The Heart's Warrior (Medieval Romance Trilogy #1)
A heart broken Known for her healing skills, Kerstin, the Witch of Moere, is torn from the arms of her betrothed and forced into marriage with Jonas, the Beast of Hawkscliffe, her familys mortal enemy. Believing herself in love with another man, Kerstin cannot deny the fierce passion Jonas ignites within her, nor the awakening of feelings she has never known before. A heart tormented A warrior of duty, to ensure peace, Jonas will honor the kings demand and wed the woman accused of murdering his elder brother. As Jonas faces Kerstins wrath, the golden warrior longs for serenity and love, but doubts these yearnings will ever come true. Yet, when he weds Kerstin, he finds his carefully guarded heart is overcome by desire and she alone can heal his damaged soul.

The Heart's Warrior (Medieval Romance Trilogy #1) Details

TitleThe Heart's Warrior (Medieval Romance Trilogy #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 16th, 2008
PublisherWild Rose Press
ISBN-139781601542380
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Medieval, Clean Romance, Historical Fiction, Medieval Romance

The Heart's Warrior (Medieval Romance Trilogy #1) Review

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is the first book about Vikings that I’ve read, and I loved it. Our main character’s Kerstin and Jonas were both very likable. I really liked Kerstin, she is a fighter. I liked that she never gives up and even when surrounded by people who distrust her she still helps those in need. Jonas was great, definitely a great leading man. He and Kerstin are enemies and forced to marry, but they have amazing chemistry and it was great watching them banter and fight. I enjoyed the whole book, I think this is the first book about Vikings that I’ve read, and I loved it. Our main character’s Kerstin and Jonas were both very likable. I really liked Kerstin, she is a fighter. I liked that she never gives up and even when surrounded by people who distrust her she still helps those in need. Jonas was great, definitely a great leading man. He and Kerstin are enemies and forced to marry, but they have amazing chemistry and it was great watching them banter and fight. I enjoyed the whole book, I thought it was well written and the characters really suck you in. I wasn’t all that surprised by the twist at the end, but again still really enjoyed it. It has a great medieval feel to it and I loved the setting. I'm already sad it's over. Definitely one I will be re-reading. It wasn't perfect and there were some things that kinda bugged me, but it was a fun read and gave me butterflies a couple times! Content: Clean steam. I guess there were a couple love scenes that were a little steamy, w/o any real details and stayed on the clean side. Pretty vague.
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  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    A really good VIKING story! How rare is that?!? Even though the storyline was pretty stock and the villain reasonably easy to figure out. The story was well written, engaging with a believable romance. Kerstin is a compassionate and talented healer who has been accused of being a witch and causing the death of her betrothed. His brother, Jonas is ordered by the king to marry her in order to stop the bloody feud between their families because of it. As he struggles to accept the girl who he consi A really good VIKING story! How rare is that?!? Even though the storyline was pretty stock and the villain reasonably easy to figure out. The story was well written, engaging with a believable romance. Kerstin is a compassionate and talented healer who has been accused of being a witch and causing the death of her betrothed. His brother, Jonas is ordered by the king to marry her in order to stop the bloody feud between their families because of it. As he struggles to accept the girl who he considers a black witch, she lives with the fear of burning at the stake because of her attempts to save others. Although a love story, this book also brought to light how hard it must have been for women, in an age when superstition ruled, to use medicines to heal.P.S. For all you scene-skippers, this one closes the door! Read On Dudes (accompanied with a thumb, finger waggle)!!!!!
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this book was full angsty attraction in a wholly dysfunctional way. The two main characters yell at each other, hate each other, call each other names and wish each other death and then ravenously kiss the next minute. No doubt the attraction is there. And, yes, at times I really liked it. But it got so repetitive and I got frustrated. I loved the Viking theme though. And yes, there were parts I really, really liked. The ending was good. This book just needs a good professional content edit Wow, this book was full angsty attraction in a wholly dysfunctional way. The two main characters yell at each other, hate each other, call each other names and wish each other death and then ravenously kiss the next minute. No doubt the attraction is there. And, yes, at times I really liked it. But it got so repetitive and I got frustrated. I loved the Viking theme though. And yes, there were parts I really, really liked. The ending was good. This book just needs a good professional content edit for all that repetitive stuff.
