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Prized for his snakelike stealth and deadly strikes, Lachlan "Viper" MacRuairi is a warrior to enlist but not to trust. His only loyalty is to his purse, his indifference sealed by bitter betrayal. All that changes when Lachlan is tasked to protect and deliver Bella MacDuff to the king's coronation - and the proud, lushly sensual countess unwittingly challenges him to his greatest battle yet: to love again.
Passionate and devoted, Bella has defied Britain's king and her own husband to place the crown on Bruce's head, and for this she pays a terrible price: losing her daughter and her freedom to her husband's vengeance. Imprisoned with barbaric cruelty, she vows to reclaim her child, even if it means selling her soul - and her body - to a dark, lethal warrior whose eyes glint like steel, but who makes her skin tingle and her breath race. Together they embark on a rogue mission with sinister twists and turns that threatens not only Bella's gamble to save her daughter - but also her heart.
©2011 Monica McCarty (P)2013 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"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." (RT Book Reviews)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lita Richards on 06-04-16

Very Good!

I really like this one. I love the way she puts history and fiction into her storys. And of course the bit of history behind the characters at the end is always a big bonus for me...

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4 out of 5 stars
By V from Kansas on 01-23-18

I didn't like the jump back in time

Even though the recollection of the events weren't extremely detailed, the biggest part of the plot of this story was told in the previous books. This book went back in time, several years, from where the previous books ended. I found myself getting impatient to get through the flashback and get back to the more current time lines of the previous books. Perhaps, if I hadn't listened to the previous books, I would have enjoyed this book more. When the story got to the more current times of the previous books, I enjoyed the tale emensly. I'm thinking the next book will do the same thing and I'm a bit reluctant to start it.
-V from Kansas

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