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.
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So glad I picked this one!
I read a couple of the previous books in this series then switched back to contemporary romance for a while. I got bored of those, again. When I came upon this series again I didn't stay in order and picked this one randomly and I enjoyed every single page. True love and an interesting story. Going to move on to another one of these books now.
Every time I say to my self this time Monica will go easy on me .... Who am I kidding
A few weeks back I was at my local library and happen to come across The Chief by Monica McCarty while browsing the romance section. Oh yes, I am a sucker for romance novels and anything Scotland so what did I do?? Well I checked out the book and was blown away! I finished all 9 books of the series in about 3 weeks because they were just THAT GOOD!! So of course I was beyond psyched when I saw book #10 of the Highland Guard series pop up on NetGalley!
You guys have got to check this book series out!
FYI…this is a VERY emotional story. I seriously cried like a baby throughout most of it but it was sooooo good! You really feel for Margaret MacDowell, the main female character. And while Eoin MacLean was a little frustrating with making her wait over, and over, and over again as well as not fully trusting her til the end (their families are enemies, on opposite sides of the war), I still loved his character. I’ve been waiting for his book to come out since McCarty gave us little snippets of him here and there in the other books. You could just feel the vibe that his marriage was pretty rocky and boy did I want to know the story behind it!
The only thing that threw me off about the book was when it started off in 1313 and then left you hangin’ at the end of chapter one by jumping back to 1305 for half of the book before then coming back again to where chapter one had left off. I was like ‘WTF is gonna happen?!??’. But while I was pulling my hair out with anticipation, I understand that in order to grasp the depth of the two main character’s relationship, you had to travel back in time to get the jest of how they fell in love and where their marriage went array.
It takes place during the time of Robert the Bruce on his journey to obtain the crown of Scotland using his special ops Highland Guard and it was absolutely fantastic! If you like historical romance, with some good ol’ Scotland thrown in, then this series is totally for you!