The Knight (A Highland Guard Novella 7.5)

The Knight (A Highland Guard Novella 7.5)

by Monica McCarty

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A novella set in the world of New York Times Bestselling Author Monica McCarty's Highland Guard Series.

The year is 1311, and the battle for Scotland’s independence rages on… 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 epithet “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 a novella of approximately 45,000 words.)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148939283
Publisher: Buccaneer Press LLC
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Series: Highland Guard Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 44,884
File size: 315 KB

About the Author

Monica McCarty is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 15.5 (and counting!) Scottish Historical romances, including her current Highland Guard series (THE CHIEF, THE HAWK, THE RANGER, THE VIPER, THE SAINT, THE RECRUIT, THE HUNTER, THE KNIGHT (novella), THE RAIDER, and THE ARROW). Her books have won and been nominated for numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s RITA, RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, and Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. Known for her “torrid chemistry” and “lush and steamy romance” as well as her “believable historical situations” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been translated and published throughout the world. Monica’s 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 mixing a legal career with her husband’s transitory career as a professional baseball player was not exactly a match made in heaven. So she “traded” in her legal briefs for Scottish Historical Romances with sexy alpha heroes. When not trekking across the moors and rocky seascapes of Scotland, Monica can be found in Northern California with her husband and two children.

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The Knight (A Highland Guard Novella 7.5) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Love conquers all! I am a huge fan of Monica McCarty! If you loved her Highland Guard series and can’t wait for her next book THE RAIDER, scheduled to be released in February, then THE KNIGHT will be perfect you. I am addicted to her amazing books, so much, that is the 15th one that I read of hers. I love her style of writing, her words flow! Again, I was not disappointed; Ms McCarty really showed that she is very talented writer and a wonderful storyteller. You don’t want to miss her novella; it’s the story of James and Joanna. James Douglas is a very ambitious knight who will do everything to help his clan. Stripped of his lands by the English king, he will use fear and intimidation, to gain them back. Nothing will get in his way, not even the beautiful Joanna. She will do everything to please him, but she will soon realize how naïve she was. For James, ambition is more important than love, to gain power and wealth. He thought she was not the right woman for him until a tragic event changes the course of their lives. Their love was very complicated with its ups and downs. Beautiful love story to read! Will Joanna trust him again? Or love him again? Will James realize what he really needs, love or power? Without any doubt, Ms. McCarty has done it again for me! I highly recommend her novella THE KNIGHT, a little gem to discover. If you follow her Highland Guard series, you won’t be disappointed. Don't forget to read next THE RAIDER, the story of Robert Boyd and Lady Rosalyn.
LUVSCOTS More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I love all of Monica's books and I did need a little Guard to read. It's a long wait till the Raider comes out. Great job Monica! I loved Joanna and James.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Monica McCarty skillfully mixes History and Fiction, excellent series brings true stories to vibrant life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very emotional, passionate, heart wrenching love story and I loved reading this novella. Highly recommend!!!! Excellent read!!!! B&N please limit the review lines to maybe 10 lines to eliminate the spoilers who tell the whole story!!!!!
MedievalLady More than 1 year ago
James and Joanna's story had me sitting here with my heart as broken as theirs and several times I had to set it down and go pull myself together. Monica McCarty's writing has always pulled the emotions out of me. James has it in his mind that the most important thing in the world is regaining his family's name no matter the cost so when he hurts the one person that he holds deepest in his soul, can there be any turning back? He not only faces battles fighting for The Bruce, but he wages one of the most important battles of his life .... righting a vicious wrong. Make sure and have some tissues handy. :)
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SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
