Any reader who depends on McCarty to deliver honorable, strong Highland heroes along with intense emotions, strong desires and a well-crafted backdrop brimming with historical details won’t be disappointed with the fifth of the Highland Guard series. McCarty is a powerhouse storyteller, and this multilayered, intense novel proves it.
As Robert the Bruce gathers clan support, his elite Highland Guard watches his back. The proud, strong Magnus MacKay is dubbed “the Saint” by the Guardsmen for his relentless loyalty and refusal to discuss women. None know how a woman tore his heart apart. Now, she is to wed his best friend and fellow Guardsman, William “the Templar” Gordon. It broke Helen Sutherland’s heart to refuse Magnus when she chose between duty and desire and sided with her brother, Magnus’ greatest enemy. But shortly after her wedding to William, he is caught in an explosion; his dying wish is that Magnus care for Helen. Helen strives to reclaim Magnus’ trust even as they are caught in a dangerous game of treachery. Her healing skills and determination may be what will push Magnus to grab at his chance for salvation, forgiveness and love. (BALLANTINE, Apr., 420 pp., $7.99)