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The Recruit by Monica McCarty

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
SYNOPSIS: 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?

REVIEW: When I first began The Recruit, I couldn’t help but think “great another story about a bad boy gone good for the sake of a girl”.However, I was terribly wrong and surprised. This story is much more than just that, not only is it a love story but as well as a story about war, allegiance, and honor. As we follow the epic journey of the hot, irresistible Kenneth and Mary who has a stone wall up due to her dead husband’s many betrayals and lack of love another story lies within. England and Scotland are at war, leaving Mary in a delicate situation. A scot by heritage, Mary is caught under the watchful eye of everyone in England. Who are waiting for her to show signs of being a traitor as her late husband was. Grieving for the lack of relationship with her son, one who was taken away from her as an infant and raised to be an English man all around. Mary in fear of her life and of her son’s must prove that her loyalty lies with the King of England when she is sent to her homeland of Scotland to try and help bring peace between the two nation for a few more months as well as to spy on the King of Scotland. Little does she know this little trip back home will change her forever. The Recruit by Monica McCarty was a fantastic read and I enjoyed. The way she incorporates more than just a love story had me enthralled and drove me to read further. I loved the strength that Mary has for a woman who has been through more than I can imagine ever going through (and thankful that I didn’t live back then). I was very impressed at the end where Monica McCarty had added some thorough author’s notes, noting that she researched elements as best as she could, and interpreted the information to the best of her ability while bringing us such an amazing story.

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