#BlogTour | The Viking’s Captive by Ingrid Hahn #TheVikingsCaptive #Excerpt #HFVBTBlogtour @Ingrid_Writer @hfvbt
Hello, my festive little sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this brilliant blog tour for; The Viking’s Captive by Ingrid Hahn. Not only will I telling you all about this book, but I have an exclusive excerpt which I know you will make you want to rush out and grab a Viking – I mean a copy of this book 😉 So, settle in grab that cuppa and enjoy!
The Viking’s Captive by Ingrid Hahn
Publication Date: December 9, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Format: ebook; 371 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Thorvald Longsword can’t believe all he has to do is kidnap the daughter of his jarl’s enemy to get his land back. Easy. But when he finally snatches the princess up and tosses her over his shoulder, the beautiful spitfire makes him question his determination to get his land back at any cost.
Alodie gladly agrees to impersonate the princess so the bloodthirsty Northmen will take her instead. While Alodie might be ready to die for her people, she wasn’t prepared for how her pulse races for the maddeningly noble captor whom she’d just as soon hate.
But what happens when Thorvald finds out she’s not who she says she is…
“You may choose your own punishment.”
Her eyes narrowed. “Being near you is punishment enough. There. Are we finished?”
“For me as well.”
She raised her brows at him. “Pardon me?”
“It’s a punishment for me to be near you.” He stepped closer. His voice was raw and needy. “Torture. In ways you don’t even want to know about.”
Awareness stirred between them. All the things Thorvald had thought he could live without—around her, they became as vital as air.
Her voice lowered. “Nothing you can say will frighten me.”
“This would. But I think…I think you already know.” The admission was so close he could taste it.
“Sometimes things need to be said.”
It was what he needed to hear. “Don’t you see? I want to touch you and caress you and do things to you like I’ve never done to a woman before.”
She licked her bottom lip. “And yet you handed me over to him.”
“It was what I had to do.” Thorvald rubbed his brow and let out a heavy sigh. “I gave him my word—”
“Your word. Your word. Your word. Are you as weary of hearing that as the rest of us?”
“It’s not an excuse.” There was a note of desperation in his voice that made him hate himself. It was like he was clinging to a thrashing beast that would kill him, yet he was still unable to release himself.
“Then you have no right to say these things to me.”
“I’ve wanted you for so long.” Now that he’d started, he couldn’t stop. “But while you were in thrall to me, I couldn’t touch you. Not because I knew you would ultimately belong to him—”
“I belong to nobody,” she snapped. “And you did touch me.”
He nodded. “I was wrong to do so.”
She paced to one side of the room and lingered, her back to him. Neither spoke. Beyond the walls were the sounds of the food being enjoyed and laughter that would only grow louder as more ale was consumed.
“Is that your idea of punishment? Is that why you brought me here? Were you merely obeying him or did you think that you and I…we might…”
They were perilously close to speaking of something dangerous. Something forbidden. Something he wanted with all the dust in his bones. Did he dare?
He was a warrior. He’d been trained to tread into the unknown. Since his first summer as a man, he’d fought and felled bigger, heavier, stronger warriors than himself.
Being with her was different. What he said here didn’t threaten bodily harm. It threatened what was inside of him should she see how desperately he wanted her. If she saw, she could rip him apart and he’d never recover.
Oh, yes. He dared. If he remained silent, he’d never forgive himself. “I think about it constantly. You. Me. Everything a man and woman can have together, I think about that with us. More than you can probably begin to imagine.”
“But you still have to punish me.” Her voice was flat.
A tortured sigh escaped his lungs. “I still have to punish you.”
About the Author
Ingrid Hahn is a failed administrative assistant with a B.A. in Art History. Her love of reading has turned her mortgage payment into a book storage fee, which makes her the friend who you never want to ask you for help moving. Though originally from Seattle, she now lives in the metropolitan DC area with her ship-nerd husband, small son, and four opinionated cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves knitting, theater, nature walks, travel, history, and is a hopelessly devoted fan of Jane Austen.
