To Sin with a Viking (Harlequin Historical Series #1150)

( 37 )

Overview

PLAYING WITH FIRE!

Caragh Ó Brannon defended herself bravely when the enemy landed—only, now she finds herself alone with one very angry Viking….

Styr Hardrata sailed to Ireland intending to trade, never expecting to find himself held captive in chains by a beautiful Irish maiden.

The fiercely handsome ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (26) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $2.00   
  • Used (25) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$2.00
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(50)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
MASS MARKET PAPERBACK New 0373297505 The book is brand new and has never been used. Ships, well packaged and very quickly, from MI. The condition selected for the item is ... accurate and consistent with our other listings of the same general condition. If you have any questions or you would like additional details about the item or pictures, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will get back to you as quickly as possible. Please buy with confidence from us, as we have several thousand satisfied customers and your satisfaction is the goal we strive to achieve with every transaction. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Orion, MI

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
To Sin with a Viking (Harlequin Historical Series #1150)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook - Original)
$5.99
BN.com price

Overview

PLAYING WITH FIRE!

Caragh Ó Brannon defended herself bravely when the enemy landed—only, now she finds herself alone with one very angry Viking….

Styr Hardrata sailed to Ireland intending to trade, never expecting to find himself held captive in chains by a beautiful Irish maiden.

The fiercely handsome warrior both terrifies and allures Caragh, but he is forbidden territory. He is the enemy…and he is married. Yet Styr harbors a secret that just might set them both free….

Forbidden Vikings

Resist them if you can!

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Memorable characters and exciting plot twists make this one worth hanging on to." - RT BOOK REVIEWS on TO SIN WITH A VIKING
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373297504
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Series: Harlequin Historical Series , #1150
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

RITA ® Award Finalist Michelle Willingham has written over twenty historical romances, novellas, and short stories. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her husband and children. When she's not writing, Michelle enjoys reading, baking, and avoiding exercise at all costs. Visit her website at: www.michellewillingham.com.
Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Ireland—ad 875.

The tribe was slowly starving to death.

Caragh O'Brannon stared at the grain sack, which was nearly empty. One handful of oats remained, hardly enough for anyone. She closed her eyes, wondering what to do. Her older brothers, Terence and Ronan, had left a fortnight ago to trade for more food. She'd given them a golden brooch that had belonged to their mother, hoping someone would trade sheep or cows for it. But this famine was widespread, making anyone reluctant to give up their animals.

'Is there anything to eat, Caragh?' her younger brother Brendan asked. At seventeen, his appetite was three times her own, and she'd done her best to keep him from growing hungry. But it was now evident that they would run out of food sooner than she'd thought.

Instead of answering, she showed him what was left. He sobered, his thin face hollow from lack of food.

'We haven't caught any fish, either. I'll try again this morning.'

'I can make a pottage,' she offered. 'I'll go and look for wild onions or carrots.' Though she tried to interject a note of hope, both of them knew that the forests and fields had been stripped long ago. There was nothing left, except the dry summer grasses.

Brendan reached out and touched her shoulder. 'Our brothers will come back. And when they do, we'll have plenty to eat.'

In his face, she saw the need to believe it, and she braved a smile she didn't feel. 'I hope so.'

After he went outside with his fishing net, Caragh stared back at the empty hut. Both of their parents had died last winter. Her father had gone out to try to catch fish, and he'd drowned. Her mother had grieved deeply for him and had never recovered from the loss. She'd given her own portion of food to Brendan numerous times, lying that she'd already eaten. When they'd discovered the truth, it had been too late to prevent her death.

So many had succumbed to starvation, and it bled Caragh's conscience to know that both of her parents had died, trying to feed their children.

Hot tears rose up as she stared at her father's forge. He'd been a blacksmith, and she was accustomed to hearing the ring of his hammer, watching the bright glow of hot metal as he shaped it into tools. Her heart was as heavy as the anvil, knowing she would never hear his broad laugh again.

Though his boat remained, she didn't have the courage to face the larger waves. Her brothers knew how to sail, but none of them had ventured out again after his death. It was as if evil spirits lingered, cursing the broken vessel that had returned without their father.

