From Goodreads: Four young Highlanders – Connor, Ian, Alex and Duncan – hurry home from France after hearing news of the disastrous Battle of Flodden against Henry VIII’s forces. With his father among the dead, Connor must take his place as chieftain. Before he can lead his clan through the perilous times ahead, however, he must first dislodge the usurper who has taken his family’s castle and claimed leadership of the clan.
Connor’s cousins and best friend, Ian, Alex and Duncan, will stand shoulder to shoulder with him in every fight. They are willing to give their lives for their clan and their new chieftain. But taking wives to serve the clan’s interests is a different matter altogether…
Received for review from NetGalley (requested by me)
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.50
NOTE: A long time ago I used to devour Highland Romance like it was going out of style. However, I haven’t read a truly straight up Highlander historical in a very long time. Margaret Mallory has managed to peak my love for them once again and make me count down to her next release in this series.
What I Loved: The Guardian is a book filled with great characters, plot, and storytelling. Sileas has to be one of the most capable leading ladies that a person could ask for in a historical romance. When the story starts she is very young, fleeing from a bad situation, and forced to marry the boy she has always had a crush on (he is older by about 5 years). He leaves immediately after the wedding and doesn’t return for 5 years. In that time, Sileas has grown into a beautiful, smart, capable, and caring woman. She has taken care of his family, home, and ailing father. She manages to stand up to Ian and their romance plays out perfectly in the book.
What I Liked: The Guardian is a book full of great characters. There are too many to list without giving away too much of the story. However some of my favorites are: Alex, Conner, Duncan, and Naill (whom I am sure I misspelled his name). It is a great to see a strong “bromance” in a story with Alex, Conner, and Duncan. I think Naill is going to be just as strong as his older brother and his friends. The pacing of this story was also done just about right with very few lulls.
Complaints: Alex’s book won’t be out for awhile and that one looks very funny. Who could tame a man like Alex?
Why I gave it a 4.25: I felt The Guardian had all the elements that make a Historical Romance fun to read: good story, great characters, laughs, cries, and a good guys vs bad buys showdown. This was truly a throwback to all the great books I read in my teens and will be reading the rest of the series as it comes out.
Who I would recommend this book too: Historical romance readers. This was a fantastic read!