Surrender My Love

Surrender My Love

by Johanna Lindsey

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A Lady's Scorn

Wrongly branded a spy, the dark and handsome Viking lord Selig Haardrad suffered greatly in the dungeons of Lady Erika of Gronwood. And as he hung in chains, his magnificent body wracked with pain and fever, one thought sustained him: revenge!

A Viking's Vengence

Now Destiny's great wheel has turned--and Selig's exquisite, hone-haired tormentor has been delivered into the Norseman's hands. Now it is Selig who is the master, bound and determined to break the proud spirit of his captive "ice queen" and to conquer her with passion's sword -- never dreaming that his own heart will be vanquished by sensuous desire. . .and victorious love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062106698
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Haardrad Family , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 47,617
File size: 691 KB

About the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Chapter One

Wessex, 879

He entered the long hall of Wyndhurst and every woman in it stopped what she was doing to follow him with her eyes. There was nothing unusual in that. It happened every time he was in the presence of women; here, at home, it mattered not where, they couldn't help but stare at him. Here at Wyndhurst, it made no difference that he was a Viking and they were Saxons all, or that the two rarely mixed without bloodshed. It was only last year that their own men concluded yet another war with the Danish Vikings to the north.

It was not fear that held these women mesmerized, though this Viking could be fearsome when warranted, skilled warrior that he was. It was not awe for his towering height, which surpassed even that of their Lord Royce, who was an exceptionally tall man himself. It was simply that they had never known a man of Selig Haardrad's uncommon handsomeness.

He didn't just have a body the northern gods would envy, he had been blessed with a face likened to an angel's, with eyes that could be as dark as a summer storm or as light as polished silver, prominent cheekbones to frame a perfectly shaped nose, and brows subtly arched and as raven-black as his long, luxurious mane. He also had lips so sensual, every woman he met yearned to know the taste of them.

The women should have grown used to his looks in the six years since his first appearance, when he had come with his Norse Vikings to raid their land and nearly died for it. But familiarity made no difference either. And none were immune, not old Eda in the cooking area at the end of the hall, although she was the first to recall herselfand snap at the women there to get back to work. And not young Meghan in the front of the hall, who sat sewing with her ladies before the open windows.

Meghan was no more than ten and four, but she still sighed dreamily and wished this particular Viking was not twice her age. Not that she wasn't old enough to marry. Babes could be married if the need for an alliance was strong enough. But Royce, her brother, had no such need and was already related to Selig by marriage. And besides, he loved Meghan too dearly to consider letting her leave his home for many a year yet, and she was perfectly happy to have it so.

On the left side of the long hall, at one of the tables set around a large barrel of ale, where the men were wont to gather, Selig's sister, Kristen, watched him approach. She didn't usually notice the effect he had on her women,

but with the silence that greeted his appearance today, she couldn't help it. She noted the smile he bestowed on several women, and the winks he gave even more, those he knew intimately. There were too many winks in her opinion.

Sitting beside Kristen, her husband, Royce, rolled his eyes, seeing the same thing, and remarked in an aside to her, "He ought to get married and put them out of their misery."

"What misery?" she snorted. "He spreads himself around too much to leave naught but happy sighs in his wake. The misery would come if he did marry. And why should he, when he has women of all ages throwing themselves at him in two countries, not to, mention every market center he visits?"

"So 'twas the same in Norway?"

"Always." She sighed.

Royce chuckled, aware that she was not the least bit annoyed with her brother for his legion of conquests, including those in her own hall. They were too close, those two, for her ever to begrudge him anything. He knew Kristen had even set herself the task of avenging Selig's death when she thought Royce's cousin Alden had killed her brother in that raid that had brought both her and Selig to Wessex six years ago.

