Series: Forbidden Vikings #2
Publication Date: 21st January 2014
Book Source: Harlequin & NetGalley
Synopsis: She’s Testing His Resolve!
Warrior Viking Ragnar Olafsson stood by as his best friend claimed the woman he desired the most. There was only one way to quench the deep darkness within him—become merciless in battle.
When Elena is taken captive, fearless Ragnar risks everything to save her. Now they are stranded with only each other for company. Suddenly every longing, every look, every touch is forbidden. Elena could tempt a saint—and sinner Ragnar knows he won’t be able to hold out for long!
Michelle Willingham is a favourite author of mine and I particularly enjoyed her MacEgan Brothers series. I’m noted for loving a historical romance set in Scotland but this time we cross the waters to Ireland.
I will be upfront and disclose that somehow when I came to read To Tempt a Viking, I missed reading the first book, To Sin with a Viking. I realized fairly early on that I was reading a sequel as there were gaps in the story and I felt like I was missing something. The storyline of To Sin with a Viking and To Tempt a Viking run parallel to each other. For a better reading experience I would highly recommend you read book one first. After finishing the second book, I went back to read the first but knowing what was going to happen did spoil things a little.
That said I still enjoyed To Tempt a Viking. Set in Ireland in the year 875, Styr and Elena have left their homeland of Norway and venture to Ireland planning a new start to hopefully save their barren marriage. Elena has been unable to conceive a child in their five year marriage and has slowly withdrawn from Styr.
Things go awry when they come across a settlement, Styr is captured and Elena kidnapped. Styr’s best friend Ragnar follows Elena to protect her. All three have been friends since childhood and Ragnar has always had a secret longing for Elena to be his own.
It was refreshing to read a story that was a little different to the usual arranged marriage storyline. Most of the historical romances involving arranged marriages that I've read, involve the married couple not wanting the arrangement but growing to love each other, where as it was the reverse in To Tempt a Viking.
Guest review by Karen
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