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The Recruit (A Highland Guard Novel) by Monica McCarty - Excerpt

The Recruit (A Highland Guard Novel) by Monica McCarty - Excerpt

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Scotland’s King Robert the Bruce is retaking his kingdom from the invading English. To win, he’ll need all the grit and courage of his elite band of warriors, the Highland Guard, men who fight without fear and love without limits.

Fiery, aggressive, and bold, Kenneth Sutherland is a true champion—skilled with any weapon and driven to win. Now Kenneth is ready for his greatest challenge: joining Robert the Bruce’s secret army to fight among the elite. Kenneth’s best chance to attain that honor is by winning the Highland Games. Focused and prepared for victory, he is caught off guard by a lovely wisp of a woman—and a stolen moment of wicked seduction. Her innocent arousal and her shameless hunger fire his blood. He will win his place in the guard—and in Mary of Mar’s bed.

The ruggedly handsome hero-in-the-making stirs a heart that should know better. Mary vows that her surrender will be sport only—no promises, no heartbreak, just one night of incredible passion. Nothing, she swears, will persuade her to give up her hard-wrought independence and put her fate in the hands of another powerful man. But with every gentle touch and heart-pounding kiss, Kenneth makes her want more. Now Mary wants his heart. But is this determined champion willing to surrender everything for love?
Scotland’s King Robert the Bruce is retaking his kingdom from the invading English. To win, he’ll need all the grit and courage of his elite band of warriors, the Highland Guard, men who fight without fear and love without limits.

Fiery, aggressive, and bold, Kenneth Sutherland is a true champion—skilled with any weapon and driven to win. Now Kenneth is ready for his greatest challenge: joining Robert the Bruce’s secret army to fight among the elite. Kenneth’s best chance to attain that honor is by winning the Highland Games. Focused and prepared for victory, he is caught off guard by a lovely wisp of a woman—and a stolen moment of wicked seduction. Her innocent arousal and her shameless hunger fire his blood. He will win his place in the guard—and in Mary of Mar’s bed.

The ruggedly handsome hero-in-the-making stirs a heart that should know better. Mary vows that her surrender will be sport only—no promises, no heartbreak, just one night of incredible passion. Nothing, she swears, will persuade her to give up her hard-wrought independence and put her fate in the hands of another powerful man. But with every gentle touch and heart-pounding kiss, Kenneth makes her want more. Now Mary wants his heart. But is this determined champion willing to surrender everything for love?

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Publish date: Oct 30, 2012
Added to Scribd: Aug 14, 2012
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historicalbooklover reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Well I jumped right in this and loved second of it - A rollercoaster of emotional ups and downs - McCarty has a way of writing that lets you feel it all right along with her characters and I often found myself wanting to strangle Mary & Kenneth =) I had missed the last couple of books in this series but was able to jump right back in without any problems - Great story - Highly enjoyable - I would recomend to everyone!
whiteravensoars reviewed this
Rated 4/5
With attention to detail, this novel is a fun historical read! With great depth in characters, they become people you really can connect with. Taking you back in time to the rugged life in Scottish history. Full of life, passion, secrets and spying you can get your fill of a warriors life. Add to that the love ran away from and you have an epic adventure.
vmpgirl reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I received my copy of The Recruit through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program. While historical romance isn't my favorite romance genre, the right author can always rope me in and Monica McCarty did just that. Within the first few pages I was quickly swept back into time and completely wrapped up in the characters. The Recruit was a great read and I look forward to the future books in the series.
dotland101 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is the 6th installment of the prospective 10-12 books in the "Highland Guard" series. Although readers do not have to read them all in correct reading order, but personally, I would recommend reading the first book ("The Chief") would be helpful, not only get yourself acquainted with these warriors in kilt and their background, but much enjoyable for you as well to start where it all began. Or, if you don't want to read the first book then go to author's website, click on "Books", then "All about Highland Guard Page" and print out six pages of the "Who's who" in Highland Guard... Voila! you're good to go. It will give you some background and insight into the ten deadliest ancient warriors, the "commandos" of old, the equivalent of the present days Elites/Special Ops/SEALS team of the 1305 Scotland during the time of Robert the Bruce who handpicked these ten warriors himself to be his secret highland guard. They are "the deadliest, the best of the best, chosen for their superior and specialized skills in combat". If you love historical romance and have that special soft spot for "Men in Kilt"... well, I just can't think how you can miss reading this book, or the entire series for that matter. This series is also rich in histories of Scotland vs England at the time as well. I believe McCarty did a good job and thorough in her historical research to bring us this blend of romance and history wrapped together deliciously in gorgeous kilts in her books, not one but six times over (and counting)."Recruit" is the story of Kenneth Sutherland who is known to be skillful in many weapons and he's winning driven man, met his match by the name of Mary of Mar.
mgray16 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I really liked this book. I have read all previous 5 books in this series and think this is one more great addition. This is the story of Kenneth Sutherland and Lady Mary of Mar. The story line is one seen before in many other romance novels; the woman has been hurt in the past and the man reminds her of the hurt but is still endearing and different enough to let her fall in love. I think I would have tired of this trope if McCarty hadn't been such a good writer. It is apparent that she puts the effort in to develop her characters and doesn't let the story drag along. I also appreciated her attention to detail regarding the time period and events that are taking place during the story. At the end of each of her books she also explains how she tried to blend as much fact into her stories as possible. Overall, I think it is a great historical romance read and I look forward to reading the next Highland Guard novel.
mschweer432 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I loved loved loved this book!!! This was my first book by Monica McCarty and I was NOT dissapointed! I felt like the book stood on it's own well even though it was hard at times keeping all of the characters straight that I am guessing appeared in the earlier books in this series. I loved all of the characters and am now compelled to go back and read the rest of the series!! This was a great book if you like historical romances.
books007_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
When I first received this book and saw the cover, my thoughts were "SIGN ME UP" recruit! The cover is awesome and I am happy to say the book didn't disappoint either!Mary's first marriage was not what she had hoped it would be. Her warrior husband was gone more than home, he was unfaithful and left her and their son vulnerable. After his death, she is caught between Edward's rule (whom has her son) and Robert the Bruce whom has her family's loyalty. After a chance encounter with a warrior she can't fight attraction for during a peace treaty mission, her life will never be the same.Kenneth is a warrior to the hilt! As he fights to earn a spot on an elite secret army, he battles an attraction like none he has had before to Mary. One that costs him more than he ever imagined it would. When their paths cross again, he has to decide if she was as forgettable as he convinced himself she was.What a great Scottish historical romance! Kenneth is definitely a smokin' hot alpha male and the chemistry between the two are great. The story is interesting and this novel definitely does not lack it's steamy love scenes! Just disappointed I didn't start from book one of this series...can't wait to read more by this author.

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