To Sin with a Viking
Harlequin Historical / July 23, 2013 / $6.50 print, $5.99 digital
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 harbours a secret that might just set them both free…
Let’s face it, arranged marriages in historical romance tend to have a high rate of success, especially when both parties are good, honorable people. A hero and a heroine, that’s part of the equation. But what about those cases when a good hero and a good heroine want to make their marriage work, but can’t? What about those whose true soulmates are still out there?
That, dear readers, is the crux of To Sin With a Viking, the start of Michelle Willingham’s Forbidden Vikings series. Styr Hardrata will do anything to save his marriage to his wife, Elena, and lift her from her despair over their childless state. He hopes that a voyage to Ireland and the chance to begin a new life there will bring back the love he and Elena had once shared. It’s not that easy.
The Ireland that Styr and his men reach isn’t overflowing with treasure. In fact, Caragh O’Brannon’s tribe is slowly starving to death, and desperate times call for desperate measures. Caragh watches in horror as her brother, Brendan, leads their men in an attack on the Viking ship, capturing several Vikings and carrying them away, including the lone woman among them, tearing her away from their apparent leader, whom Caragh has felled in battle.
When Styr awakes, his first thought is of Elena; where she is, how she is, how he can find and rescue her and in some small way make up for failing to give her the one thing she yearns for most. It’s this driving passion that won’t let go of Styr, even when he finds himself drawn to the stubborn, determined Caragh, as desperate to find her brother as Styr is to find his wife.
The two unlikely allies join forces, for where Brendan is, Elena will be. Though neither believes peace between their two people is possible, Styr and Caragh must rely on each other if they are to find their loved ones and have a chance at restoring their lives.
Attraction to each other is the last thing they need, but oh what an attraction it is. Caragh’s open nature stokes a flame in Styr, too long deprived of even the slightest softness from Elena. Caragh herself, heartbroken from being left at the altar by her unfaithful betrothed, her heart as starved for love as her body is for food, finds Styr not that different after all. That’s where the bond between them grows, strong and fast, yet it’s also what keeps them apart. Styr is still honor-bound to Elena, and when he finds her at last, Caragh withdraws, honoring Styr and Elena’s marriage even as she mourns a love that can never be fulfilled.
Styr and Elena’s reunion may require a hanky or twelve, but that’s nothing compared to the jubilation of Styr and Caragh’s happily ever after at last. To Sin With a Viking is forbidden love at its heartwrenching, heartwarming finest.
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