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The Viper: A Highland Guard Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2013; vuoden 2011 painos)

– tekijä: Monica McCarty (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Highland Guard (Oct 2011, book 4)

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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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Viper: A Highland Guard Novel
Kirjailijat:Monica McCarty (Tekijä)
Info:Ballantine Books (2011), Edition: Original, 416 pages
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We don't know what really happened to Isabella MacDuff after her trial in the cage on the tower at Berwick, but McCarty gave her a story here—one that I think is worthy, especially considering the research that went into it. Although I got angry at her decisions a few times, ultimately, I could understand them. Lachlan is that perfect tortured hero we all hate to love. He's like a s'more: crunchy on the outside, but oh so soft and squishy on the inside.

(I was screaming during that epilogue. I can't believe McCarty included a sneak peak into the future with the couple from book 12! That's 8 books away!! I mean, it's understandable considering the hero and heroine kind of already met in this book—but the nerve!) ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
I loved the character of Lachlan MacRuairi. He had a strong back story. He was by far the most mysterious of the Highland Guard thus far. I was looking forward to reading his story the most.

"I love you, Bella. I will love you not until my dying day, but from the heights of heaven or the depths of hell until my soul ceases to be."

The Viper, Lachlan, is a Gallowglass. A soldier for hire. He is tasked with helping Isabella MacDuff escape. He is to bring her safely to meet and crown Robert the Bruce. Along the way they develop a mutual respect for each other. After the king is crowned Lachlan is once again tasked with delivering Bella some place safe. Only this time she is captured by the enemy. Lachlan sets out to save Bella and free her from her captures.

Lachlan is an intense character. The story is very well written. I didn't like some aspects of Bella's character. But I understood the why's of it. I am looking forward to the next Highland Guard installment.
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  LeahGreenClark | Oct 28, 2018 |
just love viper ( )
  mieke-sam | Jun 23, 2018 |
Disclaimer: I hadn't read a historical romance since I was a teenager. A TEENAGER. •_• (I'm 34.)

Lately, I've been wondering if I should try one again. Thankfully, I have this wonderful little friend named Dija, who reads HR's. She insisted I read this book. It was planned as a group read, but of course, the rest of the "group" Alky and Anzu dropped it and I ended up taking one for the team. I read 40% before my brain shut down. I can read no more.

I wanted to divulge this info before I talk about why I hated this book, because if you read HR's, you may very well love this book. Just keep in mind that this is a review of an HR from someone who doesn't like romance books.


K.


So, I give up. I tried. Lawd knows I tried.


The Viper is a cheesefest. I'm just not idealistic enough to buy into the bullshit whirlwind, lusty romance crap.


The whole, "My body flushed and I just knew that he had entered the room and was standing behind me" is nauseating. This was shortly after meeting him. She barely knew him, but her BODY can predict when he's entered the room.


If the MC's are in a dangerous situation where they need to escape, the hero shouldn't be pausing to notice the heroines lips to think about how he'd love to see them wrapped around his cock. Or him thinking, "I realized that she had touched me for the first time and I felt a jolt of electricity". This is a WARRIOR on a RESCUE MISSION meeting some chick for the first time and his warrior mind is more focused on his "feels" than on the task at hand just because she lightly touched his arm? You're a SHITTY warrior. You're supposed to be escaping! It's just too much. Makes me see the hero as weak. Too weak to resist sexual urges. I don't respect a man or woman completely ruled by sexual urges - not in my books or in real life. Have some self-control.


I could have gotten into the plot, if the MC's would've stopped lusting after each other for a frikkin second. They were in lust at first glance, practically. I can understand acknowledging an attraction right from the start, because they're human and you can see a hot person and be like "wowsers, they're hot!" But the constant "jolts of electricity" and the constant referring to her heavy breasts and her CONSTANT flushing and his constant arousal were all just too much. Most of what I read was about their unexplainable lust for each other, despite being in dire situations. The plot was only thrown in there as background noise.


I'm told that it gets better plot-wise, but I don't have the patience to wade through half a book, just to finally see some progression in the plot. I hate any book where the romance takes over, regardless of genre. My type of romance is the slower, get to know you, it's-not-that-easy type. This type of book was okay for me as a teen, but I'm too realistic (and bitter) to find this type of romance hot or appealing in any way.


Despite having hated it, I'm glad I at least tried it, because now I know that it's not for me and I'll never have to wonder again. That chapter of my reading life is definitely over.




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  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
Book was amazing. I had started it a long time ago but never finished it, got sucked into another series (BDB) But I finally finished it and it was great. The romance was amazing. It had great suspense and of course the fairy tale ending. ( )
  Author_AndriaLarge | Sep 1, 2013 |
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"Because she has not struck with the sword, she shall not die by the sword, but on account of the unlawful coronation which she performed, let her be closely confined in an abode of stone and iron made in the shape of a cross, and let her be hung up out of doors in the open air at Berwick, that both in life and after her death, she may be a spectable and eternal reproach to travellers."
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Berwick Castle, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, English Marches,
Late September 1306

They'd come for her.
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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.

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