Review by Tami Fairley
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In 10th century France, 18-year old Cherine Cadet only knows one thing: that the life of a peasant isn’t a life at all. Tired of working in utter poverty for an unfeeling Lord, with only her indifferent family and love-struck best friend as company, Cherine dreams of the day she can run away from the future set-up for her, even if she knows there’s no real escape from her destiny.
Then, in one brutal instance, everything changes. A Viking fleet led by the powerful nobleman and warrior, Rolf the Walker and his right-hand man, Erik the Axe, arrive on the shores of the Lord’s estate. In minutes, the entire land is up in flames, Cherine’s family and fellow serfs are killed, and Cherine comes dangerously close to death herself. She is saved only by the fierce Erik – but a new lease on life comes with a cost.
Cherine becomes a slave to the Vikings, a fate she thinks is no better than the one she had before. But as she finds herself being shared between the two men, the savage and darkly handsome Rolf and the mysterious and sensual Erik, Cherine discovers that she too has a fiery warrior heart and that the flames that consumed her old life might burn them all to the ground.
I received an ARC of this book from the author and promised to give my honest opinion. So, here goes. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Who knew the word pillage could become so…inspiring.
We are first introduced to Cherine, a young peasant girl who is feeling unfulfilled with her life and those around her. Something is missing, and her future seems nothing short of bleak. Then, her home and family are destroyed by a band of brutal Vikings lead by Rolf the Walker and his confidant, Erik the Axe. Unexpectedly, Cherine’s life is spared by Erik the Axe. Her future is forever changed, but is it still just as bleak or is this the something she’s been missing?
Both Rolf and Erik are handsome and mysterious men and Cherine is drawn to both of them in a sensual manner in which she was brought up to be ashamed of…but cannot deny. Yet, which one of these men can give her the life that she truly desires and will it even be possible to live that life?
There were some very hot moments that had my jaw dropping…and had me begging for more. Emma MacKenzie is a new author to the erotica scene and I must tip my hat to her. Well played Ms. MacKenzie, well played indeed. Along with the steam, she wove history into the story and as a fan of historical romance, I enjoyed this very much. I must insert a warning here that there were some very dark and violent moments in this story that had me cringing. It didn’t take away from the story for me. If anything, it added to it. I enjoy a good multifaceted story.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Emma Mackenzie. I recommend this book to fans of both erotica and historical romance.