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    There are some good things that come when you are dying sick...1. Your awesome friend sends you books not even knowing that you are laid up in bed, DYING. (THanks KATH)2. You get to spend a lot more time reading until you start coughing so hard that you have to take a break.3. You get to really feast on books and get through them quickly.I enjoyed this book. I will say however, something about this book just couldn't let me give it 5 stars. I guess I just wanted a little more tention built up be There are some good things that come when you are dying sick...1. Your awesome friend sends you books not even knowing that you are laid up in bed, DYING. (THanks KATH)2. You get to spend a lot more time reading until you start coughing so hard that you have to take a break.3. You get to really feast on books and get through them quickly.I enjoyed this book. I will say however, something about this book just couldn't let me give it 5 stars. I guess I just wanted a little more tention built up before anything happens between the two of them. I mean we weren't even 10 pages in and they had already kissed and "felt something for the other person that they couldn't explain." I truly think the book would of taken a much cooler route, have they met...hated each other...had to marry anyway and then slowly fell in love. I'm just saying, I think there is a magical recipe for these things and if it aint broke...I will be honest though, I truly could not put it down. THANK YOU, Kath. I am going to have to start reading somethings you don't read just so I can recommend them to you!!! ;-)
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    I was surprised by how much I liked this book :). This was the first book I've ever read that was about Vikings, and again I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It really pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. I LOVED the two main characters, Kersten and Jonas. They had some major chemistry going on. :) It was a definite adventure and I found myself sad when the book came to an end. (NOT because it didn't have a good ending...just because I wanted more:) There were a few references to nudi I was surprised by how much I liked this book :). This was the first book I've ever read that was about Vikings, and again I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It really pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. I LOVED the two main characters, Kersten and Jonas. They had some major chemistry going on. :) It was a definite adventure and I found myself sad when the book came to an end. (NOT because it didn't have a good ending...just because I wanted more:) There were a few references to nudity that could have been left out and also some pretty steamy kissing....but nothing overly descriptive. I would still consider it clean...yet I would not recommend it for teens.
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  • Leigh Bale
    January 1, 1970
    I have a degree in history and love doing research. When I first started researching the Viking era, I discovered I had some old Vikings in my own genealogy. The Heart's Warrior includes meticulous research and a poignant story of survival and misguided love. I based the story loosely on the life of Rognvald, the Earl of Moere and father to Rollo, the First Duke of Normandy. I hope you enjoy the historical texture of the story as well as the love story between Jonas and Kerstin. In many ways, th I have a degree in history and love doing research. When I first started researching the Viking era, I discovered I had some old Vikings in my own genealogy. The Heart's Warrior includes meticulous research and a poignant story of survival and misguided love. I based the story loosely on the life of Rognvald, the Earl of Moere and father to Rollo, the First Duke of Normandy. I hope you enjoy the historical texture of the story as well as the love story between Jonas and Kerstin. In many ways, these ancient people were just like us. Fierce, determined, and vulnerable. Enjoy! Leigh Bale
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  • Teya Peck
    January 1, 1970
    This was really good! Awesome read! I really enjoyed it!
  • Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
    January 1, 1970
    My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...The Heart's Warrior by Leigh Bale started out pretty good. I was mainly interested because the H, Jonas is a Viking, and I don’t think I’ve read another Viking hero before. I was prepared for an interesting medieval romance. But sadly, it was more like a hair pulling read for me. Too many misunderstandings, trust-issues, too much drama of the wrong kind just made me want to scream!Kerstin, the h of the story is My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...The Heart's Warrior by Leigh Bale started out pretty good. I was mainly interested because the H, Jonas is a Viking, and I don’t think I’ve read another Viking hero before. I was prepared for an interesting medieval romance. But sadly, it was more like a hair pulling read for me. Too many misunderstandings, trust-issues, too much drama of the wrong kind just made me want to scream!Kerstin, the h of the story is the daughter of Alrik, the Earl of Moere. They have this intense enmity with the Sigurdssons and the Eirikssons. There is always one bloody battle or the other going on. Both Sigurdssons and Eirikssons want their land. But lately, King Hakon has ordered a union by marriage between the clans. A match between Kerstin and The Earl of Hawkescliffe, Sigurd’s eldest son, Bjorn was announced before. But Bjorn dies soon after arriving in Moere, in the arms of Kerstin who was taking care of him while in his deathbed. He was poisoned. Now, Kerstin is a healer, something she was tutored by her Irish mother. Kerstin’s mother was Alrik’s second wife, and Kerstin, his only daughter. Eirikssons are the meaner bunch, already plotting to oust the King. They are the ones who raided Kerstin’s village a yr or so ago, killing her mother and her brother, Tostig, who was the youngest son from Alrik’s first marriage. They also killed Kerstin’s eldest brother Thorir’s kids. Thorir is away with his merchant ship, while his wife Letta is now half-mad with grief. Kerstin is known as the Witch of Moere but it’s nothing complimentary. They think she’s some kind of evil witch possessing dark power. Bjorn’s death was blamed on her instantly because she was there while he died. It’s always easier to blame the so-called witch! Superstition ran amok and Kerstin knew she’s pretty notorious everywhere except at her home. Here everyone understands and loves her. They seek her advice because they know she’s an expert healer. King Hakon has asked Jonas, the youngest, to marry Kerstin and finalize the union. Jonas has been a mercenary, until Bjorn’s death reached him. Sigurd and Jonas don’t want this match anymore than Alrik and Kerstin. It’s hard to believe that their fathers were once great friends! Kerstin is scared what might happen to her if she’s taken to Sigurd’s place, so she starts fast planning an escape. The story begins with a battle. Kerstin prefers to be in the battlefield, not only to fight but also to take care of the wounded. Today she’s fighting off Sigurd’s army, thinking she’s fending off an attack. And soon she’s chased by a big warrior on his horse. He might’ve killed her. In a scuffle he discovers a woman, and that it’s no less than the Witch of Moere! Kerstin discovers a big warrior with long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. He’s handsome to boot... and he’s her groom-to-be!Jonas is dumbstruck by Kerstin’s green-eyed, red-haired beauty. He’s also amazed that she, a woman, is leading this attack on his men; who has also managed to strike him with an arrow! He makes sure she doesn’t run away (not from the lack of trying from Kerstin) and asks her to show him her home. It seems they came to discuss about the marriage, and preferably perform the ceremony as soon as possible. But Kerstin’s too wild imagination led her to believe Jonas was attacking. Can’t entirely blame her, seeing how Moere has been attacked in the past. Later, she’s embarrassed to find King Hakon, who is Jonas’s childhood buddy, has also accompanied Jonas and Sigurd. She might’ve been in trouble but the King doesn’t take it that way. But Sigurd can’t say the same; his dislike for Kerstin is on the verge of hatred since he, along with the rest of Sigurdsson men, think that she killed Bjorn.As Kerstin goes to have a bath in the dark, she doesn’t see Jonas who was already sitting in the dark. This scene was quite sexy, because for Jonas it was a torture to see Kerstin wet and naked. Their confrontation turned into heated kisses. There was no doubt he wanted her, but this yearning he felt for her couldn’t be normal. So to Jonas, it felt like the witch has put some kind of spell on him. He made my head ache every time he interpreted his deeper feelings for Kerstin as a ‘spell’ and dismissed her as a witch. Can’t say Kerstin wasn’t being a TSTL sometimes. That is why this book was so frustrating for me. The trust-issue was like a colorful banner, waving and hanging in the slightest of wind that no one could avoid!When Kerstin hears that she’s to marry Jonas the next day, she