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BOOK AND AUTHOR INFORMATION
Ivar the Red by Victoria Vane
Publication Date: September 4, 2016
Genre: Medieval Romance
ABOUT IVAR THE RED
A WARRIOR NEVER SURRENDERS… HER HEART
As the epic struggle to rule Brittany continues, Ivar the Red unexpectedly finds himself in charge of the Norse army after his brother, Valdrik, is severely wounded. Intensely loyal, Ivar is prepared to do everything to see their victory through—except taking a Breton wife. Nevertheless, Lady Emma of Quimper fascinates him more than any woman he’s ever known. Although her highborn status protects her from bondage, Ivar vows to claim her as his own.
Lady Emma of Quimper is determined to defend her home as fiercely as any knight, until she opens the gates to save an old friend from Viking invaders. But her trust has been misplaced, and she finds herself at the mercy of a bloodthirsty heathen—Ivar the Red. Pride keeps Emma from fully surrendering to the conquering lord of Quimper, even when she realizes he’s not quite the devil she imagined.
Ivar has always enjoyed a challenge, especially one from a beautiful Amazon with the heart of a warrior. Though she defies him at every turn, Ivar deals gently with Emma—until she betrays his trust and escapes. Refusing to be made a fool, Ivar sets out to recover his captive who is determined to return to Quimper at the head of an army. When Ivar finds her in the clutches of death, he suddenly realizes she matters far more than his injured pride and sexual desire. He will do anything to save her and give up everything to make her his.
IVAR THE RED EXCERPT
He stood over her, looking satisfied with thumbs once more hooked in his belt. “Will you swear fealty? Do you now submit to me as your lord?”
She glared up at him with all the venom she could muster. She’d never been so humiliated. “Never! I will never acknowledge you as anything more than the savage you have proven yourself to be.”
“You have no conception of savagery. I have seen horrors you could never even imagine. By comparison, I have shown you nothing but forbearance and restraint.”
“You beat me and dare to call it restraint?”
He rocked back on his heels with a roar of laughter. “Beat you? I merely warmed your backside, which is no more than your sire should have done long ago.” He pulled her to her feet. “If you please me well, I will treat you as a queen, but if you continue your insolence I will be forced to make an example of you.”
She swallowed against the lump that had formed in her throat. “What do you mean by example?” Her mind was already racing with wild visions of Viking barbarism.
“We Norse have many creative punishments. I cannot make you a slave, but I can keep you prisoner. Mayhap it would amuse me to keep you in a cage.”
“A cage? Like a wild animal?” Her blood froze. Would he really carry out such a heinous threat?
“Aye,” he answered her unspoken question. “I could even hang you on the top of this keep where the eagles nest and let the eaglets pick at your flesh. More loathsome to thee than the light-hued snake to men, shall you become. So fearful to see, that all will marvel at thy hideousness.”
The threat struck pure terror in her heart. Was he really so cruel?
“Perhaps warming my bed is not such a horrible prospect after all?” he suggested softly. Norsemen were known for their brutality, but crinkled lines at the corners of his eyes and the twitch on one side of his mouth gave her pause. Was he still secretly laughing at her? Emma’s throat tightened as his calloused, blood-covered hands anchored on her shoulders. “Give yourself to me freely and you will have no cause for complaint.”
She focused on his hands rather than his words. “You’ve stained my best tunic,” she remarked with disgust.
He cocked a brow mockingly. “My bloody appearance offends you?”
“Everything about you offends me,” she answered with a curl of her lip. “You’re filthy and you stink. I would rather bed in the pigsty.”
He shrugged. “Your wish is easily granted, but I’ll give you time to reconsider. Just know this, Lady Emma, I make my offer only once, so think carefully before you answer.”
Ivar’s gaze followed Emma as she stormed from the chamber, escorted by two of his men. Damn her for scorning him! He’d hoped to avoid heavy-handed measures, but all of his attempts to reason with her had failed. One way or another, he vowed to teach her respect. If he could not win her goodwill, he would bend her by any means—fair or foul.
Knowing she wouldn’t recognize the Norse tale, he’d fed her fear with by stealing from the story of Freyr and the giantess. When he’d mentioned the cage, his fearless Valkyrie suddenly had the look of a frightened sheep. Her horrified expression and sudden pallor of her face told him that she believed him capable of any atrocity. He’d fought hard to suppress his laughter. She must truly think him a fiend, but if that’s what it took, so be it. He wouldn’t physically force her capitulation, but would let her stew in the uncertainty of her fate. By morning, he was certain she’d have a change of heart.
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ABOUT VICTORIA VANE
Victoria Vane is a #1 best selling author of of smart and sexy contemporary Western romance(SLOW HAND) and an award-winning author of historical romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2015 Red Carpet Award for JEWEL OF THE EAST, 2014 RONE Award for TREACHEROUS TEMPTATIONS and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. Look for her Hotel Rodeo series coming from Kensington/Lyrical Shine early 2016.
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