Title: The Striker
Series: Highland Guard #10
Author: Monica McCarty
Genre: Historical Scottish Romance
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch
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.
After my personal disappointment with the last book in this series, I was apprehensive about reading this one. I’m so glad I did though because it was fantastic. It had everything you’d expect from a Monica McCarty novel.
Margaret was a great heroine. A little wild, a little spoiled and a little sheltered. She was indulged by her family and clan. She wasn’t raised like other young ladies of the Highlands. Her clan struck me as more savage and poor. She was supposed to make a match to align her clan with another clan in support of their choice for King. Margaret is adventurous, not to mention, breathtakingly beautiful. She’s also outspoken, says thing that are misinterpreted.
Eoin is a member of the Highland Guard for Robert Bruce, but not when they first meet. He’s almost betrothed to another girl. He knows he has to stay away from Margaret, not only because of her wildness but because of their different alliances. Fate, being the crafty bitch that she is, has other plans and the two fall in love. After a “wedding” ceremony, they leave and go to Eoin’s homeland where he leaves her with his family and clansmen. They detest her because of her reputation and family name.
As Eoin trains for the Guard, Margaret struggles to fit in. It doesn’t work and she leaves to go back to her family. The two see each other maybe four times in their six year marriage and Margaret believes he’s dead. That is just a snippet of what happens in this book. War, death, betrayal and hot sex scenes. Monica McCarty hit it out of the park with this one, proving she’s still a force to be reckoned with in penning Scottish Highlander romance. I can’t wait to see what she does next!