The Rock (Highland Guard #11) by Monica McCarty
Synopsis: 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.
Review: The 11th book was an enjoyable addition to the Highland Guard saga. It was full of passion, drama, suspense, humor, and friendship. It had similarities with Striker’s story, but thankfully it didn’t take Elizabeth and Thom 6 years to rectify everything, it was only 3. How they end up taking Edinburgh castle near the end of the story was inventive and suspenseful. (Sorry, no spoilers here) 🙂 I liked the ending and the love story. My one very small complaint is with Thom’s thoughts occasionally. He goes from wanting her to leaving her to wanting her to leaving her, and from loving her to hating her to loving her to hating her to loving her again. His turmoil of will-he-or-won’t-he did get a tad tedious. I did enjoy the scenes near the end when Elizabeth called him out on his pattern of behavior in the past and how unfair he was in his summation of her behavior and choices. It didn’t have as many moments where my heart was in my throat, like some of the other books, but McCarty still does deliver an enjoyable and passionate read within the world we have come to love. I enjoyed returning to the Douglas storyline and seeing Thom and Elizabeth finally get together, and I liked seeing the Guard take on a new and very worthy member of their team.