Not So Knightly! The Knight by Monica McCarty

Posted October 1, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 3 Comments

Not So Knightly! The Knight by Monica McCartyThe Knight by Monica McCarty
Series: Highland Guard #7.5
Published by Self Published on December 17, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 136
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Stripped of his lands by the English king who killed his father, James Douglas will do whatever it takes to see his clan’s honor and fortune restored. The ambitious young knight, whose dark visage, powerful stature, and ferocity in battle has earned him the epitaph “the Black,” knows he must use fear, force, and intimidation to defeat the English, put Robert the Bruce on Scotland’s throne, and restore the honor of the Douglas name. Nothing and no one will get in his way. Not even the lass who captured his heart in childhood and still holds it in her delicate hands.

Joanna Dicson has loved James Douglas for as long as she can remember. That she is “only” the daughter of the marshal of Douglas Castle has never concerned her. Yet even as James’s ruthless reputation grows, and despite the warnings of others to guard her heart—and her virtue—against him, Joanna never dreams he will turn on her. He loves her and would never hurt her. But when James returns to Douglas to force the English garrison from his castle, Joanna learns that their love is nothing against his ambition. His marriage—like everything else—will be a means of bettering his clan. Heartbroken and humiliated, Joanna is left alone with a secret that may destroy them both.

This is the story of James Douglas, known as The Black Douglas who was feared for his ruthlessness. He was also favored and a close lieutenant of Robert the Bruce. James is über ambitious and confuses Joanna Dicson into believing his love meant marriage. When she learns differently, Jo is devastated.

I pretty much despised James for most of the story, unusual for me in this series. Both he and Jo do a lot of maturing before they find their way back to each other and my feelings about him shifted when I didn’t believe that possible.

It’s short and the subject isn’t a member of the Highland Guard, which is a departure. However, the history is still here and I enjoyed learning about this important figure in Bruce’s inner circle. Plus, the romance was heartfelt.

(Pssst! It’s currently free on Amazon and Kobo!)

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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3 responses to “Not So Knightly! The Knight by Monica McCarty

  1. I had every intention to listen to first book in the series, The Chief, but Lisa reviewed on the blog and she was disappointed with the narration, so I moved to my TBR pile and I never picked it up, maybe be I should give a go one of this days 🙂 I’ve forgotten all about this series.
    Thanks Jonetta.

    • This is one series best read in order. You will know from the first book if it’s your cuppa tea. Of course, I love the series, one of my most favorite in the historical fiction and romance genres. I hope you’ll give it a try:)