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    A great unconventional romance!

    I love unconventional romances. There's something fresh and unique about them. I love it when it's a historical romance a little more, just because I read them so sparingly these days. The Iron Princess is definitely stands out for a number of reasons. The first is the time period in which it is set and the second is the location. Even better, the story features some characters from a book that precedes it, although you don't have to read it to keep up with what's going on. Katia is the daughter of a powerful Jarl or warlord and she's received training in combat. She's no weakling. She's smart, brave, and proactive. She doesn't take no for an answer but will find a way to make things happen. I really admired that about her. Katia is also a little reckless even though she's got the best intentions at heart. I loved seeing her try to reconcile her attraction to Lothair and her desire to avoid marriage. It was very entertaining to see which would rule, her heart or her head. When it comes to Lothair, he also has power at his fingertips. He's also a child of nobility but the circumstances of his birth have soured him on his life, something I got. Lothair is looking to do something and finding a wife is not it. Lothair and Katia are both passionate hot heads, Katia more so. The two butt heads often and it strengthens the tension between them. The two had amazing chemistry and I enjoyed seeing them get along as much as I did seeing them bicker. I think part of the reason that works out so well is because they were thrown together in a high pressure situation. Speaking of which, I loved the history lesson about the politics of the time. I was on edge for a large portion of the book. I wasn't sure what was going to happen and since the story is very fast paced there wasn't much time to stop and ponder what was going to happen next. I think Sandra Lake has done a wonderful job at crafting a story that's suspenseful, romantic, and entertaining. I read this book in a handful of hours and in one sitting. It didn't matter if I was happy, on edge, angry, or sad, there was no way I could put this book down. My emotions were fully engaged. I don't know how Sandra is going to top this book, but I'm looking forward to it.
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    Just not for me

    The Iron Princess is somewhere between a 2 and 3 heart rating. I lean more towards a 3 heart because the story seems to have an authentic feel to it. Now, I don't know this for sure because I don't read time periods very often and I read viking time periods even less. This is one of those books I took a chance on and stepped out of my normal realm of books because it interested me to do so. Here is where the 2 heart comes into play. I found the romantic side of the relationship between Katia and Lothair to be very awkward at times. Katia was a bit too fascinated and naive about the male anatomy. In a way I can see how this would be the way of it back in such a time that being without socks was considered indecent but it was still very distracting. Then their is also the indecision and avoidance of how Katia and Lothair really feel about each other. They may be one of the most exhausting couples I have ever read. Katia is a Lord's daughter, she is stubborn, independent and yearns for the challenge of battle. She is not like other woman of her time and she takes pride in that. I am all about woman pushing boundaries no matter what time period they are in. However, Katia seems to mess up more than she does things right. She is impulsive and thinks she is more capable than she really is. She often finds herself in trouble and while she thinks she always has it under control she is always rescued by Lothair. I took a chance on this book, I was drawn in by the defiant and headstrong princess trying to make her mark on the world. She lives in a time that woman are not looked to for more than a bearer of children and a maker of cloth. Overall, this just wasn't a book for me. Others have enjoyed The Iron Princess as well as the first book of the series The Warlord's Wife. I really do feel as though this is one of those "It's not you, it's me" kind of situations.
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    romance and adventure

    I really enjoyed this second book of the author as much as the first book (Warlord's Wife). I love the characters, the plot and the setting.
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