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Guest Review: Lord of the Seas by Sabrina Jarema

Posted August 9, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Lord of the Seas by Sabrina JaremaReviewer: Tracy
Lord of the Seas by Sabrina Jarema
Series: Viking Lords #3
Also in this series: Lord of the Runes
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: August 8th 2017
Format: eARC
Genres: Fantasy
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Series Rating: four-stars

He stood with the other men, glittering with the gold jewelry he’d had her polish, and wearing the fine clothing she’d cleaned and laid out for him. He’d washed with the water she’d drawn and would sit down to a meal she’d serve him.

Yet here she was, watching him. And she would fall under his spell a little more, like so many other women had.

She’d thought to hate him, and perhaps she did. Her mother had once said she hated Edward for being so handsome, and desirable, and unattainable. Yet, she’d also said she loved him. The two weren’t so different when love went unanswered. Perhaps she was more like her mother than she realized.

Her mother might have pined her life away, but she wouldn’t. She’d keep fighting and weaving until she was free of Rorik forever. They said the Norns, as well as the Valkyries, wove men’s fates in their magical looms. Her loom wasn’t magical and she was no Valkyrie, so let them tangle the destinies of men in the threads of the wyrd.

She would weave her own fate.

Elfwynn is the bastard daughter of a Northumbrian Lord.  Her father has shown her in every way he can that he loves her – even acknowledging her birth which will give her a third of his estate should he die.  His wife is a complete bitch and hates Elfwynn because she wants her two kids to inherit everything and wants Elfwynn to get nothing.

Elfwynn’s father, Edward, is almost attacked by Rorik but tried to talk with him and make a deal/payment rather than be raided.  In the midst of their talks one of Rorik’s ships is set on fire.  As repayment for burning his ship Rorik seeks to get payment by kidnapping one of Edward’s daughters. Rorik takes Elfwynn but when a ransom demand is sent, the reply comes back that she’s a bastard and not worth Edward paying for her.  Elfwynn is devastated at the betrayal and Rorik is a bit shocked.  He has no choice but to take her with him when his crew returns home.  Elfwynn tells Rorik that the Northumbrian churches pay for hostages and that he should take her to a town where that could happen. He plans to, but he needs to get home first to deal with things there.

Elfwynn is treated as a guest in Vargfjell, Rorik’s home.  The people are nicer to her there than they are at home and as much as she wants to go home she actually likes it there.  She is surprised that all of the stories that she heard of the Norse were almost all wrong.

Rorik is both frustrated by and attracted to Elfwynn and her smart mouth.  He finds peace in her presence but knows that he can’t keep her forever.  He is not a man to settle down anyway so that thought should be ridiculous, right?  Of course, as they spend more time in each other’s company they start to have stronger feelings for each other and fall in love.  Elfwynn still wants to go home, however, and Rorik’s not sure how to take that.  With their people fighting each other and their different religious beliefs could they ever be together?

When I read books one and two in the Viking Lords series I didn’t care for Rorik all that much.  He seemed like an ok guy but when they talked of his raiding and his many women he seemed like a bit of a bastard.  I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book and I can say I was pleasantly surprised.

Rorik is a guy who isn’t a king or a jarl but acts the part.  He doesn’t want a title – he just takes care of his people with his wealth.  He thinks he doesn’t want the responsibility because his father abused his power before he died.  He has temper issues and knows that he could never have just one woman as he might pass on his temper as well as his father’s craziness.  Elfwynn helps him see that his father was just a bastard and Rorik’s anger at it all was situational – not genetic.  This helps Rorik deal with his issues and makes him see his future in a whole new light.  I loved that Elfwynn could be the one that shined the light on his past.  He needed that and because it was her it brought the two closer together.

Elfwynn was a great character.  I loved her strength and perseverance with both her mother/father issues and her dealings with Rorik.  She wasn’t about to be bossed around by him and I loved that she stood up to him time and time again.  She was tough while still being soft and feminine and it was a great combination.

The series so far has been great and I’m happy to say that I really liked Rorik by the end of this book – shocker! Lol  If you like books about Vikings this is a great series to read.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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Guest Review: Viking Heat by Sandra Hill

Posted September 21, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 6 Comments

Guest Review: Viking Heat by Sandra HillReviewer: Tracy
Viking Heat by Sandra Hill
Series: Viking II #9
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Format: eARC
Genres: Time Travel
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Series Rating: four-stars

Psychologist Joy Nelson thinks things are bad when she finds herself training in the modern-day female Navy SEALs program. But then her life takes a turn for the worse. Somehow she’s been thrust back in time to the cold Norselands, and is being auctioned off as a thrall, or slave–a gift for a Viking warlord, who would be a perfect candidate for Male Chauvinist Viking of the Centuries!

Brandr isn’t thrilled with the slave his brothers have purchased for him. Holy Thor! The woman wants to teach him anger-management skills! And help him find his feminine side, whatever that is. She may be beautiful, but the saucy wench defies him at every turn. So Brandr makes her an offer: She can earn her freedom…as his bed thrall. But when Joy dares to decline his offer, he must decide what to do with the woman enslaved to him–and the out-of-control heat between them.

While on a covert op trying to flush out a slavery ring, Joy Nelson somehow finds herself in a bit of a pickle. Her hands are tied, literally, and next thing she knows she’s being sold in an auction as a slave. She’s pretty certain that things are not as they should be but she really has no idea what’s going on. She ends up being taken by a Viking longboat to an estate in the Norselands and is given as a present to their Jarl, or chieftain, as a present. She’s pretty pissed off about everything that is happening and she’s just waiting for her SEAL extraction team to get her out of the weird reenactment village she’s landed in. The problem is, she eventually finds out, she’s not in a reenactment village, she’s in the 10th century and these are real Vikings!

Brandr is a warrior in the 10th century. At one point most of his family and village is killed in a raid by a rival family. Brandr ends up going beserker and all he wants is the death of everyone responsible. When he returns from his campaign he is gifted with a slave by his 2 remaining brothers. She is unlike any woman he’s ever seen and he is fascinated by her in many ways. He wants to bed her but will not take her against her will. This leads to some interesting verbal foreplay between the hero and heroine.

I thought this was a very cute book. I’ve not read anything by this author before so I don’t really know anything about her previous Viking books but that didn’t seem to be an issue while reading – this one seemed very real to me in so many ways. The heroine had no clue that she had time traveled so she didn’t feel that she needed to make adjustments to save her own hide. She was who she was and she wasn’t going to change. At some points it was a tad annoying but I appreciated her uniqueness. I’m usually not one who goes in for a woman coming into a situation and completely taking over and everyone else letting her. But this was done in such a subtle way that I could see it happening. There were some times that I was rolling my eyes at something that happened that I could never see happening in a million years but those were few and far between.

I also very much enjoyed the sense of family in this book. The heroine had lost family members and was very close with her brothers and could relate with the hero in his grief. Also, being a psychologist, Joy was able to help with Brandr’s sister, Liv, who had been captured by the rival family and gang raped (no this is not described, just spoken of). Joy helped bring her out of her shell and start to live again and it was a lovely part of the story.

In the end it was a cute book that I enjoyed passing the time with.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5


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