Now, as Bruce prepares to challenge the resistance’s remaining strongholds, Eoin finally has his chance for revenge against the woman he once loved so fiercely and her entire clan. But when ferociously independent Margaret reveals a surprise that unites her with Eoin, neither of them will let their love go down without a fight.
The Highland Guard are a secret group who work to support their rightful King. They each possess unique qualities that turn these ordinary men into battle trained warriors. Eoin may be young but he's a thinker, a great strategist, and determined to be at his King’s side. A chance meeting with the willful Margaret sees him losing his heart forever. Margaret is considered wild, untamed, and definitely no lady! What those sycophants don't see however is her good heart, and love of life, and the passion Eoin ignites in her is not something she can deny.
Being part of the Highland Guard is something Eoin has sworn not to reveal to Margaret as her family is considered to be part of the enemy aiding England to rule Scotland. Eoin keeps his secret but when Margaret accidentally let's slip where he is, there are truly dire consequences and one of them is the loss of Eoin. Fast forward six years and Margaret is about to remarry but there's a huge shock waiting at the church and it's one that brings the past crashing into the present!
What can I say? The Striker is written in two parts, I guess. We see the couple fall in love but perhaps their youth and inexperience goes against them as Margaret is so unfairly treated and Eoin seems oblivious. Things are said and done that cause terrible misunderstandings and it's into a dark place that Eoin retreats. Fast forward to Margaret's wedding and fate steps in or should that be Eoin? Thrown back together due to actions taken by Margaret's family, this couple has no choice but to work side by side, but too many view Margaret as a betrayer, including Eoin!
I liked that this wasn't instant love but that the attraction they shared was mutual and dare I suggest combustible? However, so many outside factors came between them leaving them both unfortunately at logger heads. Both were naive because hey, they were young.
I loved seeing them reconnect and boy does Margaret push Eoin's buttons which frequently made me smile. There are no excuses for previous events because sometimes I think life can and does run away from people and marriage is always hard. This couple is not perfect, yes they are flawed, and that's probably what works here. As the plot progresses we see growth, particularly with Eoin as he finally comes to terms with his reasons for loving his Maggie. She has toned down her youthful exuberance to affect more ladylike manners, but it's that wild fiery woman he really needs. Yes, this couple deserved their second chance.
A sweet epilogue, but a surprising lack of the Highland Guard. We meet some but for me, they didn't particularly enrich the story but perhaps that's because Margaret is their enemy’s daughter? Whatever Ms McCarty’s reasons, it was an entertaining book bringing history to glorious life.
I'd entreat other readers to read this series in order to see the much bigger picture
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.