She wished they could leave Gall Tir. This desolate land had nothing left. But they lacked the supplies to travel very far on foot. They should have gone last summer, after the crops had failed to flourish. At least then, they would have had enough to survive the journey. Even if they now travelled by sea, they had not enough food to sustain them beyond a day.

The hand of Death was stretched out over everyone, and Caragh had felt her own weakness changing her. She could hardly walk for long distances without growing faint, and the smallest tasks were overwhelming. Her body had grown so thin, her leine hung upon her, and she could see the thin bones of her knees and wrists.

But she wasn't ready to give up. Like all of them, she was fighting to live.

She picked up her gathering basket and stepped outside in the sunlight. The ringfort was quiet, few people exerting the energy to talk, when there was the greater task of finding food. Her older brothers weren't the only ones who had left to seek supplies. Most of the able-bodied men had gone, especially those with children. None were expected to return.

A few of the elderly women nodded to her in greeting, with baskets of their own. Caragh thought of her earlier promise, to find vegetables, but she knew there was nothing out there. Even if there was, the others would likely find it first. Instead, she made her way towards the coast, hoping to find shellfish or seaweed.

She stopped to rest several times when her vision clouded and dizziness came over her. The water was nearly black this morn, the waves still and silent. Her brother was standing along the shoreline with his net, casting it out into the waves. He waved his hand in greeting.

But it was the sight of the longship on the horizon that evoked fear within both of them. The vessel was large, a curved boat that could hold over a dozen men. A massive striped sail billowed from the mast, and a single row of white and red shields hung over the side. In the morning sun, a bronze weathervane gleamed upon the masthead and a carved dragon head rested at the prow. As soon as she spied it, her heartbeat quickened.

'Is it the Lochlannach?' she cried out to her brother. So many tales she'd heard, of the barbaric Vikings of the Norse lands who ravaged the homes of innocent people. If their ship was here, they had less than an hour before the nightmare began. Gooseflesh prickled upon her skin at the thought of being taken by one of them. Or worse, being burned alive if they attempted to seize her home by force.

'Go back to our house,' Brendan commanded. 'Stay inside, Caragh, and for God's sake, don't let anyone in.' He pulled in his fishing net and hurried back towards the ringfort.

'What are you going to do?' She caught up to him, afraid he was about to do something foolish.

Her brother's grey eyes turned cold. 'They have supplies, don't they? And food.'

She was horrified at his sudden thoughts. 'No. You can't try to steal from them.' The Norsemen were ruthless warriors who would murder her brother without a second thought.

'They'll try to raid the fort. They'll be gone while I take what's on board their ship.'

'And what about the rest of us?' she demanded. 'If we're fighting for our lives, we might all be dead by the time you return. If you return,' she added. 'No, you can't do this.'

Her brother entered their father's hut, searching for a sword among the blacksmith tools. 'If you'd rather, go and hide in the forest. Climb one of the trees as high as you can and wait until it's over.'

'I can't abandon the tribe.' There were elderly folk remaining, who were too weak to fight. Though her own strength was waning, she couldn't turn her back on their kinsmen.

Her hands were trembling, the fear rising up from inside. Brendan took her hand and squeezed it. 'If we don't take their supplies, we'll die anyway. Either today or a fortnight from now. We both know it.'

She did. But she didn't like stealing. Though she'd lost nearly every possession they'd owned, she still had honour. And that meant something.

'We could ask,' she said. 'If they see how little we have, they may share with us.'

Her brother's expression darkened. 'Since when do the Lochlannach possess mercy?' He belted the sword at his waist. 'Gather the others and take them from here, if you wish. Leave the ringfort unprotected, and perhaps they'll take what they want without hurting anyone.'

She stared at him, her thoughts caught in a tangled web of fear. 'Don't go, Brendan. The risk is too great.'

'Don't be afraid, a deirfiur.' He bent down and kissed her forehead. 'I'd rather die in battle than die the way our parents did.'

She could see that no argument would influence him. But perhaps she could speak to his friends. He might listen to them, though he paid no heed to her warnings.

All she could do was try.

No man ever wanted to admit his marriage was dying.

