The Hawk by Monica McCarty. I just finished it and I had to stop here to let you all know...
IT TOTALLY ROCKS
Erik MacSorley is officially my new favorite Hot Highlander. And Ellie de Burgh is the perfect heroine.
If you read historicals, or even if you don't, go out and pick up a copy. NOW. Trust me on this one. I've never been a huge fan of historical romance in general, but every once in a while a writer comes along that makes me change my tune. Monica McCarty is just such a writer. That and she's a helluva a good person, too. (I know because I stalk her blog: Romancing the Highlander.)
Okay, now that the gushing is over, let me just add that I didn't love this book because I got it for free. I'm not reviewing it because I have any hopes of getting more swag in the future. (Although, I would love it, I'm probably going to bow out of the next contest to give another fan a chance.) As always, my gushing reviews are because I love what I just read. And if I didn't love it enough to get this excited, you probably wouldn't hear from me about the book at all*.
Now, what are you waiting for? Go buy the... Oh yeah, it doesn't officially come out until 8/31/10**. You know what that means? Get thee to a bookstore on Tuesday.
*I don't review everything I love either. Just the ones I get all sparked up about.
** Yes, that was a neener neener boo boo comment. I can't help it. This is the first time I ever read a book before it officially hit bookstores.