• The Viper

  • A Highland Guard Novel
  • By: Monica McCarty
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (532 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Prized for his snakelike stealth and deadly strikes, Lachlan "Viper" MacRuairi is a warrior to enlist but not to trust. His only loyalty is to his purse, his indifference sealed by bitter betrayal. All that changes when Lachlan is tasked to protect and deliver Bella MacDuff to the king's coronation - and the proud, lushly sensual countess unwittingly challenges him to his greatest battle yet: to love again.

Passionate and devoted, Bella has defied Britain's king and her own husband to place the crown on Bruce's head, and for this she pays a terrible price: losing her daughter and her freedom to her husband's vengeance. Imprisoned with barbaric cruelty, she vows to reclaim her child, even if it means selling her soul - and her body - to a dark, lethal warrior whose eyes glint like steel, but who makes her skin tingle and her breath race. Together they embark on a rogue mission with sinister twists and turns that threatens not only Bella's gamble to save her daughter - but also her heart.

©2011 Monica McCarty (P)2013 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"McCarty's newest Highland Guardian book stands out. Her dramatic, action-filled and outstanding romantic story is impossible to put down. A skillful blending of historically accurate events and finely wrought, believable characters gives the story tremendous emotional impact." (RT Book Reviews)

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Very Good!

I really like this one. I love the way she puts history and fiction into her storys. And of course the bit of history behind the characters at the end is always a big bonus for me...

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Taken on another adventurous ride

The stories just keep getting better and better. You never know what's going to happen, with so many twists and turns, when you think everything is done and a happy ending is in sight, there's another twist. You will enjoy.

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Worst heroine ever

I finally hit pause when h decides that H giving in to and enjoying a bj definitely means he only wants sex and doesn't care at all about her.

She's a tough little scrapper, never takes no for an answer regardless of good sense or dire consequences to others.

Blend in a little holier than thou, a bunch of hypocrisy, a strong dislike of listening, and a complete inability to empathise with anyone else's struggle.

Skip this one, she's just unlikable. And annoying.

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The Rose of Scotland

I love Monica McCarthy. The mix of true historical facts with some minor name changes and twists, makes reading the books interesting and enjoyable. I love Scottish History especially the First War of Independence for Scotland. Robert the Bruce is a fascinating person in history and his story is one for the ages. Her introduction to a Highland Guard that acts like one of the first special forces is so entertaining. It is so believable that it makes me want to go back in time to see for myself. One of my favorite characters in this series is Isabella McDuff, she is a true Heroine, what she did for Robert the Bruce and in turn what she suffered is remarkable and a true patriot for Scotland. It is sad that in real life we don't know what happens to her, but I love the story that MC gives her. Lachlan is another strong character and they are perfect for one another. This story is by far one of my favorites.

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Good book.

This was a good book and definitely put Bella in a more favorable light than another book I listened to just recently, which was focused more on her cousin but portrayed Bella’s character very poorly. Unfortunately, this caused me some confusion but I did enjoy the book, as well as the series.

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The series gets better!

The first book wasn’t stellar to me and so I wasn’t sure if I’d stick with the series, but every book so far is better than the last. Will definitely keep going!

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I enjoy the series

This is a good series. Sometimes you just want to shake these highlanders though. They’re so tough and stubborn. And at the risk of sounding shallow, I hate when these beautiful men are described in the book and the cover is so disappointing! Lol

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Loved these two

I still think Chief (book one) is my favorite but this one was great too. I really enjoy the authors notes at the end ❤️

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Love This Series

I love this series. This one wasn’t as good as some of the others, but I still think they are all worth a listen. On to the next!

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I didn't like the jump back in time

Even though the recollection of the events weren't extremely detailed, the biggest part of the plot of this story was told in the previous books. This book went back in time, several years, from where the previous books ended. I found myself getting impatient to get through the flashback and get back to the more current time lines of the previous books. Perhaps, if I hadn't listened to the previous books, I would have enjoyed this book more. When the story got to the more current times of the previous books, I enjoyed the tale emensly. I'm thinking the next book will do the same thing and I'm a bit reluctant to start it.
-V from Kansas