The Warlord's Wife by Sandra Lake

Last year I was going thru a Viking phase, the year before it was Vampires, the year before Shifters, and so on.  Anyhow last year I read some Viking books that were really good.  Since then I've been on the look out for good Viking books.  By good I mean, battle, historical, and sex - yes, I look for that too.  I read Jenika Snow's book Ravish Her Completely, its a novella.  Totally hot and amazing, I reread it every now and then.  Here is my BookReview.  I also read a Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown and LOVED it.  That was a great book. Long story short, these were all books recommended to me to read after I read Highlander.  They had time travel in them, but set in a totally different location.  This book, The Warlord's Wife has no time travel, but a hot Viking - Magnus who is endearing. 

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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.

4.5 Stars

Lida is a widow with a child, who has no last name.  Her father's family
renounced her.  Now another has come to claim Lida and her daughter, making
them his.  Magnus Knutson is looking for a wife, he wishes for sons to 
carry on  his work and legacy.
When he finds none of the women put before him suitable he plans
to leave, that is until he happens upon Lida.
A spitfire, who doesn't take his word for law.
Magnus is intrigued that a woman would say no to marriage with him.
He has wealth and a name, that is good enough.
Lida wants more.  A name for her daughter and love.
Can she have both with Magnus?

Magnus proves to be a great lover and provider for Lida and her daughter, Katia.
But his house is full of turmoil that wants to push Lida and Katia out.
They are not Norrlanders, they do not belong.  With Magnus gone it is time to 
strike.  Lida and Katia are spirited off to Katia's father's village.
Will Magnus get to them before it's to late?
Or will he lose the only people he has ever loved?

What I loved about this book.  You could see both Magnus and Lida falling in 
love with the other one.  There was never pressure or force.   
They both gave willingly.  With that
being said, they were both unsure about how to proceed.
Magnus felt like he was being pulled under her spell.
While Lida just wanted to love him and for him to love her.
This was the first time, either had love that was true.
Rather than let people get between them, they talked like adults!
That was a great point for me.

What I didn't like. 
Magnus was oblivious to things going on in his house.
A fierce warlord and he missed so many things.
I want a book about Hok now.