Title: The Rock
Series: Highland Guard #11
Author: Monica McCarty
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch
The first time he caught sight of Elizabeth Douglas, Thomas MacGowan thought she was a princess. To the son of the castle blacksmith, the daughter of the powerful Lord of Douglas might as well be. When it becomes clear that his childhood companion will never see him as a man she could love, Thom joins Edward Bruce’s army as a man-at-arms to try to change his lot. If he’s harbored a secret hope that he could close the gap between them, he faces the cold, hard truth when Elizabeth comes to him for help. She might need the boy who used to climb cliffs to rescue her brother from the hands of the English, but she would never see the son of a smith as a man worthy of her hand.
Tommy was a smithy’s son who fell in love with his Laird’s daughter. He, a village girl, the Laird’s son and the Laird’s daughter all grew up playing together, They spent countless hours running around the estate grounds and village.. Despite their class differences, they were inseparable. As they grew up, Tommy’s love for Elizabeth never wavered. Elizabeth was sent away to France for a while and came back all grown up.
Elizabeth has always considered Tom her best friend. Whether together or apart, he was her greatest confidante She probably spent more time with Tom than she should’ve due to their class distinctions. The Tom she finds on her return is different. He’s all grown up and his desire is to be a soldier. This is a goal he has spent years striving toward.
Elizabeth needs Tom’s help and doesn’t hesitate to ask him for it. When they both realize that they have feelings for one another beyond friendship, they both have to decide if their love is worth all they could lose.
I liked this book. The friendship was sweet & innocent, until it wasn’t. When it wasn’t, YOWZA! Hot! I am saddened as this series winds to a close. Monica McCarty writes great Scottish Highlander romance.