His gaze was repeatedly drawn to her– after all, he had been given a glimpse of what she looked like without clothes and it was a sight that would not be easy to forget. He clenched his fist on the table. What was wrong with him? It was not as if he hadn’t seen a mostly naked woman before.
Sarah Rodi has once again created a satisfying and emotional love story that will take her readers on an unforgettable journey.
Forced into servitude, Wren is quietly miserable…until Jarl Knud arrives at her settlement, seeking an alliance through marriage. Despite their initial sizzling attraction, Wren despises everything the Jarl represents—and he needs a high-status bride to save his people, not a servant like her. As Wren uncovers the man beneath the fierce Viking chief, she’s tempted to claim one forbidden night of passion…but will it ever be enough?
I do love Sarah’s storytelling abilities. She has quickly become one of my favourite Harlequin Romance authors. You get it all with this book: action, intrigue, betrayal, and an unforgettable love story. There is a faster pace to this story; the action starts a few chapters in and doesn’t let you go until the very end. I adored the unexpected and twisty story Sarah created. I enjoyed not knowing what direction Sarah would take in this story. It made me want to keep reading to find out what would happen next. Sarah does a fabulous job at creating a world filled with delicious tension and political intrigue. Alliances are formed and broken, settlements are raided, and you could be killed if you let your guard down in this world.
I loved the mystery surrounding Wren’s past. Wren’s character was fabulous, and I was drawn to her and her fighting spirit. Wren has not had an easy life. She was captured as a child and forced into slavery. Even though she has been through hell and back, Wren still possesses human decency and the strength to stand up for herself. She is a great heroine, and it was delightful watching her go toe to toe with Knud and eventually break down those walls around his heart and bring him to his knees.
I devoured the relationship between Wren and Knud. Sarah packs in a lot of tropes in this story. There is: enemies to lovers, forced proximity, and forbidden love. Sparks fly between these two right from the first moment that they meet. There was just something about their relationship that just felt right for me. I loved that forbidden romance element to their relationship. It made their love story more exciting and interesting.
Claimed by the Viking Chief is an unputdownable book that will remind bookworms why they love to read historical romance.
Thank you, Harlequin Historical and Rachel Random Resources for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.