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AN ELITE FIGHTING FORCE UNLIKE THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN . . .

Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands and Western Isles, Robert the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule. They are the best of the best, chosen for their superior skills in each discipline of warfare. And to lead his secret Highland Guard, Bruce chooses
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ebook, 320 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
"Together they were a force to be reckoned with. He felt like he was standing on the edge of something momentous. As if history were about to be made. The dawn of a new age of warrior harkened—the dawn of the Highlander."


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-Dunvegan Castle-



Well! I've found another author I will certainly adore Photobucket And one more fantastic Highlander series Photobucket I'm in heaven Photobucket




One warrior Highlander Chief
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An elite warrior Highlander army - heart palpitations! Beware! Photobucket



The background

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Shawna
5 stars – Historical Romance

WOW! I loved this! What an awesome start to an enthralling new highlander historical romance series about an elite fighting guard of warriors handpicked by Robert the Bruce to partake in a secret mission to free Scotland from English tyranny by overtaking the throne from King Edward’s rule.

Robert the Bruce’s elite force, the Highland Guard is made up of the best of the best, warriors from the Highlands and Western Isles, selected for their exceptional skills and tacti
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Lisa Kay
Beautiful pictures of Isle of Skye.
I think the there is something about the lighting in that part of the world.
Isle of Skye


★★★½☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Hmmm. I don’t know about this one. Several of the people I did a “buddy read” with in the GoodReads Western and Medieval Romance Lovers Group LOVED this highland romance (with several 5★); however, they read it while I listened. I certainly had to get used to Robert McNab’s narration. He did great job on the men. Nevertheless, since he has a de
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Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
Apr 06, 2012 Kristen (Peddler of Smut) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Western and Medieval Romance Lovers group is reading this book during the month of April 2012
4 stars

The Chief is a well written and informative book that in many ways felt more like an historical fiction (the quality of the author's research is very apparent) than a romance novel. However, when the hero and heroine were together they certainly steamed up the pages. Their love story was captivating, heartwarming, and at times heartbreaking. Their much deserved HEA warmed my heart.

I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
♡Karlyn P♡
Smoking hot Highlander historical, reminds me of the best of Julie Garwood but with more heat. I really loved this one. It begins a new series, and I think it will be required reading for this series too as it really sets up the premise of a highly trained group of warriors fighting to free Scotland from King Edward and give Robert the Bruce his kingdome. Wonderful and fasinating as it wove real history into the story. My only niggle with this book is that the dialog seamed a bit contemporary be ...more
Misfit
Basic set up: Robert the Bruce needs an elite guard of highlanders who don't fight by the *knightly code of honor* who can go in and do the dirty work that the *true knights* won't do and send the awful English King Edward back south of the border where he belongs. They want Tor MacLeod to train and lead the elite force, but he's not interested so more devious means are contrived and Christina Fraser is the bait. Christina is happiest spending her time reading romance novels (I loved how it was ...more
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
Nov 30, 2012 Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Highlanders/historical romances
WOW! Monica McCarty, you earned a follower for life!

This book managed to push all my buttons... I'm a sucker for a Highlander!! There, I admit it...

Set in the magnificent Isle of Skye, off the West Coast of Scotland,

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Try resisting this

in the year of our Lord 1305. Edward Plantagenet has crushed the Scottish resistance. William Wallace has suffered a traitor's death and Scotland, Highlands and for the first time in their history the Isles are under the rule of the English Crown. The land is savage
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Wow, what an amazing first book! This is book one in the Highland Guard series, and I was more than impressed. Sometimes an author comes along who puts so much history into a novel that it is like reading a textbook. Monica McCarty is NOT one of those, in fact the history of William Wallace and the time of the Bruce was inserted so seamlessly that it hardly felt like I was reading history. It was part of the story, and part of Christina and Tor's romance.
Christina's father is a noble who hates K
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Mo
Just what I needed, a tough Scotsman, unable to love, at least he thinks that is the case. Christina - you can get in trouble reading romantic novels - real life is not all Lancelot and Guinevere.... but you did get your HEA after plenty of passion, power struggle, deaths, fighting etc., etc. etc. First time reading this author but will definitely check out some more of her books. I am heading to Scotland at Easter - Skye was not on our list of places to visit but might just add it in now. Hopef ...more
Kathleen
I must say that I LOVED this book. Monica sure knows how to write a great story with steamy love scenes and a to die for hero. I'm looking fowards to the next book in this series.
HeatherJay
Between my obsession of UF, Paranormal and Dystopian books, I LOVE me some historical romances. Highlanders, smexy times and heaving bosoms are my perfect trifecta in a good romance.

