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The Arrow

(Highland Guard #9)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,862 ratings  ·  406 reviews
As King Robert the Bruce of Scotland plots to retake his English occupied castles, he needs the stealth and skill of his elite soldiers, the Highland Guard. Fearless and indomitable, no men are more loyal to their king, or cherished by the women they love.
The talents of legendary marksman Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish ho
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Ballantine Books
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Nicole Dice you don't have to, each book stands alone in this series. However the series is amazing, and you would understand more character references if you rea…moreyou don't have to, each book stands alone in this series. However the series is amazing, and you would understand more character references if you read the other books. I liked each one more than the last, it felt like I was learning more and more about the character. Additionally Mrs. McCarty features historical references and information at the end of each book which I find fascinating (less)

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Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Gregor MacGregor, known as the most handsome man in Scotland, is the archer for Robert Bruce's Highland Guard, code name Arrow. When he begins to notice changes in his precision, he takes leave to return home to figure out and resolve the problem. Gregor also needs to determine what he's going to do with his ward, Caitrina (Cate) Kirkpatrick, who he rescued five years before.

This is one of my favorite series, primarily because of the historical aspects. Unfor
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
1-1/2 stars. I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, I hated this book. I mean really hated it. Catriona is sly and manipulative. And incredibly childish. Through most of the book she’s trying to manipulate Gregor. She tries to trick him into seeing her, trick him into kissing her, force him into sexual activities with her. This is not at all attractive Seriously. She decided before she’s even seen him five times that she loves him. And then proceeds to plow through
I saw some pretty great reviews about this series. She is a new-to-me author and even though this is the 9th book in the series, I thought I’d give this one a shot as I was in the mood for a guardian/ward trope. Unfortunately, I don’t think her books are for me.

1. The easy to read writing style. Unfortunately, that’s about it.

1. The language. It is way too modern for me. I practically cringed every time I came across the word ‘cute’ (I doubt that the word ‘cute’ even existed i
3.75 stars

Enjoyed this enough, I just don't know how to rate this one. I would have loved it more if I didn't keep picturing the heroine Cate as a 15 year old scamp tomboy the entire time. :/
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And I tried, really really tried but the visual in my head kept getting in the way of fulling connecting with the love story. And the number of times Gregor has to remind himself she's a grown woman and how adorable and cute she is didn't really help. I don't know I just couldn't get passed the way she'
Ivy H
I loved this so much. Cate's crush on Arrow was so cute in the beginning. It was wonderful to see the infamous "most handsome man in Scotland" finally get married. I will always say, however, that my personal choice for most handsome man in the Highland Guard will always be Robbie Boyd or "Raider", followed by Tor or "Chief". I suppose that's because Gregor seems a little too much of the pretty faced type of handsome and I don't really find that type to be attractive. However Arrow's badass skil ...more
Reread. This was good but not great.

Rating it a 3.75

I thought it was good romance but not as great as some of her others. The story kept me engaged and I did like the overall plot line. The hero and heroines romance was engaging at times but a couple times somewhat frustrating. Nice sexual tention and good emotional depth.

The hero Gregor was not my favorite of the series but he was still likeable. He was somewhat stubborn on realizing his feelings for Cate and did make one mistake that I found
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
****Full Review****

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is book nine in the Highland Guard series and it's a foregone conclusion I'm going to do everything in my power to get my greedy little hands on the previous books. I would also like to say, as someone who hasn't read the other books, the list of characters, who they were, and the foreword relaying the back story was very much welcomed.
Hecsania Michelle Michelle
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!!!!

Wonderful story! Loved this book.

How this author is able to leave me feeling as if I just lost my best friend whenever I finish one of her books, I'll never understand.

Monica McCarty never disappoints.

The plot, and dialogue is fantastic. And the romance is hot, and steamy.