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#Review | A Deal With Her Rebel Viking by Michelle Styles #ADealWithHerRebelViking @MichelleLStyles @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this stunning book, which is as perfect as you can get from a Viking Romance; A Deal With Her Rebel Viking. I honestly cannot put into words how much I am in love with this book, be warned there is a fair amount of swoons and babbling in this review. So settle in, grab that cuppa and enjoy.
Her terms: free her family
His terms: seduction?
Defending her home, Lady Ansithe captures outlaw Viking Moir Mimirson. The prisoner will be the ideal ransom for her father, held hostage by the Danes. Yet Moir’s flirtatious negotiations exhilarate practical Ansithe as much as they surprise her… Can she be sure that this hardened warrior will work with her, and not betray her? And what of his stolen kisses…can she trust those?
Oh, my goodness!!! This is soooo good, I am a melting, overly excitable wreck after reading this, the only word I can use for this is perfection! I am a huge Michelle Styles fan, I utterly adore her writing, there is always something very raw and real about her stories, each one I have read I have loved, but this one is easily the very best yet, there are not enough words within my limited vocabulary to fully say how much I am in absolute love with this book.
With her father and brother-in-law in the clutches of the enemy Danes, Lady Ansithe is desperate to find something to use as a bargaining chip for their safe return, so when a hoard of brusque and burly Viking literally fall into her lap after she successfully captures them when defending her home, she may have found the very bargaining chip she has been seeking. The capture of them is ingenious, she really shows what she is made of, no wonder Moir and his men nickname her lady Valkyrie she is quite ferocious when she wants to be.
Moir Mimirson has been tasked with transporting the son of his Jaarl safely home, only the young whipper-snapper has over idea’s and likes to flaunt his status, he and the other’s in their party mount a raid on a nearby farm, oh how wrong they were to do that! The raid goes all wrong and they all find themselves at the mercy of the beautiful, Valkyrie who has captured them. Moir now must find a way to escape before she hands him and his men over to the man who would have them all killed, he has a black mark on his history one that he needs to erase away and to do that he must return his men and the Jaarls son back to court. Something which is far easier said than done as he cannot help but be fascinated by the striking young woman who hovers above them with a bow and arrow.
Lady Ansithe is a marvel, she has dreams of being in control of her own fate, she has grown up being criticized over every action and everything she does, she is never taken seriously and never respected for the brilliant woman she is. She doesn’t want to be pushed into another marriage he wants to prove her worth and that she can run a household. She is a feisty, independent, very open and forward-thinking young woman who just wants to live in peace and tend to her hives yet she cannot delay that there is something very alluring about him, he has a primal magnetism that draws her to him. Not that I am surprised because, my goodness Moir is hot, hot, hot!!!
Seriously this man could melt the ice caps with a mere glance, how much do I adore this man? There aren’t enough heart-eyed emoji’s in the world to fully convey how much I love this man!! Oh, be still my beating heart, I am ruined, I will never look at another Viking ever again without thinking of my luscious Moir. But, don’t just think he is all muscles nothing else, believe me, there is far, far more to this wonderful man (honestly, I am started to sound a bit perverse here) but he is determined, smart and loyal and will do whatever he can to protect those he cares about and to do his duty.
Another thing I really like about this is how Michelle has incorporated her own passion for bee-keeping into the story, I loved learning about the way they kept bee’s in the era and even then they knew the importance of them for the world, I really liked that touch.
The only other thing I will say and it isn’t anything to do with the story or Michelle’s writing because honestly, both are perfection, it is the cover and as gorgeous as it is – really the chap on the cover is a really hottie – but he isn’t how I envisioned Moir to be, but that is just my personal view, he just isn’t my Moir if that makes sense?
Michelle has always had this massive gift with words which transport the reader to another time, to entwine romance with history and a crate a stonking great love story, which is full of atmospheric scenes and brilliantly researched history. But she really has outdone herself with this one, it’s utterly mesmerising, I was enthralled with Moir and Ansithe from that very first page, the chemistry between these two proud and opinionated people is sizzling and perfectly dramatized for the era and the story, I cannot say anything more but I love it!
