Series: The Highland guard bk 5
Author: Monica McCarty
Genre: Scottish Historical Romance
Robert the Bruce consolidates lands and loyalty in a bold war for Scotland’s independence, as his elite team of warriors, the Highland Guard, fight for king, country . . . and love.
Magnus MacKay is the ultimate Highlander: tough, proud, able to master any terrain and to best his enemies. Called “the Saint” for his refusal to discuss women, as well as for his cool and steady leadership, Magnus hides a painful truth. It isn’t virtue or piety that keeps him silent, but a wound of love and loss that cuts so deep he cannot bear to speak of it. But when the woman who refused him is betrothed to his friend and fellow Guardsman, Magnus is tested by love’s battle cry.
A wild and innocent beauty, Helen chose family duty over her desire for Magnus. Now the anger in his eyes mirrors the tormented regret in her heart. But as deadly subterfuge stalks the King and his Guard, Helen vows to right her youthful mistakes with a woman’s determined spirit. Still, Magnus harbors secrets and an iron will not to weaken to temptation—or heartache—again. But as danger looms, it’s the kiss not of a saint, but of a sinner, that can save them.
I have loved this entire in this series, and with this one Monica doesn’t disappoint me either. Magnus and Helen are like Romeo and Juliet, star crossed lovers who can never seem to be in the same place at the same time. History, old family feuds and old friends keep these two apart. Thankfully their love is stronger than all of this, though it could take some smashing their heads together to show them that they really do belong together. It is a fun read, and at times frustrating to watch these two struggle to make it, but what a ride watching them achieve what both desperately want.