A battle for power and passion
A skilled archer with the heart of a warrior, Gwendolyn of Alvey has proved herself capable of defending her homeland. But the threat of invasion and her father’s deathbed wish force her to do the unthinkable: wed Vidar, leader of the enemy.
Duty to form an alliance between two powerful clans binds Vidar to Gwendolyn, but desire tempts him to distraction. Her nature is to dominate, but he’s determined to seduce her into submission on the battlefield—and in the bedchamber…
Oh, how much do I love this series? And it is very sad that this is the last in the series. As it was reading “In Bed with the Viking Warrior” that really got me hooked with Medieval/Viking Romances, I have a real soft spot for “The Viking Warriors ” but Harper St. George has finished this remarkable series in a good place. It’s a good send off and great to see what St. George has done with proud and cunning Vidar, pairing him up with an equally strong and battle hardened, Lady Archer is genius.
Warrior Vidar is being forced to marry the daughter of a Saxon lord who just happens to hold a very vital piece of land and with the enemy Rogues still on the loose causing havoc and the pics from the north testing the Danes. The only way to guarantee power is in their hands, is for the powerful Danish Jarls to join forces and make a pact with the Saxon; Alvey. In other word’s one of them has to marry in to the Alvey clan and as his brothers have all gone and married leaving him the one remaining high-ranking warrior, the duty is firmly on him.
He decides that if he must marry this woman he will do it for his people and his brother the Jarl, but he fully intends on bedding her and leaving her as soon as humanly possible. That is until he meets the fiery Gwendolyn. She turns his head and his plans upside down, and that’s before he even put’s a ring on her finger – which is a trial of its own, I can tell you.
She was full of fire and a wildness that drew him in. He had no doubt that she would fight him at every turn and for some reason he was starting to enjoy it….
Since the death of her father, Gwen is the Lady of the house but not just that she is also the leader of Alvey’s warriors. She has become their sharp shooting lady Archer and through valiant battles of her own she has gained the trust and respect of these hardened warriors. On finding out about the bargain that her father had made with Eirik, the Danish Jarl she is appalled, the very last thing that she wants is to be forced to marry especially marry a Dane; her enemy. How on earth can she lead her men and go on in her father’s stead, with a husband around?
Gwen was more or less been raised as a boy, since her father seeing that she wasn’t interested in girly things allowed her to train with the warriors and in doing so she is the remarkable highly skilled archer she is today. She is fierce, stubborn and very stuck in her ways she has a resilient determination that can rival any warrior and she isn’t afraid of fighting for what she believes in and for her people. She will do anything to make sure that her family and the people of Alvey are protected, even if that mean’s marrying a Dane. She is definitely living way a head if her time, she’s quite the little Saxon suffragette, demanding rights and equality.
Gently, he took the ring from her and slid it on her finger. He didn’t say anything, but it felt like he’d claimed her. A knot churned in her stomach. The idea of being owned by any man revolted her, but there was something about this man that terrified her….
She takes an instantly dislike to Vidar and she has a feeling that the large, arrogant Dane doesn’t want to be married any more than she does, but like her he has no choice either. So, they go through with it, and the battle of wills and power begins. Even at the marriage ceremony itself they battle for control and they don’t let up right through. Yet, she soon comes to realise that to keep the peace amongst her Alvey people and the Danes, Gwen and her new husband must put on a united front, they have to be seen to actual tolerate one another.
Vidar soon changes his original plan to leave his wife as soon as possible, he is drawn to the daring and intelligent Gwen, especially after seeing her climb down from a tree in her tight-fitting leather trousers. She isn’t like any other woman he has ever met, he thinks that having a wife means having a mousy little woman around to do exactly what he wants of her, but how wrong he is. Gwen is like fire and brimstone and he finds that he is constantly on guard around her.
‘Do you submit?’ His voice was soft, but held a husky note that raked across her senses. It prickled her skin and caused a flutter of response in her belly.
This is so sexually charged, the chemistry between Vidar and Gwendolyn is red hot, any hotter and your eyes would smoke with just reading it, they are made of the same stuff. I love when they start getting to know each other, there is a real spark between them and the respect he shows her is sweet and uplifting.
As always the writing is strong and articulated as we have come to expect from St. George. When I read an historical I like the historic detailing within the story and St George doesn’t disappoint, she has got it all spot on, everything is crystalized and explained to a high degree from the smells of our characters to the actual Viking marriage ceremony – which I found absolutely enchanting, the trading of the swords is a beautiful ritual. This has everything you want in a Historical Romance.
Perfect! A great end to a fabulous series.
This was a ARC via the author in exchange for a honest review.
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