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It’s a risk of a lifetime loving a man you’re supposed to hate…
Betrayed by a brother she hardly trusted before the bloodthirsty Viking, Jarl Randvior Sigurdsson, attacks her home, Noelle Sinclair is conveniently bartered as a means to save her cowardly sibling’s skin. Forced to leave her homeland and accompany the petulant Viking to the untamed wilderness of central Norway, Noelle is ever-aware of the burgeoning dangers around her—including her weakening resolve to resist Randvior.
Should Noelle surrender to his resplendent charms and seduction, or fight with every ounce of strength she possesses to get home?
Cringing from his brutal words, Noelle finally burst. Through the blur of tears, she saw a warrior of tremendous proportion storm across the hall. He seized Brian’s arm and pried his fingers loose from her hair. She heard a loud snap as he curled Brian’s arm behind his back. Her brother stumbled and hollered, then dropped to his knees.
“Say it,” the colossal warrior demanded, visibly applying more pressure to his hand.
Brain tried to wrestle him down, but the stranger was larger and stronger—controlled him with little effort.
Although she detested her brother, her first instinct was to protect her own flesh and blood. Yet, it seemed a fitting punishment. Let Brian suffer the same mortification she felt whenever he embarrassed her, which happened too often.
Brain quit struggling. “Mercy,” he begged.
The Viking released him, and Brian staggered to his feet as gracelessly as a drunk.
“Is this how you treat your own kinswoman?” her rescuer asked.
“She’s faithless—no blood of mine. We’ve made our bargain Norseman, take her.”
When I find a book with Viking’s I have this desire to kidnap the author and have them write me hundreds of books with Viking heroes. A hero that is tall, barbarian, willing to take what he wants and to hell with the rest. Sometimes I come across a book that is just blah would not be put back on my TBR shelf, and then I come across a book that Oh, Wow! Where has this author been hiding?
Well, I came across an author recently that wrote such book that I could kidnap. Sadly the author is about 5000 miles (not real sure just guessing) from me so the kidnapping is out. Wonder if she will get snowed in and be able to just write Viking books for me.
Okay enough you reader are here for a review and not my jabber.
I admit this book starts out a little slow for me, but it slams my brain around the 3/4 chapter and I forced myself to stop reading so I could sleep.
I admit I do have a few problems with the book. The English names like Noelle and Brian. These names are too modern for a book set in the 11th century. Noelle and even the servants spoke in proper/modern English. This is something that was not used in the 11th century no matter how high an education. Noelle stated several times in the book that her father did not like her. I can understand this but Noelle was also able to read. Females in the 11th century did not receive any type of education.
Okay enough about what I did not like.
I can see part of myself as Lauga only wanting the best for her only child. Sadly Lauga took this too far. Lauga reminds me a lot of my ex-mother-in-law, bitter, selfish, only interested in position, and who she can screw to get what she wants. Lauga played each side but was finally caught.
My most favorite thing was how sweet, caring Randvior was. He showed more sympathy than most men today. I would love to meet Randvior, yes he had his faults but he actually cared how the female was treated and he showed her respect.
All good books need a villain. We are readers love them, hate them or have a love/hate relationship. Well, Brian went pass the hate for me. If I could have pulled the man out of the book I would. He did not have any redeeming qualities.
I would personally love to know how Noelle’s father handled everything when he learned about Brian’s betrayal. Sadly an author cannot put everything a reader wants in a book. (Here is where the kidnapping could come in to play J).
Other than the problems above this was a good read. For anyone interested in this book please be aware this is my preference. Please support the author and purchase a copy to form your own opinion.
Thanks for a few late nights reading Violetta. I did enjoy the book and I look forward to reading more by you in the future.
Violetta Rand holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and a master’s degree in Environmental Management. Serving as an environmental scientist in the state of Alaska for over seven years, she enjoys the privilege of traveling to remote places few people have the opportunity to see.
Violetta has been “in love” with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, at five, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband, Jeff. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading whatever she can get her hands on, music, and losing herself in the ancient worlds she enjoys bringing to life in the pages of her stories.