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The Chief (Highland Guard Series #1)

The Chief (Highland Guard Series #1)

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by Monica McCarty

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Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands and Western Isles, Robert the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule. They are the best of the best, chosen for their superior skills in each discipline of warfare. And to lead his secret Highland Guard,



Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands and Western Isles, Robert the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule. They are the best of the best, chosen for their superior skills in each discipline of warfare. And to lead his secret Highland Guard, Bruce chooses the greatest warrior of all.
The ultimate Highland warlord and a swordsman without equal, Tor MacLeod has no intention of being drawn into Scotland’s war against the English. Dedicated to his clan, the fiercely independent chief answers to no one—especially not to his alluring new bride, bartered to him in a bid to secure his command of the deadliest fighting force the world has ever seen. The treacherous chit who made her way to Tor’s bed may have won his hand, but she will never claim his heart.

Although her husband’s reputation is as fierce as his manner, Christina Fraser believes that something softer hides beneath his brutal shell. But the only warmth she feels is in their bed, in glorious moments of white-hot desire that disappear with the dawn. When Christina’s reckless bid to win her husband’s love goes awry and thrusts them into danger on the eve of war, Tor will face his ultimate battle: to save his wife and to open his heart—before it’s too late.

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Library Journal
With William Wallace dead and Scotland's fate now in his hands, Robert the Bruce quietly makes plans for a secret army: 12 of the best warriors in the land—notably West Highlanders and Islanders—united under a fierce Western Isle chief, the legendary Tormod MacLeod. Unfortunately for the Bruce, staunchly independent Tor wants no part of the plan—until treachery lands the tempting Christina Fraser in his bed, and he is forced to reconsider. Passion and politics abound in this exceptionally well-researched romance that skillfully interweaves fiction with history and sheds new light on a particularly fascinating and violent time. VERDICT Clear, accessible historical detail, strong, intricate plotting, and believable characters (both historical and invented) keep the pages turning in this adventure, the first in a new series, which hooks readers from the start. McCarty (Highland Scoundrel) lives in Piedmont, CA.
Publishers Weekly
McCarty (Highland Scoundrel) begins a new Highland romance trilogy, this one set in the early 14th century. While Robert the Bruce attempts to consolidate the clans against the king, clan chief Tormod MacLeod hopes to remain above suspicion as he begins a special ops force, but his allegiance looks questionable after he’s tricked into marrying Christina Fraser, the daughter of a nobleman once imprisoned for supporting William Wallace. Tor faces internal conflict as his growing feelings for his wife battle his warrior code. McCarty devotes too much time to the special ops story line, and romance fans will find little to engage with as Tor remains cold in the face of Christina’s efforts to breach his emotional walls, but readers who deplore “wallpaper historicals” will appreciate not only the romance but McCarty’s efforts to go beyond the superficialities of historical Scotland. (Apr.)

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Random House Publishing Group
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Highland Guard Series , #1
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4.22(w) x 6.96(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Monica McCarty is the bestselling author of the Highlander trilogy (Highlander Untamed, Highlander Unmasked, and Highlander Unchained). Her interest in the Scottish clan system began in the most unlikely of places: a comparative legal history course at Stanford Law School. After a short but enjoyable stint practicing law, she realized that her legal vocation and her husband’s transitory career as a professional baseball player were not exactly a match made in heaven. So McCarty traded in her legal briefs for Scottish historical romances with sexy alpha heroes. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two young children.

