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The Chieftain's Bride Paperback – November 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
Only Raynor's second in command Bodin, thinks he should be awarded the lovely Lady Marion and Ravenhill. Planning to take control of Ravenhill with a surprise attack, he instead flees a coward when Wyborn arrives more than prepared for the assault.
Kate Hill has written a wonderful Viking historical. Both Wyborn and Marion are surprised with each other as a person and as a spouse. Wyborn is a fierce warrior yes, but he is also very protective of his people and considerate of their needs. Marion is perfect for him as a wife; she is strong willed and really needed a man who could be a husband, more so than a father. What I really like about her though is as a historical character, she is very feminine even though she is strong willed. I also really like the fact that even though she initially tried to kill him, I think this is what first attracts Raynor to Marion!
I enjoyed the plot and the tension created because Bodin wants Ravenhill and is sore over getting his ass kicked (because he is a sleaze-bag and got what he deserves!). I also greatly admire authors that stick characters in "sticky" situations and there are consequences that cannot be let off lightly (and the author doesn't!). However, because every night there was a bedroom scene between Wyborn and Marion, I feel that the story started to loose some of its tempo.
If you want to consider Bodin the villain, there is a secondary villain that I found very interesting, completely misunderstood and in need of starting his life over and getting over his life long grudge. Assuming he survives, I would be very interested in reading his story!
All and all, THE CHIEFTANS BRIDE was an excellent change of pace for me, and I would recommend the story.
Marion is wary of the new Chieftain because of all the stories she has heard of his fierceness. When she first sees Wyborn, she cannot deny he is handsome, but refuses to yield to him until she knows he can be trusted to protect the people of Ravenhill.
Bodin desires both Ravenhill and Marion. His need to avenge himself after
Wyborn's defeat takes him to a madman for help. The two form a plan in hopes of destroying the Chieftain and taking back what Bodin believes is rightfully his.
The Chieftain's Bride is a great story! Wyborn is a strong and handsome man. Marion is the perfect match for him. Their journey is action-packed and romantic. I enjoyed the way their relationship began then grew into a beautiful love. Wyborn and Marion's romance is endearingly passionate. Kate Hill writes an entertaining and deeply satisfying tale in The Chieftain's Bride. I highly recommend it!
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