Published by Penguin on March 17th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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A stunning historical romance from debut author Sandra Lake transports readers to 12th century Sweden, where a powerful Viking lord will discover a fierce heart cannot be taken by mere force.
Lida was married to the love of her life for just two months when she became a widow. Pregnant and disowned by her late husband’s family for suspected infidelity, she was forced to return to her family in shame. Eight years later, uninterested in the prospect of finding another husband, she finds herself the unwilling object of a marriage contract with a powerful warlord. In a day, she is wed, bed, and put on a ship headed for Tronscar; an unknown icy stone and steel fortress.
Jarl Magnus is pleased to have taken a strong wife who, however stubborn she may be, will surely produce sons. However, he is less pleased with his wife’s additional baggage—a young daughter. But despite himself, Magnus falls for the daughter just as hard as the mother, and Lida’s heart is warmed to see the cold, serious Jarl move surprisingly fast into the role of stepfather.
When enemies attack Tronscar, Jarl Magnus’s nerves of steel waver, as the warrior fears his love for Lida will weaken him. But when his family is threatened, he’ll go to war to protect them, discovering along the way that they have the strength to protect themselves.
I requested this book to read from Netgalley because I loved the cover. I read the blurb and it made me felt even better about my request. Then I went on Goodreads, and after reading a few of the reviews I braced myself to hate this heroine, and only liking the book.
But I loved her and I really enjoyed The Warlord’s Wife. Lida was an interesting character. An offer was placed before her to marry a powerful Warlord, and she accepted because she wanted the best of life for her daughter who was branded a bastard. Though Lida married Magnus willingly, she fought against giving him her trust and her love. She was very stubborn about it, but I liked her despite it. It could not have been easy to be wedded and bedded by a man she knew for less than twenty four hours, and then be swept away to a different land. I saw her adjustment period, her fears, and saw as she slowly learned to trust Magnus. By the second half of the book she decided to trust him, and their story did become more enjoyable then.
Magnus himself was a good hero. Powerful, yet charming and protective of those he love. Even when he thought to protect himself from the sensual and bewitching lure of Lida, he did not treat her with disdain. But with respect and honor. I loved his interactions with Lida’s daughter, and it really showed the manner of man he was.
Yet the book was not perfect. It lacked that heart pounding tension I expected from a Viking book. Not in respect to the action and the threat to the family. That was well done. But in respect to Magnus and Lida. Their passion and chemistry was sweet, instead of intense and fiery. That raw intensity I did not get, but I was still enthralled by the love building between Magnus and Lida, the sinister threat to their family, and I was compelled to read The Warlord’s Wife through the night.