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The Recruit (Highland Guard #6)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,794 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
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 great
Mass Market Paperback, 405 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Ballantine Books
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Dec 21, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing

Seriously, this series is so fantastic!
Laura the Highland Hussy
Nov 25, 2012 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
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This is the 6th book in Monica McCarty’s Highland Guard series, and it’s an intense ride. This book, like the last, is extremely emotional, and extremely realistic.

At age 14 Mary is married to her knight in shining armor, the Earl of Atholl. It isn’t long before his armor starts to dull. Mary though, ever in love with him, tries her hardest to get him to love her. To Atholl, she was a child bride, and he never really stopped seeing her as a child.
Amanda The Book Slayer
Recommendation : If you have read the rest of the Highland Guard series than this is an automatic YES! If you have not, you can still pick this one up and read it, however, be ready to buy the rest of them. Once you immerse yourself in Ms. McCarty’s Highland Guard you won’t want to leave.

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“He was the new man. The recruit.”

Once again Monica McCarty has written a compelling novel about love & war, loss & redemption. Let me tell you this book has it all and I loved every minut
Moonlight Reader
Aug 19, 2014 Moonlight Reader rated it really liked it
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Now that I have read 6 of these in like a week, I would like to provide a short guide to the Highland Guard novels, or:

Moonlight Reader's How To Tell If You Are In A Highland Guard Novel:

You are surrounded by men in kilts, all of whom have a nickname that is one word, and refers to their prowess as a warrior.

He will be good with his sword. That is not necessarily a double entendre. Wait, yes it is.

You are not the Hero's type, but he is inexplicably attracted to you. Also, you are not conventiona
Ooooh, I really liked this one. I give it 4 stars.

There were just a few bits and parts that were just a little slow but that's all. The rest of it is awesome reading. I enjoyed this story and the characters so very much. How the heroine meets the hero is very interesting.... well, not exactly meets. More like stumbles upon him with another woman would be a better way of putting it. The hero will make you melt. He's absolutely yummy. Monica McCarty has a fantastic way of writing and you can't he
Oct 06, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I see that I am of the minority here. This book appears to be very popular. I wish I shared that sentiment.

Monica McCarty's storytelling ability aside (because she is one hell of a story teller, it becomes somehow irrelevant as you read more from her), The Recruit has an unattractive set of characters and story (for me). Again, this book has a mother for a heroine. Mary of Mar married young and had a son. She met Kenneth Sutherland and had wilde sex with him, apparently because they were hot fo
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
This is the 6th book in the Highland Guard series by Monica McCarty. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though I have not read any of the other Highland Guard books. While this book is part of a series, it is not necessary to have read the other 5 to enjoy this one. This story is complete in itself. Ms. McCarty gives you enough history from the other five to know and understand what is going on in the overall story of the Highland Guard.

Both Mary and Kenneth are based on real historical figures
Jul 13, 2013 Kari rated it it was amazing
This is the 6th book in the series and in this one we get Kenneth Sutherland's story. We read about Kenneth in "The Saint" (he was one of Helen's brothers). The book can be stand-alone but I do recommend reading the series in order because we get updates and tidbits from previous characters and it's easier to follow the historical timeline.

Kenneth was truly aggravating for me in "The Saint" when he acted the jealous brother, but in this book he is magnificent. He is the recruit, the latest addit
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
Oh it's Kenneth Sutherland, Helen's brother.

After Templar died, I was wondering who could be a partner for Saint. Could Recruit and Saint be a 'good friend'? Can't wait to read it!

* The story begins *

Sinful yet delicious

Once again Monica has written a beautiful love story. I recommended to all Monica's fan. I could never get enough of Highlander stories. I started reading this book yesterday and stayed up till 2am.

When they first met, Mary was an accidental peeping
Christina T
Synopsis: 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
♡Karlyn P♡
3.5 - I need to think about this one. Good, but not a favorite. Maybe I've hit an end with this series, hard to say. Full review to come soon.
Lover of Romance
Kenneth Sutherland is a skilled warrior, and wants to be in the Highland Guard more than anything. He is willing to fight and do whatever it takes to reach his goal. He believes in the fight for Scotland's freedom, and fighting to join the elite warriors will be the greatest battle he will fight. His chance to prove himself to the elite warriors and Bruce, will be at the Highland games. He is so focused on his determination to win, he gets stunned upon meeting Mary of Mar. Mary is a widow, and w ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Kenneth of Suherland and Mary of Mar such an emotional,sexy, hot story oh yeah with some great historical fiction too!

