Prized for his snakelike stealth and deadly strikes, Lachlan "Viper" MacRuairi is a warrior to enlist but not to trust. His only loyalty is to his purse, his indifference sealed by bitter betrayal. All that changes when Lachlan is tasked to protect and deliver Bella MacDuff to the king's coronation - and the proud, lushly sensual countess unwittingly challenges him to his greatest battle yet: to love again.
Passionate and devoted, Bella has defied Britain's king and her own husband to place the crown on Bruce's head, and for this she pays a terrible price: losing her daughter and her freedom to her husband's vengeance. Imprisoned with barbaric cruelty, she vows to reclaim her child, even if it means selling her soul - and her body - to a dark, lethal warrior whose eyes glint like steel, but who makes her skin tingle and her breath race. Together they embark on a rogue mission with sinister twists and turns that threatens not only Bella's gamble to save her daughter - but also her heart.
©2011 Monica McCarty (P)2013 Tantor
"McCarty's newest Highland Guardian book stands out. Her dramatic, action-filled and outstanding romantic story is impossible to put down. A skillful blending of historically accurate events and finely wrought, believable characters gives the story tremendous emotional impact." (RT Book Reviews)
Great Narrator - Great series!! Monica writes highland love stories like no one else. Her mix of fact & fiction is fantastic!!!
Ok, I'll admit it and my Library will testify to the fact that I'm a sucker for a broody, handsome, kilt wearing, Highland Warrior but when Monica McCarty weaves her magical touch and adds a truly touching, passionate, emotionally draining romance around a heartbreaking time in Scottish history, then I'm just in awe.
Bad boy, Mercenary for hire Lachlan (code name Viper) is a handsome, cold and deeply emotionally scarred Warrior in Robert the Bruce's Highland Guards who are an elite band of 12 highly trained men fighting for freedom and justice during desperate times and are sent on secret stealth missions. One such mission puts Lachlan in the path of beautiful Bella, who's an equally damaged untrusting Countess but whose devotion and destiny is to crown the future King of Scotland at any cost (including giving up her only child) and life just gets more complicated for them both from there on as the challenges keep piling up.
This is an awesome action-packed emotional story of passion, heartbreak, danger, hardships, devotion, sacrifice, intrigue, betrayal, suspense and love all intertwined between true factual characters and events and a gifted author's imagination. As Lachlan and Bella's attraction starts with looks, touches, heated exchanges and some viscous verbal battles, they each eventually come to terms with their inner feelings for each other and cannot fight the sexual tension any longer and give in to lust. The sex scenes are, like their relationship, passionate but eventually the trust issues are something that keeps the lovers apart and tears at their bonds until the bitter sweet end.
Worth a credit? A tense love story that will leave you emotionally drained but ultimately happy - so that's a YES. Although this is No. 5 in the series and I haven't yet listened to any of the others then I guess this could be a stand alone listen but I'm sure it would have been even better to have listened to them in order.
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