The Ghost – Monica McCarty


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?


My Rating: 5 Stars

Words can’t describe how it feels to read the final book in a series that you have been reading for 6 years. The Highland Guard series was not only my introduction to Historical Romance, but the Romance genre in general. While I look forward to Monica McCarty’s future projects, I don’t know what I’ll do without the Highland Guard brigands and the women they love. Anyways, onto the review!

In a fitting end to a great series, this was my favorite Highland Guard novel. Despite his constant fighting with the other members of the Guard, I always liked Alex Seton as a character. He acted as the conscience that the rest of the Guard and Bruce needed. When I found out that he was getting his own book, even after his desertion, I was beyond excited – my excitement only grew when I discovered that his love interest would be Bella’s daughter!

Joan is likable from her first appearance in the book, during which I was elated to see the paternal side to my personal favorite member of the Guard, Lachlan. Upon reading the synopsis for the book, I assumed that Bella and Lachlan didn’t know about Joan’s involvement in the Guard so I was happy to see that not only did they know, but Lachlan acted as her guardian.

As a couple, Joan and Alex were perfectly suited for one another. Given Joan’s history with men, who better to bring her back to life than a gallant knight? As Alex is still struggling with his decision to leave the Guard, Joan, who is fiercely loyal to the cause, is the perfect companion for him. The development of their relationship was sweet and natural, and of course, the chemistry was off the charts. I never would have expected such hot sex scenes from the chivalric, honorable Alex Seton.

Finally, I loved the glimpses that I got of the other members of the Guard. The Epilogue was bittersweet – told from Bruce’s perspective, it was the ideal end to the book. I can’t say enough that I will miss these characters. If you haven’t read any of the books in this series yet, you are missing out. Go pick up The Chief and enjoy the 12 book rollercoaster ride that is The Highland Guard series by Monica McCarty.

My Takeaway: This final installment in one of my all time favorite series’ was easily the best, in my opinion. Every book in this series has a place on my favorite’s shelf. I will continue to re-read this series for years to come and can’t wait to see what Monica McCarty has in store for her readers. 

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