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After centuries of conflict, a peace treaty has finally been drawn between the warring Saxons and Norse — largely due to the wisdom and bravery of the legendary Viking leader Wolf Hakonson and the noble warrior Lord Hawk.
Hawk and Wolf each married women from warring clans to unite the Saxons and Norse. But for all its blessings, the promise of peace will remain fragile — unless it can be sealed forever by a third and final marriage between these two proud clans....
Come Back to Me
The most feared Viking to come out of the Northlands in a generation or more, Dragon Hakonson, brother to Lord Wolf and friend to Lord Hawk, hopes to steal a few days away by himself before entering into an arranged marriage with a Saxon bride.
But instead of tranquillity, Dragon finds intrigue and passion when he has a chance encounter with a beguiling beauty disguised in boy’s garb. It is clear that the fiery-haired, fiercely willed Rycca is running away from something ... or someone.
Dragon is determined to uncover Rycca’s reasons for escape and see her safely to her destination. Yet rather than surrender herself to Dragon’s care, Rycca dares to defy him, disarm him, and even enchant him.
For Rycca has a secret gift that Dragon cannot see. Stalked by the tragic past, struggling to fulfill the promise of peace, only when it is too late does Dragon discover the truth: that the temptress who has stolen his heart is none other than the woman destined to become his reluctant bride....
The alliance forged between the Saxon and Norse in the first two installments of Litton's medieval-era trilogy (Dream of Me; Believe in Me) is bolstered by another arranged marriage in this spirited tale of love and betrayal. Frightened by the prospect of having to marry a fierce Viking lord, Rycca, the fiery daughter of a callous Saxon lord, disguises herself as a boy and escapes from her home only to run unwittingly into her husband-to-be, Dragon Hakonson. Despite her attraction to the mysterious and surprisingly gentle warrior, Rycca flees, taking with her the heady memory of their brief but passionate tryst. Dragon eventually finds her, but when he realizes that his "warrior woman" is really his errant betrothed, he feels betrayed. Nevertheless, he marries Rycca and takes her back to his settlement. His initial uncertainty eventually gives way to a deep-seated love, but their relationship is put to the test when someone sabotages the community and leaves evidence incriminating Rycca. The novel's conclusion, which assembles the protagonists from Litton's earlier entries, is anticlimactic, but their joyful reunion will please fans. Litton excels at depicting realistically flawed, charismatic protagonists, and this tale, despite its one-dimensional secondary characters and predictable plot, is a fitting finale.