Escaping With Her Saxon Enemy
Her tempting enemy is a chink in her armor!
Viking shield maiden, Svea Ivarsson, would far rather face Saxon warriors than be on the run with the fiercely captivating Lord Ashford Stanton, protector to the Saxon King. Reaching Ash’s family castle, Svea must swap her chainmail for life as a Lady. She can wield a sword like an expert, but no training has prepared her for craving the touch of her greatest enemy…
Sarah Rodi has always been a hopeless romantic. She grew up watching old, romantic movies recommended by her grandad or devouring love stories from the local library. Sarah lives in the village of Cookham in Berkshire, where she enjoys walking along the River Thames with her husband, her two daughters, and their dog. She has been a magazine journalist for over 20 years, but it has been her lifelong dream to write romance for Mills & Boon. Sarah believes everyone deserves to find their happy ever after.
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Escaping with Her Saxon Enemy by Sarah Rodi
Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Series: Rise of the Ivarssons, #2
Release Date: April 26, 2022
At her brother Brand’s wedding to Princess Anne, Viking Shield Maiden Svea Ivarsson is once again in the company of Ashford “Ash” Stanton, King Eallesborough’s right-hand man and the only man that has ever captured her attention. But she fights the feelings because not only will she never marry or let any man have control over her, but it was Ash who robbed her of her chance for vengeance! Years ago a Saxon named Lord Crowe killed her father and then violated Svea before giving her to his men for their pleasure. She barely survived the attack and when she finally confronted Crowe, Ash stopped her from killing him. But for her brother’s sake, she is trying to be civil and even accompanies Ash when the king leaves the next day.
But what should have been a quiet escort turns deadly when they are ambushed. Svea and Ash fight the attackers, but soon realize they have no chance of winning and see the king and several of their men taken prisoner. They follow the men and discover Crowe’s brother is behind the attack and has taken the king hostage. Ash convinces Svea to travel with him to his home to recruit help, never expecting to find common ground with the beautiful Viking. As they get to know each other, secrets are revealed and feelings intensify, but before they can think of a future, they must deal with the present and save the king.
This well-written, emotional book is the second installment of the series and picks up shortly after the end of the first book. This book utilizes the classic enemies-to-lovers trope and is filled with action, steamyish love scenes, secrets, past trauma, healing, acceptance, surprises, and finally a HEA complete with an epilogue. I would note that the book does have a trigger-sensitive scene in which a very young Svea recalls being brutally violated, which might be disturbing to some readers, I do believe the author did her utmost to minimize graphic details of the attack, but it is clear what was done. Overall, this was an excellent book and I would be happy to recommend it.
*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.*