"What's victory without the battle?"
This quote rings true for Kenneth Sutherland and Mary of Mar. Monica McCarty's true talent for writing really shone through in the latest installment of her Highland Guard series, "The Recruit". I haven't followed this series from the beginning but this book had so much passion and acceptance. My only wish is that I had read the previous books first, though the story is a stand alone many of the characters from previous novels reappear in The Recruit. Now not only am I looking forward to the next book but I am also looking forward to reading all five of the previous novels. You would be a fool to not get your hands on a copy of Ms. McCarty's most recent book as quick as you can!
Mary and Kenneth are both on a mission to find the things that are most important to them. Kenneth has always wished to become a member of the Highland Guard and he will stop at nothing to complete his goal.
Mary is searching desperately for her missing sister, but many things go awry once she meets and a tall and handsome warrior. Combined talents isn't the only reason these two join forces. A blinding passion for each other quickly builds as both of their futures become unclear. What lies beyond the next bend? Acceptance and love will be the only truths worth fighting for.
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?