makes an idiotic plan. She has this suitor called Elezer who has been with her through the ordeal after Bjorn’s death. He is also her childhood friend. Kerstin thought she’s in love with him, and nagged her father into giving consent to this betrothal. She decides she’ll runaway to Elezer’s place and marry him pronto. What pissed me off that she doesn’t really gives a sh!t about what’s going to happen afterwards. This was a big matter, her and Jonas’s marriage, for some peace. I could see that she was scared, and yes, she wasn’t given much choice. But Jonas didn’t either and yet, he wanted to do it. Kerstin couldn’t say she wasn’t attracted to Jonas. After those kisses in the bathhouse, how could she do this I don’t know. She flees to Elezar, but upon seeing him she kept comparing him to Jonas and finding him horribly lacking. For one, Elezer lives in a filthy castle. He didn’t take care of himself either and Kerstin keeps finding his smell revolting. Not that I wanted to know about that! What I kept thinking was, how she could find this guy anything remotely attractive in the first place? Guess she thought the same, but no matter, she’ll marry Elezer because doesn’t she love him?Don’t ask! Jonas, who was already troubled with the embedded arrowhead on his shoulder, hunts down Kerstin the next day, spotting the two kissing outside. He’s incensed and immediately assumes that Elezer and she are lovers. Kerstin was yet to convince Elezer of the marriage when she’s deflated by Jonas’s appearance. She didn’t sleep with Elezer though. Jonas drags her home, while insinuating about Elezer’s womanizing ways and callous disregard of the women he left behind. Kerstin, of course, doesn’t believe any of it and she starts hating Jonas. She is even happy to find that that arrowhead is troubling him still, which was childish. She wanted to take care of it earlier though, but his men got downright aggressive and Kerstin had to back out. Jonas’s people made the injury worse and he was already suffering a fever. After they reach Moere, Jonas and Kerstin are married with haste. Kerstin saw no other way to escape but to give into her fate. But things get worse when Jonas faints from the fever, instigated by the injury. Kerstin’s fear grows tenfold. She doesn’t want Jonas to die anymore, for she doesn’t want to be a widow so soon. And she doesn’t want another war on her clan because if this time Jonas dies, war is inevitable. She knows that she and her loved ones won’t be spared from the fury and hatred these Sigurdsson men already harbor for them. While taking care of Jonas, Kerstin discovers something that astonishes her entirely. Jonas’s whole body is scarred, ravaged by burn marks! When the maids make sounds of horror and disgust, Kerstin begins feeling a very mixed emotion. She becomes emotional, thinking how Jonas might’ve suffered. How his beautiful face shows no clue of this ravaged body. She’s very annoyed at the maids for making insinuations. Now Kerstin knows why Jonas keeps his body fully clothed with full sleeved tunics. And she wants to know what the hell has happened to him!Kerstin takes care of Jonas day and night. Sigurd is suspicious of her and stays by Jonas’s bed-side all these time. It’s when his condition begins to improve from Kerstin’s healing expertise, Sigurd begins to see the truth because many-a-times, Kerstin has said that she’s only a healer, that she’s no witch and doesn’t know any spell. One day, Sigurd opens up about Jonas’s life; things that she wanted to know. As I read on about Jonas, my heart went out to him. He was not the heir, so he went abroad to work as a hired mercenary. He knew it was Bjorn’s work to see to the Earldom and the heirs. Then, a long time ago, on the day of his wedding he was burned badly while saving his new bride from the fire. She died, but Jonas still bears the scars. Women love his beautiful face but cringe away when they see his body. Though Jonas doesn’t let it bother him, as Sigurd tells Kerstin that he’s only a man, and it hurts all the same. His enemies call him The Beast. Yes, he’s a battle-honed warrior, and he might be scarred on the outside but he’s no beast. Sigurd also informs Kerstin that the fire was somewhat her fault because it was done because of a misunderstanding that directly connects her. Kerstin is ashamed of this because she remembers the incident, even though she was much younger.I thought now that Kerstin knows much about Jonas, things will improve. She was also beginning to dislike Elezer, especially when he comes to see her as Jonas lay abed, ill, and asks her to run away with him. Kerstin had no intention of doing such a thing anymore, and when she denies, Elezer goes nutso and tries to kill a sleeping Jonas. Though Jonas wakes up in time and tries to defend himself, Kerstin is left disgusted by Elezer’s cowardly attempts. His small army is necessary for the war they are to wage against the Eirikssons that is why he is still here. Otherwise, he’d be thrown out for what he was about to do to Jonas. Though Kerstin’s mind was beginning to change, Jonas was showing some odd tendencies. He