This is the 3rd book in the Viking Series. This is the story of Erik, the eldest son of Thork from the first book called 'The Reluctant Viking'. Erik is 31 and has been married once, he was duped and doesn't intend to make the same mistake twice. Until Eadyth of Hawk's Lair comes to him with a marriage proposal he can't refuse.
Eadyth wants nothing to do with men, but she needs a husband to protect her and her 7 year old son John from her most hated enemy. She goes to Erik of Ravenshire for help. Erik shares her hatred for the evil Steven of Gravely. He marries her in name only to protect her and her son in order to get to his enemy. He never intended to fall in love with the 'Tarnished Silver Jewel of Northumbria'.
This story was Sandra Hill's usual humorous and sexy romp of romantic history. I loved it immensely. Erik is sexy and funny with the things that happen between them when they are trying NOT to fall in love with one another. Eadyth is a beekeeper and the scrapes that happen are hysterical.
One thing Sandra Hill is able to do that not many authors achieve is the use of children and pets in her stories. She makes them secondary characters you grow to love and laugh with. In this particular story you will get a kick out of the wedding 'gift' Tykir, Erik's younger brother and main character to the last book-The Bewitched Viking, gives to Eadyth. I was on the floor laughing. "Show me yer legs..." hahahaha, you will know what I mean when you read it, it is hysterical!
The entire Viking Series is excellent! And my favorite character is Tykir....ahhh, he is so sexy and sweet, he will make you melt. His book is last, the 4th in the series after Erik's........1. The Reluctant Viking--2. The Outlaw Viking--3. the Tarnished Lady--4. The Bewitched Viking(my favorite) =) All are 5 star reads, I wish I could rate them higher!