This was my first Michelle Willingham book and she has blown me away. This is the second book in the Forbidden Vikings series and I read it as a stand alone and I am now going to go back and read book one, To Sin with a Viking because I am hooked. I need to know Styr's story. To Tempt a Viking takes historical romance to the next level. The passion, conflict, heartache, and trials that Elena and Ragnar face can so easily be applied to modern times as well. This is not a sweetly romantic historical romance like what your mom may have read, there is plenty of steaminess that may be shocking to the traditional historical romance reader. However, for me that was just a bonus! I got an amazingly written romance with a little hotness thrown in.
Ragnar is a warrior with honor and integrity born of a painful past and the determination to be worthy. Ragnar is what I think of as the ultimate alpha hero. Fierce, loyal, assertive and decisive all while having the ability to love deeply, employ empathy, and fight for the safety of those less able to defend themselves. Ragnar is not perfect, but he is perfectly swoon worthy. A fierce viking with a loving spirit? Come on, it doesn't get much better than that!
Elena is a wonderful heroine as well. She is faced with her own challenges to both her character and ultimate happiness. Elena has to make heart wrenching choices and does them with a purpose and sense of integrity that I loved. Everything is not always black and white and Elena navigates the grey the way most of us would like to think we would. Willingham develops these characters so well that I was able to get so sucked into the world she created that I didn't want to let the story go. Willingham has vaulted to the top of my want to read list for this year and I will be diving into many more of her books soon.
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/ Harlequin Historical in exchange for an honest review*
SHE'S TESTING HIS RESOLVE!
Warrior Viking Ragnar Olafsson stood by as his best friend claimed the woman he desired the most. There was only one way to quench the deep darkness within him—become merciless in battle.
When Elena is taken captive, fearless Ragnar risks everything to save her. Now they are stranded with only each other for company. Suddenly every longing, every look, every touch is forbidden. Elena could tempt a saint—and sinner Ragnar knows he won't be able to hold out for long!
Resist them if you can!