still didn’t know what ‘spell’ the witch has cast on him (because he wanted her so much) and so, he kept being suspicious of Kerstin. They even end up having sex... and I had to really focus on that very short paragraph to understand that they were actually having sex. No kidding! It was the mention of ‘pain’ that made me realize they’ve done it and it alluded to Kerstin’s loss of virginity. All the love scenes were this vague; just so very frustratingly teasing. You don’t even have much to imagine mind you. I mean if the author is making her heroes so sexy, why not give us a little smut? *sigh*Then there was Jonas’s douchbag attitude and trust in the hearsay or whatever people said around him. He was forever riddled with confusion and distrust of Kerstin’s actions. Alrik, Sigurd and most of the army have already left for the battle alongside King Hakon, leaving Jonas to recuperate. He hated to be so weak but he had no other choice. But he’s determined to join them as soon as he’s able. Then he informs Kerstin that he’s leaving for his homeland and she must come along. Kerstin is now in real panic. She knows the people there hate her. She’s scared to face Jonas’s mother too, knowing the woman must’ve been blaming her for her son’s death. Letta accompanies her. She wanted to look after the Letta, who was growing mentally imbalanced each day. But mostly, what Kerstin wanted was to have a known face in an unknown land. She knew her husband might not help her adjusting there, but he gave her no other choice.Things at the Sigurdssons don’t go well as expected. Even though Jonas’s mother, Tovi is kind of cool towards Kerstin without any outright show of anger, the others in the clan show open enmity towards Kerstin. I felt really bad for her because on occasions, when I thought Jonas should come to her rescue because his people were maligning Kerstin, he didn’t. I didn’t like it. Fate gives Kerstin a chance to do something about her bad reputation when once, a little girl gets burned from hot water. This girl’s mother, a serving maid was also ill through her advanced pregnancy. To save them both, Kerstin had to take some measures to make them realize that her aid can help the mother and the daughter. After the girl and her mother start healing is the when people, at least some of them, including the girls family, begin to trust Kerstin. Tovi, who had the wisdom of a little age and experience over the rest, already understood that Kerstin is not an evil person. She begins warming up to Kerstin, trusting in her healing aids. She even begins helping her out occasions, learning to use some of Kerstin’s herbs. Somewhere in her mind she knew Kerstin is not responsible for Bjorn’s death. Because of her, things become easier for Kerstin to handle, for which I was glad.Then the news comes that Sigurd has been fatally injured in the war and he’s been asking for ‘the witch’. Of course, Kerstin will go but she’s also scared. If Sigurd dies, things can get out of hand because most of Jonas’s men are just waiting to convict her of witchcraft. Jonas takes her with him. She tries everything in her power to help Sigurd but he dies finally because his wound was bad. He lost lot of blood and no one in the camp did much to help him. After all, the warriors will die to go to Valhalla, right? That’s what they’re good for! (idiots!!) I did feel for Jonas because he was broken-hearted after his father’s death, feeling a bit lost. Kerstin wanted to offer some comfort but knew things between them aren’t that good (except for sex... maybe) and he won’t appreciate her efforts. Sure enough, Jonas is, again, a jerk to her, hurting her with his words about that was laced with more distrust. Geez!After all these drama, I’ve finally had enough! When there is that much distrust between a couple (and their people), I, for the love of me, can’t envision a peaceful future between them. It’s just not possible. Even if I wanted that a lot. *sigh*The final chapters were a bit improved. There were some more actions. The Betrayer was caught finally. He helps abducting Kerstin when she ventures out alone to the war zone to give Jonas important news the said Betrayer. Jonas had some lead on it from earlier and follows the trail. By that time, it seems that Kerstin had already come to terms about her feelings for Jonas. Jonas’s panic about the kidnapping also showed his feelings for her, because he too, was finally willing to give himself up to Kerstin’s ‘spell’. He knew he can’t go on without her support, companionship, love... and if possible her trust in him. I loved the ending, seeing how distressed Jonas became when the King made a decision about his and Kerstin’s future.This book had SO MUCH potential, not to mention I almost loved Jonas to pieces... when he wasn’t being a jerk that is. I also came to love Kerstin and the rest of the secondary characters. Apart from her easy writing style and interesting storylines, one thing I love about LB’s books is the way she engages the secondary characters in her stories. You don’t easily forget about them even when the book ends. 3.5 stars.
