In Bed with the Viking Warrior by Harper St. George
Series: Viking Warriors #3
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: December 20th 2016
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"I still don't know who I am. What if I'm an enemy?"
Injured in battle, Magnus awakens with no memory of who he is. Knowing he is in danger, he flees only to encounter a Saxon maiden in peril.
Aisly hates the Danes who invaded her land and killed her husband. Yet, when a mysterious wounded warrior saves her life, she cannot turn her back on him. As Aisly tends to Magnus's injuries, desire surges between them. But when Magnus's true identity is revealed, she's thrown into turmoil she has invited her enemy into her bed!
Aisly’s husband was recently killed by the Danes. She knows she should feel bad about that fact but he wasn’t a very nice husband so while she grieves in her own way she’s not too terribly torn up about it. When she is almost attacked in the forest by her village by a Dane she is saved by a man who can’t remember who he is and is very injured. She takes him to her house, despite the elders of the village and her former father-in-law having a mighty cow about the fact and nurses him back to health.
The man is Magnus, at least he thinks that’s his name. He woke up in a pile of dead bodies that were being burned. He escaped and then at one point while fleeing he was set upon by a man who called him Magnus. It doesn’t sound right to him so he doesn’t share it with the saintly Aisly. He finds himself wanting to protect and take care of Aisly but the elders, and Aisly’s brother, try to keep them away from each other. When Magnus finds out that Aisly may be put out of her how by her father-in-law unless she’s found pregnant by her dead husband Magnus offers to get her pregnant. Such a hardship, I’m sure! 🙂 They both go into bed telling each other that it’s strictly for procreation reasons but they both know that there’s something stronger between them and becoming lovers makes it even stronger. Of course when Magnus starts to remember will Aisly want him anywhere near her?
I love a good Viking story and this was definitely a keeper. Between the amnesia story, the Viking aspect, the man in the enemy camp (even though he didn’t know he was the enemy he strongly suspected) it was just really good. The romance was rather quick but totally appropriate for the setting and time period. I thought the author did a great job with it while taking into consideration the battles being fought and the lands being taken over and the obvious hatred between the Danes and Saxons. I have to say that I really wasn’t sure how this one was going to end up and that doesn’t happen very often.
I loved Aisly and Magnus together. She had been treated so badly by her previous husband and Magnus was a whole other type of man – loving and caring. Yes, he was a warrior but it didn’t make him a brute to the woman he loved. He didn’t have to prove himself to her with his fists. I also love how Magnus finally stood up for himself at the end and went for what he wanted. I had so much respect for him at that moment it was ridiculous.
So, overall a very good Viking romance that I definitely recommend. I’ll have to go back and read the other books in this series as well and hope they’re just as good.
Rating: 4 out of 5