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To Sin with a Viking (Forbidden Vikings #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  470 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
Playing With Fire!

Caragh Ó Brannon defended herself bravely when the enemy landed—only, now she finds herself alone with one very angry Viking…

Styr Hardrata sailed to Ireland intending to trade, never expecting to find himself held captive in chains by a beautiful Irish maiden.

The fiercely handsome warrior both terrifies and allures Caragh, but he is forbidden territory.
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Harlequin
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

I adore Michelle Willingham’s Viking and Irish historical romances! They’re sweet, sexy, intriguing, and I love being swept away to those ancient places in time. Her latest book, To Sin with a Viking, gave me more of what I’ve come to love about her stories, but was disappointing in a major way.

In her introduction to the story the author says:
Author Note

Sometimes arranged marriages in historical romance end in happily-ever-after. And sometimes two good people are never meant to be together. I w
Stacia (the 2010 club)
May 28, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers who want different, or fans of the show Vikings
He wished for a moment, that another life could be his.

What a compelling story! I honestly thought To Sin With a Viking was going to be a 5 star rating because I was completely enraptured with my read...until one scene evoked feelings of extreme frustration in me. But we'll get back to that nitpick later. :p

In short, this is the story of a Viking lord who was captured under unusual circumstances by a woman that managed to intrigue him more than he was expecting...
No man ever wanted to admi
May 11, 2016 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans
FIRST READ: February 1, 2014
SECOND READ: May 11, 2016

875 A.D.

Caragh went to fetch a linen cloth, soaking it in more cool water. Without asking his leave, she went and touched the sore spot, bathing it to prevent the swelling from growing worse.

He stared at her in disbelief. "Do you always strike your enemy and then tend to his wounds?" His eyes held suspicion, as if he weren't accustomed to anyone taking care of him. It made her feel foolish, and she pulled the cloth away.

"I've never taken a man
May 17, 2016 RedL. rated it really liked it
4 I'll always be your prisoner Stars

Don't let the title of the book or the publisher fool you. This is much better that you could ever surmise by these things alone. Of course there are vikings, it is a romance, there is a HEA, but the storytelling is strong and incredibly compelling, especially on a couple of very serious themes treated surprisingly well.

I have no other viking book in my shelves to compare this with, unless we're talking real historical books, even so I am pretty confident th
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
Jun 18, 2016 Heather *live on coffee and flowers* rated it it was ok
Recommended to Heather *live on coffee and flowers* by: Carmen
This is the second Harlequin I've read this month, and I didn't like it any more than I did the first. These books are just not for me.

One thing I don't like about them is that there seems to be sections of information missing in parts of the story. I don't know if this is just bad writing or an effort to keep the word count down, but I noticed it in both Harlequins. For example, in one part Caragh is looking at a group of men, hoping to see her brother. Then it's revealed that these men will be
Feb 10, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 1.5 hours. This was supposed to be a full length book. So suffice it to say that I was not particularly entertained by reading this book.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to read yesterday, not being exactly in the mood to start anything in particular. I thought I'd shake things up by reading a sub-genre read. So I decided on a viking story.

The Viking theme is fine. The tough Viking hero and kind Irish maiden are also fine. But other than that I could not say that I liked anythin
Lisa Kay
Well written, but I'm not into one of the main characters being married to someone else while lusting after another. ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
Jul 30, 2013 Jess the Romanceaholic rated it really liked it
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: July 23, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin Historical
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Forbidden Vikings
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Emotional Affair (Minor Issue)
Favorite Tropes: Captive/Hostage, Starving Heroine

The one thing I loved the most about this book was the fact th
Jul 04, 2013 Leea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Viking Romance lovers
Shelves: series, netgalley, arc
‘What do you want from me?’ she whispered. ‘Everything.’ His voice was resonant, pushing past her defenses.

Something rare happened when I stepped into my first Michelle Willingham novel, the historical romance world that I know and love became a little less unpredictable. There is just something new and fresh about To Sin with a Viking.

What takes place within the pages of To Sin with a Viking may ruffle the feathers of some. You see Styr Hardrata is a married man, he's taken prisoner by Cara
May 30, 2013 Jill rated it it was ok
I have been addicted to Viking books since Johanna Lindsey introduced them to me about 15 years ago. Sadly there aren't that many books around based around these hunky stud muffins :)
To Sin with a Viking is on a completely different level from any of my old steamy viking novels, but when I requested to read that I didn't know.
This book was very well written but not really what I like in a book, or maybe I was just disappointed because of my expectations of hot plundering Vikings. Yeah, my bad fo
Apr 12, 2015 Melann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Je vous pris, la prochaine fois que je tente de lire un historique de chez Harlequin, de me l'interdire. À chaque fois je dis plus jamais, et de frustration face à l'absence de diversité et bonnes nouveautés de chez A&P, je flanche.

