Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Recruit, Highland Guard series #6 (by Monica McCarty)

The Recruit rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars
Release Date:  October 30, 2012
The Highland Guard series rating:  6 STARS

"The Recruit" is book 6 in the Highland Guard series, 
but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

How are the sex scenes?
WOW.  The first one is such a shocker.  Insane.

How are the story lines?
Please.  This is where Monica excels.  They're amazingly intricate and historically based while being completely enthralling.

Would you read it again?
Again?  Yes!  I want this series on my iPod so I can listen in the car.

Back of the Book

Scotland’s King Robert the Bruce is retaking his kingdom from the invading English. To win, he’ll need all the grit and courage of his elite band of warriors, the Highland Guard, men who fight without fear and love without limits.  
Fiery, aggressive, and bold, Kenneth Sutherland is a true champion—skilled with any weapon and driven to win.  Now Kenneth is ready for his greatest challenge: joining Robert the Bruce’s secret army to fight among the elite.  Kenneth’s best chance to attain that honor is by winning the Highland Games.  Focused and prepared for victory, he is caught off guard by a lovely wisp of a woman—and a stolen moment of wicked seduction.  Her innocent arousal and her shameless hunger fire his blood.  He will win his place in the guard—and in Mary of Mar’s bed. 
The ruggedly handsome hero-in-the-making stirs a heart that should know better.  Mary vows that her surrender will be sport only—no promises, no heartbreak, just one night of incredible passion.  Nothing, she swears, will persuade her to give up her hard-wrought independence and put her fate in the hands of another powerful man.  But with every gentle touch and heart-pounding kiss, Kenneth makes her want more.  Now Mary wants his heart.  But is this determined champion willing to surrender everything for love?


Monica's novels are the best Scottish historicals ever written.  Period.  

Her plots are intricate, her characters are multi-dimensional and her conflicts are original, complicated and legitimate.  

The most romantic scene of all time is in Monica's Highland OutlawPatrick MacGregor carries sweet, frozen Elizabeth Campbell through a blizzard on his bullet-wounded leg and digs a snow shelter with his hands so he can cling to her all night while praying his body temperature can save her from death.  


Ravishing Romances owes Monica McCarty one hell of a wine basket, because she's the sole reason it exists.  After finishing The Saint, I refused to wait until October 30 to read The Recruit.  Countless hours were spent creating Sallie, this blog and social media accounts just so eventually I could possibly, maybe get a copy of her next book.

On July 16 The Recruit arrived on my doorstep.  It is one of the biggest book highlights of my year.

How's that for a recommendation?

So give it up readers, and read the review of Monica's spectacularly awesome book The Recruit.

For more information about Monica McCarty and her upcoming titles please visit her webpage, Facebook or blog.

Published by Random House
Disclaimer:  No compensation was received in exchange for this review.
ARC received from the publisher
Review published at The Season for Romance


  1. Replies
    1. I'm so glad! Read them all. But this entire series is made up of stand-alones, so read them as you will. :)

  2. Thanks Musing Sallie! I just received the ARC from Edelweiss, and now I'm REALLY looking forward to reading it!

    1. I'm SO envious you got the ARC! I was denied at NetGalley and went directly to the publisher. And begged. LOTS of begging.

  3. Oh Sallie, you know what tickles my fancy ;) Sheesh! You had me with your answer to "How are the sex scenes?". I mean, how can I NOT be curious now?! Oh man, there are already seven books in this series. Christmas looks like it's going to be fun this year. Adding to my TBR list!

    1. It's SCANDALOUS. And it should be offensive, but Monica makes it taboo and jaw-dropping. It is genius. Read that scene and let's talk!

      p.s. - glad you're back

  4. Wow, great review Sallie! I will have to read this series. Thanks!

    1. I hope you like them. I have a few books if you want me to mail them to you. I believe in this series THAT much.

  5. LOVE this series. The TBR is so long that I've been trying to catch up instead of glomming onto my new adds (I try to pre-order everything important so I don't miss anything). Guess I'll be switching it up for The Recruit. :)

    So, scandalous and insane, huh. Nothing offensive or that might trigger, right?

  6. Um. No, not offensive. McCarty takes a common trait in many heroes and shows that trait in action. It *could* be offensive, but I really just saw it as scandalous.

    Definitely NO trigger.


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