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  • Trissa White
    January 1, 1970
    This book had warriors, wars, kings and all that comes with it. My first viking romance. If you like midevil romance you would probably like this.The love story was great because the characters were so honorable and full of pride and courage and loyalty. The heroine was loved by her people but forced to leave them for people who were cruel and mean to her. In spite of it all she remained kind and I could not have been happier with the ending. Some scenes after they were married got a little stea This book had warriors, wars, kings and all that comes with it. My first viking romance. If you like midevil romance you would probably like this.The love story was great because the characters were so honorable and full of pride and courage and loyalty. The heroine was loved by her people but forced to leave them for people who were cruel and mean to her. In spite of it all she remained kind and I could not have been happier with the ending. Some scenes after they were married got a little steamy yet there were no details so it stayed clean. The beginning threw me off a little because she was supposed to hate him yet he forced a kiss on her which she returned. It always buggs me a bit when "their body betrays them" ..."I hate you yet I want you to kiss me" Hmmm - oh well - I don't care. I loved it.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    2013: This is my second time reading this book and I think I liked it even more the second time around, hence it moved up to five stars...this Viking story pulled me in again and I couldn't put it down. Kerstin and Jonas have amazing chemistry, I love Kerstin's compassion and fire. There is a couple of non descriptive love scenes between the married couple.
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  • Sandie Mixa
    January 1, 1970
    This Viking love story is filled with danger, war, intrigue,deception and adventure. The heroine is a healer and unselfishly doctors any who are wounded. The hero needs her to heal his soul and body. The problem is, they are enemies. It was an enjoyable read to find out if Kerstin finally finds true love.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. I could see into the Viking culture and enjoyed the journey. The characters were captivating and I couldn't read fast enough to see how everything would play out. Well written and one I will read again. I will look for other books by this author.
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  • Chantele Sedgwick
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this. It reminded me a lot of Marcia Lynn McClure, who's books I adore. And obviously I loved it, since I read it in a day! lol :)
  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think I have read a book about Vikings. Fun read, touching love story and vikings...who knew? Loved this book!
  • Haley
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked the setting as well as the writing. I don't know if it was quite a 5, but I really liked this author.
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    What an ass. I honestly don't understand how she wasn't mad at him for blaming her for literally EVERY SINGLE persons death. Honestly, I would have left him.
