Posted by Ing on 18 October, 2011 // ★★ 56 Comments ★★

The Viper by Monica McCarty
Book 4 in the Highland Guard Series
Hero: Lachlan MacRuairi
Heroine: Bella MacDuff 

The war for Scotland’s sovereignty rages on—as Robert the Bruce
is crowned king and the Highland Guard, his elite fighting force of
legendary warriors, battle for land… and love.

Prized for his snake-like 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 pays a terrible price.
She loses 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.

Good morning folks. Well today is the kickoff of the 3 day Highland Guard Event. Today is the release of the 4th book in Monica McCarty’s Highland Guard series. Monica’s highlander stories are my drug of choice when I feel the need to read about those hot blooded and virile men of Scotland. She effortlessly blends historical figures into a romantic fictional storyline.  Her books each and everyone of them has a place on my keeper shell.
The Viper is the fourth book in her exciting Highland Guard series.  The hero is one of the highly trained secret soldiers of Bruce in his bid to be King of Scotland during the 1300’s. Many fans of this series has been waiting (seriously Monica write faster:)) forever for this highlander hottie’s story.  Lachlan MacRuairi is as cold hearted and bad as they come.  He’s been through some things that have definitely made him what he is today.  He’ll need a strong heroine and he’ll get that in Bella MacDuff.  She defied the King of England and husband to help Bruce’s bid for the throne to Scotland.
Anyway this book was fantastic and this series is kickass. I’ll have more stuff up later today so be sure to check back.  Tomorrow I’ll highlight the rest of the honorable and sexy men that fight for Bruce.  For now lets get on with the giveaway. I LURVVVV this series and this author very much so I want to spread the word get more people to become addicted with me. So here are the rules for the giveaway today!
If you leave a comment under this post you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of 3 copies of “The Viper”.  I’ll be posting more stuff today so the more you comment the more your chances of winning will increase for TODAYEach comment you leave will count as 1 entry. 
Spread the word on Twitter, Facebook or your blog and your chances will increase more.  Spread the word about the event on either Twitter, Facebook or your blog and your chances increase more. Each advertisement is one more entry.  So you could earn a total of 3 entry points towards the whole 3 day event. You only have to spread the word once. Since this is a 3 day event you don’t have to do a Twit, Facebook or blog post for each day.  Be sure to come back in leave comment under this post or any post later today if you’ve spread the word!
  • Today’s giveaway is Giveaway is open to US and International residents where The Book Depository ships to only.
  • You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
  • You MUST answer these question: If you read highlander books who are some of your favorite highlander heroes?  If you haven’t read any highlander books who are your favorite heroes from other genres?
  • Giveaway ends Oct. 23    

   Prize Detail
  • Today’s (10/18) leave a comment under todays post and THREE readers of the blog will be entered for a chance at a copy of The Viper
  • On (10/19) leave a comment under tomorrows post TWO readers of the blog will be entered for a chance at all the books in the Highland Guard series to date (The Chief, The Hawk, The Ranger and The Viper)
  • On (10/20) leave a comment under Thursdays post and ONE reader of the blog will be entered for a chance at all of Monica McCarty’s books.
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  1. I think some of the best historical romance novels feature highlanders. They are just so strong and heroic. I will read any book with highlanders in it.LOL

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  2. I have had these books on my TBR list for-ever! Lurve me some Highlanders!
    Let’s see…my favorite…there are so many! My favorite right now is are from Anita Clenney’s Connor Clan series and Maya Bank’s McCabe brothers.

    I spread the word on FB ( and posted a button on my sidebar (

    readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com

  3. Thanks to you and a couple blogger friends Highlanders have become a new favorite of mine.

    some of my favorite Highlanders is Master of Time Highlanders by Brenda Joyce, Donna Grant’s Highlanders. I have been wanting to read Monica’s books for awhile since you recommended them to me.


  4. Chelsea B.

    Connor from Kerrelyn Sparks’ Vampire Mine and Tristan from Cindy Miles’ Spirited Away 🙂


  5. I agree! Monica’s sexy yet quality Scottish romances are my comfort reads as well! 😀

    Even more, I have to confess that Monica McCarty was the one who made me fall in love with historicals and ever since Highlander heroes are my favourite! 😀

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Hi!
    My first ever series (except for twilight) was the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning and I totally fall in love with the Hawk at that time! I read Julianne MacLean Highlander series too and I live it! I love Angus MacDonald and all the McKeltar family! I reclently started Donna Grant series and Quinn is one of my favourite! Thanks!


