The man determined to uncover her identity poses her biggest threat yet. Alex Seton once stood with Bruce but now fights for the enemy. Though Joan knows she must avoid the handsome warrior or risk discovery, his knightly chivalry touches a place in her long since buried. When his suspicions grow apparent, Joan realizes she must do everything in her power to stop Alex from revealing her mission and convince the powerful fighter to join forces with the Highland Guard once more. But as the ultimate battle in the great war approaches, will Alex chose love or honor?
Yet I'm getting slightly ahead of myself and must admit I've often wondered what became of the daughter of Bella MacDuff who played such a large part in the fourth book, Viper. Now we see firsthand that Joan has grown up with hate in her heart and a fierce need to set the rightful King on Scotland's throne. Called the Ghost, Joan seduces information out of besotted English suitors but there's one who she really needs to keep a much closer eye on.
Once Alex Seton was a member of Robert the Bruce's most trusted and secret Highland Guard but he sought a more peaceful ending to the conflict and returned to England to help those he previously considered the enemy. Now considered a traitor by the Scots and distrusted by his English allies, he fervently hopes to discover just who is the spy amidst them. Yet increasingly Joan infuriates him with her coquettish ways, flirting outrageously; but try as he might Alex cannot want but to try to protect her. As Joan grows more determined to get intel for The Bruce, she's in danger from the very man who just might have stolen her heart!
Ms McCarty writes such passionate romance stories. Such a rush as we watch her characters’ fight, squirm, and ultimately fall deeply in love. Each book seems to have an intensity about it that plunges the reader headlong into the action. The fact that so much is based on actual characters and events is mind boggling. I love the interpretation, the twists and turns, and its brought so much history to life. If you enjoy romance whether historical or not, then this series is a must read and I cannot praise it highly enough. As for the epilogue, it's everything I wanted and more besides. A sincere thank you Ms McCarty for this wonderful journey.
I was gifted a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.