Gotta love a man in a kilt! The Raider by Monica McCarty

Posted May 6, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 10 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Gotta love a man in a kilt! The Raider by Monica McCartyThe Raider by Monica McCarty
Series: Highland Guard #8
Published by Ballantine on February 25, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart.

Of all Bruce's elite warriors, Robert "Raider" Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy's beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose.

Lady Rosalin Clifford barely recognizes the rebel prisoner she saved from execution six years ago. Though her girlish ideals for fairness have matured into a passion for justice, Rosalin believes she betrayed her brother when she helped this dangerous man escape. Now her traitorous act has come back to haunt her. But she can't deny the longing this tormented warrior ignites in her, or deny the passion that turns sworn enemies into lovers. Is the gentle love of a true English Rose enough to free Scotland's most brutal warrior from a path of vengeance—before it's too late?


About this Highland Guard
Robbie Boyd, aka Raider, is skilled in physical strength and hand-to-hand combat. No one’s been able to best him in many years. He was friends with William Wallace when they were kids and he’s now Robert the Bruce’s authority on the borders. His most hated adversary is Englishman Robert, Baron de Clifford.


The conflict
Six years ago, Clifford had Robbie imprisoned and he faced certain death. His younger sister, Rosalin, was fascinated by the young warrior and secretly helped release him. Now, by pure chance, she was inadvertently abducted by him and she’s desperately trying to find the nobility she once saw in the now war-hardened man who is driven by vengeance. Robbie’s never forgotten her and both are struggling to avoid an ill-fated romance while he holds her hostage and bargains for her release with her brother on behalf of Bruce.


The heart of the story
Rosalin is the ideal heroine. She’s appropriate for the era but has just enough backbone and wits to make things interesting. Robbie is brash, fearsome and completely undone by this Englishwoman. She rounded his sharp edges and worked hard to revive that honorable and idealistic young man she discovered six years ago. Robbie is an utterly formidable Highland Guard and kept things really exciting with his struggles of conscience and desire for retribution. The historical accuracy continues to fascinate me (I tend to Google certain details as I read along).


The bottom line
Another hit in this Highland Guard series. As much as I lusted after Robbie, Rosalin is who makes this story interesting. She’s clever and knows how to handle both Robbie and her brother. There are lots of tense moments and the romance is really well done. Wrap all this around an important time in Scottish and English history and you have another fine story in this exceptional series.




About Monica McCarty

Like most writers, I’ve always loved to read. Growing up in California there was always plenty to do outside, but all too often I could be found inside curled up with a book (or two or three).

Law School was where I fell in love with Scotland. In my third year, I took a Comparative Legal History class, and wrote a paper on the Scottish Clan System and Feudalism. So I immediately dropped out of law school and went on to write Scottish Historical Romances…well no, not quite. You see, I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. My father was a lawyer, I was a “poet” (i.e., not into math), and I love to argue. It seemed natural.

So I finished law school, got married, passed the CA bar, moved to Minnesota (with a few stops along the way), waived into the MN bar, worked as a litigator for a few satisfying years, moved back to CA, had a couple of kids, realized that a legal career and being a single parent for most of the year (due to husband’s career) would be extremely difficult, and THEN decided to sit down and write.

And how did I end up writing romance? It’s not as divergent as it seems. What I loved about being a lawyer are the same things I love about being a writer—research and writing. The only thing missing is the arguing, but that’s what a husband and kids are for, right?

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10 responses to “Gotta love a man in a kilt! The Raider by Monica McCarty

  1. This sounds really good Jonetta, I got the first book on audio already, but I didn’t listen because Lisa rated really low on Hot Listens, so I lost my enthusiasm. I think I’ll take a second look. On second thought, maybe I can go right to this one.. Lol
    I got to go see if it was the narration what she didn’t like.
    Thanks! Great review.

    • I hope it was the narration:) I’ve read all but one in the series and have enjoyed them (one was just “meh” but still had stellar moments), all 4 or 5 star ratings. I’d still recommend reading The Chief first because understanding the origins of the Highland Guard enriches the reading experience of all that come after.

  2. I want to know what’s under that kilt! Love that cover 😉 I’ve never heard of this series before! I love me some highlanders so I’ll be checking this series out soon. It’s been a while since I’ve read a good historical romance! Great review Jonetta.

    • I hope you have the first one, The Chief, because it sets up the series extremely well. The hallmark of the stories is the historical base. She does a great job weaving historical fact and fiction.

  3. Jennifer (The Book Nympho)

    Mmmm… that cover. Makes me want to take a peek under that kilt. LOL