Series : A De Wolfe Pack Kindle worlds novella
Publisher : Kindle Worlds
Source : Author
Release Date : October 29th
She swore to defy him to her dying breath… But passion blurs the line between love and hate…
The bluest blood and the hardest heart… at least when it comes to marriage… The daughter of a duke and granddaughter of a king, Adele of Vannes was bartered at birth in a marriage treaty for the sole purpose of producing a royal heir. When her philandering husband is slain by Norse marauders, she is coerced to wed again in order to protect her home and her people. Adele knows that her beloved Brittany needs a strong hand to survive, but how can she ever reconcile her bitterness and hatred with the desire she feels for her mortal enemy?
She’s the jewel he seeks for his Breton crown…A Barbarian bent on building a dynasty, Valdrik Vargr, ‘the Norse Wolf,’ is renowned for both his bravery in battle and shrewdness in statecraft. Setting his sights on claiming the kingdom of Brittany, he knows that siring sons from royal blood would solidify his hold, but the woman he would claim as his queen refuses to have him. Will he fuel her hatred by taking her to his bed, or will the man who strikes terror in the hearts of men be reduced to wooing his bride?
I have been a fan of this author ever since I read her debut historical a number of years ago and was excited to read her first historical release in two years. I’m not very familiar with this period of history tending to stick to more the regency period when it comes to my historical romances only delving into this period once. However I have loved every single of historical romances of this author that I have read so far. So I was willing to give this one a go because quiet frankly of the author and the fact that involved Vikings.
Breton Wolfe didn’t disappear on any level. A story of two enemies forced together for different reasons determined to make something out of the marriage to make a future fit for their own respective people. Though they share this common goal, their thoughts about each other aren’t but.
In one corner, we got Adele of Vannes, a woman who has been the dutiful daughter , determined to protect Brittany any cost. She is a strong willed woman who has been shaken by philandering husband idea of marriage but she knows she deserves better and has been dutiful to him for the past four years. She may not love him but she knows her place.
Until things changed and he is killed by the Norse who have come to claim the kingdom. The very men she has shares a deep hatred for because of what they have done to her family. She is the only protector of her people so be it and If she needs to make a deal with the enemy, she will sacrifice herself as she no spineless woman.
Leaving her to the mercy of the man in the other corner, Valdrik who is enchanted by this woman and knows he needs her to help his people . He may be an harden man, battle wary and determined to claim his own little piece but he is no fool and honourable man despite his past as a ruthless Viking.
Will these two be able to make something out this with one determined to protect her people and the other wanting to help all?
It seems dark but it is quite a fun novel. I wasn’t overall surprised with this novella and the roles that the characters played. As it was a welcomed novella, I have missed reading a historical from this author. Whilst this wasn’t the familiar realms that I have come to known from this author with her other series. I wasn’t disappointed at all because I was caught up with their story. If anything I could critic about aside from being a storyline that was predictable given the history of the time. It was that ending, I want to be mad because of what happened but I can’t. The characters were on par for this story of story. An alpha male determined to woe the woman and make the kingdom his and a woman who will do anything to protect her kingdom and sacrifice herself in doing so.
I know I’m being vague here but this only the beginning and I love the direction that the series is heading. So I will leave you with this , if you are looking for quick read with a plot that is accurate and strong female characters. Then don’t miss this novella from Vane.
Adèle spent the night on her knees in prayer, gaze cast heavenward in supplication. She hadn’t dared to bow her head and shut her eyes for fear that sleep would overtake her. She couldn’t afford to be caught aware when the marauders came. And they would come. That was a certainty. Rudalt had never returned from his ‘Norse” hunt. None of them had returned. They were dead. She felt it down to her bones.
She’d dispatched riders to Cournailles but he was days away. He would never arrive in time. Her home would be burned to ashes before help ever came. Perhaps she could buy them off? Did she have enough silver and jewels to pay tribute? Or would the Norsemen simply extract their payment in woman’s flesh and men’s blood?
Her throat thickened at the sudden remembrance of her wedding night. She had borne Rudalt’s ravaging for years; surely she could survive it again. And survival was all she dared hope for. The Norse would come with their battle axes and siege machines. The Bretons might keep them at bay for a few hours or maybe a day, but penetration of their walls was inevitable. She had no true defenses outside of a few dozen archers. In his arrogance, Rudalt had taken the best warriors, leaving her defenseless.
From her bedchamber window, Adèle cast her gaze eastward where the sun was rising, painting the landscape of rolling hills in soft shades of pink and gold. She stared off into the distance, chewing her lip and willing her nerves to settle. Last night she’d worn holes in her slippers and bitten her fingernails to the quick. She now accepted that her fate was out of her hands. She had no choice but to entrust herself to the merciful will of God. If death awaited her, she prayed it would be swift.
Moving shadows appeared on the horizon. A moment later they took shape as a solid line of men. Hundreds of mounted men. But rather than shrinking in terror, a strange peace settled over her. She was the daughter of Judicael, a great warrior and Duke of Brittany. Her great-grandfather was Erispoe, the first proclaimed King of the Bretons. She would do as the father and grandfather had done before her—she would fight them to her dying breath.
Victoria Vane is a #1 bestselling author of smart and sexy contemporary Western romance and an award-winning author of erotic historical romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. Look for her scorching hot Hotel Rodeo series coming from Kensington/Lyrical Shine early 2016.
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