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The Ranger

(Highland Guard #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,364 ratings  ·  374 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 murder
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published 2010)
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Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 about e ...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
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, this was the perfect book in the series, and I am pretty sure it will be hard to top it. The hero was exactly how I like them, a loner and misunderstood. I love love loved the heroine. She was beautiful, smart, canny, and very observant for an HR character. The plot was well developed. It was also a story that worked really well for McCarty's style of love stories. The doomed relationship and the longing and improbability of a happy ending was really convincing too. I applaud her for end ...more
This was a reread.

I had this at a 5 star first time reading but I've downgraded it to a


I just had issues with their romance. The pushing away and how it progressed. Some of it was understandable but after a bit it became overkill.

Not my favorite of the Highland Guards.
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
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'

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
Sandy M
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

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
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Corinne Michaels
This book about broke me. I started it yesterday around 9 PM and finished 24 hours later. I barely slept because I LOVED Ranger and Anna. Their love was truly tested and I really wasn't sure how the hell it was going to work out, but it did.

Nothing for these couples is easy. Each story has had more things thrown at them than anyone could expect. There's so much anguish in this one though, knowing the entire time that when the other shoe fell, there would be hurt on all sides.

But ... sigh ... A
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 sinc
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Ivy H
This was just one great enthralling adventure. Anna was so funny and fiesty and Arthur was the epitome of strong, silent hunkalicious manliness. In The Chief I had not really seen Arthur as being a hero that I would like a lot but I just loved him in this novel. He may be quiet but there were hidden depths to this tortured soul. At the risk of sounding cliched, I must say that Arthur is a man who proves that still waters do indeed run deep. This story of star crossed, forbidden love was very ent ...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.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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. ...more
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.
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone :)
Recommended to Marulett by: Aly (Lothaire) Daciano
Buddy read with Aly

I think so far this one is my favorite from the series! Loved every minute of it!
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great like all the others in this series.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was not bad, but also not very good.the beginning was ok, the middle to slow and the ending too rushed and everything resolves quickly. barely 3 stars
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
I loved this book from the beginning to the end. At just over 400 pages, it grabbed me and didn't let go. I didn't want it to end, but sadly, less than 24 hours later, it had to.

This is the third book of the Highland Guard series. I read "The Chief" and "The Hawk" and loved them, but this one has to be my favorite so far. And it's all because of Arthur Campbell, known to his comrades as "The Ranger." There are twelve guys in the elite Highland Guard and each has a war name for either a special s
Arthur’s been deep undercover for Robert the Bruce, pretending to side with the English. When Arthur senses something wrong with a mission, he ends up saving a woman’s life.

A year later they are thrown together again, as Arthur poses as a knight helping John MacDougall, Lord of Lorn. His mystery woman is Anna, Lorns Daughter.

The daughter of his enemy, he should have had no problem ignoring and avoiding her. But she is so happy and filled with pure enjoyment of life he can’t help but be drawn to
Sophie (slovenianbookworm)
Out of first three books, this one was my favourite. Maybe because Arthur was so broken since family didn't accept his special abilities I wanted to give him a hug or two sometimes. ...more
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
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
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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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