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03 June 2022

Book Review: The Viking She Would Have Married by Lucy Morris *AD Gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The Viking She Would Have Married by Lucy Morris ahead of the blog tour.

After their amazing debut, Lucy Morris has become an auto-buy author for me. I see them on the Mills & Boon website and I click to order. And do you know why? Because their books are perfect. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

So perfect that I've already read The Viking She Would Have Married three times, and I have no regrets. I am here for Valda and Halfdan, and I can't wait to read the rest of the Shieldmaiden Sisters stories.

The Viking She Would Have Married by Lucy Morris

In close quarters…

With the Viking she’d loved and lost

A Shieldmaiden Sisters story.

With her family fallen on hard times, Valda’s forced to join the crew on Halfdan Ulfsson’s merchant ship as he sets sail on the treacherous silk route. But this handsome jarl’s son is the man she’d planned to wed, until his bitter betrayal. Knowing she can never trust him, she must focus on saving her sisters…and not the intense connection that still burns between them!

Passion erupts when these bold, spirited Vikings are reunited!

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5 Word Review: Family, love, history, honour, loyalty.

I was so excited to pick this book up and read Valda's story, especially after reading A Nun For The Viking Warrior last year where she featured on the edges of the story as part of Jorund's retinue.

I knew a little of Valda, but she wasn't viewed so favourably by Amée when I first met her as a side character. But in her own story? I want her as my bestie. I could never keep up of course, she's an incredibly talented shieldmaiden. I loved the layers of her character, from fierce warrior to loyal sister to insecure young woman. She was complicated and messy and felt her emotions with every part of her being, her pride is a massive part of her.

Halfdan is just a freaking gem. He's a Viking warrior and trader crossed with a golden retriever, and I am here for his endless love and loyalty. He is so generous to everyone around him and always looking to do the good thing, the right thing.

This is a finding-each-other-again, second chance romance that takes a while to build. I loved the simmering tension between Valda and Halfdan as they confronted their past, the way a smoulder turned into a burning flame.

Yet again, Lucy Morris has brought he historical setting vividly to life. I was nauseous from the smell in Jorvik, cold to my bones on the beach from the storm, I felt like I could breathe deeper when we reached Halfdan's settlement. It was so easy to slip into the world, and I almost felt like I was walking through it with the characters. There are so many small details in the writing that add substantial depth to the setting, making it all the more real.

This is perfect for fans of Vikings or The Last Kingdom, and even Black Sails as time is spent at sea.

I can't wait to see what Lucy Morris writes next, because every book so far has been incredible. I've read them all multiple times and I love getting lost in the past she has brought to life so vividly, with all of the danger and passion included.
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Lucy Morris has always been obsessed with myths and legends. Her books blend sweeping romance with vivid worldbuilding to whisk you away to another time and place filled with adventure. Expect passion, drama and vibrant characters.

Lucy lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves Terry's Chocolate Oranges and Irn-Bru. In her spare time she likes to explore castles with her family, or drink bubbly with her friends.

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