  7. I love the Highland Guard series. Been waiting for Lachlan’s book.My #1 Highlander is Jamie Fraser. Then there is Monica’s Highlanders. Karen Marie Moning’s, Hannah Howell,Allie Mackay, Sue Ellen Welfonder’s, Karen Rainy’s, Donna Fletcher’s and Brenda Joyce’s Masters Of Time Highlanders.
    Thanks for the post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. Some of my favorites from other genres are Bones, and Vinter. From Julianne MacLean I love The butcher – Duncan MacLean. I love all of Julie Garwood’s heros. Thanks for the contest. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. If you read highlander books who are some of your favorite highlander heroes? Sin from Sherrilyn’s Born in Sin. Oh many, he’s half scottish raised in England but still!! Rawr!


  10. Excuse my ignorance here, but wasn’t there supposed to be a separate post to post under today? According to the entry rules, it states “On (10/19) leave a comment under tomorrows post”. Well I didn’t see a separate post for today so do we just comment under the same header?

  11. Hi Ing!

    What’s not to love about a Highlander?!
    They’re sexy-muscled-kilt-wearing- men! Plus they have that wonderful Scottish accent!

    I first started reading Monica’s books with her release of HIGHLANDER UNTAMED, I’ve been hooked since.

    I can’t wait to get my hands on VIPER and then SAINT! WooHoo for Monica!

    I have always enjoyed reading about highlanders, to pick just one is impossible for me.

    I love Karen Ranney’s HIGHLAND LORDS series, all her books about highlanders are awesome!

    I like Veronica Wolff’s CLAN MacALPIN SERIES, Maya Bank’s HIGHLANDER series, Terri Brisbin’s MacLERIE series, Diana Cosby’s MacGRUDERS series, Mary Wine’s McJAMES and HIGHLANDER series, Pamela Clare’s MacKINNON’S RANGERS series and all three of Sue-Ellen Welfonder’s series, MacKENZIE, MacLEAN and HIGHLAND WARRIORS.

    That’s just a few of the author’s I read, I like loads more! LOL!!

    Have an awesome day!


  12. tish

    I love her books. I have a thing for the highlanders series… They fill some very hot imagines in my mind. I can never seem to put the books down until i finish them. WOW!!! very hot, steamy and sexy…. Keep them coming

  13. Linda Scarchuk

    I have finished the first 2 Maya Banks Highland books, the Macabes are something else. Wouldn’t we all like to go back in time to be in the fantasy. Not to be treated like most women of the time but the Macabe men seemed to know how to treat their women. Fun to learn about other series to get into, thanks.

  14. Di

    forgot to say that I very much enjoyed Karen Ranney’s ‘The Highland Lords’ series and Sue-Ellen Welfonders wonderful books about Highlanders.

    sallans d a yahoo dot com

  15. Anonymous

    Hey Ing,
    Ok I put a post up on my blog, here is the link.

    My favorite Highlanders include the Murrays from Hannah Howell, Janet Chapman’s Highlanders, Sue-Ellen Welfonders Highlanders, Melissa Mayhue’s Highlanders, Veronica Wolf’s Highlanders, Monica’s Highlanders and Karen Marie Monings Highlanders, Oh and Brenda Joyce’s Highlanders.
    seawitchreviews @

  16. Not sure I can choose one of my boys over another… how I love me a good highlander story! So I will say this… the Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning has drool worthy men in it! Sigh!

    Thanks for the chance to win


  17. I love Paula Quinn’s Laird of the Mist. I have only started reading Highlander books, so I don’t have much reference. I just picked up one of Maya Banks’ Highlander series and I can’t wait to jump into that. There is something about the rugged take-charge personality of most highlanders that is so appealing! Not to mention the hot bodies and imagining that great accent. Yum…

