Surrender My Love (Haardrad Family #3) by Johanna Lindsey

A Lady’s Scorn
Wrongly branded a spy, the dark and handsome Viking lord Selig Haardrad suffered greatly in the dungeons of Lady Erika of Gronwood. And as he hung in chains, his 325558magnificent body wracked with pain and fever, one thought sustained him: revenge!

A Viking’s Vengence
Now Destiny’s great wheel has turned–and Selig’s exquisite, honey-haired tormentor has been delivered into the Norseman’s hands. Now it is Selig who is the master, bound and determined to break the proud spirit of his captive “ice queen” and to conquer her with passion’s sword — never dreaming that his own heart will be vanquished by sensuous desire. . .and victorious love.

MY REVIEW— 4.5 STARS

I was teary-eyed while reading this book. I cried for the heroine, Erika, when she NEVER shed a tear! I am weak.

This book tells the story of Lady Erika of Gronwood and Selig Haardrad, the oldest son to Brenna and Garrick. This book starts six years after Kristen and Royce met, and Selig is departing for East Anglia. While traveling, he’s attacked and later branded a spy.

Erika is the authority at Gronwood castle while her brother is away, and when a man is captured and put in the pit, she brands him a spy. When the tall and broad man chained to the ceiling insults her, she orders a lashing in anger. During this ordeal, a woman tries to poison Selig and laughs at his almost dying form, and Selig believes it is Lady Erika. So when his sister rescues him, he steals Erika away and enslaves her, promising to treat her just as badly as he was treated.

I was fuming at the way Selig treated Erika. She was chained to the wall and was forced to wear a fucking collar that he would drag her from. He even walked around, holding the chain attached to her collar, to humiliate her in front of his family. She was forced to sleep in ‘her corner,’ and he demanded she calls him master. But Erika was strong, she never let him think the chains bothered her and she refused to call him master and as much as he tried to break her spirit, he was unable to.

I read this book in one sitting, started at midnight and finished it around 4 am, and I do not regret it! The other books are great, but this one was the best in the series. With Selig’s cruelty and Erika’s strength, this book was a solid five stars. However, I am rating it 4.5 because I needed more groveling from Selig, but we only got maybe three pages of him ‘redeeming’ himself.

Overall, I would recommend this series to those who love reading historical romances, or any romance, with alpha males and fierce women who take no shit.

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