  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    I found myself quickly addicted to this book. Even though I found the book addicting some aspects bothered me. I didn't understand the kisses between them so early on when they so clearly had trust issues with each other. I also became annoyed by the amount of times their issues with each other were brought up, remembered, thought about. Pages and pages of the same rememberance of the same issues. Also I question the cleanliness of the book. There was no explicit details when certain things prog I found myself quickly addicted to this book. Even though I found the book addicting some aspects bothered me. I didn't understand the kisses between them so early on when they so clearly had trust issues with each other. I also became annoyed by the amount of times their issues with each other were brought up, remembered, thought about. Pages and pages of the same rememberance of the same issues. Also I question the cleanliness of the book. There was no explicit details when certain things progressed in their relationship but in other parts of the story there was some (view spoiler)[fondling, some bath watching, some massaging while someone had not a lick of clothing on. It didn't take long and I thought I had been lead astray and I would soon find myself in some erotic novel. But thankfully it never came to that point.I also was a little disappointed with Kiersten. She was so tough in the first scene but I still wanted to see her kick some bottom other times. Why couldn't she get some good moves in on Jonas. It made her seem spunky and spirited but not very skilled. Why would her father or brothers ever send her out to battle if she had no skills. But any man could overpower her quite easily and all she could do was kick, hit and usually bit. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the book. I haven't read very many books about vikings, but I enjoyed this one in that they were fighting a local dispute rather than plundering. I felt like there was good suspense and enough to keep me interested and wanting to read more. I did get a little frustrated that the main characters kept rehashing the same things over and over again. Though perhaps I should be more forgiving because I'm pretty sure that is human nature. Also the pacing changed dramatically in the last few c I enjoyed the book. I haven't read very many books about vikings, but I enjoyed this one in that they were fighting a local dispute rather than plundering. I felt like there was good suspense and enough to keep me interested and wanting to read more. I did get a little frustrated that the main characters kept rehashing the same things over and over again. Though perhaps I should be more forgiving because I'm pretty sure that is human nature. Also the pacing changed dramatically in the last few chapters, It could have been a literary device to add urgency to the climax, but it still interrupted my reading grove. All that being said I do want to read more from this author.
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  • MLOW
    January 1, 1970
    Since Silken Cord was listed as Christian fiction, I mistakenly thought this book by the same author would be as well. Though the hero and heroine claim to be Christian, every reference to a god and every prayer are directed at pagan gods. However since this was my error it doesn't seem fair to lower the rating. It was an enjoyable romance, probably intended to be a clean read but it was steamier than what I'd typically think of as a clean read. Largely enjoyable though I preferred Silken Cord.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Strong heroine, headstrong, goes into battle as well as skilled healer, compassionate but not a great judge of people.Fierce warrior force to marry the woman who is believed to have poisoned his beloved brother to unite the clans. However, he has trouble getting her to stay put & obey the conniving witch.A glimpse into I guess vikings village life & preparations for war. The grief of battles & their cost in loved ones.
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  • Ashley Farmer
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! this was a "stay up until 2:30am cuz you can't put it down" kind of book! Loved the Viking era, never read in this time period before. It was a really good read. The end seemed to come together really fast, I got the impression the author wanted to just get done with it...who knows if that was the case, but I still loved it anyways. :)
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  • Paula Bothwell
    January 1, 1970
    PG13Pay no attention to the cheesy book cover. This is a very exciting and engaging book. There is plenty of romance, but there are also spies, murder, intrigue, and betrayal. I would definitely rate it a PG13: this is a time of war, there are disturbing themes, and the romance is passionate (but it's the 'fade to black' type, so it's not overt). It kept my attention all day! Great book.
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  • Marisa Valle
    January 1, 1970
    The male lead's mysterious "curse/illness" was a nice twist. I also liked the realistic portrayal of the female's healing abilities. She didn't miraculously heal everyone she touched. I would definitely read more books by this author.
  • Cherie
    January 1, 1970
    A good fun readThis was a great way to spend a Sunday evening.The book was light hearted but we'll written. I loved Jonas and felt this conflict between his love of his wife and his thoughts on her part in the death of his brother.
  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    A genuinely believable story where the hero and heroine slowly fall for each other. I really enjoyed this.
  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet romance. Hunky heroes. Feisty Lady. It's a real good read :-)
  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    A good viking romance. I haven't read one of those before!
  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book and in fact went back to savor parts of it again after finishing. Great romance without "too many details" and interesting characters and back story.
  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    Vikings. Unrequited love. Battle. Courage. Romance. Proving oneself against rumor and legend. Bravery. Lots of good stuff!
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh.
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