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The Chief: A Highland Guard Novel (Highland Guard Novels)

de Monica McCarty

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Sèrie: Highland Guard (Mar 2010, book 1)

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Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands and Western Isles, Robert the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule. A Highland warlord and a swordsman without equal, Tor MacLeod has no intention of being drawn into war. Dedicated to his clan, the fiercely independent chief answers to no one, including his alluring new bride, bartered to him in a bid to secure his command. When Christina Fraser's plan to win her husband's love goes awry, it thrusts them into danger on the eve of war.… (més)
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This book very much serves to set up the series, and as such, the romance does suffer a bit in terms of its coverage within the novel. Most of the book covers the founding and training of the Highlanders. Despite that, McCarty does do a good job of representing the relationship between Tor and Christina, as well as their respective feelings and struggles with those feelings. There is growth for both characters, and I felt for them deeply.

Surprisingly, I had actually dropped this book several months ago. I had been listening to it on audio and found it boring. The way I voraciously read the Kindle version over the last two days is a stark contrast to say the least. A narrator really can make or break a book, and this is a prime example. I'm glad I picked this one back up, not only because I have been wanting to read the rest of the series, but also because I appreciate the research that went into creating these books and the new knowledge I've gained of this period about which I had not previously known. ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
Not my cup of Tea. I was really looking forward to starting this series. It started off interesting. But it left too many unanswered questions. To many holes in the plot. I disliked the heroine immensely.

Christina the heroine drove me crazy throughout this book. Bad decision after bad decision. She was so completely self absorbed. She was constantly putting everyone else in danger. When the hero would explain it to her she would turn around and put them in worse danger. She was constantly whiny and immature. I could barely tolerate her. She had no value at all to the story. She was careless, reckless, and self centered.

What happened to Campbell? What became of her evil father? What happened with Janet? His Children never came home?

I really like Monica McCarty's writing style. She has grand ideas. So far I have enjoyed her books. Only two have let me down. It seems like both fell flat in the middle. But I love how she writes her male Characters. I love the true history behind her novels. I love her spin on history. I will continue to read her books. She has a true talent. ( )
  LeahGreenClark | Oct 28, 2018 |
The Chief
5 Stars

Synopsis
Following the death of William Wallace, Robert Bruce realizes that he cannot defeat the English King, Edward I, with traditional tactics and decides to establish an elite fighting force. The man chosen to train and lead these warriors, Tormod MacLeod, is dedicated to his clan and has not intention of being drawn into Scotland's war, not even to have the beautiful Christina Fraser. However, fate and trickery have different plans and Tor finds himself wed to a woman who weakens his resolve to never love again.

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Compelling premise and brilliant execution.

The historical research is detailed and fascinating and the medieval setting realistic and believable. This time period is a favorite of mine, however, readers uninterested in Scottish history and politics may find it difficult to get into the story.

Tor and Christina's romance is riveting. Their chemistry is intense and passionate. Tor is an exceptional leader but hides his heart behind a cool and distant facade for fear of loving and losing. He struggles against the incomprehensible feelings Christina evokes in him but finds her sweet and giving personality impossible to resist.

Christina is an endearing heroine whose spirit slowly emerges. She works hard to thaw the ice around Tor's heart (sometimes too hard perhaps but this is consistent with her romantic nature). She definitely comes into her own as the story progresses and is ultimately the perfect match for Tor.

The plot revolving around the training of an elite group of warriors during the time of Scottish Independence is very appealing and the secondary characters are intriguing - each has a unique skill but they must all come together as a unit despite their differences both political and personal.

Overall, an incredible beginning to a promising series and I cannot wait to continue reading. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
This book was pretty good. I enjoyed the characters and the elite guard is made up of men that should bring forth some intriguing stories. ( )
  MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website.

RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:


Set right after William Wallace's execution, King Edward, the mighty Hammer of the Scots, is on the throne of England and Scotland, but Robert the Bruce is trying to stake his claim as King of Scotland, so he gets an idea to draft and organize a group of special `soldiers' to help him overthrow Edward and unite the Scottish clans under his banner. Bruce is looking for a special man to lead and train this `elite group' of men who excel in fighting. In Tormond `Tor' MacLeod, who's a chief of his clan, he finds such a man; alas, he's not so keen on it. Tor would rather stay out of the English/Scottish feud, but relents at the end, after he's found taking our heroine from behind by her father and some witnesses. That scene was painful to read.

I just couldn't buy this. The story didn't ring true, and here's where I lost all interest in it. The premise of Navy SEALs of the Highlands working for Robert the Bruce was plain silly. For me, reading this book was a slow and arduous process, and I was trying to figure out why. Is it the writing or the characters I had a hard time with? I believe it's both. I found myself not liking Christina one bit. Her `naïve' and `spirited' nature seemed forced and not natural. As for Tor, I got annoyed with him and couldn't understand his reasons for always keeping his emotions to himself.

In my opinion, the story felt rushed and not quite developed, so at times it read flat. Even the characters, and there are many, were not as developed or as rounded-off as they should have been, and that's why I had a hard time keeping up. So at the end, I'm blaming poor execution, a wimpy and childish heroine, and a stubborn hero for my disappointment in this read.

To be fair, the author takes the time at the end of the book to explain a few things to us through her notes, but even that didn't help me to understand or like THE CHIEF any better.

Melanie
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  bookworm2bookworm | Mar 30, 2017 |
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Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands and Western Isles, Robert the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule. A Highland warlord and a swordsman without equal, Tor MacLeod has no intention of being drawn into war. Dedicated to his clan, the fiercely independent chief answers to no one, including his alluring new bride, bartered to him in a bid to secure his command. When Christina Fraser's plan to win her husband's love goes awry, it thrusts them into danger on the eve of war.

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