The Chief is the story of Tormod MacLeod. Chief of Clan MacLeod and Scotland's "Greatest Warrior of All". The story begins shortly after the death of William Wallace, prior to the crowning of Robert the Bruce as King of Scotland. Tor has remained neutral in the rising tensions between England and Scotland. His first
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ivana18
I don't really know what to say about this one.
I guess I'm a little baffled because I didn't expect such a detailed history lesson, but basically that's what I feel I got from this book.

Oh, and a detailed(ish) instructions about how to train a highlander special ops team, aka. the highlanders navy SEALs.

Our hero, clan chief Tormod MacLeod does his best to stay neutral and to protect his clan from Scotland’s war against the English. You see he's an Islander and up until a few decades ago the Is
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Duchess Nicole
I really like this book. It's sort of a classic story of woman loves man, man is too manly and warrior-like for her, doesn't know how to love. They have a great bedroom relationship, though. But the characters were likeable, and the guys are yummy. The author fully admits to having some sketchy historical facts throughout the book, but I think it's great that she really did some research on Scotland's history and tried to incorporate some real people and events. It's sort of her version of how t ...more
 ✿Alyssa✿
This review was posted at My Secret Romance



To sum it up: Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands and Western Isles, Robert the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule. They are the best of the best, chosen for their superior skills in each discipline of warfare. And to lead his secret Highland Guard, Bruce chooses the greatest warrior of all.

The ultimate Highland warlord and a swordsman without equal, Tor MacLeod has no intention of being dr
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
3.5 stars or C+

In 1305, Scotland's champion William Wallace is dead. The rebellion against England seems squashed. Robert the Bruce decides to form a special team of the greatest Highland warriors to fight agaist the King Edward's legion. Each area of warfare is covered.

The list of warriors includes:
Tormod "Chief" MacLeod: Expert Swordsman
Erik "Hawk" MacSorley: Seafarer and Swimmer
Gregor "Arrow" MacGregor: Marksman and Archer
Eoin "Striker" MacLean: Strategist in “Pirate” Warfare
Ewen "Hunter" L
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Nika (Off to Neverland)
My rating: 4.5 stars

A really good start to the series! Ms. McCarty sure did a great job!

Tor MacLeod is every inch the Highland warrior. Brave, ruthless, independent, hot, proud, and commanding. And he has every right to be, since he's the head of his clan and a renowned fighter. But a secret meeting threatens to completely change his world. For Scotland doesn't want to submit to an English king. Robert Bruce wants Scotland's independence under his rule, and he devises the perfect plan. He organi
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Wendy
Wow, I'm grinning like a loon! Great writing, plot and characters, that made me feel like I was on the sideline watching the story unfold in front of my very eyes. Tor MacLeod, what a hero. *sigh*
Buggy
This is the first book from Monica McCarty hugely popular Highland Guard series, which loosely uses actual historical figures and events to set up the premise of a group of elite warriors who embark on a secret mission to help free Scotland from English rule.

Leading this assembly of hunky highland men is the ultimate Scottish swordsman and warlord Tormod MacLeod. Tor is Chief of his people, taking the throne at the age of ten after his parents were murdered. Fiercely independent, he is a fair bu
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Ruth
I really enjoyed this first-in-the-series. I'll definitely be checking out the others in the series.

What I liked:

- No messin', this hero is one hunky mass of gorgeous muscles, foul temper, bad attitude and general meanness. He is the Chief of his clan, driven by duty and absolutely focused on avoiding the politics surrounding the crown of the King of Scots. His day job is training others to be as hard and mean as he is. He is also a jerk, with the romantic instinct of a pelican and the social sk
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Kelly22

The story sets back in 1305, when Scotland just lost its war with the English. Robert the Bruce of Scotland decides to use special operation force to lead Scotland against England. To do so, he chooses Tormod ‘Tor’ MacLeod who has no interest whatsoever in the war of these two countries. All he wants and considers is about his clan’s growth and piece.

Christina Fraser, a daughter of a Scottish noble and patriotic family, and her sister are two forced candidates of marriage to the brutal warrior
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Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
What a good romance to start the Highland Guard series. After taking a long break from reading Monica Mccarty's books, I decided to do a marathon for her Highland Guard series.

