Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book review: The Recruit (Book 6 Highland Guard series) by Monica McCarty


The Recruit

Scotland's King Robert the Bruce is retaking his kingdom from the invading English. To win, he'll need all the grit and courage of his elite band of warriors, the Highland Guard, men who fight without fear and love without limits.

Fiery, aggressive, and bold, Kenneth Sutherland is a true champion—skilled with any weapon and driven to win. Now Kenneth is ready for his greatest challenge: joining Robert the Bruce's secret army to fight among the elite. Kenneth's best chance to attain that honor is by winning the Highland Games. Focused and prepared for victory, he is caught off guard by a lovely wisp of a woman—and a stolen moment of wicked seduction. Her innocent arousal and her shameless hunger fire his blood. He will win his place in the guard—and in Mary of Mar's bed.
The ruggedly handsome hero-in-the-making stirs a heart that should know better. Mary vows her surrender will be sport only—no promises, no heartbreak, just one night of incredible passion. Nothing, she swears, will persuade her to give up her hard wrought independence and put her fate in the hands of another powerful man. But with every gentle touch and heart-pounding kiss, Kenneth makes her want more. Now Mary wants his heart. But is this determined champion willing to surrender everything for love?

This is my first Monica McCarty book. I do love my Scottish Highlanders though so i was pretty sure i would like this book. This is book 6 in the Highland Guard series and i have not read the others in the series. I don't think it hurt that i didn't but like all series it always adds something if you read them all and in order. It would've helped explain some of the back story of the secondary players in the book.. Mary of Mar has had a hard life since she married at 14. She had a son who was taken away from her when he was a infant after her husband at the time was executed for treason. She lost her twin sister and has been trying to lead a quiet unassuming life in England although she is a Scot. That all changes when she is sent on a mission to Scotland and meets Kenneth Sutherland.  Kenneth has been trying to get into Robert the Bruce's secret army. He's tired of coming in second best all his life and fighting for everything he wants. He's competing in the highlands games to hopefully get where he wants to be. He meets Mary in a odd place caught in a compromising position. They are to be potentially betrothed but Kenneth doesn't know that when he beds Mary later and then she disappears. Months later once he finally get into the secret army and is back in England on a mission he finds Mary again and discovers there is a still a big spark and a huge secret or two. I really enjoyed this book. Both Kenneth and Mary had to do a lot of growing and changing through out the book to get where they needed to be by the end.  There were a lot of trust issues to overcome. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well. I felt sympathy for both Mary and Kenneth for the disappointments and hurts they endured in their lives and rooted for the happy ending. A few places i felt it lagged some and a few times i felt like i was missing some information that probably was mentioned in previous books. Still enjoyed it immensely though and hope i can go back and read the previous books. I would also like to mention the authors notes at the end of the book where she talks about how the story is based loosely on historical events with a little tweaking by her. She gives some interesting facts on what really happened in a historical sense. I liked that a lot and if you read the book you should be sure to check that part out when your done. 4 out of 5 stars for The Recruit by Monica McCarty.

Find out more about Monica McCarty and her other books on her website here.

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