Overall, this is superb! Everything that you would ever want from a Viking romance is right here; sensual romance, heart-racing fast-paced plot, stunning historical detail and amazing character’s, the two leads are brilliant, both are so engaging and hugely likeable, this really is easily one of the best of the year.
This was an Arc copy via the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, Thank you Michelle and huge apologies for how ridiculously late this review is. Xx
A Deal With her Rebel Viking is out now and I cannot recommend it enough.
#Review | Longing for Her Forbidden Viking (To Wed a Viking #2) by Harper St. George #LongingForHerForbiddenViking #ToWedAViking @HarperStGeorge @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovely friends, I have the massive pleasure to be sharing my review of; Longing for her Forbidden Viking, which is the second book in the To wed a Viking series by Harper St. George. To say I have been excited about this book doesn’t really describe it; think waiting for this book, think young child in a candy shop and you have an inkling, anyway grab a cuppa and enjoy.
“Become my concubine.”
But never his wife?
Part of To Wed a Viking: Saxon maiden Ellan would rather wed a Dane than be forced into marriage by her father. In fact, she has one Dane in mind. But strong warrior Aevir has been ordered to marry for duty—all he can offer Ellan is a place as his concubine! She may be bold, but Ellan can never accept that! Even if his burning kisses make it incredibly tempting…
“The best of the viking romance sub-genre I’ve ever read.” Goodreads on Marrying Her Viking Enemy
“Marrying Her Viking Enemy by Harper St. George is a mesmerizing and tantalizing story … A must read.” Goodreads on Marrying Her Viking Enemy
Oh, boy!! Harper you have gone and done it again, I am a melting swooning mess, I am bowing down to you, this is stunning!! To say I have been excited about this book is an understatement, I have been looking forward to Ellen and Aevir’s story since we met them in the previous book, I was instantly intrigued by them, and oh my did they live up to expectations.
This is it second book in the To Wed a Viking series, yes it can very easily be read as a stand-a-lone, it has it’s own central story and characters – one that you will instantly fall in love with, even though I do recommend that you read the previous book; Marrying her Viking Warrior as this book follows on from where the previous left off, but only so you don’t miss a moment of this fabulous series.
Saxon Ellen is left in shock when her father – who is supposed up to no good, you will have to read it to know what I am on about with that 😉 – turns up and tells her in no uncertain terms that she is to marry a Saxon of his choosing, she will not follow her sister and becoming a traitor to their Saxon blood by marrying a Dane, Godric has plans for the daughter he has detested most of her life. Ellen, unlike her father doesn’t hate the Dame’s she knows that not all of her people have been accepting of the invading Viking’s but she see’s them a different light, she enjoys the peace that they have brought to her world and she is undeniable attracted to them -or one in particular; Aevir, she is enthralled by him, he is the most handsome man she has ever seen, he captured her attention – not surprising really, Aevir is….well, if ever there was a time for a #DoubleSigh and a swooning gif then now is the time….sigh!!
**Pulls herself from daydreaming about blonde Vikings**
Ellen is adamant that she won’t be forced into a marriage, she wants to stay with the Danes but to do that she must marry one – but not any, she wants Aevir! Alas, poor Ellen has a struggle on her hands as Aevir is very power hungry, he thinks that a lowly farmers daughter and a possible spy will do him no good career wise, even though he find her intoxicating, he can’t keep his mind or eyes from her, his body and heart or in a constant battle with her stubborn mind. Jarl Vidar has already negotiated a bride for Aevir that will propel him to great heights so when he refuses to take Ellen as a wife, he does offer her something else; to be his mistress…Ouh la la!! Will Ellen accept is scandalous proposition?