Le héros est donc marié. Il ne se passe rien de concret entre les 2 protagonistes durant tout le livre car c'est un homme d'honneur, hors de question de faire cocu sa femme ! Ils ne consommeront donc qu'à la page 194 sur les 200 pages du livre, après que sa femme
Jul 22, 2013 Barbee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Barbee by: Self
Shelves: ebook
Michelle's Willingham has a way of captivating from cover to cover , I read this book in one day. It is one of those I can't put it down books and thank goodness it was a weekend. If you are fan of Ms. Willingham's previous books you will be thrilled to know this books is about Styr Hardrata who is the ancestor of Tharand Hardrata in her previous book The VIking Hidden Love-Slave and later Kaal Hardrata hero of The Holly and The Viking in Warriors in The Winter and the heroine is Caragh Ó Branno ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Dorine rated it liked it
Rating 3.5 Stars - Also posted at my blog, the TBR MOUNTAIN RANGE.

If you've often wondered what it would be like to have a Viking chained as a prisoner in your home, Caragh and Styr's story explores that fantasy as part of their reality. Alpha Viking Styr Hardrata has met his match in strong-willed Irish lass Caragh Ó Brannon. An unusual plot increases the anticipation for book two.

Struggling to survive during a terrible famine, Caragh Ó Brannon and her youngest brother, Brendan, are starving al
4.5 stars!!

Oh my! Where do I begin?

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I enjoyed this book very much! Michelle Willingham captured my attention and held it until the last page.

I love reading Viking romances. I don't think enough authors venture out and write about them but more should. I'm no stranger reading Viking romances and so I devoured this one. Devoured. It. So, how does To Sin With a Viking stack up to others I've read? This has to be one of my favorite Viking romances (so far).

What makes it stand out? The hero is marr
Kathleen J
Jul 31, 2013 Kathleen J rated it it was ok
Silly--plot, hero, heroine. Romance novels are not supposed to be REAL. We recognize that we have to "suspend disbelief" about some of the things that happen. But, give me a break! The heroine is part of a clan in Ireland which is starving to death. Although they live by the sea, the people don't know that crabs come out at night? Nor do they know much about fishing except for those designated as fisherman who have left so the others can't catch any fish. Does this sound a trifle too far-fetched ...more
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Caragh O' Brannon and her people are starving. Famine has brought her family and those around her to their knees. When the enemy lands on their shores, Caragh's brother is determined to take whatever they have on their ship to survive, even if it means his end.

Viking warrior, Styr Hardrata has landed on Ireland's shores to attempt to revive his failing marriage. His wife, Elena's inability to give him a child has made her resentful of him. They were thrown together at a young age and five years
Isa Lot
Sep 26, 2014 Isa Lot rated it it was amazing
Ohhhhhhhh, que maravilla, ha sido una experiencia fantástica que no hacía nada más que sacarme sonrisas en la cara y despertar sensaciones y hacer mi mente volar. Se lee rapidísimo y ya sabemos que no tiene el rigor histórico de la novela histórica, pero está bien estructurado y tiene una historia además de pasión, amor y sexo. La historia es fantástica y capaz de hacer que te envicies a este tipo de sagas.

Después de leer este libro siento que estoy entrando en tierras pantanosas completamente
3.5 stars

I am quite split on this book to be honest. Let me first start out by saying that I absolutely love the change of usual scenery we find in historical romance.
This is set in 900 something, pardon me for not recalling the exact year. :). It is set in Ireland at a time where the Norse were also mingling with the locals, not always peacefully and there were other enemies like the Danes.

I have read several by this author and I always love the way she pulls me into the time and place and gi
Jul 29, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the beginning of the story, and the ending. However, the middle just kind of slogged on with alot of repetition. We are told repeatedly that (view spoiler) which brings me to the other issue with (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 23, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it
Caragh O’Brannon is trying to survive during a famine; her older brothers have gone in search of supplies and her younger brother is trying to help.

Most people of the village have left and the area has been picked clean of food. They are all very weak. Her parents died last year and they do not have enough supplies to leave.

