Best-selling author Monica McCarty captivates millions with swashbuckling Scottish romances like The Hawk. Brilliant seafarer Erik MacSorley has never encountered a gale he couldn’t weather or a woman he couldn’t win—until he drags a wet, halfclothed “nursemaid” from the Irish Sea. But Ellie’s ordinary dress belies the truth that she’s the spirited daughter of an Irish nobleman. And her determination to resist Erik’s charms is a challenge he can’t resist.
©2010 Monica McCarty (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
Monica McCarty's main characters actually did live in the times she has so thoroughly brought to life. Little is known of the actual details of their lives, of course, but she has masterfully woven the history into her stories and her characters' personas.
Here is the story of Erik MacSorley, one member of Robert, the Bruce's elite secret army. Half Viking, half Gael, and entirely too charming and handsome, Hawk is one of the most renowned seafarers of his time. His highly secret mission gets off to a very unpropitious start when a young woman, celebrating an ancient pagan ritual, accidently stumbles upon his meeting with the Irish mercenaries he is recruiting to Robert's army. When he does the only thing he can to save her, it very nearly destroys both him and his mission.
First read: The Chief by Monica McCarty to get the foundation.
His performance is improving, though he is not a master with the Irish and Scots brogues.
Yes -- near the end when Erik truly realizes the misery he has cast upon his own future.
I have only recently found Monica McCarty and her Highland Guard Series. I love Highland romance stories, but I also enjoy books when they add historical information. I recommend this book, and hope audible will add more of her books
but I can't get past the narration! I think the story might be good...but I will probably never know since I just can't listen to it anymore. I'm almost half way...but it hurts my ears! The hero sounds like a 85 year-old reading his lines from a prompter (and is reading-1-word-at-a-time-in-stacato)
Never judge a book by its movie
Oh yea, if you are interested in Scottish History, Alpha males and independent women., you'll love this book.
There were so many, this book is full of action, passion and history. Takes place 6 months after Robert the Bruce lossess the Scottish Throne to England's King Edward.
You don't know who's on who's side, and the main character
Loved Lady Ellen... she was quite the girl, causing the all too handsome joker
yES i'M EXHAUSTED
won't be disappointed!!
Good narrator though sometimes I think he read a little slow. I changed the narration speed on my listening device to speed it up. I loved the characters and the historical references. I look forward to more books from the author and hopefully more in this series.
His loyalty and fierce nature in all aspects of his life. Fierce fighter, jester, lover, and navigator.
Good voice for the time of the novel.
I recommend it for sure. Both books in this series are excellent.
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Monica McCarty has written a great series of books during the time of Robert the Bruce. If you are interested in the history of Scotland you will not be disappointed. Adventure, romance, suspense. Robert McNab is an excellent narrator who captures you with his voice.
I love books!
A first time author for me recommended by Michele Warin. She said it was a Scottish romance novel which it was. Set in the early 1300's, the historical part was great with the Scots, Irish and English all involved. The romance part was OK, actually pretty intense at times. I didn't know what to expect but I have to admit I enjoyed it, found myself chuckling at times and will likely give the author another go. It was entertaining.
I would recommend another Monica McCarty book first with a different narrator. How the producers could choose a narrator with such a horrible Scottish accent is beyond me. It ruins the whole character of Hawk. If this were the first Monica McCarty book I listened to, unfortunately, it would be the last.
Stephen King's "11-22-63". I coukdn't finish it because of the poor narration.
Completely destroyed the book for me.
It is another good Monica McCarty book. I just truly struggled through the narration.
I would say above average, between an 8 - 9 on the scale of 10 being the highest.
I would have to say Hawk, as he is loyal, courageous, stubborn, and lovable.
Where he goes back to kidnap her again.
No, the book just flowed together.
I have never read or heard Monica McCarty book that I did not like.
Edwina "I Love Books'
It was a good ending that didn't come fast enough
Most of it he wasn't very good with the different voices
The Hawk who is Erik MacSorley one of the Highland Guards. he is 2nd in command to The Chief of the HG. He was the one that specialized in Pirating and Ships and is a great swimmer . Well he accidently kidnaps the Earl of Ulsters daughter Ellie. The Earl is a very powerful man but has had to take sides with Edward, but he is friends with Robert The Bruce because Robert is married to his sister Elizabeth De Burgh. Ellie doesn't tell Erik who she really is an pretends to be the Ulsters governess, but he talks her with him anyway. More to save her life then anything. It just took them a bit to long to get together although when they did they had a hot sexy romance before she was rescued. Then it took them even longer to get back together. So that's why it wasn't as good as The Chief for me. But the storyline was different from the Chief and it was pretty interesting The characters are all very well developed. The book seems to be pretty historically accurate. I had a problem with the timeline of the story. When days had obviously passed then it turns out to be the next day. Which the way the story is going would be impossible. The other problem was at the end it was said that all of Robert The Bruces brother had been beheaded, but the very next page Edward Bruce is speaking. But even with these little inconstancies I still Enjoyed Erik and Elie's story!! I am off to read book 3 The Ranger.
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