The Ghost

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The Ghost

Highland Guard, #12

The Ghost is the twelfth and final book in the Highland Guard series. This is the first book I have read of the Highland Guards, so it can be read as a standalone title. However, I would have preferred to read all the other books in order simply because that is the way I like to do things. I feel like you get more background information and develop a bond with the characters when you start at the beginning of the series.

It took me longer than usual to finish this book. The book itself wasn't at fault, rather my concentration and the fact that I didn't read the series in order was to blame. One thing I feel I should point out is the dialogue. It didn't seem to fit the time period. Sure, there were a few words here and there that were used back then but I felt like there needed to be more dialect. It was almost like reading a modern Scottish/English romance instead of one taking place in the 1300's.

I love the fact that most of the characters in these books are plucked right out of Scottish history. Robert the Bruce, Edward Plantagenet, Alexander Seton, and many more. My favorite thing was the short history lesson included in the author's note in the back. The author tells us how the real events differ from the events in her story.

Alex Seton's character was everything you expect a knight to be: gallant, noble, and honorable, but then as you start reading this story, it is brought to your attention that he is a traitor. He struggles with the decisions he's made and wonders if he's fighting for the right side. I enjoyed the story line behind his journey to make the right choice of sides once and for all.

Joan Comyn was quite the 'strong woman' character. In a time when women were expected to sit around sewing or worrying over what dress they were going to wear for dinner, she was putting her life in danger for a cause that was close to her heart, helping the Scots win back their lands. My favorite scene was her taking on Sir Phillip. She really gives him what he deserves and shows him she is no longer the young girl he knew. She is now a warrior in her own right.

I recommend reading this book if you enjoy Scottish romances or Scottish history. It's a nice little blend of both. Of course, if you're already a fan of the series, The Ghost is a must-read.

Book Blurb for The Ghost

An undercover warrior and her sworn enemy play a seductive game of cat-and-mouse in New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty’s sexy new Highland Guard novel.

Joan Comyn swore allegiance to Robert the Bruce the day she witnessed England’s barbarous king torturing her famous mother, Scot patriot Bella MacDuff. Now the mysterious beauty slips into men’s hearts like a specter and entices England’s most illustrious barons to unwittingly divulge their secrets, then shares them with her king. Known only as the Ghost even among her Highland Guard brethren, Joan has become the most wanted traitor in England.

The man determined to uncover her identity poses her biggest threat yet. Alex Seton once stood with Bruce but now fights for the enemy. Though Joan knows she must avoid the handsome warrior or risk discovery, his knightly chivalry touches a place in her long since buried. When his suspicions grow apparent, Joan realizes she must do everything in her power to stop Alex from revealing her mission and convince the powerful fighter to join forces with the Highland Guard once more. But as the ultimate battle in the great war approaches, will Alex choose love or honor?

Night Owl Reviews May, 2016 3.50