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 upRecommendation : 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.
“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 minute of it.
Kenneth Sutherland knew from the minute he found out who was in the Highland Guard that he wanted to be part of that brotherhood. Little did he know that he was to be tested beyond his wildest dreams or nightmares.
You may remember Kenny as the brother-from-another-mother to the deceased William Gordon “Templar.” Mangus MacKay “Saint” & Kenny have been on shaky ground ever since the last book, especially since the last book. Kenny blames MacKay for Gordon’s death his digging deeper into this is what made Kenny put two-and-two together. Gordon and McKay were part of the Highland Guard.
What to do with this information?
He takes it to the head man, Robert the Bruce and demands to be part of the team.
Bruce’s answer : He must complete training and get MacKay’s stamp of approval. Life’s a Bitch sometimes.
Kenny, having no idea what is in store for him, thinks that it will be tough, but not impossible. Little did he know what is required of the Highland Guard.
If that is not enough drama to throw in, he meets the widow, Mary of Mar. She happens to be the widow of a traitor to the English and therefore punished for his transgressions. Not only was she hidden away, but her 6 month old son was taken and installed in King Edwards home. Heartbreaking doesn’t even describe how you would feel as a mother. I am sure you can imagine that has left a sour taste in her mouth when it comes to supporting Bruce. Yes, she loves her people but with a husband that never considered his family in his actions she was left to pick up the pieces of her ruined life. But if there was one thing that all of this taught her it was :
“Don’t dwell on what you can’t have.”
Thirteen years later the scene is set for these two to collide and boy did that collision equal voyeurism. Oh yes, you heard me right. They saw each other from afar, but up close their first interaction was quite unexpected and damn sensual.
“How pathetically ironic that the most sensual moment of her life had occurred when she wasn’t even a participant!
Mary didn’t know whether she was more horrified at him or at herself. Him for his wickedness or her for enjoying it.”
Mary, after witnessing Kenny’s passion first hand, could not get him out of her mind. She had never once felt that for her late husband and found herself drawn to such a man.
When the moment presented itself she dove in head first and grabbed onto that passion for a brief moment. It was hot, steamy and gone to fast. The poor man didn’t even realize what hit him until he found out her name. The shutters slammed down and he distanced himself at once. She was not a mere maid, but the women Bruce had wanted him to marry for an alliance, of which he was not fond of.
The tale continues to twist and turn while we watch Kenny fight for and achieve a spot in the Highland Guard. Mary gets the opportunity to be with her son as long as she is under the watch of a trusted man to King Edward.
How do these two meet back up so that Ms.McCarty can keep spinning her web?
Kenny is sent on his first mission and one that seems more impossible as the book goes on. He must go back and declare allegiance to King Edward yet again. He must be the wolf in sheep’s clothing, for he will have to report all the goings on in the castle back to the Highland Guard and subsequently to Bruce. Surprise, surprise the place he must go happens to be the exact same place that Mary is at.
The stage is set.
The background laid.
All the pieces are in play.
Who will come out victorious and at what cost?
“What’s victory without the battle?”
To find out you must pick up your own copy of The Recruit. I promise you will not be disappointed.
A special thank you to Edelweiss and Random House Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review. It’s Christmas morning all over again every time I receive an ARC. Thank you....more
To start off I just have to say that this book kept me on my feet and guessing. People die, relationsThis review was posted first at Sisters Unedited
To start off I just have to say that this book kept me on my feet and guessing. People die, relationships fail and some relationships build an unbreakable bond! Yet another great addition to the Highland Guards series!
Recommend: Anyone who has read the first 4 books will enjoy this book as well. If you haven't read any you can either:
a) start reading at the beginning of the series with the book The Chief
b) pick up this book and start in the middle of the series.
I recommend going with option a) but you can go with option b) . It will still be a great read but won't be as satisfying because you don't know what has taken place in the past or how relationships have evolved.
The Highlands : Lets take a look
Magnus MacKay has known all his life who his enemies/rivals were the hated Sutherlands. The one time a year that all clans got together to compete against each other and show off their strengths were during the Highland Games. This also happened to be when Magnus MacKay meet and fell in love with Helen Sutherland. Due to the on-going feud between the clans their secret meetings were few and far between, yet somehow love blossomed. One fateful day during Magnus's last Highland Game fate decided to throw a wrench in their plans.
Magnus beat Donald Munro (champion of the Sutherlands). Donald vows revenge and Magnus is off to propose to the only girl he wants, Helen. While Magnus and Helen were meeting after this feat her brother Kenneth shows up and heads roll. Okay, not literally but if they could they would have killed each other. Helen must decide if she is going to marry Magnus and forsake her family or if she was going to go home and forsake Magnus. Those who have read this serious know that Magnus is not married and therefore things went very wrong. Helen walked away from him.
Fast forward 3 years later and William Gordan, Magnus's brother from another mother, is getting married to his betrothed. Yes, the one and only Helen Sutherland. Magnus, also known as The Saint amongst the Highland Guards, is anything but calm and collected during his first meeting with Helen after 3 years. Sparks fly, tempers flare and secrets surface.Will Helen marry William? Will all hell break out if Magnus and Helen do get back together? Ultimately can they ever forgive what has happened in the past to live and love in the present?
