The Viking’s Captive
by Ingrid Hahn
Publication Date: December 9, 2019
Entangled Publishing, LLC
ebook; 371 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Thorvald Longsword can’t believe all he has to do is kidnap the daughter of his jarl’s enemy to get his land back. Easy. But when he finally snatches the princess up and tosses her over his shoulder, the beautiful spitfire makes him question his determination to get his land back at any cost.
Alodie gladly agrees to impersonate the princess so the bloodthirsty Northmen will take her instead. While Alodie might be ready to die for her people, she wasn’t prepared for how her pulse races for the maddeningly noble captor whom she’d just as soon hate.
But what happens when Thorvald finds out she’s not who she says she is…
Standing beside him, Alodie studied his face. The moonlight carved his features into sharp relief. A trickle of blood ran down his skin into his beard. His eyes shone with the force of all he was feeling and trying desperately to hold back—emotions she could sense, but couldn’t name. What was he? He was picking away her expectations and beliefs, one by one.
First, the fact that he hadn’t wanted the treasure. She’d believed all demons wanted treasure and had expected him to do nothing but take, take, take. Enrich himself. Glorify himself. All at the expense of others.
He’d proven her wrong.
Then it was the strong and silent protection aboard ship. She’d believed without a doubt that all demons were heartless and brutal, except those like Cuthberht, who’d had the Grace of the Lord touch their maggoty hearts.
Again, this man before her had proved her wrong.
Then it was the anguish of losing his friend in the storm. Demons couldn’t understand love or joy or sorrow.
This man knew the crushing anguish of grief. He’d felt it to its darkest depths. She’d never have believed him capable of raw human feeling had she not witnessed it with her own eyes.
Then, stranded upon the beach, he’d shown her he thought about her and considered her comforts. Demons were supposed to care only about themselves. He didn’t. He’d demonstrated his care for her.
Now this. Compassion. The kindness he’d displayed to the young one by allowing him a victory. The demon leader hadn’t simply handed it over. He’d fought, prolonging the experience, making his apprentice work and not making it easy for him.
All her beliefs were crumbling as he shredded her misconceptions one at a time.
It was becoming increasingly difficult to continue thinking of him as nothing more than a demon. By the same measure, her stubborn determination to cling to her anger diminished daily.
Ears still ringing with the clash of swords, Alodie’s heart brimmed with confusion. She wanted to tuck her arm into his. It would have been a simple, intimate gesture to show him she was here. Not as a physical entity, but as…
Alodie bit her lip. He’d stolen her. How much compassion and understanding could she possibly have for him? Objectively, he deserved none.
She was being torn in two—holding on to her anger or looking forward to the possibilities of what her new life could be. Did it mean she had to forgive?
About the Author
Ingrid Hahn is a failed administrative assistant with a B.A. in Art History. Her love of reading has turned her mortgage payment into a book storage fee, which makes her the friend who you never want to ask you for help moving. Though originally from Seattle, she now lives in the metropolitan DC area with her ship-nerd husband, small son, and four opinionated cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves knitting, theater, nature walks, travel, history, and is a hopelessly devoted fan of Jane Austen.
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