• Highlander Unmasked

  • The MacLeods of Skye, Book 2
  • By: Monica McCarty
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (437 ratings)

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Highlander Unmasked

By: Monica McCarty
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
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Publisher's Summary

Alex MacLeod's virile physique, fearsome reputation, and renowned fighting skills have helped him master to perfection the role of a hardened mercenary. On a secret mission to protect his clan, he must keep his true purpose well hidden. But his dangerous endeavor is threatened by a beautiful woman he saves from outlaws, never dreaming she will appear at court and put his plans in jeopardy.

Meg Mackinnon needs a strong husband by her side to defend her clan's holdings, but her search has been hampered by burning fantasies of the midnight rescuer whose smoldering blue eyes and raw sensuality left her breathless. Alex pretends to be a mercenary with no loyalties, yet he is clearly much more. As Meg challenges Alex to reveal all his secrets, the stakes grow perilously high, especially for the bold woman who dares to unmask a highlander.

©2007 Monica McCarty (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[McCarty] brilliantly incorporates exciting historical events and personages into a sizzling love story complete with multifaceted characters and a compelling plot." ( Romantic Times)

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Different, But The Same


I normally like books about Highlanders, but I've noticed, although the names of the handsome Scottish Warriors change, as well as their Lady Fair, with a differing plot, there seems to be a sameness about the stories in this series. No imagination needed, no surprises.

I've previously enjoyed stories narrated by Antony Ferguson, once I got used to the way he structures his sentences, but during his reading of "Highlander Unmasked" he sound more sing-song at times, which was off-putting.

I can't say it's not a well written book, but I didn't particularly enjoy it.

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Oh the MacLeods..... they just get better + better

Who wouldn't love a pained, tormented handsome Highland hero torn between love and duty. Good romance story with likeable characters, well written and narrated. It definately had the mmm.... factor.

Worth the credit - Absolutely YES.

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Not bad but not great

hmm... it started off promising, however I found myself not caring whether or not the main characters ended up together. Meg was annoying and for being so "smart" she made one bad decision after another, putting herself and others at risk. She came off too desperate and weak. I enjoyed the first book in the series so I'll still continue with the next book but I do hope it's better than this one.

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Love this book!!!

The only thing that would have made me love this book more, is a different narrator. Not fond of him, but the story was stellar!!! This is one of my favorites....

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Lucy Ricardo Heroine

What would have made Highlander Unmasked better?

Enjoyed the audio book very much until the second half. "Meg" just keeps making things harder and harder for the hero. Seems to me, he would have told her to buzz off by the end of the story. She didn't listen to him or any one else. Created all kinds of chaos. She got on my nerves.

Has Highlander Unmasked turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not a bit. I'll be wary of the rest of this series, however.

Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

Mmmm. I think Meg's mother, Rosalund. Mr. Ferguson did an excellent job with all the characters - even Meg - in my opinion. His reading of Meg was probably the only reason I got through the story. Meg annoyed me. A more whiny reading of her would probably have been more appropriate. Thank goodness the narrator didn't do it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Oh, yes. It was extremely heart-felt and emotional which I always love. Just wish Meg would have been smarter.

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Why take so long to be unmasked

This is just a okay highlander romance story that could have been so much better if it was not so long. This is not historical lit, it's a romance between a hero who has issues between his duty to his clan and what he should easily be able to determine is his great love. I think the pace given the circumstance of the story could have move along faster. It is one of the things stopping me from moving onto to the final book. I am sure I'll purchase the next book. So if highland romance (not a steamy romance) but good romance is what you have a need for, then this series,may be for you. I would recommend Karen Marie Moning's highlander series for fun and romance and Maya Banks steaming romanic highlander stories.

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Halting, unatural cadence of narrator's voice ODD!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I cannot imagine. Reading. This book. The way the. Narrator read. it. The. meaningless. Pauses. Distracted from. Any. Meaning the plot. and. Characters could have. possibly communicated to. The reader.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A different narrator!!!

How could the performance have been better?

Punctuation, cadence, and intonation are essential for a narrator to understand and execute. I was completely distracted by the halting, choppy speaking.

Do you think Highlander Unmasked needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not without a different narrator. I usually enjoy this author but I can't pay any attention to the story when distracted by bizarre narration. I didn't finish the book, so I really couldn't say.

Any additional comments?

Frustrating. I listen to these books to relax! Relaxing was impossible. I felt like I was riding in a car with someone who was trying to learn to drive a stick shift up hill!

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Great story!

Wonderful follow up to book one I love how Monica's stories flow. At times they just seem to pick up without a miss. Great narrator Antony Furguson brings the highlands to life.

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Lazy author

The author states the lead lady is clever but continues to write her doing remarkably stupid decisions and actions. I was pulling for the lead lady to die, the guy deserved better Feels like the author is lazy in trying to invent conflict.

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A better read than a listen

I've enjoyed Monica McCarty books for years but never realized until now how much I must skim over the excess words to move on through to the actual story. So many repeated descriptions ( his ice blue eyes blah blah blah ...5 minutes later the conversation final continues only to stop in the next sentence to wax poetic about some insecurities again ...10 minutes later the conversation continues . ) I will continue to read her books ( of course) just maybe not listen to them as all the junk fillers aren't enjoyable to me.