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Monica McCarty
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The Knight

(Highland Guard #7.5)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,082 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Stripped of his lands by the English king who killed his father, James Douglas will do whatever it takes to see his clan’s honor and fortune restored. The ambitious young knight, whose dark visage, powerful stature, and ferocity in battle has earned him the epitaph “the Black,” knows he must use fear, force, and intimidation to defeat the English, put Robert the Bruce on S ...more
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This is the story of James Douglas, known as The Black Douglas who was feared for his ruthlessness. He was also favored and a close lieutenant of Robert the Bruce. James is über ambitious and confuses Joanna Dicson into believing his love meant marriage. When she learns differently, Jo is devastated.

I pretty much despised James for most of the story, unusual for me in this series. Both he and Jo do a lot of maturing before they find their way back to each other and my feelings about him shifted
Read the following of my feeling sequence upon reading this book.

Great prologue, this should be interesting.
Okay, so heroine got knocked up.
What a idiot, you woman.
That's a shitty thing to say, you jerk dude.
Right love my arse.
Oh no girl don't die.
Boohoohoo dude you deserved that.
Atta girl! Make him crawl.
Damn dude you got a nerve.
Dude you're shameless seriously!
Oh God no woman why are you such an idiot!?
That's it, woman. You're officially an idiot.

Dear Joanna,
You are kind-hearted truly because
Kari Kaz
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the actual writing, this is one of my favorite authors. The story felt very short (it's a novella) like a chunk was missing. I didn't like the hero, even when he tried to redeem himself he was a bit of a jerk. The heroine was awesome, really made him grovel and stood up for herself - you go girl!
Jesus, I didn't think James would this big of an ass. Poor Joanna. Though she's naive and quite frankly a little stupid, I hated James' guts the most.

It's too short but we do get a story. It has an okay Epilogue but I was hoping for more.

Sorry if you love this but James was a deal breaker for me. Nope, I wouldn't recommend.
Aug 07, 2014 marked it as tbr-lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, no one packs an emotional sucker punch like Monica McCarty.

I say this in all my novella reviews: "I don't like novellas." Most of the time I just end up feeling rushed. But I have had one 4-star novella read (all other novellas are lucky to snatch 3 stars) until today. And from today on, I have 2 4-star novellas.

I won't go on and on about how great a writer Monica McCarty is. It's an established fact and even when I don't like the characters, her books never fail to make an impression on m
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hf-scotland
We all love to read about Lord Douche the Warrior turning into an ideal husband because of a woman's love. What we don't quite like, I suspect, is him behaving like Lord Douche even though he's with the lady.

The characterization was quite lacking for me, as with the later books of the series. I wish the author would take a leaf from her earlier works- and make these uncompromising hardened men into more relatable heroes.
Amanda Surowitz
Compared to the rest of the Highland Guard novels, this novella was a bit disappointing. She usually has a nice balance between action on the battlefield and in the bedroom, but they were so reduced here that the story felt rushed and unfinished. James sacks castle after castle, but we only get to experience part of the first one. The others have maybe a paragraph dedicated to each, glossing over scenes that could have made James a more likeable character.

Instead of empathizing with what drives
The Book Worm
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Knight is a novella, so if you've ever read any of Monica McCarty's Highland Guard books before, be prepared for a much shorter story, with a loss less historical details (although the author's note at the end shows you that fiction is very well weaved withing the know facts of history).
The Knight is essentially focused on the romance between James and Joanna, and contains only passing references to the war raging in Scotland at the time, and to the other members of the Highland Guard. This
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow ... intense and angsty story of a H who sleeps with his childhood friend h without meaning to marry her ... he tries to convince her to be his mistress but she remains adamant not to give in ...
this one piled on the angst ... H made a great example of an entitled jerk who regretted his actions a lot ... h was brave and so much in love with him .. but I liked the way she grew and realized that she didn't have to put him on a pedestal ... a great read and this is basically one of my favorite
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Knight – Highland Guard #7.5

I read this book after I read The Arrow which was the 9th book in the series. I didn’t realize I’d missed a book and when I did, I wasn’t going to read it but my Highland Guard withdrawals proved to be too much so I gave in and read it.

It was more of a novella which you probably already figured from the number of the book, 7.5. Although it was short, it packed a punch….A punch like what I wanted to do to the protagonist many times throughout the book. He was so a
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Douglas is a warrior fighting for Robert the Bruce in 1311. Joanna Dicson, the marshall’s daughter, grew up with James and the two have loved each other for years, consummating their relationship the last time James was home from campaign. James rises quickly within the Bruce’s ranks and earns the nickname “The Black Douglas” for his ruthless and effective fighting style. Years ago, the Douglas title and lands were stripped from James’ family by the English king and he has been on a vengea ...more
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Another enchanting novella to start the new year magically! The Knight is a short story but it was so well written and compelling I felt like I was reading a full lenght novel. James Douglas has been a surprise in more ways than one. Like the Highland Guard members, he was imposing, handsome, fierce and a very sexy and tender lover. Yet, he also managed to piss me off because of his stubborness and blindness! He took some time to understand his error and how essential was Joanna to him but when ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of James "The Black" Douglas and Joanna Dicson. It takes place during Robert The Bruce's attempts to regain the Scottish Throne and is part of Monica McCarty' hugely successful series of the "Highland Guard". I have thoroughly enjoyed all of this series and this is no exception. My only wish is that the story was longer.
James has a very healthy ego and is in the process of regaining the castle that was taken from his father by the English Crown. He spent his childhood loving
I read this as it's part of the Highland Guard series. Unlike the other books, this novella focused more on the romance between main character Sir James Douglas and Joanna Dicson, and not so much on the Anglo-Scotland war between the Bruce army and England.

