The talents of legendary marksman Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor is considered the most handsome man in Scotland, and his fame as an archer is rivaled only by his reputation with the lasses as a heartbreaker. But when his infamous face is exposed during a covert mission, Gregor is forced to lay low. He returns home only to find a new battle waiting: a daring game of seduction involving his now very grown up and very desirable ward, Cate of Lochmaben.
A born fighter, Cate was clinging to life when Gregor rescued her after a vicious English raid on her village left her mother dead. But five years later, the once scrappy orphan Gregor took under his protection has become a woman. Brave, strong, and skilled in warfare, Cate is determined to lay claim to the warrior who refuses to be trapped. The heat in his eyes tells her she has his attention . . . and his desire. But will Gregor allow his heart to surrender before danger finds them, and the truth of Cate’s identity is revealed?
This, the ninth book, catches up with Gregor known as the Arrow but also unfortunately known throughout the land as the most handsome man in Scotland! It's a title he is teased about but it's also one he hides behind as he lives up to his reputation as a ladies’ man. When a mission goes wrong, he reluctantly agrees to return home and lie low but longs to return to battle; but as the laird he has responsibilities and some are more troublesome than most!
Five years ago Cate saw her mother murdered and was found shocked and afraid by Gregor and some of his fellow guardsmen. Gregor gave Cate a home and appointed himself her guardian, but there's something about the wayward girl that has always appealed to him. Now he's back and Cate has clearly set her heart on winning his but she's far too young for him and his honour dictates he not take advantage of his ward. Unfortunately for Gregor, Cate wants him to take full advantage of her and she's not afraid to admit it! Furthermore she's not the child he thought but a young woman who by rights should be married, so Gregor decides to find her a husband. That may seem sensible to Gregor but Cate has other ideas and Gregor is about to discover that Cate has secrets too and her past is about to catch up with them.
If you are looking for a highland adventure with men in kilts then this series is a blast! Such a magical way with words Ms McCarty has and it's so easy to picture events as I read. I love that each story builds upon previous adventures and we get to catch up with the rest of the Highland Guard and this author has clearly done lots of research to make her books so realistic.
As I mentioned, Gregor had no idea what Cate’s age truly is or does he know everything about her past and the secret she carries is extraordinary! There is an age gap between them as he is thirty one and she is twenty years old, but for me, it didn't feel that way. I don't know if it's because his fellow Guardsmen treat Gregor as someone to tease or if it's because he lets his brother run things, but I wasn't convinced Gregor was older and more worldly. Yes, I got that he's a bit of a player with "lots" of experience but he fell very easily for Cate’s charms. It's quite a slow start but worth staying with if only for the banter from those lovely kilted Guardsmen and there's an epilogue to warm even the coldest heart.
Well written, with an interesting subplot that leads nicely into the next book, The Striker. The Arrow is not my favourite in the series as that will always be The Chief, but this story of vengeance and betrayal coupled with romance and a surprising twist is sure to delight both old and new readers.