For me it has to be our leading couple that really steal the show, they are mesmerising. I always say how much I love each of these stories and their characters and it is very true, I do love them all, these Viking’s are some of my favourite character’s out of all the historical romances I have read (and believe me I have read a fair few historical’s). But there is something about Ellen and Aevir’s road to their happily ever after that really struck me, I felt a real kinship with both of them, which is a little odd, usually as a reader I tend to connect with one character and then hold on to them not wanting to let go, yet here, both Ellen and Aevir really connected with me both in their own ways. Ellen is so resilient, she is a natural carer, she tries to please she tries to do her best for everyone, even if people don’t want it. She has a sensitive heart beneath her determined and capable exterior, I felt that she wounds easily. She is also very strong, in an emergency she instantly knows what to do, she is no wallflower this gal knows what’s she doing.
Whereas Aevir there is times when he looks back on his past, on where he came from that he came from very humble beginnings, there is a lot of shame at there way he came into the world, and pride at how he worked his way up through the ranks. He has worked hard for what he has and yet there is a vulnerability in him that still sees himself as not worthy – when really he is the most worthy of men – even if at times he can appear to be a little arrogant and selfish and a little mercenary, but I can look past that as he has stolen my heart. He has a heart of pure warrior gold no matter where his roots began. I love each of them, they are a couple anyone can really get behind and support, their way to their happiness isn’t a straight forward one, there are a lot of hurdles in the road and that has made them a strong, adorable and resilient couple who will face whatever comes their way with strength and dignity, something we can all aspire to
There is no doubting that Harper St George has a gift, her writing is some of the best I’ve read, she grasp’s hold of your attention and doesn’t let you go not even when the book has finished. Her attention to detail is flawless you feel as though your in the midst of the perilous Viking era, I could smell the fires, the woods, I could sense the unease in the atmosphere, the danger that is forever lurking around the corner and the sexual undercurrent that is swirling around Ellen and Aevir is so palpable you feel the tingles – and this is just with the merest heated glance.
This is a deeply sensual, evocative, mesmerising and fabulously intriguing story that captures the readers imagination. This not the stereotypical warrior meets girl and they get hitched, oh no, at times I did wonder if Ellen and Aevir would ever find their happiness – there was a lot of me muttering; “Come on Aevir/Ellen’s” while reading this as it is as clear as a bell that they are perfect for each other but things don’t run smoothly for our couple, there are twists in the tale that have you hooked, add in politics, danger and many, many lusty, meaningful glances and you really are on to a winner with this beauty.
I hand on heart cannot recommend this book and this series enough, I am hoping for more Vikings – honestly, I need more Vikings in my life, not that I’m hinting or anything.. OK, I am! 😉
This was an Arc copy via the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you so much Harper. x
Longing For her Forbidden Viking is out Today and can be purchased from Amazon.
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#Review Marrying Her Viking Enemy (To Wed A Viking #1) by Harper St. George @HarperStGeorge #MarryingHerVikingEnemy #ToWedAViking @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovelies, I have the very great pleasure to share my review of Marrying Her Viking Enemy, which is the start of the brand new To Wed A Viking series by Harper St. George, so grab a cuppa and let me introduce you to some seriously hot Vikings 😉
A Saxon maiden
Bound to a Viking warrior
Part of To Wed a Viking. The conquering Danes have taken everything from Elswyth – even her mother. So, despite the uneasy truce between their people, she knows where her loyalties lie. Until she meets towering Rolfe, leader of the opposing forces. Her mind knows this muscled Viking is her enemy. So why is her traitorous body so tempted by his suggestion that she become his wife?
Oh, my giddy aunt!! Just wow! mesmerizing, tantalizing, wonderfully addictive, sexy, utterly romantic…I could go on but I cannot fully express just how much I am in love this book, it really is unbelievably great. I knew that it would be good as Harper St George is a master at Viking romances – she has this unique voice within her writing that literally sweeps you away – once read, it completely exceeded my expectations. To Say I have been looking forward to this book and this whole new Viking series is a bit of an understatement. There was a fair amount of excited sighing and squealing when I got my hands on this beauty.
I have just found the new Viking love of my life, oh, my goodness Rolfe! Serious swooning going on for that gorgeous man, be still my rapidly beating and Viking loving heart! Is it wrong to say he can come and invade my home any day he wants? Well he can! Sigh!
