Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Axel Redhu is the illegitimate child and warlord to the Vicomte of Purdhan. Axel’s mother and father loved each other very much but because she was a Nord and he was a Purdhan he was forbidden from claiming her as his wife. When it was discovered that she was pregnant and died right after delivering Axel his father brought him back to the castle. He was raised by a nurse and then tutored so he would have a good education and never once did his father turn his back on him. And although Axel could never be considered an heir he was given land and the title of warlord.
Once again the Nords are declaring war, this would be the sixth one. Refusing to accept this the vicomte sends a letter to the Nord king informing him that he will not fight. The Nord king offers peace if the vicomte will agree to the marriage of his son to the Nord’s daughter. It seems like a reasonable offer except that the prince is only seven years old and the Nord king knows that the vicomte will refuse. Since no where did it stipulate which son would marry the princess Axel’s father begs him to do it. Axel refuses until his father agrees to give him two provinces and make him an Earl.
Astrid the sixteen year old Nord princess is just as angry about the marriage and on their wedding night she proves it when she takes a knife to Axel when he desires to consummate their marriage. What happens next is reminiscent of Taming of the Shrew. She fights him, he fights her. Who will win? Will they ever consummate and produce an heir?
I have read many books by Ms. Sweeney and I loved most of them, but this one I LOVED. The relationship between Astrid and Axel is fun to read about. They are constantly bantering back and forth and although they sleep in the same bed nothing happens. Astrid knows that in order for there to be peace she has to produce an heir, but she is unwilling to allow herself to like Axel. Little by little she starts changing him, he feels that a bath is something you take only when necessary, and apparently it is not necessary very often. When Astrid tells him he smells like a horse and that they will both bath daily, he gives in.
This was a wonderful novel and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any one who loves a good romance mixed with a good helping of humor. Whether you have read other books by Ms. Sweeney you should not miss this one.