Another great book from Monica McCarty, do not miss out!

Kenneth Sutherland wants to be a highland guard andmary of mar just wants to be left alone to try and piece of together what remains of her life, after loosing her first husband to a dearth sentence for treason by king Edward of England ( not like he was any price package!) then on top of that the English king takes her son
JoLee (Wickedly Delicious Book Blog)
I can not believe I have not found Monica McCarty and The Highland Guard series earlier. She is a master storyteller with tons of action, lost of twist and turns I never saw coming and the romance I never knew where it was going to lead to. So many romantic scenes I thought were going to go one way but to my surprise it took a different turn. The characters are real and jump off the pages. You feel their pain and happiness.

Kenneth is every thing I love in my heroes, Over protective and never ho
Michelle the Romance Witch
Nov 30, 2012 Michelle the Romance Witch rated it it was amazing
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This book was extremely enjoyable despite wanting to reach into it several times to slap Kenneth in the head. Mary was one of those characters you start feeling a little ho-hum about but in the end you love her and you know she is perfect for Kenneth. The love between them is tried again and again and is forged even stronger for all the fire they must walk through. You also get to see some of your favorite members of the guard from previous novels and their wonderful wives. I am very much lookin ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
01/10/2013 - 4.5 Stars

I've read all the books this author has written. I've liked them all. This book was one of the better books in this series. I love a good Scottish tale and this author delivers. Every. Single. Time.

Full Review coming soon.
ARC on 10/24/2012.
Wow, just wow.

I loved this book and I think it is my favourite ... beside The Chief and the Viper
maybe even before them. This was perfect!
Setting: Scotland, 1309-10

Most of time during reading I spent it feeling infuriated with the heroine, Lady Mary of Mar. I get it once upon a time she's suffered and traumatized a lot but then it doesn't mean she gets to easily make assumptions and quick to judge just because she wanted to protect her said fragile, vulnerable heart. Then, she had a nerve to put a blame on others when she's the first who started it and made it a big fuss. Besides, she has a little understanding on whatsoever, has
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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Oh My!!! You know I drool over Highlanders, and this book made my mouth water!! What an action packed story this was. This is the 6th in the series, many of you can pick this book up and not have to read the previous books, but for me, this series has so much background and information in each book that I am glad I have read each one. Monica does provides plenty of background but why miss out on the other 5 sexy hot highlanders... I say rea
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
An enjoyable read with great characters and hot sexy times.

McCarty has been a hit or miss author for me. I persevere simply because when it's a hit, it really hits! This was a hit despite one or two niggling irritations. More on that in a second.

This book is the story of Kenneth Sutherland—a highland warrior already well on his way to becoming one of Bruce's phantoms, following in the footsteps of his late cousin. He's a charmer, a womaniser, too quick to anger, cocky and self-assured and abso
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

We have been reading about the character Kenneth Sutherland for awhile now, The brother to William Sutherland Earl of Sutherland. Kenneth is the heir and he and his brother had to submit to Robert the Bruce. There loyalties had been with King Edward II of England. Kenneth now wants to become one of Bruce's Highland Guard. A phantom army created by Bruce and trained. Each HG has a specialized skill and Kenneth is being recruited and trained. He is sent on a mission back
This series is getting better and better in each volume! I adored Kenneth and Mary's lovestory. This book was full of surprises and rich of adrenaline! Even the sex scenes were more sensual than the previous volumes. Monica McCarty is a very excellent author who can enthrall the readers with captivating and adventurous stories!
Jan 01, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Good book. This is the first of this series I have read, and though reading the others would help with information about the other characters, it's not necessary. I really enjoyed the setting of the book as I haven't read many from this time period. The characters were well done and I liked learning more of this time in Scotland's history.

