New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty continues her Highland Guard series in this tenth steamy historical romance set against the sweeping backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.
When Eoin MacLean decides to fight with Robert the Bruce, he knows he will earn the enmity of his new bride’s father, but he doesn’t expect Margaret MacDowell, the spirited girl he’s fallen in love with, to betray him. Blaming her—and himself for trusting her—for the disaster that led to the death of Bruce’s two brothers, Eoin cuts her out of his heart and leaves her behind with no intention of ever coming back. But when Bruce puts him in charge of conquering the troublesome southwest province of Galloway—ruled by his wife’s father—Eoin reconsiders. Especially after he learns that his treacherous wife who thinks him dead plans to remarry. That’s one wedding he has no intention of missing.
The 10th book in McCarty's 14th-century Highland Guard series (after The Arrow) will please fans with a different perspective on prior events, but dysfunctional relationships may cool newcomers' ardor. As Robert the Bruce gathers elite warriors to free Scotland from English rule, Eoin "Striker" MacLeanfalls fast and hard for Lady Margaret MacDowell. Their passion leads them to marry in secret even though their families are about to end up on opposite sides of the war. Considerable chemistry leaps from the pages, but Eoin's secret Guard membership means he disappears for months at a time while Maggie is subjected to shoddy treatment by almost everyone around her. When his lack of trust in her leads Maggie to inadvertently betray Eoin while trying to protect him, events lead to a massacre where he is reported killed. The historic underpinnings and realistic events that cross many years are engrossing, but readers will swerve between sympathy and pity for Maggie even when the ambitious Eoin reappears, and anger and secrecy masquerading as love and passion keep the story from being easy to enjoy.