Release Date: March 23, 2010
from the author's site:
An elite fighting force like the world has never seen...
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. They are the best of the best, chosen for their superior skills in each discipline of warfare. To lead his secret Highland Guard, Bruce chooses the greatest warrior of all.
The ultimate Highland warlord and a swordsman without equal, Tor MacLeod has no intention of being drawn into Scotland’s war. Dedicated to his clan, the fiercely independent chief answers to no one—especially not his alluring new bride, bartered to him in a bid to secure his agreement to command the deadliest fighting force the world has ever seen. The treacherous chit who made her way to his bed may have won his hand, but she will never claim his heart.
Although her husband’s reputation is as fierce as his manner, Christina Fraser believes something softer hides beneath his brutal shell. But the only warmth she feels is in their bed, in the glorious moments of white-hot desire that disappear with the dawn. When Christina’s reckless bid to win her husband’s love goes awry and thrusts them into danger on the eve of war against England, Tor will face his ultimate battle: to save his wife and open his heart—before it’s too late.
The Chief was a book club selection for my Romance book club this month. This was my first book from Monica McCarty, but I'm already looking forward to the rest of the books in this series. I'm definitely thinking I'm going to need to read her previous series too.
Tor was a bit of a frustrating character initially because of his refusal to admit to his feelings for his wife, or any feelings for that matter. Thankfully Christina is more than a match for this bull-headed Highlander. The Chief is full of emotional ups and downs and a surprise or two. I can't wait for the release of The Hawk later this year.