Immortal Defender by Lisa Hendrix
Series: Immortal Brotherhood #4
Publisher: Berkley, Intermix
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
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Return to the realm of the Immortal Brotherhood with a new paranormal romantic adventure featuring a crew of Viking warriors condemned to live out eternity as were-creatures...
In her Defender's strong arms, she has no defense...
Part of a band of Viking warriors cursed by an evil sorceress, Torvald has searched for years for a magic that can free him from his fate—to live forever as a were-creature, a man by night, a stallion by day. While studying with the alchemist to Queen Elizabeth, Torvald meets the lovely widow Josian Delamere and hopes she might be the one woman who can save him.
Unwilling to give up the independence of her widowhood, Josian expects to become merely lovers, but Torvald's tender seductions make her yearn for more. Just as she’s poised to surrender her heart, a hidden enemy reveals Torvald’s secret to her—and she flees the dark magic that surrounds him, in fear for her very soul.
The proud warrior can win any battle, but he cannot surmount the pain of losing Josian. Yet when her life is threatened, he will risk it all to come to the defense of the one woman who means more to him than his own salvation...
Torvald is a Viking warrior who was cursed long ago, alone with many others, to live a life of half man, half stallion. By day he is man but when the sun sets he turns into a white stallion.
He is in London staying with a friend when he meets Josian Delamere. They find a mutual desire in each other and some months later he heads to her home and they begin a tryst. Unfortunately, not long after they begin Josian comes across Torvald and his friend Ari at sunset and sees Torvald turn into a stallion and Ari turn from a raven to a man. She leaves her home and runs to her family’s estate.
Her brother-in-law is losing his mind and he decides to head to London to spout his ravings about the queen and his disloyalty to her. Of course if one of the family is disloyal that means the entire family is disloyal as well, right? So the entire family gets hauled off to the Tower – including Josian as she was staying with them.
Torvald feels responsible for her being there but he also finds himself falling for her. He works to get her freed from the Tower but once he does Josian is determined to find the papers that will prove the rest of her family is innocent of any wrong-doing and is loyal to the crown. Torvald, Ari and two other cursed Vikings all help Josian in her quest and while they are together Josian finds herself falling in love with Torvald. Could she be the woman who could break his curse?
I have to say I waited a darned long time for this fourth book in the Immortal Brotherhood series. It’s been five years since book 3 was released but I really liked the series back then so thought I’d give this one a shot. It was hard to remember all of the characters but I soon got into the story. The first part of the book was slow for me. I picked it up and put it down several times until I finally got into it – so be warned.
Torvald was a great hero. He was strong and caring, conscientious and protective. When Josian first sees Torvald changing she thinks he’s a demon and continues with her disdain through a goodly portion of the book. I didn’t care for that but it didn’t sway Torvald or his feelings toward her. He just did his best to help – not matter how Josian felt about him personally.
Josian was a bit much to take at some points in the book. It was hard for her to deal with the whole changing thing but once she saw how her cousin dealt easily with the changes she opened herself to hearing what the men really were. Imho that took too long into the story as I would have loved to have seen Torvald and Josian together for longer but that didn’t happen.
Overall it was a good story and definitely was interesting once Josian and her family were arrested. I will definitely be reading the next in this series as I like the concept so much. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another five years. 😉
Rating: 3.5 out of 5