also didn't feel cheesy, which tends to happen in t...more
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