Anyway, I best get on with the review and get my mind away from Rolfe’s glorious arms….thank you, Harper for creating a character who wears nothing but a sleeveless tunic 😉 So this brand new series kicks off with a bang when warrior Rolfe returns to Alvery (you may remember it being the home of the brilliant archer-ess Gwendolyn) wounded from a skirmish with the Scot’s – something that you will soon find out is a major part of the story. With the Scot’s and Saxon’s both becoming more active and a sniff of rebellion on the wind; Warrior leader Rolfe is keen to get back and do his duty, he is a brilliant and hugely respected warrior but with his shoulder wound he is forced to stay where he is for the time being. Which is when his good friend Vidar and Saxon wife Gwendolyn hint that marriage between the Danes and the Saxon’s could be the greatest way to join the two fractions without blood spilling, Rolfe is instantly taken with beautiful Elswyth.
But as fascinated he is by her as a women; by how she can handle a bow and arrow and an axe, he senses there is more to this maiden then meets the eye. Yes there is an immediate attraction and his treacherous body is making him feel all kinds of emotions he would rather not, but can he trust her?
Elswyth and her sister Ellen are staying at Alvery under the protection of Vidar and Gwendolyn, Elswyth wants nothing to do with the conquering Danes she is proud of her Saxon roots, she sees no good in the Danes, the very people who stole her mother away and ruined her life. She is cynical and jaded to them, which is why she will do all she can for her rebellious father, even if that means spying and stealing. But, the moment she sets eyes on the god that is Rolfe she knows instantly that there is something very different about this man. He isn’t at all like she would have thought Danes to be, he is kind, caring, wonderfully seductive and immensely enigmatic.
I love these two they are instantly attracted to one and other, something which they did admit to themselves very quickly – maybe not to others, even though anyone watching them can see there is something very special between them. They both have flaws and insecurities and they have both got strong opinions and believes, yet they have real chemistry, it’s both sexually hot and emotionally tender. Rolfe – as I may have mentioned – is a huge favourite of mine now – he is a strong, powerful and decisive warrior, yet at the same time he is so gentle, cheeky, fun, and utterly charming; that little dimple when he smiles had me every time.
The story is amazing, rich is glorious atmospheric history, I was hooked from the first page right way through to the last – the ending had me sighing with delight, it was so perfect for Rolfe and Elswyth. Their story was one of full on emotional and lots of very steamy scenes that will make you blush with delight – the bath scene, ouh, la la! Elswyth you saucy minx 😉 Ms St George has out done herself, the writing is in no other word, but perfection! I have no other words for how gloriously good this is. I cannot wait for Ellan and Aevirs story, going by this it’s going to be another scorcher – oh, Harper St George what have you done to me, I am a melting, swooning mess!
I cannot recommend it enough!
This was an Arc copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Harper and apologies for the late review.
Marrying her Viking Enemy is available now and can be found at Amazon.
#Review Sent As The Vikings Bride by Michelle Styles (@MichelleLStyles) #VikingRomance #Christmas #YuleTide #SentAsTheVikingsBride @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
She’s the wife he doesn’t want…
…and the woman he needs!
Desperate to escape her murderous brother-in-law and protect her young sister, Ragnhild agrees to marry an unknown warrior, and arrives penniless at his remote island. Only Gunnar Olafson’s belief in love died with his family―he does not want a bride! But as yuletide approaches Ragnhild transforms his isolated existence. Can she melt her Viking warrior’s frozen heart?
Now this is how a Viking romance is done, this is absolutely fabulous! Michelle Styles really is one of my go-to authors for Viking romances, this brings together everything I love Vikings, history and Christmas romances. What’s not to love? And I love this so much, it is a truly magical, seasonal read, that will be pulled of the keeper shelf to be read and re-read over and over again.
