The Rock

Monica McCarty
The Rock
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Pocket Books
Release Date
December 2015
Book 11 of Highland Guard
Historical Romance

New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty continues her Highland Guard series in this eleventh steamy historical romance set against the sweeping backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

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.

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Dec 28, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
116 people found the following review helpful
THE ROCK is another highly entertaining story from Monica McCarty. I enjoyed it greatly, and even though it wasn't one of my favorites, it was still a fantastic read.

This is the eleventh book in this series and it was loaded with drama. It spins the emotional love story between Thomas MacGowan and Elizabeth Douglas. They had an uncommon bond as children but their friendship soon turned into unrequited love for Thom. So many things conspired against them--social standings and ambitions, pride and loyalty, and insecurities.

I really liked Thom for his strength, bravery, perserverence, and his good heart. It took me a bit longer to warm up to Elizabeth though. She never even contemplated a relationship with Thom until she needed his help, and then continued to push him away almost 'til the end. She had some issues because of her past and then there was her brother James and his ambitions for a strong alliance. Suffice it to say this all made for big mistakes and intense drama.

I've read enjoyed every book in this series. This one wasn't my favorite but it was still a great story that was masterfully crafted and rich in details, descriptions, and action, intrigue and passion. I loved the romance of Thom and Elizabeth fighting against unsurmountable issues and conquering it all in the end. As always, I loved Monica McCarty's writing, the rich history of this particular setting and the vivid characters.

THE ROCK is a great read and I highly recommend it to everyone. Four Flying Stars.
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