Target Audience: Mature (MA)
Characters: Thomas “Thom/Thommy/Rock” MacGowen, Big Thom MacGowen, Johnny MacGowen, Lady Elizabeth “Ella” Douglas, Lord James “Jamie” Douglas, Archie Douglas, Joanna “Jo” Dicson, Robert the Bruce, Lord Edward Bruce, Lady Isabel “Izzie” Stewart, Sir Thomas Randolph, Lachlan “Viper” MacRuairi, Eoin “Striker” MacLean, Ewen “Hunter” Lamont, Magnus “Saint” MacKay, Kenneth “Ice” Sutherland, Tor “Chief” MacLeod, Erik “Hawk” MacSorley, Arthur “Ranger” Campbell, Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor, Robert “Raider” Boyd, Helen “Angel” MacKay, Lady Marjorie Rutherford
Synopsis: 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.
Having already caught the attention and accolades of both USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, it is no wonder that Monica McCarty continues to capture the hearts of her readers. Her inexhaustible research into the medieval feudal system and Scottish clan history has paid off as she has once again woven a delightful tale of love that knows no bounds. Her ability to weave accurate historical facts into a story that encapsulates both the difficulties inherent to the stratified society of feudal Scotland and the much begrudged “friend zone” dilemma of today is nothing short of magical! Feel free to read this book as a stand-alone novel or as part of the much beloved Highland Guard series. Either way, Monica McCarty will keep you coming back for more!