Tempted by Her Viking Enemy by Terri Brisbin
Series: Sons of Sigurd #5
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Publication Date: November 1, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
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“What do I get if I help you?”
“Whatever I have to give…”
The only person who can help Katla flee a violent marriage is the Viking in her father’s dungeon, the strong and honorable Brandt Sigurdsson. Except Brandt is hungry to see justice done for his family’s destruction, the final vengeance on behalf of all the sons of Sigurd. Is there any persuasion she can offer that will free them both to live—and love—together?
From Harlequin Historical: Your romantic escape to the past.
Sons of Sigurd
Driven by revenge, redeemed by love
Book 1: Stolen by the Viking by Michelle Willingham
Book 2: Falling for Her Viking Captive by Harper St. George
Book 3: Conveniently Wed to the Viking by Michelle Styles
Book 4: Redeeming Her Viking Warrior by Jenni Fletcher
Book 5: Tempted by Her Viking Enemy by Terri Brisbin
Katla Thorfinnsdottir is the oldest daughter of a Pict woman and a Norse man. Her father has promised her in marriage to a horrible man and Katla is devastated. She is a widow from her first marriage and doesn’t want to marry another ogre.
Brandt shows up at the Pict stronghold to kill Katla’s father, Thorfinn Bjornsson. He wants revenge as he believes that Thorfinn is responsible for the raid on his Norse village that ended up killing his father, Brandt’s pregnant wife, and the crown taking their titles and their land. They fight, but eventually Brandt is wounded and taken prisoner. Katla is the castle’s healer and is ordered by her father to save Brandt. As he’s healing, Katla gets to know Brandt and stats to like him a great deal. She asks him to help her and her younger sister escape from the castle and Brandt agrees, but not before he gets his revenge. Brandt is leery of Katla at first but soon finds himself falling in love with her.
Brandt tells Katla the story of his village and Katla discusses some weird happenings that are taking place in the castle. Between the two of them they solve the mystery of what’s going on, but that doesn’t help Brandt who is still a prisoner. They make a plan, but they’re not sure if they can execute it without, well, getting executed.
This was a decent read. I liked Katla but felt bad for her for the life she’d had after her mother died and her father had gotten remarried. She came back home after her husband died with the intent of staying at the castle for the rest of her life. In the Pict lands the right of inheritance is through the women. For the Norse, the right of inheritance goes through the male line. Her father marrying her off again was something she certainly didn’t want. She’d been abused by her first husband and didn’t want to have to deal with that again. Unfortunately, her father wasn’t listening, because of his new wife and her machinations.
Brandt was a good character, but he didn’t have much depth. He was so focused on revenge that we didn’t get to know a whole lot about him or his background. I certainly liked him with Katla,and loved that he could love her despite his hate for her father. Katla was kind and giving and I loved her determination in getting the heck out of Dodge.
The story did have a ton of introspection as the characters were trying to figure out their lives, and the mystery that entwined the two of them, and that slowed things down a bit for me. Despite that I enjoyed the story and recommend it if you like a good Viking story. This is the 5th book in the Sons of Sigurd series – all the books are written by different authors. I didn’t read any of the books in the series besides this one but didn’t feel that I needed to do so in order to figure out what was going on in this one. I obviously can’t say if that applies for all the books in the series, but for this one, it worked.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5