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.
The McDuffs hold the hereditary right to enthrone the kings of Scotland, but when Lady Isabelle performed this duty for Robert the Bruce, she was sentenced by King Edward of England to be hung in a steel cage. When rescued by the Bruce’s men she is told she’ll be taken to the coronation by Lachlan “Viper” MacRuairi. Lachlan is viewed warily because he is a mercenary. He was betrayed by his wife and has sworn never to wed again. Bella completely shatters his resolve. They succumb to their mutual attraction as they search for a way to find peace for Scotland. (BALLANTINE, Nov., 416 pp., $7.99)