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He has sworn to protect her...
Captain Reid MacKenzie, Earl of Seaforth, is a man of his word. During a harrowing battle at sea, the heroic Highlander makes a vow to a dying friend to watch over the man's daughter. His plan: send the child to boarding school as quickly as possible so he can continue his mission. But Reid's new ward is no wee lass. She's a ravishing, fully grown woman, and it's all he can do to remember his duty and not seduce her himself.
But he might be her greatest threat...
Miss Audrey Kennet is stunned by the news. First this kilted brute tells Audrey her father is dead, and next he insists she marry. But as Reid scours England for the most suitable husband, Audrey soon realizes the brave, brawny Scot is the only man she wants--though loving him means risking her lands, her freedom, and even her life.
In Jarecki's zingy third 18th-century Lords of the Highlands installment (after The Highland Commander), an English heiress falls hard for her new guardian, a Scottish earl. Capt. Reid MacKenzie, Earl of Seaforth, fulfills the last wishes of Nicholas Kennet, a passenger on his ship who died when the ship was wrecked by cannonball fire: with his dying breath, Kennet asked Reid to take care of his young daughter. But Reid is stunned when he learns that Kennet's daughter, Audrey, is 19 years old, and she is less than thrilled that Reid is her new guardian. As Reid begins to search for suitors for Audrey, the mutual attraction between them builds, but Reid believes that it would be irresponsible of him to act on it. When Reid, his men, and Audrey must travel swiftly to Scotland to elude Wagner Tupps, an evil man claiming to be the heir to Kennet's estate, and Reid's longtime enemy Captain Fry, Audrey and Reid spend more time alone together, and passion sizzles. Audrey begins to feel she must convince Reid that there is a future for them. Magnetic, sexy romance is at the heart of this novel, made complete with a cast of richly depicted characters, authentic historical detail, and a fast-moving plot.
Captivating Historical Fiction Romance!
The Highland Guardian is a well-written, perfectly paced Scottish Highlander Romance.
Reid, the Scottish Earl of Seaforth, did not want to take on the responsibility of another man’s daughter. But, how could he refuse his dying friend’s request? What Reid never expected, however, was that Nicholas’s daughter, Audrey, was not a wee bairn, to be taken care of, but a full grown woman, and a beautiful one, at that. Reid found that he had to constantly remind himself, that Audrey was his ward, and under his protection, not a woman with whom he could take liberties with. There was also that other complication, which Reid often tries to put out of his mind; the fact that he is betrothed. When Reid was just a young lad, his father promised a clan chieftain, that Reid would marry his daughter. This marriage would ensure a strong binding alliance between the two clans. It didn’t matter that Reid had no interest in marrying this woman. He was an Earl, after all, and expected to marry to benefit the clan. Breaking off a betrothal would be considered a betrayal. And, the last thing Reid wanted was to foster mistrust or a war between the clans. But, how could Reid marry someone he’s grown up with, knowing that his heart belonged to another woman?
There was evil lurking around Audrey’s home. It was just waiting for the right opportunity to pounce. Now, that Nicholas Kennet was out of the way, it was time for revenge. And, Nicholas Kennet’s daughter, Audrey, would be paying the price. The only barrier to a successful end, was Reid, the Scottish Earl of Seaforth. So, the nosey Earl would have to go.
The Highland Guardian is a captivating historical fiction romance; crafted with emotion, witty dialog, and well-developed characters.
Thank you, Forever-Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.