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.