Series: The Highland Guard
Published by Penguin, Pocket Books Genres: Historical Romance/Erotica
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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The first time he caught sight of Elizabeth Douglas, Thomas MacGowan thought she was a princess. To the son of the castle blacksmith, the daughter of the powerful Lord of Douglas might as well be. When it becomes clear that his childhood companion will never see him as a man she could love, Thom joins Edward Bruce’s army as a man-at-arms to try to change his lot. If he’s harbored a secret hope that he could close the gap between them, he faces the cold, hard truth when Elizabeth comes to him for help. She might need the boy who used to climb cliffs to rescue her brother from the hands of the English, but she would never see the son of a smith as a man worthy of her hand.
REVIEW: There is no better way to start the year than by reading an amazingly romantic and sexual tension filled story. The Rock (latest book in the Highland Guard Series) is amazing. I loved everything about it. From the moment I started reading I knew I would be in for a treat. Thommas and Elizabeth have been friends since childhood, they are from different social status, with very different backgrounds but they both share a love that transcend time and war.
Each of these stories covers a different couple so they can be read as standalone. Thom and Elizabeth met when they were kids, while Thom had just lost his beloved mother. His sadness and pain was minimized the moment he saw Elizabeth, the little princess as he called her a beautiful girl to whom he would love forever more.
This story has so much going on, from the politics and war between the Scottish and the English to the love battle between Thom and Elizabeth. The passion & sexual tension between these two characters is explosive. From the moment these two characters meet again after years of being separated, their attraction seem to be one sided, that’s until Elizabeth witness the changes her best friend has gone through. He is not longer a chilld, he has become a man, a man who loves her deeply, passionately, irrevocably.
This love story goes through all the ups and downs that society throws at it, these characters fight with passion and love, they are not afraid of getting hurt. There are frustrating moments, Elizabeth refuses to see beyond her friendship with Thom, she doesn’t believe he loves her, not because he hasn’t show it, but because she is afraid of destroying the only relationship she has known with Thom. She is afraid of her own feelings, doubting what she feels and at times making decisions that would only push them apart. Thom on the other hand has always been sure of his feelings for her, showing her in anyway he can how much he cares, that’s until Elizabeth betray him and chooses a path that may end their friendship and chance at love.
These characters are very mature, though at times frustrating I think their love story grows from strong foundation. A foundation that started young and grew strong, making their passion and lust evolve as they get closer to one another. Elizabeth innocence while at times charming, it is also frustrating. I think the author does a fantastic job describing the emotions these characters went through, from measuring their strength and ability to adapt to how they weight their future and the decisions they make in order to survive. McCarty has created a love story with a lot of passion, a story that survives time and differences, not only from the struggles of the heart but those created by men and society.
Do I recommend this book? YES YES YES
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