What disappointing me was how much I dislike either main character. Black Douglas was ambitious driven by duty and need to avenge his father. His treatment of Joanna was callous but the girl starry-eyed worshipping doormat attitude was no bet
Joy Grant
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Monica McCarty and this novella did not disappoint at all. I normally take my time with books or stories but I couldn't stop reading this. She creates the most beautifully detailed and realistic stories and I haven't found anything better. The Knight is not about one of the Highland Guards as in the other books but of James Douglas, who is also working with Bruce to win his back his throne from England. I really liked both characters and the journey they take back to each other. It was sa ...more
Emanuellen Trizi
I had started The Raider before I realized that this one came first. Afraid to miss some tidbit, I stopped and started this, but I could simply skip it. James Douglas is a character that didnt appeared much in previous books so his story was a bit out of nowhere. Although I loved the Douglas character in the movie Outlaw King (douglaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas) I couldnt care for this one. He was an arse with Jo, and the trope too close to that sidestory in The Recruit. James did his share of grooveling, b ...more
Ivy H
I only decided to read this after I read The Raider. James and Joanna were minor characters in that novel and I was curious about their romance. In The Raider, their love and devotion to each other had been so endearing. This novella traces their bittersweet back story. In this novella we get to see how much of an asshole the H had been to Joanna. He had been so obsessed with his stupid snobbish ideals that he hurt her so much. I hated him for the way he had just used her for sex, while planning ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
The Knight is a Highland Guard Novella about Sir James "The Black" Douglas and Joanna Dicson, the daughter of the Douglas's Marshal and a Baron. James and Joanna's story is full of wonderful but also, very sad moments. I felt so bad for Joanna when she learns she is to be James Leman instead of his wife. This is the whole plot of the story. James was the typical ass looking to have a political marriage instead of marrying the women he loved. The story was well developed for a novella and a very ...more
Wow, I loved this. I wasn't certain I was going to enjoy this as much as I enjoy Monica's full-length novels. Monica has so much detail in her novels that I just wasn't sure what kind of story she would be able to fit into a novella. The Knight is the story of James Douglas (historically aka as "The Black Douglas") and his ladylove Joanna Dicson. I found myself wanting to google his history to see who he married, because reading this at times I really didn't think they would end up together.

Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a quick read, but James didn't do it for me. He was arrogant, cruel, and downright 'stalk-ish' at one point. Jo was a big pushover, and I think after all he put her through, she should had made him work harder for it than she did. PS: nothing I hate more than someone telling me what I mean and don't mean. After Jo finally gets a backbone, James kept saying "you don't mean that." Ugh!!!!! Made me furious! Rant over.
All that doesn't take away from the fact that I love this series, and can'
Leah Green
Okay so this is the first Highland Guard book I didn't really care for. I hadn't realize, before I started to read it, that it was a short.
It felt very short. Rushed to be more accurate. It was still true to McCarty's style. Just lacking some of her plot. Too forgiving. I never really liked the Hero. He was way too arrogant. The Heroine too biddable. She didn't have enough backbone.

I still love this series. So I am on to the next one.
Barbara ★
I didn't like this short at all. The hero (well anti-hero really) was a jerk and treated the heroine like a second class citizen until it was too late then he proved his love. Too little too late in my book.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A heroine who hates her own unborn child? Ok I'm done with this author!
❆ Crystal ❆
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! 5 stars... I cried like 3 times. I'm so ready for the next book in this series.
Cassie Durrance
I have been loving every book of McCarty's Highland Guard series so far. This is my least favorite and I'm glad it was just a novella. I just did not like Douglas. He took the woman he loved for granted and completely broke her heart. The pain and struggle that poor lass had to endure when her man should have stood by her side was heart wrenching. While the ending was sweet, I just didn't feel like he did enough groveling to make up for being a giant arse. I loved Joanna. She has so much charact ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I had read a few of McCarty's books and every one of them had a bratty heroine and I had decided they weren't for me. But James 'the Black Douglas' is my 21st great grandfather, so I was determined to read this novella anyway! (I mean, how many chances do you get to read a steamy romance about your distant ancestor?? =D) And then I ended up enjoying it! And, although I may have found his story more compelling anyway, the heroine wasn't a whiny little nitwit either! Yay. I don't think it's ...more
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