Gunnar has hung up his warriors sword to make a new life for himself on is new farm on a remote island, where he can have the peace and sanctuary he has been desperately wanting for most of his adult life. He life of going to war, drinking himself into oblivion and bedding any female he finds with a pulse all so alleviate the pain he has to endure daily over what happened to his family, is now becoming wearisome. Even he knows that the way he was living is no good, so when he gets the opportunity to start afresh Gunnar takes it with both hands. He has set his heart against anything to do with romance and love, that idea died to him long ago.
Gunnar is a complex man, he appears all brooding, monosyllabic and actually rather rude and a tad arrogant, but that is just a mask of the real man beneath. He is actually quite sensitive, lonely, he feels guilt ridden over what happened to his family and because of that he has closed of his heart to love, he thinks that if he allows someone in they will leave him in one way or another. He thinks all he is good for is fighting, which is far, far from the truth. He is a wonderful, passionate, stubborn, kind, sympathetic, loyal, sexy – and oh, my goodness is he sexy, or what? I was definitly swooning especially when he was chopping wood 😉 – but apart from sending me into a dithering mess, he just needs some love and kindness. (Me, me, me!! I’ll love him)
Which is where Ragnhild comes in, she and her sister are fleeing her brother-in-law who is all set on murdering both the sisters. To save herself and her sister from an unthinkable fate, she accepts the position to be the wife of a warrior who has now set himself up on a deserted island. She doesn’t know what to expect as she has never even laid eyes on the man, but she knows that this is their only chance. Their first meeting doesn’t exactly go well to begin with, he is so damn rude but she senses there is something beneath all that grumbling.
What I love about Ragnhild is that she isn’t what would be classed as beautiful, she’s not this frozen goddess with flowing blonde hair, she is a very an ordinary woman with scars and flaws. She is feisty, protective, loyal, strong, kind, caring, nurturing and has so much love bottled up just waiting to be unleashed on someone. But she has been through a lot, and because of her past she is highly self conscious, fragile, frightened and unaware just how remarkable she is. She is just a wonderfully real and relatable character, who I instantly connected with.
Reading this is like a feature length episode of Viking’s, all those glorious Viking warriors, history and superstition and they really were a superstitious lot, weren’t they? Intriguing, romantic, entertaining, alluring, enchanting, beautifully written and engaging are just a few terms to describes just how magical this book is. I love the how detailed it is from the traditional Viking Yule season to all the superstitions from lucky charms to catching the Nissar – you have to read the book to find out about that one. The character’s are beautifully created, the journey to their happily ever after is fraught with distrust, having to over come personal misgivings’ and learning to open their hearts to love. They are a compelling and courageous couple who really are the backbone of the story.
This is the perfect festive Viking romance, one which I cannot recommended enough.
This was a ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Michelle!
Sent as the Viking’s Bride is to be released on 27 December and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
A Viking maiden heading to battle…
…in bed with her captor!
As a female warrior, Dagmar Kolbeinndottar knows she’s not meant for marriage and a family. Until she’s kidnapped by Celtic warlord Aedan mac Connall, who has been tasked with returning Dagmar to her estranged father. Fighting her father’s orders to marry, Dagmar declares she will take no one but her abductor, expecting Aedan to refuse…
But he’s intent on making her his bride!
Oh, my!! What a fantastic read, I do have a real soft spot for Medieval/Viking Romances and this is terrific. Warriors Viking Bride is a edge of seat, seductive read that captures your imagination and takes you on a wonderous journey through a time that was dangerous but also highly sexy. I have read so many great thing’s about Michelle Style’s writing and I am ashamed to say that this is the first of her work I have read, but that will be remedied from now on as I have become transfixed with her smooth and articulated writing.
When Dagmar was just a child her father returned home with another woman, who would be his next wife. Dagmar is heartbroken when her father tells her mother to leave, but Dagmar would be staying under the watchful eye of her “new” mother. Dagmar’s mother fight’s tooth and nail to keep her daughter – which isn’t surprising seeing as she is a great warrior in her own right – and after a vicious battle between her two, beloved parent’s, Dagmar and her mother flee in the night never to look on her father and her childhood home ever again.
“You’re a good warrior, Gael. Your timing is impeccable,” she said awkwardly, holding out her hand “I’m honoured to be a part of your Felag.”