* This book was a whorl-wind of emotions. I can't believe the heartbreak that we go through as readers throughout this book and yet I loved it. It brought home the fact that we can never take for granted what we have. Seize The Day is definitely the motto of this book along with Love Can Conquer All.
* We get to see both of Helen's brothers, William and Kenneth stretch and grow. I loved having William and Muriel's story in this book as well. It added an extra touch of sweetness and hope.
* Kenneth grew on my as well and I am excited to see where this will lead.
* Lets not forget about Helen's fascination with birthing animals. This side of her cracked me up when she said she had brought it up when she was sewing with other women.
Lets not forget about... Magnus MacKay or The Saint
Yes he did make my Bad*ss Hall of Fame Shelf!
Now you know a little about the book and somethings I enjoyed in it as well. It's your turn to go out and read/imagine your Saint!...more
I would rate this a 2.5/5** The book was okay but didn't have that added something. It was hard to keep interest in it. Maybe I am spoiled from readinI would rate this a 2.5/5** The book was okay but didn't have that added something. It was hard to keep interest in it. Maybe I am spoiled from reading other highlander books. ...more
Yet another great book by Julie Garwood. I had to give it a 5 out of 5. The main character Brenna is a spitfire. She is a stepdaughter who does everyt Yet another great book by Julie Garwood. I had to give it a 5 out of 5. The main character Brenna is a spitfire. She is a stepdaughter who does everything for her family. The stable master sets Connor and Brenna up and pushes them to marriage. On their way back to his home they get married and slowly fall in love. The story just gets better from there.
"Yes, I was simply curious, and no, I would never criticize you in frontof your followers. Do you have patience to endure one more question, husband>" " What is it?" " When do you suppose you'll leave me behind?" ...more
I read this one after The Hellion and the Highlander. I thought that it was just a little better than okay. Lynsay Sands was still wordy of2.5/5 Stars
I read this one after The Hellion and the Highlander. I thought that it was just a little better than okay. Lynsay Sands was still wordy of things that didn't seem important or could have been summed up. I felt like the character's fell a little short for me. The plot seemed a little predictable.
I think that Alex's character was lovable. Merry made me want to smack her a few times. ...more
Okay, I love Highlander novels and I have to say this one was not my fav. I like Lynsay Sands vampire series, but I think that is as far as it goes foOkay, I love Highlander novels and I have to say this one was not my fav. I like Lynsay Sands vampire series, but I think that is as far as it goes for me. This story is about Kade, a Highlander who ends up falling in love with an English lady who takes care of him while he is healing. It is a great story idea, but the execution of it just lost me. I felt it was a little too drawn out. There was a lot of this and that, but it wasn't really necessary for me to understand the story. I think I have been spoiled by Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series.
Quote: "Husband?" Averill's voice was growing shrill with worry as she asked, "Have you swooned?" I'm a warrior, wife. Warriors do no' swoon," Kade growled, forcing away the faintness trying to lay claim to him. Oh," she said, sounding doubtful. "It's just that your eyes were closed." I was resting them," he snapped. I see," she murmured, and for some reason that irritated the hell out of him." ...more
It is official! I love Julie Garwood's books about Highlanders. I have read 2 now and love both. They are def. only re-read list. This book she has aIt is official! I love Julie Garwood's books about Highlanders. I have read 2 now and love both. They are def. only re-read list. This book she has a note about how she came up with the idea for this book and it is sweet. She was at a friends 50 anniverary and the couple was still in love. They came from two completely different backgrounds. Everyone told them it wouldn't work but 50 years later they are still going strong.
The book is about Jamie who is a spirited girl that is used to practically being a slave. Alec marries her and takes her back to his castle. They both change things about each other for the better. It is a cute story about how love will conquer all. ...more
Lily finds herself in the Highlands after her Grandmothers death. This was a way for her to say good-bye to her. Lily ends up exploring the highlandsLily finds herself in the Highlands after her Grandmothers death. This was a way for her to say good-bye to her. Lily ends up exploring the highlands and ends up weaving her way in an ongoing maze. Lily winds up to 1654. Ewen finds her as she is fainting from the time travel. He takes her home and helps her adjust. They realize that they can't fight the attraction and fall head over heels for each other. She saves him and he saves her from a lonely, lonely life. ...more
'Ranger' - Arthur Campbell was sent into the enemy territory as a spy. He has done a great job of this withoGreat Highlander Series! Highland Guard #3
'Ranger' - Arthur Campbell was sent into the enemy territory as a spy. He has done a great job of this without being discovered. However, Anna brings out all his protective instinct even though she is the enemy.
Anna is her father's daughter. She believes she is fighting for the right cause and is helping in anyway she can. Her father wants her to get close to Arthur and find out if he is genuine. This creates a problem since there is a pull between them.
Will they cultivate love or destroy it?
*Must read for anyone looking for a Highlander book. The whole series is great....more
Okay, this one was a little different in the Highlander area. This was about a Highlander who had to go to the America's. There he gets drafted into lOkay, this one was a little different in the Highlander area. This was about a Highlander who had to go to the America's. There he gets drafted into leading this army against the French and Indian's. He either leads them or dies. He mets Anne who was betrayed by her uncle and sold into slavery for a crime she never committed. Iain saves her life and takes her with him. Classic story of Boy meets Girl and they fall in love.
If you are looking for a different twist with Highlanders I would say give it a shot....more