Styr Hardrata is a man looking for a new life in a new area. He has left his home with several loyal men to avoid conflict as his brother becomes Jarl. His wife, Elena also a
Jul 13, 2013 Fedora rated it really liked it
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Jun 01, 2013 Farrah rated it it was amazing
To Sin with a Viking was a brilliant historical romance! Full of rich emotion, intense forbidden romance, and hot Vikings, this book was a fantastic read. Loved it!

I've read only a couple of historical romances about Vikings. They seem to be underrepresented in the genre. So, this book ventured into somewhat unknown territory for me. Add to that the fact that the hero was married and trying to make his marriage work, and we've got a completely new thing going. With all that, I was a bit wary goi
Jul 20, 2013 Mskychick rated it it was ok
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads program. It has been a number of years since I read a Harlequin Historical, and I forgot what I had thought about them in the past, but reading this book confirmed my earlier opinion. They are like Book Lite books, very superficial fluff pieces. This book took me about 1-1/2 hours to read. It was a quick and easy read.

One of the main things that Caragh keeps telling Styr in order to defend her younger brother is that "he's just a boy." Please don't h
Very good book with a different sort of theme. Caragh and her people are slowly starving to death. She has been left in charge of her younger brother while her two older brothers go trade for supplies. One day a Viking ship is spotted landing. Her brother and his friends decide to attack the ship and take its supplies. Styr and his wife and men have come to Ireland for a fresh start. Theirs is an arranged marriage that is not doing well. They have no children and Elena is withdrawing more from h ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Ali rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
Styr, a Viking, is ambushed when he sets foot onto land and is taken captive by none other than Caragh o'Brannen while his wife, ship and crew are taken hostage by her younger brother, Branden. Styr will teach Caragh to fish, hunt for crabs, and eventually, to love again.

Better cover art, Harlequin, but when a big issue was arising, I wasn't as attached to it as I would've liked. I would rather skim through the issue and get to a better part. The whole "forbidden love" thin
Nicole Laverdure
Jun 08, 2013 Nicole Laverdure rated it it was amazing
Captivating Viking Romance 5 stars
I just finished reading To Sin with a Viking written by Michelle Willingham.
It is the first book in her series Forbidden Vikings. I am really surprise to discover an
intense story filled with high emotions! The moment, I started to read this story, I got captivated and I could not put it down. I needed to know what would happen next. I could almost feel the beautiful chemistry between her two main characters. The author skillfully blended tenderness and passion a
May 22, 2013 Amyra rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Well written but I didn't liked it. Why? I was uneasy during all the reading. I don't like divorce as a rule and I'm a firmly believer in loyalty in marriage. Mrs Willingham don't go in adultery territory but for me it was enough. Those who know me may think I'm being a bit of a hypocrite because I'm a soon-to-be divorced woman and I know first-hand how ugly a life can be with a partner who makes you unhappy; BUT I think this is one of the reasons why I need in my books the "one and only". Becau ...more
N. Kuhn
Jan 17, 2015 N. Kuhn rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This book has the wrong title. There's no "sin". There's a lot of dirty thoughts with Styr and Caragh, but none were expressed to the other. I was annoyed with the fact that there wasn't more sinning. If you're writing about vikings, I want pillaging, taking what he wants, something hot, steamy and a fantasy.

But, on the plus side, this really is a good read. It's full of action and has a story line with it. It's not just a romance. There's so much going on that it creates this world and draws y
Mar 11, 2014 Beth rated it did not like it
This is possibly the worst romance novel I've ever read. Neither of the characters evoked any empathy, in fact Caragh did nothing but irritate me throughout the entire book. I did feel bad for Styr, but his actions were so back and forth I got tired of the constant internal debate. The story also focused less on the action-driving plot, but on lengthy dialogue. The infidelity didn't bother me, knowing what the story was going into it. What did bother me was the odd pace of the novel. I wouldn't ...more
May 15, 2014 Jilly rated it liked it
I'd rather give it a 2.5 but since that isn't possible; I decided to be generous.

Caragh is starving in her small village when Styr, his wife and his men come to town hoping to settle. They are Norse so Caragh's Irish village thinks they are being attacked. Things go horribly wrong. Caragh's brother abducts Styr's wife and Caragh knocks out Styr to protect her brother and ends up with a prisoner.

How do they go from prisoner and jailer to falling in love? So Caragh is starving and she isn't really
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Rita Award Finalist Michelle Willingham has published over twenty books and novellas. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her husband and children and is working on more historical romance novels. When she's not writing, Michelle enjoys baking, playing the piano, and avoiding exercise at all costs. Visit her website at: or interact with her on Facebook at ...more
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