James Douglas is a warrior fighting for Robert the Bruce in 1311. Joanna Dicson, the marshall’s daughter, grew up with James and the two have loved each other for years, consummating their relationship the last time James was home from campaign. James rises quickly within the Bruce’s ranks and earns the nickname “The Black Douglas” for his ruthless and effective fighting style. Years ago, the Douglas title and lands were stripped from James’ family by the English king and he has been on a vengeance quest to reclaim them ever since. A mission from Robert brings him back to his hometown where he meets up with Joanna again. Unbeknownst to James, Joanna carries his child, but when he tells her that he cannot marry her, she is devastated. What follows is a story of love, loss, and learning to value family over ambition. At the beginning of the story, Joanna Dicson is a sweet, but naive young woman in love with James Douglas. She believes that James’ love means he will marry her, even though they come from two vastly different social statuses. As reality comes crashing down around her, she learns to stand on her own, growing a backbone and dignity that refuses to settle for anything less than James’ wife (not his leman!). James is egotistical and ambitious — not a healthy combination when it means shoving aside those that have loved you and stood by you for an untold number of years. His treatment of Joanna in the first half of the novella was absolutely appalling, to the point where I believed that he didn’t deserve someone like Joanna. He eventually saw the error of his actions and begins to court Joanna properly, but it took many months to get to that point. Both of these characters were immature at the beginning of this novella and the main push of the character development is the journey that changes them into more mature adults ready to face the future together. A good afternoon read, especially if you enjoy stories where you’re not certain if the couple will actually get together and the hero must do some serious groveling at the heroine’s feet to make up for his earlier transgressions. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end, I fought back tears one moment, my chest tensing with emotion the next, and cheering on the story and hero in his quest to realize what truly was important in his life and what wasn't. Great page turner from beginning to end. Passionate, emotional, and wondefully told story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book series. Can't wait for the next one!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved. James and Johanna's story. I'm a sucker for the "you are not good enough for me, even though I love you." plot. Then the guy has an epiphany and realizes that what he really desire to make his life complete was right there in front of him. Well developed characters for a short novella. I highly recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love history and romance told in a very descriptive way pick up this novella and you will not regret it. Not having read any of the Highland Guard series, I didn't know if I would feel left out if I didn't start at the very first book. This novella was perfect. The story of James and Jo was such an intense read, it pulled me right in. They loved each other very much, but had different objectives and therefore a tragedy follows. Their love unravels and you can really feel their pain! Monica McCarty is a wonderful author. You actually feel like you are right on the field during a battle scene watching it come to life. The love scenes are so hot, I thought my Nook might catch fire! This is a keeper and I intend to read the rest of the series. Do yourself a huge favor and read this lovely story.
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jerichat More than 1 year ago
I loved this! I am not normally a fan of novellas. They usually seem so choppy, with storylines rushed and unfinished character development. Not so with this story. The character are much fuller developed that what I'd expected. The story is a great addition to the Highland Guard world. I'm sure it will help my enjoyment of "The Raider" (that I just picked up today at my B&N store!!!!!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this short book. I have read and enjoyed all of the Highland Guard books and looking forward to The Raider. This particular book is the only one to inspire me to learn more about James Douglas. So I found and am in the process of reading The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy) in which Robert the Bruce meets James Douglas and how he becomes part of the Highland Guard.
soleah More than 1 year ago
James and Joanna started out as sweethearts from the beginning.  But something happened.   And so the story goes on how James tries to win her back. This series is different from the rest of the Highland Guard series.  The focus is less on the mission and more on hero and the heroine. That is why the story is short, but it is good just the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all of the Highland Guard and can't wait for another. Nice little Novella to keep me waiting for the next book.
BANGLEDANGLES More than 1 year ago
I am in love with the Highland Guard series and have read all that have been published so far. This one was about the Black Douglas who does not join the guard because he does not want to be anonymous. He wants to elevate the Douglas name and increase the importance of his clan. He is a ruthless warrior and deserves the feared title of the Black Douglas. But he has a soft hear for his child hood love. She has always believed that they would become man and wife but he meant to love her forever while marrying someone else for wealth, land and power. He breaks her heart when this is made clear to her. She loves him with all her heart but refuses to share that love with a man who would not consider her good enough to marry. He goes on to fulfill his lofty ambisions but cannot remove the love for her from his heart. When facing losing her he has to make a choice between power and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series just keeps getting better. Cannot wait for the next one.
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RaneeCramer More than 1 year ago
I'm not impressed!!!!! Not everyone can afford such devices. If this is what author's are going to start doing, maybe I will just quit buying their produce, and go to the library.