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The Warrior

Men of the North, Book 5
By: Elin Peer
Series: Men of the North, Book 5
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

Even the strongest man in the world has a weak spot!  

Magni knows what he wants, and he's used to getting it. As the second-in-command in the Northlands, he doesn't care that he comes across as rude or domineering. Asking for permission or apologizing for his actions is for weaker men.   

Six months ago, Laura was Magni's sweet and submissive young wife. Tempted to experience the independence of women in the Motherlands and to learn martial arts, she ran away. Now, she's back, stronger and more confident than before, determined not to let a man dominate her, not even the one she once fell in love with and married.  

Is there a way for Magni and Laura to be a couple again with her need for independence and his need for control? And can someone as proud as Magni overcome his anger with Laura for leaving him in the first place?  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Elin Peer (P)2018 Tantor

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Not sure yet. Slight spoilers.

The first ten minutes start off well. Laura is determined to show Magni that she isn't the submissive wife that she had been before she left six months before. She promises her sensei that she won't let him control her the way he had before. This pleased me. I wanted her to stand her ground because I wanted to see Magni fight and work for her. (It's obvious he has a softer side from his interactions with little Milla and the other motlander girls)

She sees Magni from a distance at the Northmen parting ceremony and seems confident that she'll stand her ground when face to face with him. I believed this.

Then the earthquake happens. Magni takes her home and in the next ten minutes of the story, she completely dissapoints me by giving in to him and allowing him to punishe her for leaving him. And then gives in to him sexually. The sex scene was really hot, but maybe a little too soon. I'm not sure. I've read other books that slowly work up to scenes like this and fall short because of high expectations. I'm now concerned that because she gave in to him soo soon the other heated scenes between them will be mundane, and not very exciting as they already came together at the beginning of the story and let out all the sexual tension.

I'm only about thirty minutes into the book and I'm already annoyed. I never felt this way with the others. I enjoyed them from start to finish. I think because I was looking forward to this one more than the others that I was expecting a more exciting beginning. I was hoping Laura would stand her ground from the start by not giving in too soon and push Magni to bring on an exciting cat and mouse chase where he'd finally realise he'd met his match in a female. I can't see that happening now with how quickly she caved to his dominance.

One hour in. I'm starting to see Laura's backbone, speaking back to Magni and trying to stand her ground against his manly ways. Two things have slightly annoyed me, though. How can he not notice her changes body wise. Working out for six months, learning how to fight would obviously change her body. She'd be more toned. Yet, this isn't mentioned while his new scars are. Another thing is that while he slept, he dreamt of little Milla and murmured he loved her in his sleep. Despite him telling Laura who Milla is, she should have been upset by his sleeping confession. After all, he has never told Laura he loves her in all the years she's been his loyal, submissive wife. I feel her response to Milla and Magni's confession in sleep (despite the shock of Milla being a motlander girl in an experimental school in the morthlands) should have been stronger. Magni not showing his emotions or telling Laura how he feels for her is one of the reasons she left him. I expected her to think on this, but it was washed away with the knowledge of an experimental school.

So...when Laura and Magni finally go hand to hand fighting to see how good she is...it's completely skipped over. And she isn't that good Wtf. Another dissapointment.

I loved how Solomon stood up to Magni thinking Lauran needed protection. I think Magni knocking him out was a little too far, though. I'm kind of hoping Magni is Solomon's dad as they act alike and look alike. It's possible l. After all, Solomon was born in the motherlands and sent to the northlands like most Northmen boys and is at the age he could be related to Magni. It''d be a nice surprise as Milla isn't his biological child.

I'll continue to listen as the story is only just starting, but so far I'm not holding high hopes for it anymore. Maybe I looked forward to this one too much...Idk...but I'm feeling let down by it already and so early in. I really hope it gets better.

I'll update soon.

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  • Chandra
  • 06-06-19

Loved it!!

I knew I was going to love Magnis and I wasn't disappointed!! Amazing.. Boulder (The Protector) and Magni are my favorites.. not sure if I wanna read on or end on a good note 😅 some of the others were a little let downs.. Might try the Genius😬 .. but this one, love love loved!!

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  • susan b
  • 02-02-19

The best one so far!!!

Loved Magni and Laura. Great story with this couple and introduced several other characters for other books. It looks to be the students all grown up. Great series, has it's pit falls. I'm ready for the next one.

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  • being_ericamarie
  • 18-06-20

This is such a great series

So I thought Finn and Athena was the best of the series so far, I now think Magni and Laura is the best of the series so far. I can't wait to complete it. Awesome story, characters and narration. This series has been a pleasant surprise for me.

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  • Laura Ashleigh
  • 03-05-20

Good

I liked this one a lot. I liked the change in Magni and the view in the future the epilogue gives. I love that they were married before giving a more realistic timeline. I hated the long separation but liked that Magni came to his senses mostly on his own

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-20

Wow!

I absolutely love this series but this book is my favorite so far. I'll definitely be listening to it again. I can't get enough of Magni ❤

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  • Mz Toya
  • 08-11-19

I love everything about this series

It's not just sappy romance. The plot and characters are all unique and interesting. I also like the narrators. So many book series lose my interest because they all start to sound alike but even with the ongoing storyline in this series I am not bored at all.

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  • Babyckz
  • 20-10-19

Big step back

I had a hard time with this series, Both the men & the women were hard to take. The talk about the spanking of women made me want to amputate a hand.

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  • Jess HybridRose
  • 12-09-19

Nice story

It was ok. The performance was very well done. The firat story was actually my favorite. This ine contues the story line.

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  • PhoenixDawn
  • 31-07-19

One of the best book 5's I've listened to.

Usually by book five everything is similar. This one was a great ending to the series. I love Lora and Magny's story (sp?). I know there are more but haven't read them yet, so don't know if they're side stories or a continuance but this is a happy stopping place for me.

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  • YOLANDA
  • 26-06-19

Can't Get Enough of this Series!

I literally binge read thru all 5 books. Got hooked on the 1st book The Protector and couldn't stop reading until I finished the last page of the 5th book. Elin takes alpha man vs alpha women to an extreme level with the Nmen occupying Alaska and Canada and the women occupying the rest of the world which is called the Mother Land. These books are about the adventures of some of the men and women from these two extremely different cultures finding a way to fall in love and making their differences work so that they can live peacefully together. The concept of the books are extreme but they also show some of the real differences between men and women, why our relationships don't always work and why our relationships can work. The key to living in love is compromise - communicate and more compromise.

All the main Nmen in these books are very macho, masculine males who like to swear, fight and protect their women. I loved them all, even Magni who is the ultimate warrior but has a problem controlling his emotions.

I am looking forward to reading the next group of books. Y