Reviewed by Sharon S.
After reading the blurb I thought that despite the old school romance cover, it would be a paranormal romance I would enjoy. Who wouldn't like a Viking Warrior that can wield fire magic? What I got was a quasi-historical romance with very little paranormal-ness. The hero Brendr, who is very sexy, hides his ability to control fire for pretty much the whole book. There are only a handful of pages where he uses magic. There isn’t even an explanation for why or how he could use fire. The authors took the easy way out and said Brendr had no idea how or why he could use fire, he just could. Maybe it is the urban fantasy fan in me, but I need some explanation if I am going to buy into the story. Brandr is too good to be true and with little depth. His only conflict is not feeling like his father loves him.
I also had a problem with the 'historical' aspect of the story. One thing I need is characters to act like they are from that time period. Our heroine Katla was an independent woman, running her dead husband's farm. We are reminded constantly of her strong but cold personality, but her three brothers are able to make her remarry so they can get her dowry.
This is a very cookie cutter book. The romance and plot are very formula and predictable. I didn't feel connected to the couple or interested in their constant back and forth "I must resist, but I want to give in, but I must resist...etc..." And for every great line like this one:
“She wept in silence. She couldn’t keen and wail. She was too empty to do anything but let her soul seep from her eyes.”
There would be a line like this:
“In that vulnerable position, her sex would be exposed in a yawning pink crevice.”
Definitely not the book for me, but lots of people love it, so check out other reviews before buying.