Styr Hardrata stared out at the grey waters cloaked with mist, watching over his wife Elena. She stood with her hands upon the bow of the ship, her long red-gold hair streaming behind her in the wind. She was beautiful and strong, and he'd always been fascinated by her.

But that strength had now become a coldness between them, an invisible wall that kept them apart. She blamed herself for their childlessness, and he didn't know what to say. He'd tried everything until now, she grew sad every time he tried to touch her. Lovemaking had become a duty, not an act of passion.

Though he'd tried to ignore her growing reluctance, he was tired of her flinching whenever he tried to pull her near. Or worse, feigning pleasure when he knew she no longer wanted his touch.

The slow burn of frustration coiled inside him. This was a war he didn't know how to fight, a battle he couldn't win. Styr approached the front of the boat and stood behind her. He said nothing, staring out at the grey waves that sloshed against the boat.

'I know you're there,' she said after a time. But she didn't turn around to look at him. There was no smile of welcome, nothing except the quiet acceptance she wore like armour.

He didn't know how to respond to her coolness but said the only thing he could think of. 'It won't be long now before we arrive.' And thank the gods for it. Their ship had been plagued by storms, and he hadn't slept in three days. None of them had, after the strong winds had threatened to sink the vessel. His mind was blurred with the need to find a pallet and sink into oblivion.

In fact, the moment his feet touched ground, he was tempted to lie there and sleep for the next two days.

'I'll be glad to reach land,' she admitted. 'I'm tired of travelling.'

He reached out to touch her shoulder, but she didn't turn to embrace him. She held herself motionless, staring out at the water. In time, he lowered his hand, suppressing the disappointment.

In truth, Elena had startled him when she'd agreed to leave Hordafylke and journey with him to eire, for a new beginning. Though their marital troubles had worsened over the past year, he wanted to believe that she wasn't ready to give up yet. He held on to the hope that somehow they could rekindle what they'd lost.

Styr waited for her to speak, to share with him the thoughts inside, but she offered nothing. He considered a thousand different things to say to her, questions about what sort of house she wanted to build. Whether she would want a new weaving loom or perhaps a dog to keep her company when he was fishing at sea. She loved animals. 'Do you—?'

'I'd rather not talk just now,' she said quietly. 'I've not been feeling well.'

The words severed any further conversation attempts, and he stiffened. 'So be it.' He went to the opposite end of the boat, needing to be away from her before he said something he would later regret.

Disappointment shifted into anger. What in the name of Thor did she want from him? He wasn't going to lower himself and beg for her affections. He'd done everything in his power to make her happy, and it was never enough.

Frustration surged inside him, though he knew it was unwarranted. She was tired from the journey, that was all. Once they built a new home and started over, things might change.

The shores of eire emerged on the horizon, and he stared at the desolate, sun-darkened grasses. Though he'd heard tales of how green the land was, from this distance, it appeared that they were suffering from a drought.

His friend Ragnar stepped past the men rowing and stood beside him. 'I still don't know why you wanted to settle here, instead of in Dubh Linn,' he remarked, pointing towards the east. 'The settlements there are a hundred years old. You'd find more of our kin.'

'I don't want Elena surrounded by so many people,' Styr admitted. 'We'd rather begin anew, somewhere less crowded.' As they drew nearer, he thought he glimpsed a small settlement further inland.

Ragnar sat across from him and picked up an oar. Styr joined him, for the familiar rowing motion gave him a means of releasing physical frustration. He was glad his friend had decided to journey with them, along with a dozen of their friends and kin from Hordafylke. It made it easier to leave behind his home, when his closest friends were here. He'd known Ragnar since he was a boy, and he considered the man like a brother.

'Has she said anything to you about this journey?' Styr asked, nodding towards Elena. She, too, had known Ragnar since childhood. It was possible that she might confide her thoughts in someone else.

Ragnar sobered. 'Elena hasn't spoken much at all. But she's afraid—that, I can tell you.'

Styr pulled hard on the oar, his arms straining as the wooden blades cut through the waves. Afraid of what? He would protect her from any harm, and he was more than able to provide for her.

'What else do you know?' he demanded.

'The men are tired. They need rest and food,' Rag-nar said. His friend's face mirrored his own exhaustion, after they'd been awake for so long.