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Chief (Highland Guard Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 271 reviews.
soto_caligrl02MI More than 1 year ago
this was my first McCarty book, and I must say im buying the rest of this series. I'm a huge highlander junkie and The Chief is definitely making my top five list. Its a new twist to the many books out there about a lass falling into the saving arms of a laird. This story however has a new spin on that old tale. Tor doesn't want Christina as his bride, he finds her attractive but not enough to take her as his. He wants no part in the kings war and will deny himself a bride till he can make sure his marriage will not cause harm to his people. Christina loves her sister and will do anything to protect her fragile spirit from their abusive father, she will even go as far as playing a part in the trickery of her father to gain a forced marriage from Tor. This tale has action, adventure, treachery, and romance.Now add a group of fierce men each with a perfected skill working together, and you have the ingredients to a wonderful new series. I highly recommend The Chief as part of your library, and i hope the rest of the books are as good as this one.
Charmed47 More than 1 year ago
I read this in one day. It had all the elements, stubborn man, soft but sensible woman, enjoyable intimacies, and a nice history lesson.
bklvr16 More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book. The love story was hot and the Special Ops part was different from anything I have read before. Tor MacLeod and Christina Fraser are real historical figures living around the time of Robert Bruce and William Wallace (think 'Braveheart'). Tor is tricked into marrying Christina about the time he is asked to train a group of men to fight against the English who want to control Scotland. Tor is a hard man whose main purpose is keeping his clan safe and out of the coming conflict. Christina is a beautiful, but impulsive woman, determined to help her husband who is determined not to love her, but he finds she is a very sensual woman in bed and finds it harder and harder not to love her. One impulsive act put her in danger and Tor is thrust into a conflict he wants no part of. This is the first in the Highland Guard Series and I can not wait for the next book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Monica McCarty is a new author find for me- and if you like Scottish historicals then this is a series for you- and if you read Monica's author note she went to great expense to find real Scottish families and events of the time. Tor and Christina and fantastic characters that you won't be able to leave.
RebeccaTX More than 1 year ago
This book was exciting, action packed, thought provoking and romantic. I am now devouring all books by Monica McCatry - she is brilliant!
Jessica Kelb More than 1 year ago
I am a huge historical romance fan (especially in the scottish highlands) This book did not disapoint and I would highly recommend this to anyone. Could not put it down once I started.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesnt get any better than this. Hunky laird beautiful lady great sex scenes. Nice build up of their love and marriage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five star read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't really expect a "bodice ripper" when I bought this book. I was looking more for adventurous historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfully written story. Very sensual, as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Regency tales; but, Highlander, not so much - till, I read this one - first in the series and I look forward to reading ALL of them! Good story and excellent writing - a good proof reading wouldn't hurt, though!
Mama_of_4 More than 1 year ago
I love historical romance. For me, the right about of plot and sex. There really is a story line to this book that was enjoyable. This is the first book by this author that I have read and just started the 2nd, I hope it is just as good, or close. I will re read this story when I need a good escape book!
Wicked68 More than 1 year ago
Monica you've done it again!!! I couldnt wait for this book to come out since reading all your previous ones. Alot of rich history and I loved the characters. Cant wait for the next one!! Keep up the good work!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1305, Scotland appears to have lost its war with the English. Robert the Bruce knows his warriors cannot defeat the English in open combat so he decides to use guerilla special operation tactics to wear down their opponent. Thus alliances are made to unify the divided Scottish clans. Christina Fraser heads to the island of Isla to attend her sister's marriage to ferocious Tormod "Tor" MacLeod. However, she offers herself in her sibling's place as she has much more fortitude to stand up against the roaring Highlander. Bruce offers Tor his clan lands back if he vows allegiance and leads a counter force. Tor is attracted to his new spouse but clan restoration and the war of Scottish independence come before personal desires. This is an exciting historical romance in which the war preparations as a medieval special forces type unit adhering to the Scottish warrior code provide freshness to the tale. The relationship between the married couple add tension as he puts his clan and his battle team ahead of his growing love for his feisty wife who brought baggage into their marriage as her father supported Wallace. Well written, Monica McCarty's devoted romance fans will relish this deep look at Scotland trying to regain its independence. Harriet Klausner
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I'm really enjoying this series! I highly recommend!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartbreaking sweet and dramatic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like others, this is my first Monica McCarthy book and I think I will read more. The story is weak on actual history, however she tries to make it seem real. I enjoyed the characters and their struggles, more so than other books I have read this summer. If you enjoy Scottish romance, with some history mixed in, you might enjoy this book. I'm going to try book 2 (Hawk) next.
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I can't wait to read the rest in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the part where Tor objected to how his dogs smelled after Christina bathed them.
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Tiffybob More than 1 year ago
If your looking for a good quick romance read,this book is for you