Series: Campbell Trilogy

Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty

Posted August 22, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Highland Warrior by Monica McCartyHighland Warrior by Monica McCarty
Series: Campbell Trilogy #1
Published by Ballantine on January 27, 2009
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars
one-half-flames

The ruthless enforcer of Scotland’s most powerful clan, Jamie Campbell will use any means necessary to vanquish lawlessness and unrest among the feuding Highland clans. Seduction is a game as easily played as subterfuge, but when Jamie poses a as suitor to a rival clan’s daughter in order to expose treason, the line between duty and pleasure is suddenly blurred. Ebony-haired, ruby-lipped Caitrina Lamont defies him, denies him, and arouses him like no other woman.

Caitrina has no intention of forsaking her beloved father and doting brothers for a husband–especially a hated Campbell. But Jamie’s raw, sensual strength and searing kiss melt her resistance. When her idyllic world is shattered, Caitrina’s only hope to save her clan lies in the arms of Jamie Campbell, the enemy she holds accountable for its ruin. Can their tenuous truce, born in the velvet darkness of passionate nights, forge a love as strong as the sword that rules the Highlands?

 

Monica McCarty is hands down one of my favorite historical authors. She writes with such care and detail and her characters are wonderful.

Jamie Campbell is a man driven my loyalty and duty. He always does what’s right, not what’s easy. He never expect a woman would test him.

Caitrina has lived a charmed, sheltered life and Jamie is drawn to her naïveté and reckless spirit. But life hits her hard and she learns what the real world is like the night her family is slain and her home destroyed.

Jamie want to protect Caitrina and make her happy. By marrying her can help her regain her family’s land and rebuild their castle. The trouble is, she and her clansmen don’t trust the Campbells – the Clan that destroyed their lives – Jamie’s clan.

Loyalties are challenged and their love is strained, but they fight to keep each other and that is what made this book great! But what kept me from giving Highland Warrior a full 5 stars was Caitrina. She was confused for way too long – annoying – and the ending left rushed.

Can’t wait to pick up the next in the Campbell Trilogy!

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?