'I wasn't talking about the men.'

Ragnar rested the oars for a moment, sympathy on his face. 'Just talk to Elena, my friend. She's hurting.'

He knew that was the obvious answer. But Elena rarely spoke to him any more, never telling him what she was thinking. He couldn't guess what was going on inside her head, and when he demanded answers, she only closed up more.

He didn't understand women. One moment, he would be talking to her, and the next, she'd be silently weeping and he had no idea why. It made him feel utterly helpless.

As their boat drifted closer, he eyed Ragnar. 'I've been saving a gift for her. Something to make her smile.' He'd bought the ivory comb in Hordafylke, and the image of Freya was carved upon it. When he showed it to his friend, Ragnar shrugged.

'It's a nice gift, but it's not what she wants.'

Though his friend was only being honest, it wasn't what Styr wanted to hear. 'Do you think I don't know that? Do you think we wanted to be childless all these years?' His temper broke out, and his words lashed out louder than he'd intended. Elena was holding on to her waist, and she didn't glance back at either of them. He didn't doubt his wife had overheard their argument. But as cool-headed as she was, she'd never confront him.

'I've made offerings to the gods,' he admitted, dropping his voice lower. 'I've been a good husband to her. But this curse is wearing on both of us. It has to end.'

Ragnar stood, preparing to lower the sail. 'And if it doesn't?'

Styr stared at his hands, not knowing the answer to that. But he strongly suspected that there was nothing he could do to make his wife happy again. He stole a last look at her, and at that moment she turned back. Her pale face was shadowed, her eyes holding such pain, he didn't know how to heal it.

In the end, he busied himself with the ship, unable to bridge the growing distance between them.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 37 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(15)

4 Star

(12)

3 Star

(8)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 37 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Excellent read but what else can we expect from Willingham

    Excellent read but what else can we expect from Willingham

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    I really enjoyed this story.  Styr¿s struggle between his honor


    I really enjoyed this story.  Styr’s struggle between his honor and his desire for Caragh is well written.  I can’t wait to read Ragnar and Elena’s story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 25, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    TO SIN WITH A VIKING by Michelle Willingham is an exciting Medie

    TO SIN WITH A VIKING by Michelle Willingham is an exciting Medieval Viking Historical Romance set in Ireland-ad 875. Fast paced, steamy story of an Irish Lady,Lady Caragh Ó Brannon, and a Norseman, Styr Hardrata. Both playing with fire neither, wishing to get burned,but..... One,Styr, is in a loveless,childless marriage, the other,Lady Caragh, starving to death,literally and carving not only food but love. Styr brings his wife,and men to Ireland seeking a fresh start to his loveless marriage,he,his men and his wife is kidnapped. Styr by a starving Lady Caragh, and the others by her youngest brother. Than.....the trouble begins, for the others are again kidnapped and sold into slavery. Except Styr's wife and his first in command who jump overboard during the second kidnapping. Styr is determined to find his wife and friends. Lady Caragh is determined to make sure Styr does not follow through on this threat to kill her beloved brother. While passion sparks, Styr is an honorable man and refuses his impulses to have Lady Caragh in his bed. Well written with interesting characters who are engaging as well as determined. An intriguing plot as well. Ms. Willingham is a constant storyteller who holds your attention as well as grips at your heart. I cried,and cursed the unfairness of a loveless marriage and the determination Styr had to not commit adultery. Oh but when they do...watch the sparks fly....A great read! If you enjoy Medieval,Vikings,early Ireland, and a great romance,than "To Sin With a Viking" is the story for you to read,you will not regret it. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

    RATING: 4.5
    HEAT RATING: STEAMY
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 23, 2013

    I enjoyed how this story began and how she managed to weave the

    I enjoyed how this story began and how she managed to weave the story around a married man. The author managed to deal with the subject so that it was heartfelt, believable and the outcome gratifying. Caragh was a strong and yet tender woman set up against Styr, a strong warrior who has his own tender side. A perfect match. Right away you knew who they were and began to care about what happens to them. The story itself had enough action to keep the pages turned and blended nicely with the budding romance. The heat was a little slow in coming but was satisfying when we got there. Overall, I enjoyed this book.
    ***ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 17, 2013

    I LOVED THE ADVENTURE THEY TOOK!! A great story of forbidden lov

    I LOVED THE ADVENTURE THEY TOOK!! A great story of forbidden love of Caragh and her Viking Styr. Styr is married so means he is honor bound to protect and be faithful to his wife Elana, who has been taken captive by his own brother.  This story really moved me, and was a breath of fresh air in which i had been reading some stale books as of late. I could not Put this down and read in one sitting!!! Michelle Willingham does it again and i can say without a doubt i will read anything she writes!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    highly recommend

    loved the book. very entertaining, spicey, exciting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Recommened it!