Mary has had a rough life so far and she's only twenty-six years old. She was married at fourteen to a man older than she was. She idolized him, as a warrior a
Oct 05, 2014 Jm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En reprenant, encore et encore, les mêmes ingrédients qui ont fait le succès des tomes précédents, on pourrait finir par se lasser. Il n'en est rien. Monica McCarty a ce talent merveilleux de nous conter des récits chargés d'Histoire, d'intrigues, de passion et d'amour. Encore une fois, on se laisse embarquer par le couple de héros, et, même si l'Histoire est moins présente ici, on passe malgré tout un excellent moment. Kenneth Sutherland est le highlander dans toute sa splendeur (ou en tout cas ...more
The Recruit was certainly not as awful as The Saint but overall I feel rather meh about it.

Kenneth Sutherland, who has already made an appearance as Helen's brother in the previous book, is actually a pretty decent character. In the preview, he came across as incredibly arrogant and cocksure but he is actually pretty sensitive. Yes, he is one of the best warriors around and women practically throw themselves at him (and he knows and loves it, at first at least) but he actually loathes only being
While England and Scotland pause their war under a temporary truce agreement, Kenneth Sutherland is using this time to prove himself worthy of becoming a member of Bruce's infamous phantom warriors, the Highland Guards. Mary of Mar was so disillusioned by her first husband that she has no desire to ever look for love or be married again and works really hard to appear unattractive. However, Kenneth sees beneath the drab and is captivated.

I loved this story, with its messy romance, convoluted pol
Feather Stone
Dec 03, 2012 Feather Stone rated it really liked it
I love historical romance. In fact, that's almost the only fictional genre that I read. My preference is non fiction. Being that Monica McCarty based this novel on historical facts, I enjoyed the story very much. Monica is gifted in clearly describing the scenes and emotions of the characters.

The reason I'm giving this novel a 4 instead of a 5/5 is that the characters felt too unreal, too invisible, too perfect. The hero, Kenneth Sutherland, appears flawless; the heroine (Mary) started out inter
Oct 22, 2012 Shauni rated it it was amazing
When I stumbled upon this series I had no idea how very much I would enjoy Monica McCarty's work. I mean most of us do love our Highlanders but this was just oh so very much more.

The Recruit is the sixth book in her Highland Guard series and before I start my review let me first give you a brief synopsis of the series. This description has been taken from Ms McCarty's website.. Just read it, I dare you! I promise just the premise will grab your attention

All About the Highland Guard

Need to get ca
Sep 28, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading “The Recruit” by Monica McCarty and it was exciting and sensual. The story is about a man who was handsome, bold, and a true champion. He wants to belong to the greatest warrior group under Scotland’s King Robert the Bruce. His talents are legendary on the battlefield as well as the bedroom. Who could this man be? Why Kenneth Sutherland of course. But he has a little bit of a problem and it gets him in trouble at times.
If Kenneth could win all the Highland Games, he woul
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What do you get when you mix a legal career, a baseball career, motherhood, and a love of history with a voracious reader? In my case, a Historical Romance Author.

Like most writers, I’ve always loved to read. Growing up in California there was always plenty to do outside, but all too often I could be found inside curled up with a book (or two or three). I started with the usual fare: The Little Ho
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Other Books in the Series

Highland Guard (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Chief (Highland Guard, #1)
  • The Hawk (Highland Guard, #2)
  • The Ranger (Highland Guard, #3)
  • The Viper (Highland Guard, #4)
  • The Saint (Highland Guard, #5)
  • The Hunter (Highland Guard, #7)
  • The Raider (Highland Guard, #8)
  • The Arrow (Highland Guard, #9)
  • The Striker (Highland Guard, #10)
  • The Rock (Highland Guard, #11)

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“She entered the hall at the same time he did from the opposite side. With a cry that told her exactly how worried she'd been about him, she raced into his arms.
She could hear the reverberation of his laugh in his chest as he lifted her up and spun her in his arms. Still in his embrace, he set her feet back on the ground and pressed a quick kiss on her lips, the brevity of which she suspected was due to their audience. His voice was low and husky. "Miss me?"

-Kenneth Sutherland & Mary of Mar”
“His gaze pinned her. “I think you’d better reconsider.” Her breath was so tight she barely managed, “Why?” He smiled. “Because I don’t think Felton would like having his wife in my bed, and that’s where you are going to be.” Mary gasped. But he didn’t let her reply. He opened the door and left her standing alone in the room, gaping.” 4 likes
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