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The Recruit: A Highland Guard Novel (edition 2012)

by Monica McCarty

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Title:The Recruit: A Highland Guard Novel
Authors:Monica McCarty
Info:Ballantine Books (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
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The Recruit by Monica McCarty

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Another great book from the Early Reviewers program, I couldn't put it down, of course I had to, to you know eat, sleep and work . Looking forward to the next one.
  mermaidjoy | Nov 8, 2013 |
Kenneth Sutherland is bold, fierce, strong, a great warrior but has a temper that always gets the best of him: he always comes in second, no matter what he do.
Determined to prove himself to Bruce in order to be part of the Guard, Kenneth, with some rules imposed by Magnus MacKay, needs to win every tournament of the Highland Games to become his partner. But they are enemies for a long time and it's hard not to provoke him.
Mary of Mar is a virtual prisoner in England, a stranger to her son and a widow of a traitor rebel. Since the time her sister, Janet of Mar, tried to rescue her and had disappear on the process that Mary sustains herself. But all changes when Bruce summons her to Scotland in order to marry Kenneth.
Mary goes to Scotland has a spy for Edward and tells Bruce that she has no intention to marry anyone but one look at Kenneth and lust and a night of 'freedom' becomes very appealing.
But the night of 'freedom' had come with a price and now they must do the best they can, for themselves and for Scotland and Bruce.

I liked this one. Kenneth turned out to be a 'better person' that I expected. Although in this book there isn't much action scenes or scenes about the Guard as an ensemble, we can understand the motif. There is a continuity since book one that is missed if we don't read it in order. Kenneth needs to prove himself to him and to the others, especially Mary. Even if this story is loosely based on real historical facts, it's a great one. ( )
  Lost_Lenore | Jul 25, 2013 |
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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! ( )
  historicalbooklover | Nov 27, 2012 |
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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. ( )
  RavynWhyt | Nov 24, 2012 |
THE RECRUIT by Monica McCarthy is an exciting Medieval Scottish historical romance.Book 6 in the “Highland Guard” novel series,but can be read as a stand alone. “The Recruit” is filled with passion,danger,betrayal,secrets,treason,trust,misunderstandings,grief,Highland Games,Highland history,love and an elite army of trained warriors ( the Highland Guard)fighting to restore Robert the Bruce to his rightful place as King of Scotland. Mary of Mar leads Kenneth Sutherland on a merry chase from Scotland to England. Kenneth is bold,has a temper,and wants to be a member of Robert the Bruce’s elite Army. Enter Mary of Mar, whose husband was hanged for treason,her child taken away from her,determined to be independent and not surrender to another man’s wishes. But Kenneth stirs not only her passion but her heart. Fast paced and action packed with strong,independent characters who will steal your heart. An intriguing plot between Robert the Bruce,and the invading King of England. Scotland vs England. “The Recruit” will linger with you long after the last page. Any one who enjoys Scottish history, the fight between England and Scotland,romance at its worst and its best,a passionate storyline and engaging characters is sure to enjoy “The Recruit”. I read it in one setting. What an enjoyable read from an author who is a wonderful storyteller of Medieval Scotland. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Above the Treeline. Details can be found at the author’s website,Ballantine,and My Book Addiction and More.
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  MyBookAddiction | Nov 21, 2012 |
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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?

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Kenneth Sutherland is determined to prove himself worthy of a place in Robert the Bruce's Highland Guard, but his unexpected strong attraction to Mary of Mar makes him vow to win both admission into the Guard and Mary's heart.

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