9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.5 blue ribbons from Romance Junkies,
This review is from: Viking Warrior, Unwilling Wife (Mass Market Paperback)
AD 794, Central Norway
Vikar Hrutson, jaarl of Viken, has declared war against Bose the Dark in retaliation of the recent raid on Rogaland. The only thing that truly complicates his taking over Bose's lands is the simple fact that his ex-wife is Bose's daughter and he still has feelings for her.
Sela has no regrets over leaving Vikar. His interests laid elsewhere and she wasn't about to live in the shadows of another woman. The last thing she expects or needs is to have him reenter her life in such a dramatic fashion.
The moment Sela hears the news about the approaching dragon ships she flies into action. Immediately she goes to her father to inform him of the situation and reiterate the plans for him to take her son and flee the hall for a hut in the woods. Since her father's sword arm remains useless and he's obviously ailing it's up to Sela and the few men available to protect the hall. Unfortunately the men are all young and inexperienced and they quickly fall under the Vikings swords. As the leader, Sela is forced to yield to Vikar and right away their past relationship is brought to the forefront. According to Vikar, everything that had belonged to Bose the Dark now belongs to him - including Sela.
Remarriage is out of the question as far as Sela's concerned but Vikar's suggestion that she take a position of a mistress instead is far more insulting and hurtful than she anticipated. Vikar insists on hearing the words of surrender from Bose the Dark himself, only Bose has escaped and Vikar is positive that Sela knows where he's gone. All he has to do is give her an opportunity to escape the hall and then follow her and she'll lead him straight to her father. What he discovers is completely unexpected and will change life as he knows it but first they'll struggle through unknown territory and learn to trust each other with their lives. How will Vikar respond when he discovers that big secret that Sela's kept from him all this time?
VIKING WARRIOR, UNWILLING WIFE sparked my curiosity about Viking customs about divorces and separations - as Ms. Styles' points out in her author note there really isn't much information regarding such situations. It's easy to understand how Vikar and Sela's situation escalated to the point of divorce and as a reader I realize that relationship problems haven't changed much over all this time. Ms. Styles' storyline depicts much of the lifestyle present during this particular time period including some folklore and Viking laws. Incidentally, the laws regarding children brought tears to my eyes - but I'm sure you'll understand why when you read this book. VIKING WARRIOR, UNWILLING WIFE is a book I'd highly recommend for fans of historical tales - especially if you enjoy reading about Vikings.
Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies)