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The Hawk

(Highland Guard #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  8,048 ratings  ·  446 reviews
Handpicked by Robert the Bruce to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule, the elite warriors of the Highland Guard face their darkest days. When Bruce is forced to flee, his bid for freedom rests on the shoulders of one extraordinary warrior.

Erik MacSorley is a brilliant seafarer who has never encountered a wind he could not harness or a woman he could no
Mass Market Paperback, 382 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Ballantine Books
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
Can I just say how much I'm in love with all the covers from this series? Photobucket I want one of those!! Photobucket

The story in this one takes place (mostly) on Spoon Island

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After her sister persuades her to go to an annual ritual swim in the sea, Ellie gets kidnapped by Viking pirates (well, at least that's what she thinks Photobucket )
Hawk was at a meeting, securing more troops to Bruce's cause, when they spotted Ellie. Not being able to risk it if she were a spy, he takes her with him on his ship as a hostage, but pro
Laura the Highland Hussy
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highlander-books
Review posted at Demon Lover's Books & More

Okay, for all you who know me, we all know I'm a huge Monica McCarty fan- this book is no exception. I just love Erik MacSorley. He is half-Viking/half-Highlander and super hot! Erik is one of Robert Bruce's new elite Highland Guard. We met him in The Chief, and I loved him then-he's always got a joke and a ready come-back, but something about him makes me think it's a front.

This is a small quote about Erik that shows his devil-may-care attitude. He
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Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t put this book down!! I loved it. The banter between Erik and Ellie was brilliant. I liked how she didn’t put up with any of his bs!! Have I mentioned how much I love highlander themed books?? Hahaha.
Maria Clara
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Realmente me ha gustado, quizá no tanto como el primero, pero continuaré leyendo la saga :)
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I had time to finish this book before work after all. I LOVED this book! The hero Hawk was just to irresistible not to love. The heroine was smart, brave and had lots of courage. The story was really good with lots of action. I loved reading how the H&H fell in love as the story moved a long. The love scenes were really good and I could feel the love between them even when they would not admit it to themselves.

The next book in this series The Ranger is also a must read for me. Monica McCarty
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
The romance was frustrating with the H/h pushing each other away or not revealing/communicating their true feelings up until the very end. A lot of page time spent on medieval history/battles, and while I like a little bit of that I ended up skimming those bits, because it became too much for me.

I did enjoy the author's note at the end detailing some of the actual historical events and how they contrasted or paralleled with this fictional story. I look forward to the next book even though this i
Jun 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Dont'cha just hate it when the first book in a series is amazing, then the second one falls flat? This one doesn't exactly fall flat, but it's a far cry from the wonderful story in "The Chief". The writing is not nearly as good and the story falls short.

Problem #1: How many times must we hear about how incredibly, perfectly, handsome, ripped, sexy etc. Eric is? Well, it seems at least once on every page! Not just a mention either, it takes at least 3-4 observations, sometimes even a paragraph p
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
4.25 ☆

Un libro muy original y diferente en cierta forma respecto a todo lo que he leído en este género. Me ha encantado la ambientación. Increíble.
The second book in the Highland Guard series by Monica McCarty. Hawk aka Erik MacSorley is one of Robert the Bruce's Highland Guards and a pirate and is sent to Ireland to hire mercenaries. There he is forced to take a wet young woman when she is discovered near the meeting. Ellie aka Lady Elyne de Burgh, hides her identity from her captor.

It has been quite a while since I read the first book in the series but I remember the main plot line of the Highland Guards and a few other key details. I d
Kübra  Yağmur Aslanhan

Konu historical ise önceliğim İskoç elbette ama Adalı, Viking, İrlandalı da her zaman kabulümdür. 😏

Kitabın başında o kadar gereksiz ara cümle vardı ki bir-iki kere uyuyakaldım. Yoksa Monica her zamanki gibi yazmış.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
What ruined this book for me was the hero. The book was as well written as the first in the series, but the playboy personality of the hero, and his treatment of the heroine was annoying and even despicable at times. When he says I will marry her despite her being a nobody but I will get a mistress in the side after, I lost my patience with him. The heroine was ok but not all that great either. The reasons for hero's refusal of love and marriage rang hollow. I honestly didn't expect much better ...more
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
Dear Monica, were you on crack when you wrote this?

Seriously. Some of the situations this couple found themselves in - I rolled my eyes more with this story than in the last ten silly reads put together. I was hanging right with you until "the boat scene". I actually threw my copy at the wall. A first! A real wallbanger!

How many times must we know that Erik is known as Hawk? Or that he's working for The Bruce? Or who "The Chief" is? You alternately let Erik treat Ellie as a treasure and a trial
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it

I guess, just read Ivy’s review, lol.