I loved the hero in this book, Gregor MacGregor "Arrow". I've been in love with him since the first book in the series, and I've anticipated this book so much since then, it felt surreal to have finally read his
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
before release date
When I saw this series the first time, I just couldn't believe the high ratings. Not one of Ms. McCarty's books were below 4. Now I understand why! the premise of this story, the rich historical background, the smooth writing style, It's practically gold.

So when I saw the ninth installment of Highland guard and that it was Arrow's story, I jumped put of my shoes!!!!


I just fell in love with this series. I can't get enough of the Highland guards! I wish this never end.

Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mccarty-monica
Received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review:

"The Arrow" by Monica McCarty is the 9th book in her Highland Guard series. Having read all of the previous books in the series, I highly anticipated reading Gregor MacGregor's story. Dubbed "the most handsome man in Scotland," Gregor's skill with the bow is unparalleled and he is a highly valued member of Robert Bruce's elite Highland Guard in his quest to wrestle back control of Scotland from England and claim the crown of the King of Scotlan
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Arrow by Monica McCarty

3.5 Stars

This is book nine in the Highland Guard series by Monica McCarty. The Highland Guard is a highly specialized private army fighting for Robert Bruce and his claim to the Scottish throne. This chapter in the saga is about Gregor "The Arrow" MacGregor. He a supreme archer, fighter, womanizer and "The Most Handsome Man in Scotland". At the beginning of the book, Bruce's Phantoms have just entered a village that was pillaged by the English army. All of its inhabita
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Ava ☕
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am not as familiar with this author but Im a huge historical fiction reader. Especially with strapping Highlanders on the front cover that promise a clash of wills, sword-wielding, some dip into the pool of adventure, betrayal, a romantic liason, espionage, castle-storming, and/or other epic, clan-fighting badassery.

Instead, I got two main characters that I didnt care for. At all. She seemed selfish and he was downright stupid. Stubborness happened. Silly behavior happened. "If youre going to
Aug 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, highlander
3.5 stars rounded up to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars for goodreads.

This book broke my heart a bit. You see, I loved Gregor (Arrow) having read the entire series leading up to this one. I understood his insecurity, his hang up, his inability to believe that anyone would love him for him and not just for his pretty face or as a conquest. The deeper insecurities based upon never being accepted by his father and being seen as frivolous by his family, that amplified those insecurities. We also see that his role a
3 stars.

Story occurred mostly 1312 and onward in Scotland.
The King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce had an elite
secret military force the Highland Guard. I previously
read books # 1,2, 3, & 12 of this series. And now #9.

Gregor, a top-notch archer was called "Arrow" by
his fellow Highland Guard (HG) friends. He rescued
a 12 YO girl (in truth 15) Catherine from an abandoned
well, after her village was- decimated by the English
& her mother raped and murdered. Gregor's mother
housed orphan "Cate." Cat
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love all the books in this series. The writing is once again perfect, the historical descriptions and the romance blew me away. We have one "big misunderstanding" that was a bit weak, but the resolution at the end was great. I've been wanting to read Arrow's story for a while and this was better than I had hoped. Cate is also a great, strong heroine. She has no problem going after what she wants and she can fight like a warrior. I loved how her faith in Gregor makes him a better person in the ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I started this one, I didn't like the premise; of Cate throwing herself at Gregor; it seemed common ... and then Cate developed and I saw that she was a strong woman who was not stupidly in love with him; rather, she knows him well and understands and believes in their connection ... Gregor did some very stupid things but he gets punished and he grovels; for a good bit ... Cate's background was so sad ... and loved the epilogue ... she has 5 sons and Gregor tells her he needs another son; s ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I got to admit two things:

