The best Viking romances to escape into on a rainy afternoon

Why am I passionate about this?

In 2005, the Bookseller declared the Viking romance to be officially dead and never, ever coming back. However, they hadn’t consulted Harlequin Historical editors who researched the actual sales and desires of their readers. When my senior editor asked me if could I write one, I duly obliged with Taken by the Viking. The book beat lofty expectations, and the revival began such that the Viking period now ranks up there with Regency in terms of popular time periods for the line. The following list is some of the Viking set romances that I have escaped into on mainly rainy afternoons.


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A Viking Heir to Bind Them

By Michelle Styles,

Book cover of A Viking Heir to Bind Them

What is my book about?

This Viking is about to uncover an explosive secret! An unexpected family, for the lone-wolf warrior.

Nothing daunts Viking Tylir, until unassuming Melkorka Helmsdottar upends his life by revealing he has a secret heir! Mel has looked after little Katla since the girl’s mother died, but now Tylir intends to claim his child. Yet this battle-hardened jarl has no idea how to be a father. Mel is the perfect person to help him. Only, spending time with the captivating Mel binds him closer to her than he ever thought possible…

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Seven Viking Romances

Michelle Styles Why did I love this book?

These seven actual sagas (really more adventure stories) from the Viking era have it all – famous warriors, thrilling adventures, and intrepid women.

My favorite of the seven is Halfdan Eysteinsson which has a great hero and an even better heroine – Ingigerd who swaps places with her maid and earns her place as a warrior and avenges her father’s death before finding true love. Not to be missed.

By Hermann Palsson (translator), Paul Edwards (translator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Seven Viking Romances as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Combining traditional myth, oral history and re-worked European legend to depict an ancient realm of heroism and wonder, the seven tales collected here are among the most fantastical of all the Norse romances. Powerfully inspired works of Icelandic imagination, they relate intriguing, often comical tales of famous kings, difficult gods and women of great beauty, goodness or cunning. The tales plunder a wide range of earlier literature from Homer to the French romances - as in the tale of the wandering hero Arrow-Odd, which combines several older legends, or Egil and Asmund, where the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops…


Book cover of Laxdaela Saga

Michelle Styles Why did I love this book?

One of the great Viking sagas, and supposedly written by a woman or a group of women.

Certainly it has a female focus and features one of the great complicated heroines – Gudrun Osvif’s-daughter. Essentially a tale depicting the settlement of an Icelandic valley, Gudrun with her various men and how she manages her life including how she accidentally destroys the life of the man she loves best.

One of the substories revolves around a Viking princess, taken as a slave, and how she manages to carve a new life for herself, finding love in the process.

By Magnus Magnusson (translator), Hermann Palsson (translator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Laxdaela Saga as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Written around 1245 by an unknown author, the Laxdaela Saga is an extraordinary tale of conflicting kinships and passionate love, and one of the most compelling works of Icelandic literature. Covering 150 years in the lives of the inhabitants of the community of Laxriverdale, the saga focuses primarily upon the story of Gudrun Osvif's-daughter: a proud, beautiful, vain and desirable figure, who is forced into an unhappy marriage and destroys the only man she has truly loved - her husband's best friend. A moving tale of murder and sacrifice, romance and regret, the Laxdaela Saga is also a fascinating insight…


Book cover of Fires of Winter

Michelle Styles Why did I love this book?

An old school bodice ripper by the absolute mistress of them.

Fires of Winter features a feisty heroine in the Irish princess Breena and a strong hero bent on revenge in Garrick Haardrad. ‘Everyone loves a Lindsey’ was the slogan in the early 1980s and this book showcases her at her page-turning best.

By Johanna Lindsey,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Fires of Winter as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Lovely and dauntless, abducted by invaders from across an icy sea, Lady Breena vowed vengeance swearing no Viking brute would be her master no barbarian would enslave her noble Celtic heart, but then came Garrick Haardrad, the proud and powerful son of a ruthless Viking chieftain.


Book cover of Stolen by the Viking: Sons of Sigurd

Michelle Styles Why did I love this book?

Willingham penned an absolute cracker of a revenge story for the first book in this five-book continuity about the Sons of Sigurd. 

There is an overall mystery of who was responsible for murdering the warriors’ father. After losing his beloved, Alaar Sigurdson has vowed to take revenge and seeks to use captive Breanne O Callahan to get close enough to her foster father, but…the attraction overcomes them in this enemies-to-lovers tale.

It is an absolute page-turner which I inhaled in one sitting. There are reasons why the Sons of Sigurd is a global bestseller.

By Michelle Willingham,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Stolen by the Viking as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Bought for his vengeance
But claimed for his bed!

Part of Sons of Sigurd. Battle-scarred Viking Alarr is a broken warrior who expects to die carrying out his oath of blood vengeance. He saves maiden Breanne O Callahan from slavery only with the intention of getting close enough to kill her foster father. Until their spark of passion ignites a desire to keep her close...and presents Alarr with a gut-wrenching choice - his revenge or his heart?


Book cover of Enslaved by the Viking

Michelle Styles Why did I love this book?

St. George currently writes stunning Gilded Age set historical romance, but before that she wrote Vikings for Harlequin.

Enslaved by the Viking is the start of her Viking Warriors series and really showcases her page-turning quality – well-written with a hero to die for and a feisty heroine in this enemy-to-lovers tale set in Viking-age Northumbria. I will warn you that once started, you will not want to put this one down.

By Harper St. George,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Enslaved by the Viking as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The moment Merewyn sets eyes on the warrior standing atop a Viking raiding ship something inside her stirs.

By all rights she should fear him, should run from him, and yet she cannot help but be drawn to him.

Eirik has never before taken a woman captive, but Merewyn inspires a longing that calls to the darkness within him. He takes her back to his homeland as his slave, and they finally succumb to passion. And as the lines between captor and captive blur Eirik realises they have crossed into dangerous territory...


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