I felt exactly the same way. I was a bit letdown by the heroine in this book, I wanted Hawk, my pirate to have someone incredibly dynamic! He was a great character but Ellie, was, well blah.

In fact towards the end of the book I was hoping for more of Matty & our widower, and I never got more.

Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Müthiş bir kurgu ,gerçek tarihi mekanlar.Nefes kesici bir aşk..MOnica Mccarty bu ne diyebilirim ki.Her zamanki gibi yine çok iyi iş çıkarmış.Romanlarında gerçek kahramanları kullanması kitabı okurken ayrı bir zevk veriyor..Çeviri bence çok iyi idi..Yazar ile arama girmediği gibi yazarın oya gibi işlediği kurguyu serpiştirdiği mizanseni çok iyi yakalamıştı bence..

Karakterlerin tahlilleri,duygu yoğunluğu özellikle erkek karakter Şahin lakaplı İskoç Muhafız Birliği Başı Erik MacSorley'in biraz taş
This book was such a pleasure to read. First, I would like to say "thank you" to Monica McCarty for writing such a well-thought out story. It had everything in it; there was romance, action, a gripping story, strong characters. I was really sad when I was finished reading the book. I LOVED Eric "Hawk" MacSorley. He was a brash, charming, flirtatious rogue of a warrior. He was such a likeable character. He was a breath of fresh air compared to his captain "The Chief" Tor MaCleod. He knew when to ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I really liked the characters in this book (much more than in the first one) but the plot was a little boring. The story could have been told easily in 300 pages. Way longer than it needed to be for a romance. It dragged a lot in some parts. First half was slow and annoying that the hero was so easily distracted by the heroine even though a war was hinging on him. Otherwise Erik/Hawk was a great hero. A confident, playboy Highlander. I really liked Ellie's character as well (far more th
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Из страниците на романа ще намерите не само една чудесна любовна история, забавни ситуации, но и добро описание на част от суровата действителност на 14 в., в която мъже с различна националност участници в ожесточена битка за властта в Шотландия. Книгата изобилства от любов и страст, а и е засегната успешно темата за забранената любов, която винаги ми е интересна. Бих казала, че романът е едно достойно продължение на "Вождът" и заслужава да му дадете шанс.

Цялото ревю :
Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️
I really liked Hawk and Ellie and the development of their relationship. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the book although sometimes is was a little much (what could have been 1-2 pages of historical info here and there was more like 3-5, and I found myself skimming some - and I was a Medieval history minor in college). I will definitely read the next one.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
It was ok, enjoyable, but not particularly memorable. It got old hearing about how unattractive the heroine was and how super attractive the hero was. Also, many scenes were super unrealistic (sex on a raft in the middle of a terrible storm). The historical context I just skimmed, I'm not sure why I find that part boring in this series, as I typically don't.

I tried this one on audio to see if the series would improve from book 1...It didn't really get much better.
I will try book 3 before I give up on the series.

This book picked up right where book 1 left of. Robert the Bruce has handpicked highland chiefs who specialize in certain areas of warfare to make up an elite, yet secret army named the Highland Guard.

This story featured Eric MacSorley, "Hawk" is a master seafarer, who literally soars through the water. Elyne de Burgh is promised to t
Susan (susayq ~)
As much as I loved the first book in this series, I loved this one even more! Hawk is my kind of man. He's funny, charming, and flirty. He's also strong, protective and a bit on the stubborn side. OK, a LOT on the stubborn side. In fact, he was so stubborn that with only about 20 pages left I wanted to reach through my book and beat him with his sword. Ellie was a wonderful heroine. She was smart and a little bossy, but she was no simpering fool. She also didn't whine and complain when things di ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jaka i interesantna ljubavna priča iz davne škotske istorije; sviđa mi se što je Monica u priču utkala puno istorijskih činjenica a onda fino nadopunila maštom ono što je možda bilo ali možda i nije bilo tako
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Ailin Skye
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tengo que decir que la pareja es deliciosa, me han cautivado. Un romance que termina por decidirse casi hasta la última página, que te hace sufrir por los acontecimientos que se van sucintando, por los enemigos los asechan y ese destino que pende contra Robert de Bruce y los hombres que lo apoyan.

Todo esto viene con gran trabajo de documentación, se nota que hay uno tremendo, pues los datos históricos vienen seguidos de esta historia entretejida con hombres maravillosos y mujeres extraordinarias
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highlanders
J’ai beaucoup couiné sur Erik *-* j’ai bien aimé Ellie et la dynamique entre les deux.
3.5 stars

Second book from the Highland Guard series. This was okay for me. Good but not great. Character-wise I liked it a lot better then the first book but as for plot..kind of meh. My fav so far from this series is third book that follows this.

As much as I admire McCarty's skill of backing up her stories with a lot of historical facts and information I'm starting to wish she would not pack it in so much, especially in one book. It's getting into 'overkill' territory with all the information
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