Saturday, December 1, 2012

Warriors in Winter by Michelle Willingham

Warriors in Winter by Michelle Willingham
MacEgan Brothers Series, Second Generation Novella Collection
Publisher: Harlequin Historical (December 2012)
284 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $5.21)
Book Rating: 5 Stars
Sensuality: Red Heart

This is a collection of three interconnected novellas about second generation MacEgan characters. 
The first tale, In the Bleak Midwinter, is about Brianna, widowed a year before and still dealing with her grief, loneliness and desire for revenge on the Viking responsible until Arturo comes along, providing a distraction and understanding gained from the loss of his own wife. I thought this was a sweet tale of two grieving hearts helping each other to heal and build something new and beautiful. 
In the second tale, The Holly and the Viking, Rhiannon becomes lost in a blizzard and is saved by Kaall, the Viking who killed her cousin Brianna's husband only to find that not all is as clear cut as it would seem and the Viking is blind. While tending the wound he got saving her from a wolf, she comes to know him as more than just her cousin's enemy. This was my favorite story of the collection. Kaall was an angry, bitter man eager to push everyone away, but Rhiannon wouldn't let him and I loved that about her. And once Rhiannon made her intentions clear, Kaall's determination was a match for her own and I found his strength and resolve inspiring.
In the last tale, A Season to Forgive, Liam is becoming increasingly concerned about his betrothed Adriana and her distance, especially given their impending nuptials. Adriana is struggling with guilt over the price she paid for Liam's life while they were away on Crusade and she fears he will cast her aside when he finds out. I was a bit disappointed in Liam's response in this one, but I suppose it is understandable and thankfully, he worked through it. I felt bad for Adriana, but did think things might have gone better if she had come clean in the beginning. A great collection nonetheless, and a pleasure to read!

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