The Rock

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The Rock

Highland Guard, #11

The Rock is another wonderfully entertaining book story in Monica McCarty's outstanding Highland Guard Series. I enjoyed this book greatly, and even though it wasn't one of my favorites, it was still a fantastic read.

This is the eleventh book in this series. It tells the emotional story of Thomas MacGowan and Elizabeth Douglas. The spins the story of a childhood friendship that blossomed into unrequited love, but sadly most of it was on Thom's part. There was an ocean of social differences (and an overly ambitious brother) that separated these two characters. Unfortunately for me, I had the same problem relating to Elizabeth that I had with her big brother James in The Knight. Even though she had a good reason for her insecurity I felt that she placed too much value on making the right alliance with her marriage. I ended up feeling like she waited too long to stand up for Thom. It was hard to get past it because I loved Thom so much. Now he was a wonderful character and all that is good in a hero of the story. So that is how I related to the main couple, loving one and disliking the other, but never let it be said that Monica McCarty failed to make me feel something for the characters. That being said I wasn't too happy when mistakes tore them apart for years. It took separation and bitterness and loyalty to bring them back together again.

I have read every book in this series and enjoyed each one from start to finish. This story was romantic and focused on seemingly insurmountable issues standing in the way of true love. As always, Monica McCarty's writing is amazing and loaded with rich history. The Rock is a great read and I recommend that you try it for yourself.


Book Blurb for The Rock

New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty continues her Highland Guard series in this eleventh steamy historical romance set against the sweeping backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

The first time he caught sight of Elizabeth Douglas, Thomas MacGowan thought she was a princess. To the son of the castle blacksmith, the daughter of the powerful Lord of Douglas might as well be. When it becomes clear that his childhood companion will never see him as a man she could love, Thom joins Edward Bruce’s army as a man-at-arms to try to change his lot. If he’s harbored a secret hope that he could close the gap between them, he faces the cold, hard truth when Elizabeth comes to him for help. She might need the boy who used to climb cliffs to rescue her brother from the hands of the English, but she would never see the son of a smith as a man worthy of her hand.


Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2015 4.00