If you are like me, enjoying a book with fierce female protagonist and romance that’ll melt your knickers, look no more, because His viking bride is it!
“A Twist of Fate… A Battle of Wills…
Aestrid Karisson, a Viking princess who lives by her own rules; fiercely free and independent – that is, whenever she can elude the watchful eyes of her overbearing father. When she escapes for an afternoon of adventure, she never suspected to forever alter her destiny.
Captured by a band of raiding Picts, Aestrid is adorned and bound for sacrifice. In the midst of their ritual of blood and fire, the Picts are ransacked by Veleif Kollsvein and his fearsome warriors. Reputed as the most brutal barbarian across all of the North Seas, Aestrid unwittingly trades one abductor for another. Journeying farther from her home across this unforgiving landscape; it isn’t until they reach Veleif’s stronghold that her true identity is discovered.” (Goodreads synopsis)
Warning: This book contains graphic adult content.
I have received this book for review consideration and this is my honest review – like always!
Aestrid is captured by the Pics who murdered her brother whilst they were out on an adventure, and she was kidnapped and taken for sacrifice. Aestrid is saved in the nick of time by Veileif and his fellow warriors. They didn’t know who she was, and once they return to their stronghold, it is discovered that she is in fact the Princess of a powerful Viking leader with whom Veleif was enemy. His council suggests for them to marry to unite the kingdoms in order to bring peace and prosperity to both lands and that’s when things get heated, because Aestrid is not willing to lose her independence and wants to return home. You go girl!
Aestrid is a fun, headstrong character with a heart of gold. It was really fun to be in her character and whilst her actions seemed a bit childish at times, these were a reflection of her inexperience since she grew up in a more privileged environment. Her stubbornness was quite refreshing, but at times I found it a little bit irritating, as I would’ve liked to see her doing something else other than bite-mode, however this not detracted from my enjoyment of the story at all. I was proud of her that she was able to stick up for what she believed in, regardless of what Veilef and his men were thinking, and was putting the wellfare of his people on high regard, showing what a true caring soul she was. It was really endearing to see her camaraderie with Veileif’s men, and how she used her withs to win them over to do her bidding. Loved it!
Veileif is not only a hunk, but a good ruler, interested in ruling his people well, and proving for them. Initially his character annoyed me a little and I was wondering if I was ever going to like him as he was a bit of an ass towards Aestrid, however it is quite understandable given the time period when women were viewed as commodity rather than human beings, and you get to see his behaviour changing once he realises his shit does’t work with Aestrid. The plot forces both character to re-evaluate their outlook on what they want, whilst discovering themselves. Towards the end of the book I was actually siding with Veileif a little bit more as I could see how much he wanted it all to work, but wasn’t quite able to nail it with headstrong Aestrid.
The writing was good and supported both the characters and the plot to develop and sound genuine. Sometimes I felt though, as Aestrid could’ve reacted a little bit different, especially towards the end. The writing itself had a good flow and whilst reading you have a sense that the author really did do their homework in terms of the customs of the time period, and how these characters would’ve interacted and speaking in real life, with the caveat that I am no expert in viking history.
Yes, I would. I thoroughly enjoy reading romance novels, and I definitely enjoyed reading this one; well written and entertaining!
I have it a 4 out of 5 stars as I enjoyed it, although there were some parts where I thought it could’ve been handled differently, but overall a really good read.
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