The Rock, by Monica McCarty – A New Historical Romance!

Book Cover - The Rock, by Monica McCartyTHE ROCK

By: Monica McCarty

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publication date: 12/29/2015

Mass Market ISBN: 9781501108785

Mass Market Price: $7.99

eBook ISBN: 9781501108808

eBook Price: $7.99



“McCarty’s gift lies in writing strong characters into wildly entertaining and often unexpected scenarios.”

— The Washington Post

“Passion and politics abound in this exceptionally well-researched romance that skillfully interweaves fiction with history and sheds new light on a particularly fascinating and violent time.”

— Library Journal



“Weaving together a richly textured tapestry of romance, history and violence, McCarty creates a highly moving drama.”

— RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, 4 ½ stars


Pocket Books is excited to share the highly anticipated eleventh steamy historical romance THE ROCK (Pocket Books; December 29, 2015; Mass Market; $7.99)  in Monica McCarty’s sexy New York Times bestselling Highland Guard series. The greatest climber in Scotland fights to win a place among the legendary warriors of the Highland Guard—and the heart of the woman he dares to love.


The first time Thomas MacGowan saw Elizabeth Douglas, he thought she was a princess. To the son of the castle blacksmith, the daughter of the powerful Lord of Douglas might as well be. Despite their differences in rank, they became inseparable—until Thom confesses his love, and the humiliation of realizing Elizabeth has never considered him a potential suitor drives him to battle, determined to change his fortune as a warrior in the Bruce army.

Elizabeth is devastated. She never meant to hurt Thom. But her only hope for security is to marry for the betterment of her clan. When the English capture her younger brother, she turns to the quiet, steady former protector who can climb anything. But the merciless, muscled warrior is not the companion she remembers. Though Thom has made clear he wants nothing to do with Elizabeth, can he truly refuse the alluring woman who makes his heart race—and how long will she deny that he’s always been her knight in shining armor?





Monica McCarty is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the widely acclaimed, award-winning Highland Guard series, as well as the MacLeods of Skye trilogy, and the Campbell trilogies. Her interest in the Scottish clan system began in the most unlikely of places: a comparative legal history course at Stanford Law School. After realizing that her career as a lawyer and her husband’s transitory life as a professional baseball player were not exactly a match made in heaven, she traded in her legal briefs for writing about sexy Scottish alpha heroes. Monica McCarty lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.



Win a copy of THE ROCK (12/29/15) and THE STRIKER (11/24/15 – the previous title in the Highland Guard series!) 

All you have to do is COMMENT on this post!! will do the rest. Your email is required as the publisher will be awarding the prize.

Photo of the cover of The Striker, a historical romance by Monica McCarty

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Paula Radell

Always a passionate reader and a somewhat more casual writer, Paula Radell started her first book review and promotions blog, Curl Up and Read, in September of 2013. In early 2014, she left a career in nursing to become a freelance project management consultant. She also turned her part-time hobby into a full-time passion by becoming a freelance editor, publicist, and a hopeful author. She is a Goodreads Librarian, Group Moderator, and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. She has also taken advanced internet and social media marketing certificate courses at the University of San Francisco. Born and raised near the beaches of southeastern Virginia, Paula now lives in Mendocino County, California with her husband Ray, a couple of stray tabby cats, Matthew & Diana, and a 2-year old rescue Greyhound, Willow. When she is not catering to the dog’s every whim, touring and tasting the latest California sparkling wine vintages with Ray, or sitting in Starbucks reading a great book, you can find Paula at her laptop – writing, editing, reviewing or avidly promoting the books and authors she loves. Two releases are planned in the coming year: Where Angels Lie, a dark romance; and an inspirational novella (name still under debate).

2 thoughts on “The Rock, by Monica McCarty – A New Historical Romance!”

  1. Absolutely love the Highland Guards series not just because of the hot guys in kilts but because Monica is such a fantastic author! I’m not totally caught up yet but reading all the great reviews just makes me want to catch up in a hurry. Thanks so much for the chance to win The Rock and The Striker!
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    1. I have just discovered Monica and intend to get to know her books this year! I had heard of the series before but this was my first chance to be part of promoting it so now it’s on my TBR for sure!

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