I’ve been reading some very good books these days, and I love it when I get a couple of books that stand out to me. I’m not a big fan of historical romances, but when Andrea Cooper sent me the blurb for this book and asked if I would review it, and one of her other books, I felt a pull towards it. I’m really glad I didn’t turn this one down.
856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.
Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?
Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?
With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.
About The Author
Andrea has always enjoyed creating characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.
What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).
Once she heard about a writer who never let her characters deviate from the script. If they did, she just killed them. How sad, she thought. For her one of the best parts of being a writer is letting the characters have a mind of their own and seeing where the story takes them.
She loves this quote from Robert Frost, which sums up her opinion on allowing the characters their freedom: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost
Andrea writes fantasy, paranormal, and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.
She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.
Even if she has to fight for it.
Rating: 4 glasses of wine
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
This is a historical romance that is different from other historicals on so many levels. Or maybe it’s just because I really enjoyed this one. It had a touch of magic and a bunch of steaminess. But what I liked most of all was that it had a kick-ass heroine.
Kaireen really doesn’t want to get married and definitely not to a Viking. Vikings are the worst you know, they pillage the lands and take what isn’t theirs, and she won’t have any part of it. She’d even go so far as to threaten to kill. Just a pity she enjoys his company so much. She does try to talk herself out of it, and she does hide her enjoyment quite well.
I’ve never read a historical romance with so much hotness and passion. There are a few battles which make the plot so well-written and everything comes together perfectly. The mixture of war, romance and clan betrayal thrilled me to the core. Blamed by a rival clan for the Lairds death, Kaireen is enraged and for the first time realises her love for the man she thought she hated. With the helping hands of fellow Vikings, she rushes to the aid of her family, in true kick-ass heroine style.
I don’t think I’ve ever been as attracted to a Viking as I was to Bram. His character didn’t really read like a Viking, well, not like any Viking I’ve ever imagined. He was a contradiction and too much of a gentleman, but that made him appeal to me even more. He knows what he wants and he will make sure he gets it, no matter what he has to do.
Andrea Cooper has really impressed me with her writing and I really cannot wait to read more of her books.
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