Friday, September 4, 2015

Book #Review: To Sin With A Viking (Forbidden Vikings 1) by Michelle Willingham .@michellewilling .@harlequinbooks

Book Title: To Sin With A Viking (Forbidden Viking 1)
Author:  Michelle Willingham |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Genre: Historical Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cost: $6.50
Pages: 288
How I got it: BEA 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: August 2013
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Playing With Fire! Caragh Ó Brannon defended herself bravely when the enemy landed—only, now she finds herself alone with one very angry Viking… Styr Hardrata sailed to Ireland intending to trade, never expecting to find himself held captive in chains by a beautiful Irish maiden. The fiercely handsome warrior both terrifies and allures Caragh, but he is forbidden territory. He is the enemy…and he is married. Yet Styr harbors a secret that just might set them both free… Forbidden Vikings Resist them if you can!
Sooo about that cover though?? Yeah no, I'm so terrified, and not at all turned on, but the rest of the story?? Yeah liking it, I've got the second book and I can't wait to dive in and finish this series.

I found the idea of what happens when an arranged marriage doesn't work, and was totally on board to see how Michelle would work a way to give these two characters the love they needed.  Would they come back together I was intrigued by the backstory of how Michelle came to write this and wanted to read as son as I got the book in my hand, I'm looking forward to reading Ragnar's story only because I love his name,

Styr wanted to save his marriage because well everything was going wrong, and for such a crazy reason.  I understood his wife Elena's struggle, she didn't want to fail her husband, and of course the families were also counting on her, but along the way she did what so many other women did wrong, she forgot that this is about her and her husband as well, not just about the future.  And Styr didn't help by letting her know he wanted her for her, and not just because their marriage had been arranged.

As the story progressed and we got to see both Styr and Caragh's life, and how they intersected, I was really intrigued on how he was going to walk the line without breaking it.  There were some seriously close times not always because they wanted to but because circumstances conspired against them and even a few where Caragh's decision made it clear that Styr wasn't her only choice.  I loved Caragh because once she realized Styr's heart wasn't hers to have she tried hard to maintain a distance.  I found myself kinda hoping that things would work out for them and when we got to the crux of the problem, I totally loved the ending we were being given.

I will say after watching Vikings on tv, I'm not sure they would have the same sense of 'honor' that Styr had, it wouldn't be considered dishonoring your wife. Personally I think having emotional attachments are worse than physical cheating, one you never have to do again, but the other?? Your emotions are involved, I'm going to lose no matter what.

I loved the story we were given, it was sweet, haunting at times and still a story that kept me intrigued and turning the pages.
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