Drank a lot of caffeine today because I was up all night listening ( not smart when going a school field to the zoo the next day ) But I managed. This..Show More » book was exciting and intriguing, I was never bored. I think Outlander fan's would love this series cause I sure do and can't wait for the next one. Credit Worthy all the way.
HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE by Shelly Thacker is a wonderfully erotic historical novel featuring SEXY Vikings. an idyllic island, heartbreaking romance, danger,..Show More » intrigue, adventure and action. It's the third book in Shelly's Stolen Brides series, but each one is a standalone with no interconnected characters so they do not need to be read in order. The story and the characters drew me in from the beginning. Our heroine, Lady Avril de Varennes, is a widow with a three year old daughter, Gisele. Years after her husband's untimely death, Avril is still mourning his death. She is preparing to attend another friend's wedding being held a few days' journey away in Antwerp. Leaving her daughter in the care of her brother-in-law and his wife and, promising to be back soon, Avril sets out on her trip. Arriving early, she and her companion enjoy a full day of shopping until her friend is stolen right in front of Avril. As Avril defends her friend, she finds that her own life is in danger. We are introduced to Hauk Valbrand, our hero, a handsome Viking warrior, at the helm of his ship heading to Antwerp. Every thirty years, as is their established tradition, the unattached men of his isle who desire a bride, embark on a six-day journey to capture a bride. Hawk, himself, is not seeking a bride. He is making the journey only to supervise the wife-seekers and to ensure that all goes well. His gallantry, though, interferes and in saving a woman from certain death, he saddles himself with a bride. Poor Hauk. Now he not only has a very reluctant wife, but she is also stubbornly adamant that she must return home to her daughter. What Avril doesn't know is that Asgard is an uncharted island like no other, sheltering untold mysteries, shrouded in mist and hidden from the world. The chemistry between Avril and Hauk is erotic and electric. I appreciate that Shelly's characters in this whole series do not find instant love, but they all experience a slow romantic progression that I absolutely inhaled.