    Good read.Felt like I was part of the story.First time I read about that period of history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 25, 2013

    I loved it!

    This is the first book I have read by Willingham and I am impressed.
    A great story that held my attention throughout the book it does not disappoint. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 25, 2013

    It is rare that I read romances taking place in Vikings' time, t

    It is rare that I read romances taking place in Vikings' time, the Middle Ages, etc.. I usually stop in Victorian times because I do not really like the caveman play for a hero. I  don't appreciate either woman subject to the orders of men because they are only good to keep a home and have children.
    So, It is true then that romance pleasantly surprised me.

    Caragh is not weak or helpless. Certainly, it is a time of famine. She is weakened physically but not mentally. She is tenacious and determined to take care of the people she loves and not be intimidated by her Viking.
    It is also a woman of honor. When she promises something, she keeps her words. An innocent who keeps her head on her shoulders and the control of her life. 
    This is an interesting, curious and open to differences female character.


    Styr is a gorgeous male in all its splendor. Arrogant, tough, overbearing but also protective, tender and faithful. He is the perfect hero subject to temptation that stays true to its principles.
    A beautiful romance that transports you back in time.

    Lucie
    newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 23, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    3.75 stars:   TO SIN WITH A VIKING is the first storyline in Mic

    3.75 stars:   TO SIN WITH A VIKING is the first storyline in Michelle Willingham's Forbidden Vikings series. The opening statements from the author `warn' of trespassing into the realm of infidelity and I wondered at the time `why' the warning to her readers. This is after all -A FICTIONAL STORYLINE - with fictional characters and is NOT an actual account of infidelity and betrayal and yet, many reviewers were taken aback by the storyline's `touch' on infidelity.
    In My Humble Opinion-readers would not have questioned Styr's desire for Caragh and potential betrayal to his wife without the author's opening remarks. And for those who have objected to the hero's supposed wandering heart-it appears that his wife was not necessarily faithful in all aspects of her marriage as well.
    The storyline focuses on the capture of Styr Hardrata and his fight to find his wife and missing crewmates. Landing in what would now be known as Ireland, Styr finds himself chained in Caragh's home and oddly attracted to the woman who holds him prisoner: and Caragh in return begins to fall for her captive. The pair begin a search for Caragh's brother and Styr's wife but what they discover is that the heart knows no boundary when the soul finds its' mate.
    As I read the storyline it becomes readily apparent that our hero Styr Hardrata is in a loveless marriage, arranged when he was seventeen, that has yet to produce an heir. Saying this, Styr's attraction to Caragh is a major theme running throughout the story band Styr tries to remain faithful to his missing wife albeit with little help from Caragh. Their attraction to one another is palpable as Caragh pushes Styr to the limits of his patience and sexual desire. Styr is in a constant battle with his conscience and his guilt over his developing feelings for Caragh.
    The characters are old world but the language is not as `old world styled' as I would have thought. There are several secondary characters with potential storylines including Styr's wife Elena and his friend Ragnar. The storyline is well paced with just enough background information about the leading characters so as not to overwhelm the premise.
    But I want to point out that most of what can be perceived as infidelity is that of the mind-thoughts, desires and wants. Some people/readers believe that even thinking about/ having feeling for someone other than their mate is betrayal, but there is a fine line between truth and dishonor.
    To Sin With A Viking is a well written, compelling storyline that will make some people think and others will take it for what it is-a fictional storyline about two people who fall in love with each other under extenuating circumstances.
    see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe(dot)com