Years later, after the death of her beloved mother, Dagmar is now the “Shield Maiden” she is a warrior in her own right and one not to be messed with. She is known as the painted warrior with snakes in her hair, as she paints her face blue – a swirl for every battle she has fought in and her long hair is plaited in way to look like snakes, only her mother and her oldest friend know the truth, but Dagmar knows that people believing her snake haired ruse will keep unwanted people at bay. Especially now since her mother died, enemies are everywhere those that she is fighting against and those within her camp all wanting to take her position as leader of the Felag. Even her own father and his new wife have been known to send out assassins. So, when one day another warrior turns up on the day of her next and hopefully final battle, claiming he from her father and wants to talk she is instantly alert – usually she would just dispatch them and send the remains back to her father, but something about this one makes her stop, he seems different somehow. Before she can decide what to do she is in battle where everything goes wrong, and her life changes forever.
The invincible warrior was a shield which hid this frightened woman. He hated to think what she must have faced as a young girl. “It’ll be fine, Dagmar,’ he said. “Your safe. Ill protect you. You’ve done enough.”
She gave an indistinct murmur and snuggled closer. Laid her head on his chest and pinned him down, every time he tried to move, she followed.
Keeping an arm around her, he took off his cloak and spread it over them both. He instantly smiled in her sleep….
Dagmar is a complicated woman she has multiple of layer’s that makes this woman fascinating and lovable. I do like strong decisive heroines who put the heroes into their places, women who have a brain and know exactly how to use it and who do what they want, when they want and women who strive for that equality. Dagmar is that in a nutshell, she is a warrior in her own right, and she isn’t afraid of showing those around her exactly who is the boss. She also has a very vulnerable side to her personality, she was hugely affected by her parent’s actions when she was a child and that has caused a lot of trust issues, especially regarding men.
Aeden has been charged to collect Dagmar and take her to her father, he has sworn to himself that he won’t ever fall in love and take a bride. That’s until he meets Dagmar, she infuriates the hell out of him with her stubbornness and argumentative streak and yet, she seems to sooth his torn and shattered heart. He has made a promise to her father that he won’t touch her as her father has plans of his own for his daughter, but that proves too hard for the usually stoic warrior to do. The only reason that he is even doing this task is because he has no choice, if he wants to save his people, then he must take the angry, volatile and fragile Dagmar to her father – which really is easier said than done. Aeden is a warrior in his own right, he is a proud, resilient man who doesn’t let anything get in his way, if he can help it and especially not a beautiful and infuriating woman.
Aedan is a deep-thinking man, who was thrown unceremoniously into this duty. He is a bit of a lone wolf, he will do what is needed of him but after various trials that he had to go through, he has become rather cynical with other people and their motives, the only person he trust’s is himself and his dog; Mor. I love the addition of Mor to the story, the gentle giant for me is a crucial part of the story and of bringing these two vulnerable and hugely cynical people together.
He gave a crooked smile. “I’m the one who can see your face in the morning dawn, I’m the one who makes the judgement about your beauty, not you.”
Every particle of her was aware of him, a great ache filled her insides. Aeden in this mood was dangerous in a way that he hadn’t been before. She forced a laugh. “You walked into an army with just a dog for protection, your judgement is suspect.”
“But, it remains mine,” he gave a soft laugh which made her insides melt…
The relationship between Dagmar and Aedan is steamy and raw, they are actually very much a like and those similar traits does cause them to head bump each other, on numerous occasion’s and yet when they start to learn each other’s history and personal trails, they have a mutual respect for each other. But that doesn’t mean that everything is going to be all rosy, Aeden and Dagmar have a lot of obstacles to get past.
Ms Styles has created an original and I found it to be a very moving story about moving on, and second chances. The storyline is a wonderful blend of romance and action with that seductive and mysterious quality that you only get from the Medieval era. I think Ms Styles has got Aeden and Dagmar spot on, they are both highly charged individuals who need the other in each of their lives.
This is so good, I cannot recommend it more.
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
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