Warrior's Surrender by Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Published by Etopia Press on November 5, 2014
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A shared secret from their past could destroy their future…
Northumbria, 1077. In the years following William the Conqueror’s harrying of the North, Lady Alfreya of Tyrswick returns to her family home after seven years in exile. But instead of returning victorious as her dead father had promised, she returns defeated by Baron Sebastian de la Croix, the Norman who rules her lands.
To save her gravely ill brother's life, Alfreya offers herself hostage to her enemy. As Alfreya gets to know her new husband, she finds he’s not the monster she feared, and their marriage of convenience soon becomes a bond of passion. But Sebastian is a man with a secret—one that could destroy him.
As a series of brutal murders haunt their nights, the man who betrayed Alfreya’s father returns claiming to be her betrothed. He has learned Sebastian’s secret and will use it to further his own ambition—using Sebastian’s own family—which will destroy Sebastian and mark him a traitor, and plunge an unprepared England into war with the Scots…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Warrior’s Surrender is one of the best historical romances I have read in a long time. The hero of the story is Sebastian de la Croix (what a sexy name), Baron of Tyrswick. A battle-hardened knight who came to the notice of his king for his bravery and cunning military strategy. The heroine, Lady Alfreya, daughter of the previous earl of Tyrswick, is a strong woman who has learnt to protect herself because the men in her life have either been killed or abandoned her in her time of need. Frey and Sebastian come together when she needs him to help protect her brother.
I loved the feelings I got from this story. I grew up reading stories similar to this one by authors such as Julie Garwood and Jude Deveraux. There is nothing better, in my opinion, than reading a story where the hero is loyal, brave and honourable, while also having vulnerability in his love for his heroine. Our heroine is just as loyal, brave and honourable to her loved ones. Frey struggled to give her love, but once it is given, it is strong.
The villain in this story made my skin crawl, he uses his beauty to hide the ugliness of his character and manipulates people into trusting him. I started to question the loyalty of supposed friends because they did not trust easily and only showed loyalty once it had been earned.
There is a slight supernatural twist but it was not a major part of the storyline so didn’t distract or take away the believability and accuracy of the author’s words.
Overall, I loved the feeling this story gave me. The characters were strong, the settings vivid and the descriptions were interesting without being too much. Sebastian and Frey have a great connection in and out of the bedroom and do not hesitate to communicate their feelings and thought processes. This was refreshing, so many stories these days are dragged out because of a lack of talking between the main characters.
I did take away one star because I thought it was a touch too long.
I was lucky enough to be given a copy of Warrior’s Surrender by Ms. Carter to read and review. It was an absolute pleasure to read her work and I will definitely be reading more in the future.
Sassy’s rating: 4 Stars
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