Review: Escaping with Her Saxon Enemy by Sarah Rodi
I'm delighted to share my review for Escaping with Her Saxon Enemy, an intriguing historical romance by Sarah Rodi.
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Escaping with Her Saxon Enemy
Historical Romance / Fantasy Romance
We delve into England at a time when Vikings and Saxons try to live side by side. But dangers lurk around the corners...
Escaping with Her Saxon Enemy is the second in a Viking Romance series. Therefore, the protagonists: Svea the Shield Maiden and Ash, protector to the King, already know each other.
And Svea holds a grudge against him. She'd almost managed to kill her nemesis, Lord Crowe, had Ash not stopped her. But he couldn't know what had befallen her at the hands of the Saxon lord.
Pulled towards each other but each fiercely guarding their own independence, Svea and Ash must form a truce when they are ambushed, and the king and several men are taken hostage.
Slowly, their secrets come out into the open – the fate she endured at Crowe's hands, and Ash’s own issues.
All the while, the energy between them is sizzling, until they can no longer deny it. The journey they undertake to come to terms with each other's history brings them closer together, as they prepare to free the king.
I liked Svea. She's feisty, fierce, and not very ladylike. The ideal shield maiden. Her attitude is a challenge for Ash, until he learns of her fate. But also for herself, as she does not trust anyone other than her brother and her fellow warriors.
And Ash himself must learn to trust, something he finds hard to do. Having stood up for himself all his life, his growing feelings for Svea are a challenge to him.
Escaping with Her Saxon Enemy is a story sizzling with passion and suppressed tension. The fascinating characters and their dramatic back stories make for more serious reading. This is what gives the novel depth and strength. You follow their journey, keen to learn how they will resolve their long-held beliefs.
Whilst the Viking aspects are beautifully portrayed, my only gripe would be the Saxon names, which would be better suited for characters set in the high Middle Ages. They drew me out of the early medieval Anglo-Saxon setting. So for me, the story delves more into the historical fantasy romance genre, rather than plain historical. But that's a minor point in a gripping story, well told.
Escaping with Her Saxon Enemy is an intriguing read, especially for readers who enjoy deeper conflict in the characters. Highly recommended!
Her tempting enemy is a chink in her armour!
Viking shield maiden, Svea Ivarsson, would far rather face Saxon warriors than be on the run with the fiercely captivating Lord Ashford Stanton, protector to the Saxon King. Reaching Ash’s family castle, Svea must swap her chainmail for life as a Lady. She can wield a sword like an expert, but no training has prepared her for craving the touch of her greatest enemy…
About the Author:
Sarah Rodi has always been a hopeless romantic. She grew up watching old, romantic movies recommended by her grandad, or devouring love stories from the local library. Sarah lives in the village of Cookham in Berkshire, where she enjoys walking along the River Thames with her husband, her two daughters and their dog. She has been a magazine journalist for over 20 years, but it has been her lifelong dream to write romance for Mills & Boon. Sarah believes everyone deserves to find their happy ever after.
You can contact her via @sarahrodiedits or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit her website at sarahrodi.com.
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