After her ill-fated attempt three years ago to rescue her twin sister, Janet of Mar has found salvation acting as a royal messenger—until she surrenders to a darkly handsome warrior whose rough, sensual kisses stir feelings the woman in her can’t deny. But when betrayal leads to danger, and a crucial communiqué is put in jeopardy, Janet has no choice but to put her faith in the hunter who can find anything—perhaps even her heart.
Genre: historical romance
Publishing date: June 2013
Mature content: yes
Review: The Hunter is book 7 in the Highland Guard series and, in my opinion, much better than the two previous ones (The Saint and The Recruit), and more in line with the first books in the series. The characters are much more consistent, there are no dull moments and the romance between Ewen and Janet is sizzling hot. On top of that, their dialogs and interactions are borderline hilarious at times, which adds a lot of appeal to the story.
Ewen has got to be one of my favorite members of the Highland Guard so far (on par with Hawk, from book 2, even though they are total opposites). He's a man of few smiles and even fewer words, but he has a mission in life and he will not fail. Janet is just perfect for him, and you can see that right from the first pages.
When I read books 5 and 6 I felt the author was running out of ideas (after all, it must not be easy to find appropriate matches for all those highlanders), but with The Hunter she's back in shape, and so I totally recommend it.
While the Hunter can be read as a stand alone book (Ms. McCarty takes the time to add details here and there that put you in context in case you haven't read the previous books), I still would advise you to read them all in order. While all the books are set in a sort of chronological order of events, the interconnections between each new book and the previous ones are more noticeable the more you advance in the series, and after a while you'll be missing out on a lot. Still, reading this series should be no hardship at all for anyone who enjoys historical romance and handsome highland warriors.