Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review and Blog Tour of THE IRON PRINCESS: Sons of the North #2 by Sandra Lake


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A Sons of the North Romance novel from Sandra Lake, author of The Warlord’s Wife, who takes readers to 12th-century Scandinavia where two hearts clash in furious passion…

The daughter of a Northern warlord, Katia is known as the Iron Princess for her mettle in battle. Headstrong and defiant, she instigates sword duels on a whim with little regard for her own safety. Katia would rather die on her feet as a warrior than live as a token wife and child bearer for a husband who keeps her castled as if she were a prisoner.

Lothair is the illegitimate son of the Duke of Saxony, who was granted the title of baron, a castle and lands. Raised in an atmosphere of mistrust and deceit, he rejects the concept of husbandry and wants a life of purpose and sacrifice in the pursuit of security for the Baltic Sea.

And when fate brings the Iron Princess and reluctant baron together, Katia and Lothair discover they are kindred spirits with fiery temperaments—and insatiable desires—to match…


My thoughts:

I adore anything Viking, it's been one of my favorite genres ever since I discovered historical romance sooo many years ago.  Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Hill and Heather Graham first introduced me to the long ship riding warriors. Now I enjoy watching the History Channel's Vikings, but finding current romances set in this time period is few and far between, imagine how thrilled I was to stumble onto Sandra Lake. 

I enjoyed Ms. Lake's storytelling, I thought she brought the scenes to life. I also thought that there was excellent chemistry between Lothair and Katia. Also, I was intrigued by Katia's parents, Lida & Magnus, that I will be getting their book.

My only gripe with the story was that Katia was so immature and her actions really diminished the kick-butt characteristics that initially drew me to her.  She went from being a strong character to a weak "I need a man to take care of me" type of heroine and some of her actions weren't only immature, but demoted her down to a TSTL a/k/a to stupid to live character. Even with that said though, I still enjoyed the story, I was just disappointed in her. 

 








The Warlord’s Wife – Released March 2015



A stunning historical romance from debut author Sandra Lake transports readers to 12th century Sweden, where a powerful Viking lord will discover a fierce heart cannot be taken by mere force.

Lida was married to the love of her life for just two months when she became a widow. Pregnant and disowned by her late husband’s family for suspected infidelity, she was forced to return to her family in shame. Eight years later, uninterested in the prospect of finding another husband, she finds herself the unwilling object of a marriage contract with a powerful warlord. In a day, she is wed, bed, and put on a ship headed for Tronscar; an unknown icy stone and steel fortress.

Jarl Magnus is pleased to have taken a strong wife who, however stubborn she may be, will surely produce sons. However, he is less pleased with his wife’s additional baggage—a young daughter. But despite himself, Magnus falls for the daughter just as hard as the mother, and Lida’s heart is warmed to see the cold, serious Jarl move surprisingly fast into the role of stepfather.

When enemies attack Tronscar, Jarl Magnus’s nerves of steel waver, as the warrior fears his love for Lida will weaken him. But when his family is threatened, he’ll go to war to protect them, discovering along the way that they have the strength to protect themselves.











Sandra Lake was born somewhere in the wilds of Sweden. Surrounded by shirtless, blond men, she learned to sail, swing a sword and skin a bear when she was only three--wait no, that was Davy Crockett...



The real Sandra was raised in rural Canada. (Close enough to Sweden) She married her childhood sweetheart (who is blond and on occasion shirtless). They are currently living happily-ever-after along with their kids and unruly husky in eastern Canada.



Her debut historical romance, THE WARLORD’S WIFE was published by Berkley Romance in March of 2015. THE IRON PRINCESS, Book 2 in the 'Sons of the North Series' was release July 2015. THE ENEMY’S DAUGHTER, Book 3 is set for release later this year.