It was a time Royce didn't like to dwell on. How dose he had come to ordering the deaths of the prisoners his men had captured that day, and almost lost his true love in the process. His wife had been one of those prisoners, though her friends had helped to disguise her so that she appeared no more than a boy. And the guise would have worked, for she was nearly as tall as they, and as tall or taller than most of his own men. It was the Vikings own forgetfulness, in still treating her like a woman, shielding her, aiding her, coming to her defense, that drew attention to her and finally to the truth the day Royce had her whipped.

He had separated her from her friends after that, moving her into his hall. He had thought her their whore, no other reason for her presence with them coming to mind. And she had let him think it, had been amused by it, and with her boldness unlike any he had ever encountered in a woman, she had tempted him from the first. If she had not, he could have resisted her, despite her beauty, despite the fascination she held for him, for he hated all kinds of Vikings with a passion.

Although he had fought wars against them for fifteen years, his hatred had only blossomed eleven years ago. In one horrific ordeal, he was forced to watch, impaled on a wall, while Danish Vikings killed his father and his only brother, and raped and killed his betrothed. Royce was left to die there, amid the corpses of his loved ones, and would have, if the Danes hadn't gone on to sack Jurro Monastery further inland, allowing those servants who had survived to aid him. Aye, Royce had good reason to despise all Vikings. Yet he had fallen in love with one, and because of that, was even tolerant of her family.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. You have to read Fires of winter and Hearts Aflame first though so you know more about Selig and his family. The only thing I would say I wasnt too crazy about is that Selig doesnt give me that powerful, strong feeling. Yes he is GORGEOS and huge, but he always gets himself injured, like he cant protect himself. He is not my favorite character but the romance in the book was good :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my absolute favorite novel of them all. I enjoyed it from cover to cover and could not get enough of it. I re-read it over and over!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it i thought it was so good. Viking romance is the only kind ov books i read. This book had such a great story and characers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of the three!!! So wonderful that I could hardly stand it.
MamaJudy More than 1 year ago
Read the series and really liked all of three of the books. Highly recommend!
FFC70 More than 1 year ago
Held my interest, but not as good as the first two. Would recommend.
Hakufu More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites from JL. This book is about Selig, Garrick and Breena's first born son from Fires of Winter, and Erika, who mistakenly thought he was a spy and had him whipped by accident. Selig was rescued by his sis Kristen, from Hearts Aflame, and in turn asked that she capture Erika for him. Seligs intentions was for revenge but along the way they fell in love with each other. I highly recommend this book! I hope JL writes more about this family tree. :)
Bobby Wallace More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. To say it was a page turner would be an understatment. If you read the 2 books before this and loved or even just liked them, you will not be dissappointed!
MagathaMay More than 1 year ago
In order to fully appriciate this book you have to have read the two previous books. I really like this series of books, they all have similar plots, but the end result is what we all love. Strong men, equally strong women, and true to that time period, it's the women who bend first. I had the series a long time ago and gave them to the salvation army. Now I have to buy them all again because I want them back!
rustyRV More than 1 year ago
I had fun reading this book. The plot was prety good. I finished this book in two days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of the JL's Viking series, this was the last and my least favorite. I was definitely disappointed because I was looking forward to a great love story about Selig (the handsome Viking). He is great looking but I didn't think his character was very well developed, nor was Ericka's. (She seemed kindof boring!) I thought the whole premise of the 'misunderstanding' and Selig's hatred of Ericka was weak to base the love story on. The characters did not have the attraction and sexual chemistry of her other books. It was an interesting story - but not a great romance. I did enjoy having the characters from her other Viking books in the story.
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sandrafay More than 1 year ago
Good Book! I agree with the other readers, is a great addition to the Haardrad family series. I hope JL writes more on them.
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I read the first 2 and loved them. This one not so much. It just really dragged on. I read half of it once before and then tried to come back and read it again and couldn't finish it. Just really disappointing to me. 
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Johanna Lindsey knows how to write series reading! This book is for those who like to get lost in the story. And for those who mystery,drama,romance and history.
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