The Viper by Monica McCarty
The Highland Guard Series, Book 4
Publisher: Ballantine Books(October 2011)
416 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $7.99)
Book Rating: 5 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart
Bella believes the risk she took in crowning Robert the Bruce king is worth it, but she wishes Lachlan's taunts about her naive idealism didn't ring so loud in her head, as she sits in captivity looking back on all her decision has cost her, most importantly her daughter. Lachlan is such a complex, interesting character and it was awesome to get to see what lies beneath the harsh, seemingly uncaring facade that he displays to often, and find the man that hides within. Bella was great paired with Lachlan, just the right amount of strength and perseverance, mixed with pose and compassion, though a bit impulsive, irrational and foolhardy in matters concerning her daughter, their shared imprisonment experience and betrayal issues gave them great intimacy and chemistry. I liked how the rest of the guard ignored Lachlan's brush off and came to his aid anyway, reinforcing a bond of brotherhood that can't be broken so easily. Will there be a story in future between Dragon (Sir Alex Seton) and Bella's daughter, Joan? The next book in this series is The Saint.