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The Chief (Highland Guard Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Monica McCarty
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23 Mar 2010 Highland Guard Novels

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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (23 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345518225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345518224
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 16.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality historical romance 3 Jan 2011
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Monica McCarty is the queen of historical romance and this is one of her best. It is the first book in a new series about Robert the Bruce's secret highland guard, with each book focusing on a different guard member with different connections and different skills.

I won't divulge too much plot as that would really spoil it for you but, in brief: Tor MacLeod is persuaded to be the Chief of the secret highland guard and is bartered a bride, Christina Fraser, in order to seal the deal. She is keen to please him and cannot understand why he is so secretive, sneaking off during the day, leaving her alone, only to come to her at night and disappear again. Her desire to persuade him to love her properly leads them into trouble that she wasn't expecting...

Tor is the perfect gruff and challenging hero and Christina is very endearing and determined. The book is full of interesting plot and the romance is well-written with plenty of heat between the main characters. It definitely has you rooting for the couple and Christina's efforts to make Tor love her wholly do tug at your heart strings! The additional members of the highland guard are also introduced here, as Tor is training them, and it's enough to give you a flavour of what they are like, enough to make you want to read their own books when they come along.

It's a rare thing to find good quality, well-written romance that isn't too cheesy, but this is definitely an example. I would highly recommend it. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. Each member of the guard is going to get their own book and I look forward to them all!

NB/ No problems with the Kindle edition. Go ahead and download!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 24 July 2013
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I loved this book.Full of everything I love. Exciting'thrilling story. I could not stop reading it till I got to the end.Wonderful characters, steamy love scenes. Kept me on the edge.loved it and would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highland Guard book 1 7 Dec 2013
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It's been a long time since I read a highlander romance, in fact I've not read much in the way of historical romance since in the last few years and I was in the mood for something different. When my friend suggested buddy reading the Highland Guard series the covers immediately caught my eye and it didn't take much to persuade me to grab a copy of The Chief and get started. This was my first book by Monica McCarty but it definitely won't be the last and I can't wait to carry on with this series!

When Tor MacLeod is asked to create a secret Highland Guard for Robert the Bruce it's the last thing he really wants to do, he'd rather keep his clan safe and away from danger but he isn't given much choice in the matter. Things are made even worse when he is forced to marry Christina Fraser, he had no intention of taking a wife - especially not a woman who could trick him so badly. To say their relationship doesn't get off to a great start is an understatement but no matter how hard he tries to resist her charms he finds himself wanting more and more from his wife. Christina struggles to understand how the passionate man who adores her by night can become so cold and distant during the day, she desperately wants her marriage to work and will do whatever it takes to prove to him that she can be an asset to Tor's clan if he'll just let her help him.

I have to say that Christina's father is one of the most despicable men I've ever come across and if ever there was a fictional character I want to see die a slow and painful death it was him! I immediately felt for Christina and her sister, they were put in an impossible situation and I really admired Christina for the fact that she was willing to sacrifice her own happiness to keep her sister safe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read series 31 Oct 2013
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I have been reading books ever since I got my 1st Kindle and I cant get enough of them.
This book took me into another world, would recommend to anyone, you get absorbed in the story.
You never know what is going to happen next, this series has you hooked so expect lots of late nights reading.
You have to read from book 1 fantastic story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chief 6 Sep 2013
By Jana
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I couldn't put this book down, not surprisingly, Monica Mccarty is amazing in what she does.... A beautiful woman is bending one of the fiercest warriors in Scotland and it all ends well...
Great action, great story, the right amount of romance..
Highly recommend - you'll love it too
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