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.The Striker by Monica McCarty
Series: Highland Guard #10
Narrator: Antony Ferguson
Published by Tantor Audio on January 26, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Length: 13 hours
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Six years ago, Eoin "Striker” MacLean endured the greatest betrayal of his life, a disaster that led Robert the Bruce to a crushing defeat and left Eoin without the spirited woman who ruled his heart. Eoin knew that falling in love with his sworn enemy’s daughter was risky, dividing him between a possessive desire for beautiful Margaret MacDowell and an undying loyalty to his king. He promised Bruce that he would keep his fiery bride in the dark about the elite Highland Guard, but he could not predict the dire consequences his secret would have on his young marriage. Nor could he foresee how surrendering to temptation could cripple Bruce’s cause, forcing Eoin to blame his wife—and himself for trusting her.
Now, as Bruce prepares to challenge the resistance’s remaining strongholds, Eoin finally has his chance for revenge against the woman he once loved so fiercely and her entire clan. But when ferociously independent Margaret reveals a surprise that unites her with Eoin, neither of them will let their love go down without a fight.
Highland Guard Eoin MacLean is completely captivated by Margaret (Maggie) MacDowell, despite her unconventional behavior and her being the daughter of Dugald MacDowell who opposes Bruce’s claim to the throne. After their whirlwind marriage, he has cause to believe she betrayed him and Bruce’s warriors to her father. Thinking Eoin had died in that fateful clash, Margaret prepares to remarry six years later, only to have him show up at the moment she’s to take her vows. But, she’s also got a surprise in store for him, too.
I loved this story, even when Maggie and Eoin’s relationship woes would alternately make me want to scream or cry. Their behavior, however, was completely realistic given the circumstances. I enjoyed having Robert Bruce be an important element of the story, more front and center versus in the background. It was also insightful to learn about the perspectives of Scotsmen who didn’t support Bruce’s campaign to be restored to the throne.
This was my first time listening to the series and I’m now hooked! Anthony Ferguson delivers a wonderful performance, giving correct pronunciation to all those Gaelic names and words, as well as providing perfect emphasis to the story. As with most male narrators, his delivery of the female voices weren’t perfect but it wasn’t distracting.
Loved this story and the narration. Eoin and Maggie are two very strong, well developed characters and the historical element made this tale fascinating.
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