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The Viper by Monica McCarty
Series: The Highland Guard #4
Published by Ballantine Books on 2011
Reviewed by Miranda
The war for Scotland’s sovereignty rages on—as Robert the Bruce is crowned king and the Highland Guard, his elite fighting force of legendary warriors, battle for land . . . and love. 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.
Lachlan “Viper” MacRauiri is known among his peers as the man who will do anything for a price. He has the ability to get in and out of sticky situations better than most among the Highland Guard. That is why he is sent to retrieve Countess Isabella MacDuff from her husband’s castle so she can coronate Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. Lachlan was also supposed to get her daughter as well but it was an impossible task. Distraught over leaving her daughter behind Bella is not so easy to get along with yet there is an undeniable attraction between Lachlan and Bella.
Bella never imagined how bad it could get if she were ever caught by Bruce’s enemies. Now, after finding herself living in a metal cage hanging from a tower, she knows far too well. Betrayed by those she cared for, Bella is reluctant to trust anyone much less the man who led her into this predicament. She will have no choice if she ever wants to see her daughter again. Can Lachlan and Bella fight their way through the Highlands and find her daughter before it’s too late? Will passion ignite or will their stubborn demeanor’s keep these two apart?
The Viper is a fast-paced thrilling adventure featuring an outstanding romance. I’m so in love with Lachlan and Bella. These characters are both so strong and have such integrity. Lachlan’s back story is heartbreaking. I truly feel for him and what he’s been through. His attitude definitely makes sense now. Bella is the perfect woman to show Lachlan the love he deserves. Watching these two fall in love is simply fantastic. It’s one of those romances that make you all gooey inside. The Viper takes the reader on an edge-of-your-seat ride. There are tons of intense moments that make you gasp and pray for the safety of your favorite characters. This can be read as a stand-alone novel. Monica McCarty is keeping her Highland Guard series fresh and filled with sensationally romantic characters. I will be eagerly anticipating the next addition! These Highland Guard warriors are hot hot hot!