The Viper

The Viper

A Highland Guard Novel

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780345528391
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK R


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Oct 05, 2017

The love story was fine, I suppose, right up until the part when the heroine sexually assaults the leading man and thus makes him realize he loves her. It's explicitly nonconsensual - he says no repeatedly, and explicitly, firmly says he wants her to stop - and yet the author, somehow, expects the reader to believe that it's a) romantic and b) a healthy basis for a loving and respectful relationship. The sexual assault is never acknowledged to be a sexual assault and none of the characters even suggest that it might have been wrong - except when the leading man (again, the victim of the sexual assault) blames himself for the assault and feels guilty enough to apologize to the heroine (again, the person who sexually assaulted him). I was, honestly, appalled. If I could give this zero stars I would.

Aug 27, 2012

good !!!
For a book on the Scotland it blends both factual and fiction into a real story.
McCarty is one author how is at the tops of my list.
the brothers are finding happily ever after and it couldn't happen to a better bunch of men.


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