The Guardian

The Guardian : Number 1 in series

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After years of fighting abroad, Ian MacDonald comes home to find his clan in peril. To save his kin, he must right the wrongs from his past . . . and claim the bride he's long resisted.

As a young lass, Sileas depended on Ian to play her knight in shining armour. But when his rescue attempt compromised her virtue, Ian was forced to marry against his wishes. Five years later, Sileas has grown from an awkward girl into an independent beauty who knows she deserves better than the reluctant husband who preferred war to his wife. Now this devilishly handsome Highlander is finally falling in love. He wants a second chance with Sileas - and he won't take no for an answer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 105 x 171 x 29mm | 190g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 044657516X
  • 9780446575164
  • 180,595

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TOP PICK! 4 1/2 stars! Mallory imbues history with a life of its own, creating a deeply moving story. Her characters are vibrantly alive and full of emotional depth, each with their own realistic flaws. Her sensuous and highly passionate tale grabs the reader and doesn't let go. - RT Book Reviews

Masterfully written. Margaret Mallory has created a series that every romance reader must read. THE GUARDIAN is truly a sizzling romance with high impact adventure that captures the Scotland readers long for. -

For anyone who's watched "Game of Thrones," "The Borgias" or "Deadwood"... The Guardian manages to capture that very essence as the reader is swept off to a 16th century island in the Scottish Highlands where clan rivalries was a winner take all proposition. The author has set up a series with four strong heroes whose lives are intertwined and who despite their faults and problems they have each other. I'd say that was a winning combination and a great start to an exciting series. - Heart to Heart: The BN Romance Blog

'A dashing and delicious Highland romp that I couldn't put down!" - Karen Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of Scandal in Scotland

A heartwarming, emotionally gripping tale of destiny that will sweep you away. - New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty

The romance community now has a new star in Scottish tales...Bravo, Margaret Mallory! Bravo! -

Top Pick! Mallory raises the genre to new levels. - 4 1/2 stars, RT Book Reviews on Knight of Passion
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About Margaret Mallory

MARGARET MALLORY recently surprised everyone by abandoning her legal career to write tales of romance and adventure. Now she can satisfy her passion for justice by punishing the bad and rewarding the worthy in the pages of her novels. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two college-age children.
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5,007 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (1,840)
3 24% (1,186)
2 5% (255)
1 2% (110)

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The Guardian is the first book in the Return of the Highlanders series. In this book, Ian McDonald returns home after five years of being away at the war and he finds that everything has changed. He got married with Sileas (who was only 13 years old at that time) five years ago because of a mistake, and as soon as he returns home from war he's going to end this marriage. It isn't that he doesn't like Sileas, he just want to be his friend. But he wasn't expecting to find the girl he married turned into a beautiful woman, or that she didn't want to be with him. Sileas have been in love with Ian since she was a little girl. He hurt her by saying she was ugly and leaving her for five years just after they got married!. Now she's older and beautiful, and have a couple of men interested in her, but she can't seem to stop loving Ian. I must say I didn't understand Sileas at first. Ian hurt her very much, and she have been in constant teasing from the people at her village because her husband doesn't want her. She haven't seen him for five years and is ready to leave him once he returns home. But when he actually is there, she didn't tell him she doesn't want him or just leave until she thinks he's cheating on her. But she's a nice girl with a good heart, and in the end I was glad she had a happy ending. Ian is sexy and the typical alpha-male, but I was difficult for me to like him. First, he had been too cruel to Sileas, and he cheated on her for five years! But I liked how much he cared for his friends, and when he decided he was going to be a better husband, he was better. I didn't give this book more stars because while reading the first chapters I didn't feel like I was going to enjoy it. I felt it was kind of slow and the characters were shallow. I was sure Ian and Sileas were going to end together, but I just wasn't happy with that ending. But eventually the book started to get better and I was happy with the HEA ending. Overall, The Guardian was my first Scottish romance novel and I enjoyed it, and I will like to read the next one, called The Sinner (November, 2011), Alex's story (the bad boy who vow to never take a wife).show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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