Best-selling author Monica McCarty transports listeners to the 14th-century Scottish highlands in this dazzling novel. Warrior Tor MacLeod is picked by Robert the Bruce to lead the fight against English rule. Despite Tor’s rigid disposition and devotion to his craft, his new bride is determined to warm his heart.
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Edwina "I Love Books'
Exciting, Sexy and Romantic
When Andrew Fraser was exposed for making his daughter Christina put herself in a compromise position. He got a want he deserved Nothing and Christina got a great husband.
The Chief Tormod MacLeod. He grows the most in the story.
The Chief is the first story of 12 Highland Guards. After the brutal torture and death of William Wallace the Highlanders start a new uprising the year 1305 with Robert the Bruce, Earl of Carrick and Lord of Annandale as the leader of the new uprising. . Bruce wants to approach the new war in a different manner. He will picks out12 Highland Warriors who are experts in the different areas of battle an war. The men would be trained under one leader and that is Tormod MacLead/Tor whose specialty is training men and use of the sword is legendary. Tor excepts the invitation by Angus MacDonald The most powerful Chief in the Highlands to attend a war counsel meeting. When Tor declines to become apart of the 12 Highland Guard, he is set up by one of the council members Andrew Fraser. Fraser has brought his two daughters Beatrix and Christina with him to the meeting. He makes his younger daughter Christina get in bed with Tor while he is sleeping. Fraser and others discover her there in a most compromising position with Tor.. This is a very erotic story. All the sex scenes which are aren't many but are very well written and tasteful. After negotiations with MacDonald and the promise of peace for his clan and great wealth and lands he agree to train the other 11 men for 3 months. Christina and her sister are very rich heiress. Beatrix wants to take the Veil and live her life dedicated to God. The story centers around Christina marrying Thor. She tries everything she knows to make him love her. But every time she tries to help him it results in her making bad choices and causing more problems. There is a traitor who is passing on information to Tors enemies and enemies of The Bruce. The person is easy enough to figure out. This story is very accurate for the period. Rich in its developed multi layered characters. The story is fast paced and exciting and very sensual and romantic. I like all the characters and I look forward to reading the other 11 Highland Guards stories. I Highly Recommend The Chief
This story begins with a longwinded and boring recitation of historical facts and the setup for this story. It was hard for me to follow... l felt like I was back in school and too bored to learn anything. However... once that is done a very good story grows. It is full of strong individuals and interesting personalities. The tale becomes one to truly enjoy instead of one to prepare you for a quiz.
NARRATOR: I have always enjoyed Robert McNab . He is a talented narrator with a mastery of voices, accents and emotions.
CREDITWORTHY? Well.... get if You can past the dry , awful , boring beginning of this tale then yes!
Heat Factor? steam...
I usually love Monica McCarty, but this was my first with Robert McNab and it will be my last. I think this story could have been amazing, but he ruined it for me.
The next book by Monica McCarty with Antony Ferguson as the narrator!
His voice for the men and women. Sometimes he would pause suddenly and then suddenly pick up real fast. The romance scenes were terrible. I was so bummed!
Disappointment, only because of the narrator! I wish it had been Antony Ferguson who had narrated it, I would have fallen in love!
I finished this book, but I recommend just reading it, the narrator really ruined it!
I love all the highlander books - they have a great history to them. I love to hear the end of the book where they tell us how the story was originated or that the families / clans are real but the "names were changed to protect the innocent"
Oh gosh - it was horrible how he would pause where there should be a pause - there were long breaks in areas that should have flowed smoothly. His narration was definitely lacking. I could get used to his tone but the rest just ruins it. It's a great story just bad narration.
A spunkier herione
I have, that's why I'm totally surprised. I couldn't get past the part before her father was going to put Christina into the "Laird's" bed to trap him. Awful!
Whomever performed this was good.
This was so highly recommended, as is the series. If you enjoy the history, rather than the romance, you will enjoy this. I didn't.
I always enjoy a good historical novel! The only thing I did not like was the graphic detail of the bedroom scenes, which I was not expecting! I am now listening to book two in this series. I am always interested in stories of the Scotts and Irish fighting the English in this era. The English were such insecure bullies! I don't know why they couldn't have just let them live in peace. I found this book hard to stop listening to when I got home. I only listen to my books in the car. So I would sit in the garage until a scene was finished! I hope book two is just as good. So far it is...
Was looking for a new highland series - thought I'd seen them all. Really liked the narration - scottish was subtle, but effective and loved the tone of his voice. A somewhat meek heroine was new to me, but I liked the change and it may be more realistic. Overall an authentic description of how relationships really evolve. Also enjoyed being introduced to the Guard. I will check out the rest of the series.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
I read The Hawk which is the second book in the Highland Gaurd series so I couldn't wait to start the series properly with Book 1..The Chief.
I enjoyed this book a bit more than Hawk.. I think it is because it had a better romance element to the story. There is still the historical adventurous element to the book but the romance seems more prominent. There are also a lot more sensual sex scenes in this first book.
I really liked Christina and enjoyed how brave she was in the face of all the Highlander brawn!
I didn't like Tor/Chief quite as much as I enjoyed the Hawk character in book 2 (Tor is much more stoic & serious than Hawk). But he grew on me as he stopped being such a stubborn bullheaded man!
There were many of "moments" in this book that made me smile, laugh, cringe, or almost cry.
If you are a history buff and you like romance... this is the book for you. I absolutely love how the author uses true historical figures and events enter-weaved with her own touches to create a great historical romance! Credit worthy!
Again I like the narrators voice when he's telling the story, but his voice for Tor and most of the Highlanders is pretty annoying...I get used to it...but he's not my favorite.
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