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  18. I have not read any of Monica’s books yet. I have Cheif in my TBR pile, but have not had a chance to check it out yet.
    I love Paula Quinns Highlander series. I like Callum and Graham. I like Callum because he is the first one you meet in the series, but I think Graham is my absolute favorite. I like the alpha males, protective, sexy, and very rugged. I also love the way they speak. Sometimes things they say I don’t understand and will have to re-read the line, but still love it.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  19. I have read alot of Highlander books but Monica McCarty are one of my favs to read Tor from the Chief to start this series was the my first McCarty book then i went back and read her other series’ so he is my fav…second would be Brodick McJames from Mary Wine In Bed With A Stranger

    thanks for the givea-way

  20. OMG, I do read Highlander books. I love them. They’re my fav genre along with paranormals. It’s hard to pick out a fav hero… there’s been so many. I’ve loved Highlanders by Judy Garland, Sue Welfonder, Karen Ranney, Julianne MacLean, and many, many more…
    Thanks for the contest!

  21. okay, I am dummy. I forgot to answer the question. I have only read one highlander book. Outlander (I know, right?!) Jamie Fraser is pretty awesome.

    sstogner1 at gmail dot com

  22. this is a new to me author and I find these books *very appealing 😉 Would love to win a copy of any of them, but The Viper just sounds sexy!

    Thanks for the chance to win, I am a new follower here and glad I found you. Great blog 🙂

  23. I’ve only read very few higlander books, mostly because I didn’t really know about them until recently. I just read the Cross Stitch/Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and I really loved Jamie Fraser, and any of the ones by Karen Marie Moning have awesome heroes (though I did read the Fever series first so have a bit of partiality towards Barrons). Thanks!


  24. I love Highlanders and Monica McCarty writes great ones! I have been wanting to learn more about Viper since first reading THE CHIEF. I can’t wait to read THE VIPER and then THE SAINT in March.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  25. I ♥ Highlanders! Mary Wine and Paula Quinn write great series about Highlanders. And of course Monica McCarty writes wonderful Alpha Highlanders. I love all of her heroes, especially Duncan Campbell and Rory MacLeod. My fav Highlander of all time is Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

    Thanks for the chance to win THE VIPER!

  26. Happy Release Day to Monica. I love all of Julie Garwood’s Highlander heroes like Gabriel McBain, Connor MacAlister and Alex Kincaid.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  27. Monica has created some of my favorite Highlander heroes, in particular Patrick MacGregor, Jamie Campbell, and Duncan Campbell. I also love Julie Garwood’s Highlanders.
    castings at mindspring dot com

  28. How can I pick a favorite Monica McCarty hero? She has been my favorite author since her very first book came out. I am so excited to read the Viper, as I can’t wait to hear MacRuari’s tale and learn why he is the darkest member of the Highland Guard. In the previous Highland Guard novels, I loved reading his story lines, so I will say that Lachlan MacRuari is my favorite hero.

  29. I’ve probably read a few of Monica’s books but as I’ve said many times before, I read so many book by so many authors that I honestly can’t remember what I’ve read and what I haven’t LOL! I am a HUGE, HUGE fan of Scottish Historicals (My father was a scotsman) and I pretty much devour any book that has even a slight reference to Scotland! I would have to say that one of my favorite highland stories is Highland Barbarian by Hannah Howell and Artan Murray is very much the stubborn, headstrong, virile Highlander persuaded to marry an English lass.

  30. I have been waiting for this 4th book to come and and knowing there are two more books coming our way, just make me swoon.. Love these Hunky Higland Guard warriors…


  31. I love all of Monica’s books.Her heroes are sexy,interesting and hot while her heroines are strong and independent.You can’t go wrong with any of her books.

  32. Hannah Howell has a highland series that takes a whole shelf and then some on my keeper shelves. They are a family and it extends and spreads. I love it. She is funny, romantic, surprising. Every story is so very different. I love reading them!
    Lisa Hutson
    lisakhutson at cox dot net

  33. I love Highlander books. The Viper sounds great. Monica’s books are awesome. Some of my favorite Highlanders are Monica’s Tor MacLeod and Alex MacLeod.

  34. I havent read any Highlander Books so I am very interested and excited to check out a new series! My fav heroes are The guys Of The Blak Dagger Brotherhood…ohhh yummy guys!

  35. i have actually recently really gotten into a few highlander series. One by Maya Banks and the highlander series by Janet Chapman as well. I just love all the history and drama of the ancient Scots. A favorite of mine has to be a Ewan McCabe from the banks series… hes such an alpha male and you cant beat that.
    Looking forward to a chance to read your series too.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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