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Viking in Love by Sandra Hill


Cover art: Viking in Love Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Viking in Love - 9th in the Viking Series I
Author: Sandra Hill
Publisher: Avon
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-167349-8
Release Date: February 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Northumbria, 965
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Sandra's Website/Blog: www.sandrahill.net

Caedmon is returning home to Larkspur after serving King Edgar. He is hoping to have a little rest and respite before he is called back to serve the King. When he arrives, it is total chaos with his sister having left his ten children without a caretaker, the keep a total pigsty, animals on the loose or missing, and many other problems. He spends one night drinking off his cares knowing the next day he will have to begin the hard task of rebuilding his estate. The next morning while heís abed gaining strength to face the new day and making mental "To Do" lists, a very angry redhead barges into his bedchamber.

Princess Breanna of Stoneheim and her four sisters have arrived at Larkspur as a Ďresting pointí in their journey. What nobody realizes is the five of them killed and disposed of Vanaís abusive husband, Oswald, the Earl of Havenshire. They decided to take Vana to safety and are working on returning her to their father. Going to Larkspur would give them the time needed to arrange safe passage for Vana without drawing too much suspicion to her. They choose Larkspur because they can claim to be family (by marriage and through an adoption they are loosely cousins).

As the princesses take over various aspects of the estate, they are determined to set things right. Caedmon is stunned by their presence and their hive of activity. But the rest of his people arenít complaining as there is decent food to eat and work being done that needed to occur. Caedemon is walking a fine line trying to keep his land out of the hands of King Edgar before the sisters arrived. As he learns more and more of why they are running, he puts a demand onto Breanna. If she gives him ten nights in his bed, he will protect all of the sisters.

Breanna has no plans to marry now or ever, so what is ten nights really? She decides to take him up on the offer to protect her sister, Vana. Will she be able to protect her own heart as well?

Sandra Hill has done it again! Another page-turning start to a new Viking series. I have read many of her books, but Iím most intrigued by her Viking stories. She has such insight into what life was like in those times and puts it so fluently on paper. She makes the past and these stories pop to life. This series opener gives us a lot of room to grow as only one sister is currently married (but that sounds like another story in itself) and there are some secondary characters who beg to have their stories told as well.

Caedmon reminds me a bit of Fred Flintstone in Viking garb. His heart is in the right spot and heís trying to do the best he can, but things (or women) keep getting into his business and in his way. Heís all roar, but doesnít really bite. He thinks he is so smart and above all women until he meets his match in the hammer wielding, breeches wearing princess named Breanna. Her red hair matches her fiery personality perfectly. She has sworn off men because she wants to be a carpenter and be her own person who seemed to be an original womenís rights activist. She is determined to buy her own property and open a stall at the market in Jorvik. Watching Caedmon and Breanna play their cat and mouse game was delightfully fun. And as they learn more and more of each otherís pleasures, the nights get hot and steamy.

Viking in Love was a splendid mix of sweet and sassy and sexy. I am looking forward to more in this series.


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