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Good

    3.5 Stars I was getting aggravated because over the first half of the book Styr and Caragh just lusted after each other, but he was being faithful to his wife. The last half was Excellent and very exciting and unpredictable!!!!! Highly Recommend!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Not worth the time

    Came highly recommended to me but I thought it was pretty simple.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    An ok read

    Adequate cut and dry romance with an underdeveloped plot device that could've been expanded to create more intrigue and drama and add dimension to the characters. Tepid.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 7, 2013

    This was a good book, I couldn't put it down - the character cha

    This was a good book, I couldn't put it down - the character challenges are different than the typical romance novel, you could feel their personal struggles. I love a story that moves me emotionally, and this book had me in tears and then wanting to throw it across the room. I cried for their heartache and the personal struggles they were dealing with, the hopelessness of their situation. There were a few bumps in the book where I would have to go back and figure out how they got to that spot, almost as if I blinked and missed soemthing. I really wished the ending would have evolved more from that point into the future, but maybe that's for a future novel around the other characters in the book. I would recommend this one to my friends who love to immerse themselves into a good story.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 7, 2013

    To Sin with a Viking A great story of forbidden attraction of Ir

    To Sin with a Viking
    A great story of forbidden attraction of Irish maiden Caragh and her Viking captive Styr.    Styr is married and honor bound to protect and remain faithful to his wife Elana, who has been taken captive by Caragh’s brother.   I loved the story of the  forbidden attraction and the adventure they take.  Highly recommend everyone to read and tag along on the adventure.  Great job Michelle Willingham
    Harlequin is going to put the e-book version of this title on sale for $1.99, starting July 16th  for a limited  time

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Very few romances seem to break the mold of the standard ¿hero m

    Very few romances seem to break the mold of the standard “hero meets heroine and they reluctantly fall in love.” But this one does in an unexpected way. Viking warrior Styr Hardrata arrives on the shores of Ireland along with his wife, Elena, but is ambushed. Taken captive and separated from his wife, he’s forced to depend on Caragh, the Irish woman who’d captured him. Intrigued by Caragh’s kindness and determination, he grows to care for her, and when given the opportunity to leave her to starve on the barren Irish island, he chooses to aid her instead. Together Styr and Caragh work together to rescue Elena as they confront their intense passion for each other.




    To Sin With a Viking was the first Viking story I’ve read in a number of years, and it didn’t disappoint. After I began reading, I found that Ms. Willingham’s writing even exceeded my expectations with a hero and heroine I grew to care about. I loved the depth of the Styr’s character, watching how he struggled to rescue his wife and fought his attraction to Caragh. I never felt awkward for his emotions, because this story was about so much more than lust. Styr tried very hard to save his marriage. His relationship problems with his spouse were poignant and just as meaningful then as they would be for a modern couple today. I liked the author’s well-executed exploration of this conflict, and I expect we’ll be seeing more stories like this in the future.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 6, 2013

    It seems that forbidden fruit is the greatest temptation. This s

    It seems that forbidden fruit is the greatest temptation. This story tempted Styr and Caragh from the beginning to the very end. The heartache of not knowing for Styr plus the temptation pulling him to double think his decisions.
    Past heart break for Caragh made it even harder for her to fully believe in herself.
    The wanting but never being able to have made this story that much harder to put down.
    The mixed in humor......surprising items at the market place (now that was sneaky and very unexpected)...along with the tension of the situation made me keep reading late into the night.

    Thank you again Michelle for another great read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 6, 2013

    One thing I've learned over the past few years is that I cannot

    One thing I've learned over the past few years is that I cannot go wrong reading a book by Michelle Willingham. I love how I am not only drawn into a great story but she has a way of making you care for her characters so easily and quickly. To Sin with a Viking is no exception. I loved every bit of this book and cannot wait to read the next one!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 6, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I love Michelle Willingham's books and I was a little skeptical

    I love Michelle Willingham's books and I was a little skeptical about this one because the hero is already married, but not to the heroine of this book. Of course I shouldn't have worried because the way she written the story had me rooting for Caragh and Styr to find their happily ever after. I can see the struggle for Styr has he wants to honor his vows to his wife, but the desire that tugs at him whenever Caragh is near is getting stronger and stronger. Then poor Caragh has not had an easy life and she finally finds a man that makes her heart a flutter, but he's already taken. I really enjoyed the journey for these two.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 5, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** To Sin With

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    To Sin With a Viking by Michelle Willingham
    Book One of the Forbidden Vikings series
    Publisher: Harlequin
    Publication Date: July 23, 2013
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from NetGalley




    ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    Playing With Fire!  




