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April 6, 2015

Book Review: The Chief by Monica McCarty

Book 1 in the Highland Guard Series


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 drawn into Scotland’s war against the English. Dedicated to his clan, the fiercely independent chief answers to no one—especially not to his alluring new bride, bartered to him in a bid to secure his command of the deadliest fighting force the world has ever seen. The treacherous chit who made her way to Tor’s bed may have won his hand, but she will never claim his heart.

Although her husband’s reputation is as fierce as his manner, Christina Fraser believes that something softer hides beneath his brutal shell. But the only warmth she feels is in their bed, in glorious moments of white-hot desire that disappear with the dawn. When Christina’s reckless bid to win her husband’s love goes awry and thrusts them into danger on the eve of war, Tor will face his ultimate battle: to save his wife and to open his heart—before it’s too late.

REVIEW:  This is the first in Monica McCarty’s fabulous Highland Guard Series of novels. Though I have had the first of these books on my TBR shelf for several years I have just now gotten to start on them a few weeks ago… and since then I haven’t been able to stop! (I’m now on book 6 and planning on getting 7 as soon as I’m done with this one!) Yes they are that good and I will venture to say without a doubt that if you like a good, sexy, and exciting Scottish romance you will too!

The first book The Chief is the story of Tor MacLeod (for those of you that have read Monica’s Macleod series Tor is indeed an ancestor of them. So all be it loosely this book at the very least is connected to her several of her previous books). Scotland is once again in the throes of upheaval and near all out war with Edward (the scumsucker) Longshanks as Robert the Bruce begins his campaign to attain the crown of Scotland for himself.

Tor wants nothing to do with the conflict (he wants only to protect and look after his clan) but he is being leaned on heavily by many who want his support on The Bruce’s side. Through a series of many twists and turns, the largest of which involves a temptingly beautiful lass by the name of Christina Fraser, Tor is coerced into agreeing to head the training of an elite set of warriors. The Highland Guard, as they are later named, will work in the shadows as the covert special ops unit for Robert the Bruce in the quickly growing conflict. And with Tor as the head of the guard it quickly becomes the stuff of legend.

But with Tor feeling tricked into a marriage with Christina, even though he is very attracted to her, he makes up his mind to stay aloof from his sexy new bride accept in the bedroom. But as the passion grows between them can Tor truly defend the stone wall around his warriors heart from his lovely and tempting new wife?

The Chief is a romping adventure on top of being a bang up and solid Scottish romance. So if you enjoy a good tale in the veins of Braveheart and Rob Roy with a heavy dose of romance thrown in with it you will love this one as much as I did. It’s going on my keeper shelf and as I said I haven’t been able to stop on the series since I started the first one. (Reviews of the rest of the series will follow shortly so stay tuned for those!) I thoroughly enjoyed Monica’s MacLeod trilogy several years back, and I have to say that I have loved The Highland Guard series even more... which I wasn’t expecting but was presently surprised by it doing so. 

Well what are you waiting for? Go get the first book and get started on this sexy adventure for yourself today I guarantee you won't be sorry!


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