Sunday, February 9, 2014

ARC #REVIEW: The Raider @MonicaMcCarty

We were honored with an ARC of The Raider (Highland Guard #8) by Monica McCarty! Just like all the rest of the series, the author took me on a journey from the first page to the last.

After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart.

Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose.

Lady Rosalin Clifford barely recognizes the rebel prisoner she saved from execution six years ago. Though her girlish ideals for fairness have matured into a passion for justice, Rosalin believes she betrayed her brother when she helped this dangerous man escape. Now her traitorous act has come back to haunt her. But she can’t deny the longing this tormented warrior ignites in her, or deny the passion that turns sworn enemies into lovers. Is the gentle love of a true English Rose enough to free Scotland’s most brutal warrior from a path of vengeance—before it’s too late?

REVIEW: Once again immersed in the battle between the Scots and English, The Raider will pull you along on its journey. The crisp writing and intrigue woven into each scene had me flipping pages as fast as I could read. Though each story in the series follows this band of men, each is written independently so the love stories are unique and charming. This time, the couple must overcome the obstacles placed in their way by both country and family.

This story was an emotional roller coaster. I went from tearing up to laughing to biting my nails repeatedly. You feel the love between these two strong, dimensional characters but are also aware of the hurdles they face. And the sense that they are destined to find one another made the hopeless romantic in me giddy.

It's another hit for McCarty!

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was provided to us through NetGalley. Many thanks.
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