Title: The Highlander’s Viking Bride
Author: Cathy MacRae, DD MacRae
Series: Hardy Heroines
Publisher: Short Dog Press
Release Date: 5/22/2017
Page Count: 339
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Calder MacGerry, laird of an impoverished clan, has resolved to end the bitter feud between the MacGerrys and Sinclairs. He jumps at Laird Sinclair’s offer of marriage to his only daughter, Katja, to seal the agreement between their clans—only to get more than he bargained for.
Katja’s chance to escape her father’s harsh treatment appears to be too good to be true. But becoming Lady of a clan that despises her because she’s a Sinclair, doesn’t make her life any easier. When the attacks turn deadly, she fights her way out, making a dangerous passage to the Shetland Isles for refuge with her Viking family.
Calder and Katja’s marriage, built on mistrust, rushes quickly into disaster. As Calder seeks to repair the damage, Katja discovers not another enemy, but a husband who pledges a new beginning.
What initially drew me to Cathy MacRae and DD MacRae’s The Highlander’s Viking Bride was the title. I love reading about Vikings and I like how the story has Highlanders as well with a good dose of history with both cultures. It’s definitely an adventure to read!
Calder wants to make peace with an enemy clan to help save his own. His duty clashes with want though as he leaves with something he didn’t expect—a fierce Viking bride, Katja. The setting was so well-done, and I love being transported into this world of harsh realities but even larger hopes. Calder’s got a lot to learn, but has the fortitude (and brawn!) to see it through.
This story, however, felt more like Katja’s story. She’s thrust into this marriage with a highland enemy, and she’s fighting to find her place, her purpose. But there’s more to Katja than meets the eye. I loved her adventurous spirit and the woman can kick butt! Then there’s the dash of romance with a heady splash of danger to boot.
I just wish that Calder and Katja had more page time together. They don’t get the time they need to really develop as a couple and the plot took over the romance.
That being said, this is a delightful read for those looking for an exciting, breathless story—one that shows and glories in the strength of the human spirit. I look forward to more from these authors!