by Monica McCarty

September 2007
ISBN: 978-0-345-49437-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Ballantine Books
Mass Market Paperback

Scotland, 1605

Meg MacKinnon has been groomed all her life to become her clan “chieftain” upon her father’s demise. Her simple minded but good natured brother Ian can not rule the clan alone; he must have Meg’s clandestine guidance. When her father mysteriously falls ill, it is up to Meg to journey with her mother to court and find a suitable husband who can stand beside Meg and secure their highland clan. Violently attacked by outlaws Meg and her mother are rescued by a handsome warrior whose searing blue eyes and strapping physique leave Meg breathless and on fire for his sensuous touch.

Alex MacLeod’s legendary fighting skills, powerfully honed warrior’s body, and ruthless reputation in the highlands has given him the perfect cover to infiltrate court masquerading as a mercenary to fight those who would threaten his clan’s holdings. There is just one small obstacle to his covert operation and it is the lass he had rescued from assailants. When Meg MacKinnon recognizes him as her savior, and as the brother of highland chieftain Rory Mor, Alex is in peril of losing his cover and his heart. Meg’s beauty lies not only on the outside but never has Alex seen the likes of her intelligence. Meg MacKinnon may just be the woman to make Alex into a Highlander Unmasked!

Newcomer Monica McCarty continues her highland series loosely based on actual historical figures and events with Highlander Unmasked. Alex MacLeod, younger brother to Rory the hero from Highlander Untamed gets his much anticipated chance to find adventure and romance when he becomes involved in the intrigue at court with Meg MacKinnon. What starts off to be very promising quickly loses steam, and becomes murky with the main characters dwelling on their inner thoughts more then is necessary. The so called romance is minimal although when it is portrayed is hot and steamy. A huge let down after the excitement of the first in the series, Highlander Unmasked needs to be cut down in length and concentrate more on what made the chemistry work in the first book.

Reviewed in October 2007 by Bonnie.

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