Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "The Hawk" by Monica McCarty

Erik "Hawk" MacSorley
Lady Elyne "Ellie" de Burgh

SUMMARY from Goodreads:
Handpicked by Robert the Bruce to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule, the elite warriors of the Highland Guard face their darkest days. When Bruce is forced to flee, his bid for freedom rests on the shoulders of one extraordinary warrior.

Erik MacSorley is a brilliant seafarer who has never encountered a wind he could not harness or a woman he could not win—until he drags a wet, half-naked nursemaid out of the waters off the Irish coast. Ellie's ordinary appearance belies the truth: She is in fact Lady Elyne de Burgh, the spirited daughter of the most powerful noble in Ireland. Worse, this irresistible woman is determined to prove herself immune to Erik's charms—a challenge he cannot resist.

Her captor may look every inch a rugged warrior, but Ellie vows that it will take more than a wickedly suggestive caress to impress her. Yet Erik will sweep away Ellie's resistance with a desire that resonates deep within her heart. Still, he is a man driven by loyalty, and she is a woman with secrets that could jeopardize Bruce's chance to reclaim his throne. As the battle for king and country sounds across the shores, will Ellie's love be enough to finally tame the legend known as the Hawk?

I love the HIghland Guard series so far. I don't know much about Scottish history and friends have often recommended books about "Hot Scots", so I started with this series. The Hawk is book two.  

The story of Erik and Ellie is sweet and flirty.  I like that Ellie is a strong character with a smart mouth.  This is a seafaring book.  And although that provides a great context, I got lost when the characters moved from one island to the next, through one channel to another, around this bend to another.  I needed a map to navigate!  
Still, this is a great adventure and I love learning more about these Scots!

A great addition to the "Hot Scots", I would definitely recommend this to your TBR pile. 

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