Chosen to help Robert the Bruce in his quest to free Scotland from English rule and claim his crown, the legendary team of warriors known as the Highland Guard battles on.
Embedded deep behind enemy lines, Arthur “Ranger” Campbell is prized for his razor-sharp senses and his ability to blend into the shadows. But when Arthur infiltrates the clan of the chieftain who murdered his father, his heart is locked on revenge. Inside he faces unexpected resistance from the sweetest of obstacles—a honey-haired siren who is his enemy’s daughter.
Intrigued by this ruggedly handsome newcomer to her father’s forces, the vivacious, enchanting Anna MacDougall is a woman whose skill at uncovering deception rivals Arthur’s own. Though yearning for a quiet life with a good man to love, Anna is drawn to this mysterious knight whose eyes devour her but whose words push her away. As danger, treachery, and the threat of looming war draw them closer into each other’s arms, a warrior made of steel must make a choice from the heart: love or revenge.
McCarty's third Highland Guard novel (after 2010's The Hawk) highlights another member of an elite band of warriors supporting Robert the Bruce in 14th-century Scotland. Arthur "Ranger" Campbell has been undercover for two years pretending to be loyal to the English king. While spying on the MacDougall clan, he's introduced to Anna MacDougall, daughter of the Lord of Lorn. Despite their instant attraction, Arthur is determined to drive her away so he can destroy Lorn, who murdered his father. Meanwhile, Anna is spying on Arthur and determined to keep him close very, very close. When Anna reluctantly offers to marry an earl in exchange for him supporting her father, Arthur knows he must stop the betrothal for his own sake as well as the Bruce's. The straightforward story allows the lush and steamy romance to shine in a solid stand-alone even new readers will enjoy.