Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Striker by @monicamccarty @NetGalley #REVIEW #ULTIMATEINDULGENCE

The Striker, Monica McCarty, Ballentine Books
Highland Guard #10
Six years ago, Eoin "Striker” MacLean endured the greatest betrayal of his life, a disaster that led Robert the Bruce to a crushing defeat and left Eoin without the spirited woman who ruled his heart. Eoin knew that falling in love with his sworn enemy’s daughter was risky, dividing him between a possessive desire for beautiful Margaret MacDowell and an undying loyalty to his king. He promised Bruce that he would keep his fiery bride in the dark about the elite Highland Guard, but he could not predict the dire consequences his secret would have on his young marriage. Nor could he foresee how surrendering to temptation could cripple Bruce’s cause, forcing Eoin to blame his wife—and himself for trusting her.

Now, as Bruce prepares to challenge the resistance’s remaining strongholds, Eoin finally has his chance for revenge against the woman he once loved so fiercely and her entire clan. But when ferociously independent Margaret reveals a surprise that unites her with Eoin, neither of them will let their love go down without a fight

What better way to start the new year then in 14th century Scotland?? Especially in the world that Ms. McCarty has created. I have been with this series form the beginning and have never been disappointed.

The author brings that time alive with the stories of her heroes and heroines. Not just with the love story but with the struggle to be happy and have a life during this historic period. She brings out the beauty of Scotland during and ugly time.

The "second chance" theme that this book revolves around is one of my favorite. I love to root for a couple to find their way back together and this one was not easy. Betrayal, trust and death....those would be difficult to overcome in the best of times.

This author is great at pairing strong women with the Alpha men of the Guard and in doing so gives these historicals a modern feel. Margaret is the perfect wild child to Eoin's much more serious personality.

Another fantastic addition to this epic series!

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by Netgalley. Many thanks.

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