The Viking’s Stolen Princess
A kidnapped royal…
Could be the Viking’s undoing!
After Brand Ivarsson of Kald abducts Anne of Termarth on the eve of her wedding, the Vikings are consumed with only one thing: revenge against her loathsome betrothed. But confronted with the stunning princess, so foreign to his world, Brand’s captivated not only by her beauty but by her spirit and her kindness. Is Anne his prisoner…or is she the one who’s captured his scarred heart?
Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release Date: November 30, 2021
When Saxon King Eallesborough of Termarth announced that his daughter Princess Anne would be marrying Ealdorman Lord Crowe of Calhourn in exchange for an army of men, Brand knew his chance for justice had finally come. For years, Northman Brand Ivarsson of Kald has waited for vengeance for himself and his sister for the heinous crimes committed by Lord Crowe. Brand’s plan is simple – he will steal Crowe’s bride, force him to fight, and then ransom Anne back to her father.
After living years as a virtual prisoner, Anne should be thrilled to be marrying Lord Crowe, but she feels like she will just be trading one prison for another. She seeks solace on the ramparts and is shocked when a man appears, not just any man, but Brand – one of her father’s deadliest enemies. She threatens to jump, but Brand convinces her that the only way to save her people is to go with him.
Over the next few days, Anne learns that Brand is not the monster she has been led to believe, and slowly she falls in love with him. But when her father sends Lord Crowe to rescue her, and the truth of her abduction is revealed, she feels betrayed and Brand feels unworthy. Will these two be able to overcome the pain of their pasts and forge a HEA or will they both forsake the love of a lifetime?
This was a good story, with likable characters and a complex backstory. I enjoyed the setting of ancient Britain (Mercia), was thrilled by the tie-in of their past and the steamy love scenes. What I found a bit annoying was the prolonged miscommunication, which lasted until practically the end of the book. Overall, it was a good read and I would be happy to recommend this book.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*