    Caragh Ó Brannon defended herself bravely when the enemy landed—only, now she finds herself alone with one very angry Viking… 




    Styr Hardrata sailed to Ireland intending to trade, never expecting to find himself held captive in chains by a beautiful Irish maiden. 




    The fiercely handsome warrior both terrifies and allures Caragh, but he is forbidden territory. He is the enemy…and he is married. Yet Styr harbors a secret that just might set them both free… 




    Forbidden Vikings 




    Resist them if you can!




    What I Liked:




    I knew as soon as I read the synopsis of this book that it would be something that I would potentially enjoy. I don't read a lot of Viking-history books. Actually, I don't think I've read any! But, it's historical fiction, and I love historical fiction (especially historical romance), so I knew I had to give this one a try.




    Ms. Willingham certainly knows her Viking history! I admit, I have not read a ton of Viking-history books, BUT, I do have a bit of knowledge of the Vikings from studies in school. I think Ms. Willingham did her research well, as I found the historical aspects of this book very authentic. I watch for anachronisms in every historical fiction book I read, and I didn't find any glaringly obvious ones in this book.




    The story of this book is pretty simple. Styr and his crew land on Caragh's island. Caragh captures Styr, because she doesn't want him to hurt her people. Styr's people sail away, held captive by Caragh's brother. Caragh and Styr eventually come to an agreement to look for Caragh brother and that ship with Styr's people - and Styr's wife.




    There were so many things that were wrong about Caragh and Styr's relationship. For one, Caragh captured Styr. Styr and his people had no intentions of attacking Caragh's people, but that's what Caragh's people thought. Caragh's people needed food, so they thought that the Vikings would have food. So, Caragh captures Styr. Styr's wife and his people are captured and taken away by Caragh's brothers. Styr is married. Caragh's brothers dislike Styr. So many things wrong with Caragh and Styr's relationship!




    Yet, Caragh and Styr's relationship (and the growth of it) was beautiful. I believe in the beginning of the eARC that I got, Ms. Willingham talked about how she wanted to explore the possibility of falling in love, when one's marriage is no longer filled with love. Styr never once touched Caragh, but his feelings betrayed him eventually, even if he never did anything unfaithful.




    So, I love what Ms. Willingham decided to do with this story! Caragh understands that Styr is married, but she can't help but fall in love with the person that escaped from her capture and still helped her find food, and agreed to help her find her brother and his people. Styr knew that he should be happily married, and not once did he stop thinking about his wife, but he cannot help but fall in love with Caragh as well.




    There is a particular part of this book that I love - when Caragh and Styr find out where Styr's brethren are (in slavery by a very rich man). This part in the book is quite funny, because the rich man is totally lusting after Caragh, and she is definitely pitting him and Styr against each other without meaning it. Her choice with the man nearly broke my heart, but that choice is negated by Styr swooping in to take Caragh away.




    So, I really liked the story. I really liked the romance. The characterization is pretty good - we definitely see growth in Caragh, even until the end. She lets go of Styr, even though she thinks she can't. She doesn't want to accept him, because she knows that his marriage to Elena is what matters to him.




    Rest assured - there is a happy ending. It doesn't come obviously or immediately, but it's a happy ending for everyone. I can't wait to read Elena's story!




    What I Did Not Like:




    I think this is a small thing, but I felt like the story could have picked up sometimes just a tiny bit. Like, at times, the story dragged on a bit, but then, at other times, I couldn't read fast enough. So, there were slight pacing issues? This was definitely not a huge thing that made me cringe or anything, but it's something that I noticed.




    Would I Recommend It:




    I totally would recommend this novel! My first Viking historical romance read was a success! If you love historical fiction (and not just Regency or Edwardian historical), then give this book a try!




    Rating:




    4 stars. As I said before, I cannot wait to read Elena's story! 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 37 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)