Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review: To Tempt a Viking by Michelle Willingham

Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Forbidden Vikings #2
Publication Date: 21st January 2014
Pages: 288
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!

Karen's Thoughts: 
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 Elena has been unable to conceive a child in their five year marriage and has slowly withdrawn from Styr.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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12 comments:

  1. I haven't read this author yet but your review made me add this series to my list!

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    1. Michelle has some great series published if you like historicals Mary. MacKinloch's are set in Scotland and MacEgan's are set in Ireland. Hope you get a chance to pick up some of Michelle's books.

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  2. Thanks for a great review on this ... I might have to check this series out!!!!

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  3. Will follow your advice and definitely read this series in order ... I'm a bit anal about that anyway lol. Thanks for another great review Karen :)

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    1. I am fussy about reading a series in order too Teddyree, no idea who I missed the release of the first book because I love Michelle's books and follow her on FB….must have been all that studying I did last year!

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  4. I have this one! I haven't read it yet but good to know that it is great for a nice afternoon. I have all the books in the series so I will make sure to read them in order :)

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    1. Felicia S, well worth reading. I love Michelle Willingham's writing and its not enough I get to read historicals in the viking setting so that was a nice change.

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  5. So he goes for Elena...what happens with Styr? Oh now I wanna know

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    1. Styr's story is the first book Blodeuedd, To Sin With A Viking. I think my rating would be higher if I had read the books in order. Usually books are fine as stand alones but as these two books run parallel in time I think its much better to read them in order.

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  6. Thanks for the tip about reading the series out of order, I hate that! This looks like one I'd like.

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    1. I hope you get to read this series stacybuckeye. Michelle Willingham is one of my favourite authors and whilst this one wasn't my favourite of hers, I still enjoyed reading them….just wish I'd done it in the right order lol!

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