Also in this series: The Tarnished Lady
Series: Viking I #7
Published by Harper Collins on February 11th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era
Has an eye for the ladies, loves a good fight. Splits his sides over rude jokes. Won't ask directions no matter how lost he is . . . even in a longship, for the love of Odin! Sound like anyone you know? Maybe every man you know?
Toste and Vagn Ivarsson are all that and more—a lot more. Identical Viking twins, they came squalling into this world together, rode their first horses at the age of seven, their first maids during their thirteenth summer, and rode off on longships as untried fourteen-year-old warriors. And now, having seen only thirty and one winters, they are about to face Valhalla together. Or maybe something even more tragic: being separated. For even the most virile Viking must eventually leave his best buddy behind and do battle with that most fearsome of all opponents—the love of his life.
A Tale of Two Vikings is exactly what the title claims, its a story of two twin brother Vikings. Toste and Vagn were born at the same time, twins, they have done everything in their lives together. When they go into battle together, they are both injured and separated having to assume the other is dead, despite the strong connection they have for each other. Toste is taken away by some Nuns, including a Lady Esme, the most beautiful and stunning nun he has ever seen, and has yet to say her complete vows to the church, so of course for him she is available, however Esme is only looking for sanctuary from those that want her killed, not a handsome viking that stirs up her senses. Vagn is taken back to familiar surroundings, and back to Helga -his brothers betrothed. But now they his brother Toste is dead, he notices that Helga the Homely as she once was called, is now Helga the beautiful. So Vagn starts considering the idea of marrying Helga, however she is very high spirited and resistant to marrying him. However these Viking Twins never expected that their greatest battle would be for….LOVE
We have two heroes, the Viking brothers, Toste and Vagn. These two have done everything together since they were born, linked by a unbreakable bond. So when they are separated they have to mourn for their twin who’ve been at their side. Now these two during the book while they are separated from one another start having hints that the other is alive, due to their link, which is neat. Also you will see that once they are reunited things just start to heat up with their love stories as well.
Our first heroine is Esme, who is the one that helps save Toste, who has to hide in the nunnery and yet to do her vows for the church, always having to go to confession (my kind of girl). Esme came to the nunnery, because her father and brothers who have always been demeaning toward her, have wanted her killed because of the land that she inherited from her mother. So she has almost been killed many times, but now Toste has entered her life and is all about protection and defending her.
Our second heroine is Helga, who when she was a little girl was claimed to be Helga the Homely, by Toste, and has felt the stigma of that statement ever since then. However now a adult woman she has changed. Her father is insistent on her marrying and having children, but when Vagn is rescued she is furious at her father for trying to get him to marry her, because she doesn’t want marriage, she is just fine on her own, or so she tells herself, and things definitely start to heat between Helga and Vagn, that she starts having doubts about her convictions of not marrying.
I have to say that A Tale of Two Vikings is by far one of my favorites of Sandra Hill. I loved the whole aspect of twin Vikings, I mean who wouldn’t right? It takes place back in 900 A.D., and it was definitely a witty yet sensual written story. In this story each chapter each trades off to each twins love story, which is neat yet can be a bit frustrating when the chapter leaves you hanging. This is a wonderful story of two twins that have never thought that they would ever settle down, but once they are separated, they start thinking outside the box, and find women of their own, and such a sweet reunion when they find each other once again. Definitely a story you dont want to miss out on, one that will surprise and intrigue you senseless.