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NOW AVAILABLE! ! THE HIGHLANDER’S VIKING BRIDE by Cathy MacRae….review

The Highlander's Viking Bride: Book 2 in the Hardy Heroines series

 

The Highlander’s Viking Bride: Book 2 in the Hardy Heroines series by Cathy MacRae

 

Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval)

Series: Hardy  Heroines, #2

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

  • Publication date: May 22, 2017
  • Publisher: Short Dog Press
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0728HWJRY

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Product Description

Calder MacGerry, laird of an impoverished clan, has resolved to end the bitter feud between the MacGerrys and Sinclairs. He jumps at Laird Sinclair’s offer of marriage to his only daughter, Katja, to seal the agreement between their clans—only to get more than he bargained for.

Katja’s chance to escape her father’s harsh treatment appears to be too good to be true. But becoming Lady of a clan that despises her because she’s a Sinclair, doesn’t make her life any easier. When the attacks turn deadly, she fights her way out, making a dangerous passage to the Shetland Isles for refuge with her Viking family.

Calder and Katja’s marriage, built on mistrust, rushes quickly into disaster. As Calder seeks to repair the damage, Katja discovers not another enemy, but a husband who pledges a new beginning.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

The Highlander’s Viking Bride: Book 2 in the Hardy Heroines series by Cathy MacRae is an awesome Medieval Romance. I was positively entranced and entralled! Can be read as a stand alone.

Calder MacGerry, is the laird of an impoverished clan, but he has decided, after his beloved fathet’s recent death, he would end the bitter feud between the MacGerrys and Sinclair clans. He accepts Laird Sinclair’s offer of marriage to his only daughter, Katja, to seal the agreement between their clans. Peace between the two clans is finally on the horizon.

Katja however, is not so sure. She trusts no man, and not many lasse. She been raised around a clan that treats her no respect. She has brothers, of course, who tries to protect her ftom her father’s harsh treatment. She is the best archer in her clans, though.

What starts out as a marriage of hope, soon turns to mistrust and someone in clan MacGerry is trying to run Katja away. She is accepted by her husband’s family with open arms and some others in the clan, however, acidents soon start happening to her. She is poisoned, nearly raped, and set upon by thuds, it’s a good thing she is a fiece lass who can protect herself. Calder is furious when he learns of the things that’s been happening to his new wife. Can love grow from mistrust and hapastance?

“The Highlander’s Viking Bride” is filled with intrigue, mistrust, danger, romance, betrayal and love. It seems when things happen to Katja her husband is not around he’s often trying to increase his clan’s strength, so he’s absent often, he leaves his bride with his brother for her protection.

This story has everything a romance reader could possibly wish to find in a great read. From complex and engaging characters to intriguing plots to a dangerous trek to the Shetlands to finding a true and absolute love and another family she hasn’t seen for many years, her mother’s Viking family. There is a wonderful cast of characters, I can’t wait to read more about their lives.
With mistrust, loneliness, much excitement, forgiveness, love and so much more, readers will be thrilled and excited to read Katja and Calder’s story. I fell in love with them from the very beginning. Fast paced, a definite page turner, with so much to offer readers. Cathy MacRae does not disappoint readers. I hope you will see what I’m talking about and pick up you’re copy.
A definite must read! An extraordinary Medieval Romance!!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild (with violence)
Reviewed by: AprilR

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BANISHED by Anna Markland. ..a review 

BanishedBanished by Anna Markland

Website: http://annamarkland.com/

Twitter : @AnnaMarkland

Genre : Historical Romance  (Medieval  England /Viking)

*This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS*

Source : Received for an honest review from the author. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own. 

  • Publication date: August 16, 2016
  • Publisher: BleuBelle Press
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01KKJTELQ
  • Length : 156 pages


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Description

Vikings evoke images of strong men who allow nothing to stand in their way. They’re not normally associated with tender feelings. Wildflowers conjure more personal and sentimental images. In BANISHED, a handful of bluebells picked from a meadow by childhood sweethearts becomes a symbol and eventually an acknowledgement of a love long denied. 
Audra longs to leave behind the life of an elite mercenary, a role forced on her after her father’s banishment from the Viking brotherhood. 
A journey from exile to the court of King Canute offers a new life, though she fears few men will want her once her history is known. 
The bloody feud that precipitated her father’s banishment resurfaces when she is unexpectedly reunited with a childhood sweetheart. Sigmar has always held her heart, but he is the son of her father’s enemy. Sigmar’s hopes for advancement in Canute’s service will be dashed if he obeys the dictates of family honor. 
Can Audra and Sigmar lay the hatreds of the past to rest, or will the Viking code of vengeance triumph? 

This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS

MY THOUGHTS : 

Banished by Anna Markland is a fantastic Medieval Viking Historical Romance set in 1017 England. A novella, and a quick read, only about 156 pages, but packed full of deliciousness.

*This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS.*

Steady paced with a cast of characters that will steal your heart as you feel their struggles, challenges and destiny come to fruition. Filled with the pride of Vikings and so much more. Such as family feud, vengeance, destiny, love, honor, soul mates, family roots, the power of love to willingly face any obstacle with pride and honor.

This is the story of Audra and Sigmar, two childhood friends, whose father’s became bitter enemies, resulting in a feud and banishment, that torn them apart….Years later, Audra and Sigmar meet again, the rest as they said is history or a tanalizling story. ..

Women Viking Warriors, Jomsviking Brotherhood, assassins, and an elite team of twelve, (known as Dodeka)who become the newly crowned King Canute’s personal assassins/bodyguards.

Packed full of history, and a frightening tract across the legendary Dartmoor, makes, “Banished”, a captivating and mesmerizing novella. A bit of mystery and intrigue add a touch of excitement that’s simply breathtaking. Of course, passion and romance is included.

*Based on actual historical events and persons*

In “Banished”, Ms. Markland lends her special storytelling to enable the reader a glimpse into the inner workings of a new King, his elite assassins, and the power to overcome any obstacle for love, with honor and the Viking pride. Intense and powerful!
A must read for any Medieval fans, fans of Viking Romance and readers who enjoy reading about, destiny and the power of soul mates to overcome obstacles. Strongly recommended for an afternoon read!
Received for an honest review. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

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