This book didn't not disappointed me. I loved how Monica gives us some history details about William Wallace. I always fond to his story. The Chief is well written and has a good solid plot.

The romance is great with a steamy love scene. I love Christina and her lovey dovey fantasy.

Caught her while reading ancelot and Que
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Nonieღserenity2bliss
Wow!!! This book is a pleasant surprise! I didn't expect to love it as much. I thought the story would be serious and full of historical facts. But it turns out to be a sexy, romantic read.

I really like the writer's style of writing. She painted the picture vividly just by using the simplest terms and adjectives. I really love the way Christina was first introduced in the story; a young girl eating sweet plum while sneakily reading a love scene between Lancelot and Guinevere. I immediately take
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Brandy *Ahviel*
OKAY..... I have to say that I like the book. I love Scottish Historical Romance books, but for me this was a disappointment because when I think of SHR I think of reading and hearing their scottish bur, however, this book lacked that. It was a good story line don't get me wrong and I look forward to reading the second book. but this book was written in more current langauge. Which is something that I did not like.

So onto the story Christina is beaten by her father who nearly kills her sister.
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Ashley the Magnificent™
The Chief features a codependent heroine and a fierce, distant hero. They very rarely converse. It is actually 2 books in one. The first takes place from about pages 1-300. Let's call this story "What Tor's Balls are Doing". The second takes place from pages 300-end. We'll call this one "Actual Interesting Plot".

"What Tor's Balls are Doing" (aka pages 1-300) was not my favorite part of the book, but the nudity kept me goin'. The chick here, Xtina, goes from strong female to lovey man-worshiping
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Sarah
Buddy read with Ange

It's been a long time since I read a highlander romance, in fact I've not read much in the way of historical romance since in the last few years and I was in the mood for something different. When my friend suggested buddy reading the Highland Guard series the covers immediately caught my eye and it didn't take much to persuade me to grab a copy of The Chief and get started. This was my first book by Monica McCarty but it definitely won't be the last and I can't wait to carry
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Gina
Uber Hot Alpha Highlander and steamy sex and a bit of history....OH My!!!

Here we have Tor McLeod leader of his clan, an uber strong well known warrior. He has been leading his clan since the death of his parents, he is strong, fierce and a man who leads alone. He has learned to trust no one, and while he is a fair and caring leader of his clan he has let no one in to his heart.

Again, history is a big part of this story. Tor is manipulated into marrying Christina Fraser to draw him into the war
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Megha
this book took me back to the old Scottish times - the rugged fierce relentless passionate warriors.

it was most interesting for me to actually realize that the characters created by Monica Mccarty are actual historical figures of the old world Scotland though the story surrounding them is a work of fiction.

as a novel the story is beautifully set on an island with an impenetrable castle. Tor and Tina are tricked into marriage for the sake of country but their story comes alive as u go on reading
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Gamze
4,5

Seri olduğunu keşfetmeden önce yazar ile 'Tutsak' kitabı ile tanışmış ve kalemini çok sevmiştim.
Kadını tekrar okumak için araya neden bu kadar zaman koyduğumu bilmiyorum, ama okuduğuma seviniyorum.
Bir sonraki kitapta geçen 'Lider'in hikayesini dinleyip, kendisi ile tanışmış oldum böylece. Tor Macleod.
'Tutsak' kitabını az buçuk hatırlıyorum da sanki o kitap daha hareketli gibi gelmişti. Burada yazar tüm olaylara bir giriş, zemin hazırladığı için zaman zaman durağan hal aldı.
Tor ve Christina ar
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Susan (susayq ~)
I'm wavering between 4 and 5 stars for this one, so I'll just call it 4.5

The reason I'm wavering is because Tor was so cold and tried to hide his feelings for so long. He denied what he was feeling and for every little scrap he'd give Christina, he'd retreat back 5 or 6 steps when he realized he was giving to her. Then, he'd feel guilty over treating her coldly. Even with Tor doing this repeatedly, I liked him. He had a hard life that definitely gave him a valid reason for hiding his emotions, b
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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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“She deserved someone who could see what she had to give and would lover her for it. Who wouldn't turn away from her every time she made a mistake. She wanted to be important to someone. Perhaps, it was unrealistic, but the alternative was far worse. She could live with a broken heart, but not at the expense of her soul.” 1 likes
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