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The Chief by Monica McCarty
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Mar 27, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: romance, 2010, historical-fiction

While I enjoyed this book there were many times when I was tempted to throw it across the room. I liked Tor, I really did, but he irritated me so much I wanted to just shake him. Yes he was supposed to be cold, I even knew the reasons for his thoughts and actions and still I just wanted to slap some sense into him. Make him see (sooner than he did) just what it was he had in his wife. Still he was also crazy handsome, loyal, fierce, and cunning, so you had to love him!

I really expected to dislike Christina as she seemed a bit whiny and almost clingy, but who am I to judge. The poor girl was married to a stranger she just desperately wanted to know. Instead I thought she was dedicated, sweet, smart, humorous, and insanely thoughtful. She gave her heart fully and without remorse despite its not having been earned nor the sad treatment she received. Instead of being annoyed with her I hoped for her and wanted to cheer her on at every turn. She deserved happiness, and she got it, again I just wanted it to come to her sooner.

The action and pacing throughout the book were excellent and suspenseful. The fight scenes were detailed without making one want to skim through it, or confusing to the point that you have no idea whats going on or even who is winning.

I was most impressed though with the author's note at the end to showed to what extent McCarty had done her research and dug into the true histories. She fully explains whats real, what were her dramatizations, and the reasons behind them. When I started this book I thought it was just another romance novel but it seemed incredibly well thought out, researched, and accurate. And I kept having to look up Gaelic words to figure out just what it was they were actually wearing!

I think I will certainly read the next book in the series, The Hawk: A Highland Guard Novel to see what happens to the always glib MacSworley.
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Reading Progress

March 27, 2010 – Shelved
April 17, 2010 – Started Reading
April 17, 2010 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
April 17, 2010 – Shelved as: romance
April 17, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
April 17, 2010 –
page 47
April 18, 2010 –
page 121
April 21, 2010 –
page 284
70.12% "Argh! Sometimes Tor just makes me want to shake him senseless!"
April 22, 2010 – Finished Reading

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Bry Thanks Danielle :)

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