I did the blasphemous thing of reading this out of order. Yeah, I know! Terrible. I should really say I regret it- but I don't.
I totally and utterly fell for the Highlander hottie fantasy. Yes, my dear reading buddies, you know who you are, shall gloat ever so happy over this one.
I kinda might have tried to disillusion them about Scottish men... and I might have kinda pointed out how unrealistic all those Highlander romances are....aaaand I might kinda have lau
I was loving this book until around 75%, at which point I wish it had just ended so I could give the book 5 stars in peace. The initial premise (gruff/grumpy guardian staves off his attraction to younger feisty "ward") is my catnip when it's done well. The relationship dynamics felt oddly reminiscent of Nalini Singh's Kiss of Snow, which is one of my favorite books ever. Unfortunately, the hero does something really annoying at the 75% mark and I found it hard to forgive him. Spoilers under the ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, hr
The heroine ruined the book for me. Now I don't think it's MM's strongest talent to write diverse male characters. They're quite interchangeable most of the time. I don't mind it that much, as I'm usually more fixated on heroines anyway. Cate, though....I could have just strangled her.

Again, the second star is for historical accuracy. Which reminds me that I should do the same for The Hunter too, but I can't be bothered after reading The Rock
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Arrow by Monica McCarty
Book Nine of the Highland Guard series
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

As King Robert the Bruce of Scotland plots to retake his English occupied castles, he needs the stealth and skill of his elite soldiers, the Highland Guard. Fearless and indomitable, no men
Jun 24, 2022 rated it liked it
3 stars ✨

I loved the angst, but the cheating went too far for me. He shouldn’t have gone as far as he did and that ruined the mmc for me.
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
I received this ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

3.5 Stars!!

After her mother is killed, due to a raid on her village by the Englsh, Caitrina Kirkpatrick is taken under the wing of none other than Gregor "Arrow" MacGregor; legendary marksman and most handsome man in Scotland. A few years later, Caitrina is all grown up and wants to be with Gregor, who she's had stars in her eyes for ever since she was a young girl. However Gregor still sees her as a young girl - but Ca
The Arrow by Monica McCarty is a 2014 Ballantine Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book by publisher and LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

An English raid takes Cate's family and she is thrown in a well and left to die. When the Phantom brothers found her, she was caked in mud and near death from fright. The fierce warrior, Gregor, takes her in as his ward.

Now, five years later, the orphaned girl has matured into a lovely young woman. Lovely enough that her hero worsh
Nancy Steinle gummel
The Arrow by Monica McCarty is a period piece. I just love stories of the Highland Clans. Caty, a young girl, is rescued from death by Gregory MacGregor. She was dropped into the well while the rest of her townsmen were slaughtered. Her pregnant mom was taped and murdered. King Robert Bruce sent some of his elite phantoms to check out the town after hearing the English were seeking revenge. Caty fell instantly in love. Gregory took her home as his ward. His mother fell in love with her. His mom ...more
Amy Jarecki
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Mira :)
Oct 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Almost a book boyfriend but no
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I didnt want this to end.
Historical Romance
FIVE Stars
Release Date: 08/26/14

As King Robert the Bruce of Scotland plots to retake his English occupied castles, he needs the stealth and skill of his elite soldiers, the Highland Guard. Fearless and indomitable, no men are more loyal to their king, or cherished by the women they love.

The talents of legendary marksman Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor is considered t
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Cate was rescued by Gregor and his fellow Phantoms when the English attacked her village. Since her mother was killed in the raid, Gregor took in Cate as his ward. However, because he is part of Bruce's secret elite army, the Phantoms, he doesn't spend much time at home. So he has no idea how much Cate has grown or how beautiful of a woman she's become over the time apart. However, Cate is determined to make him see her as a woman. A woman who he can;t live without.

I love this series. There's s
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Been waiting since Feb to get my hands on it and I devoured it!! It was soooo good.

I love the heroine. She has a good head on her shoulders and I just love that she doesn't slink away even if her pride or feelings are hurt. She has a strong backbone.

Ahhhh Gregor. I was very disappointed in one particular scene of a book, but overall he was one of the main Phantom guys I've been wanting to read about since the beginning of the series.

I've missed the Highlands! So good to be back.
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