I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway
The Arrow was a solid entry in the Highland Guard series. Readers who have been following the serie...moreI received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway
The Arrow was a solid entry in the Highland Guard series. Readers who have been following the series from the beginning will be pleased to finally get Gregor's book, since he is one of the Guards who has gotten the most screentime as a side character in the other books. New readers will find it easy to jump in -- aside from book 1, this is probably one of the best entry points in the series. While old characters do show up, it was pretty disconnected from events in other books.
I liked our hero and heroine, and I thought they worked well together. I've always liked Gregor, but getting inside his perspective really showed that there is a lot more to him then we've seen in the past. Cate was completed new to us, and I liked how she was willing to stick to her guns and not give in on things that were important to her.
One of the things that I think that Monica McCarty has done really well throughout this series is tie in the romance with the overall plot, so that the main characters getting together directly affects the progression of the war. That is a really hard thing to do, but it has consistently occurred throughout the series. However, I felt this book was pretty weak on that front. The first three quarters of the novel are concerned almost entirely with the romance, and only the last quarter of the book dealt with other plot matters. It felt rather disconnected from the rest of the series.
Still, that being said, the romance itself was solid. The ward romance is a trope that I've personally never enjoyed, so I was pleasantly surprised by how well this one worked for me. The way they fell in love was both believable and convincing, as were the difficulties and misunderstandings they had to work through. I also felt that Gregor felt genuine remorse did an appropriate amount of groveling, which is always necessary in order for me to buy the happily-ever-after if there has been a major rift between a couple.
The Arrow wasn't my favorite in this series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be looking forward to the next one. (less)
Overall I felt this was an enjoyable book, although it is not one of my favorite's from this author....moreReceived this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway
Overall I felt this was an enjoyable book, although it is not one of my favorite's from this author. If you are familiar with Elizabeth Lowell, this book is similar in style to her Donovan series rather than her more recent romantic suspense novels. The POV is limited to the hero and heroine rather than a broad cast. I enjoyed that a lot, since I think it makes the romance the larger focus of the story rather than the mystery plot.
The writing didn't seem as tight or focused as I would have liked. It jumped around some, and there were sections that didn't feel necessary. There was a long stretch where it felt like no forward progress was being made in the story or the romance, and that brought down my opinion of the book.
The characters were enjoyable, and the suspense/actions picks up toward the end. If you enjoy Elizabeth Lowell you will like this book, but it is not one of her best.(less)
The Monuments Men is an in-depth look at the origins and missions of the Monuments Men during World War II as they tried to preserve historical sites...moreThe Monuments Men is an in-depth look at the origins and missions of the Monuments Men during World War II as they tried to preserve historical sites and recover stolen art.
I thought that Edsel struck an excellent balance between being engaging and being historically accurate. He clearly did a lot of research and it shows, but to me the book seemed more narrative than is usual for a history book.
The way Edsel presented each of the men made it possible to differentiate between them while reading, which I appreciated. I also really liked the chronological structure of the book. (less)