Review: Viking Warrior by Connie Mason

by Keira G on January 24, 2011 · 2 comments

in 3 Stars, Book Review, Bride Stealing, Doctor, Kidnapping, M-O, Rape/Abuse, Scandinavia, Survival, Viking, Warrior

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His world was shattered two summers ago when on a trading voyage his farmstead was ransacked by Danes. His wife and unborn child were slaughtered. When the news reached him Wulf’s heart vowed to make the Danish rue the day they ever dared to set foot on his soil. His quest was a tidy package of vengeance, justice, and revenge. He did not separate the murderers that wronged him from the rest of the Danish people. He became known as Wulf the Ruthless far and wide. It was said he was a cold, cruel man without a heart and that compassion was a word he did know.

She was stolen from her farmland in the last of Wulf the Ruthless’ raiding campaigns. The heartless Viking destroyed her life and sold her to a slave trader. By some twisted hand of fate she winds up being purchased two years later by his brother and gifted to Wulf to be his thrall and bed slave. Reyna was horrified to learn that the man who raped her and forgot her would become her master. But there was one thing the Norseman did not take into account; that Reyna had spirit. She would never submit and he would rue the day he ever stepped onto her father’s land!

Sounds amazing right? It was okay. There were a lot of turgid and quivering members and heaving bosoms. Instead of plowing there was spearing. Reyna was too good to be true as a heroine who had been raped and then sold into slavery to a harem in the Byzantine. She could fight, heal, make passionate love as a near virgin, and talk back to the scary Norse warrior that she thought raped her.

Reyna saved Wulf three times from the same situation. The only difference between each time was the place and the names of those fighting. She saved him once fighting the Finnish as one crept up behind him and then again from the Danish on her home turf and lastly on his home turf again but I can’t remember the country… probably Swedes. Honestly how does Wulf survive in battle to earn the name Wulf the Ruthless, if a girl is always saving his tushy from cowardly warriors who come from behind? (There's got to be a good joke in there.) He’d be Wulf the Dead and Doesn’t Appear in This Book that’s who.

The book flowed pretty well and overall it wasn’t so bad, but it certainly wasn’t one of my all time favorites.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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1 Kate January 27, 2011 at 5:29 AM

Ugh. I tried this one a couple of years ago and both threw it against the wall and kicked it across the room I hated it so much (and yes, this is a totally abnormal reaction for me.) It resulted in a post about how rape is not romance in my mind. I couldn’t stand the justification that clearly it wasn’t Wulfric had raped her because her body told her so, and the whole stupidity of saving her rapist’s life (after leaving the gates open in the first place, how smart) infuriated me. I didn’t like how it painted some bizarro “normative” reactions for a rape victim and I (admittedly) didn’t get past 61 pages because I was so highly offended by it. Kudos for making it through.

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2 Keira January 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Rape is my least favorite trope in romances – whether it’s actively happening, the threat of it going to happen, only sort of happened, or has previously happened. It takes a heck of a lot of good writing to get me past it.

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