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Arranged marriage

~Review~ Viking Fire by Andrea Cooper

Title: Viking Fire

Author: Andrea Cooper


Publisher: Crimson Romance

Publication Date: July 29, 2013


Genre: Historical Romance/Fantasy

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

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.

My Thoughts:

I liked Viking Fire much better than one of this author’s previous books. Kaireen is a feisty redheaded Irish lass that has a deeply ingrained resentment towards the Vikings from the north. They’ve been known to raid and pillage the land and people with no care for anyone but themselves. She is loath of the idea of marriage in general, let alone to one of them.

Despite her continued rebuttals of his proposal, Bram manages to slowly worm his way into her heart. Through many adverse situations he repeatedly proves he is unlike many of his fellow Northmen. He is a man of honor, and of his word, and will no doubt be a worthy husband.

This book was well written and will easily transport the reader to the ninth century from the outset. The imagery and characters were believable and easy to connect with despite the difference in eras. I would enjoy following Bram and Kaireen and hope there are more books to come in this series.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Mild Intimacy with Violence

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More







Genre: Historical Romance ( Medieval Scotland)

*Debut author*

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley

  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Publisher: e-penguin (February 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJDL87G

Book Description*Amazon*

February 10, 2013
To fulfil his father’s dying wish, border laird Jamie Graham must marry and sire a legitimate heir. But his marriage will be one of convenience, for he has vowed never to open his heart to betrayal. While guarding his cattle from thieves, Jamie catches the spirited daughter of a neighbouring laird stealing his horse. Despite viewing an arranged marriage as a death sentence,  feisty Kenzie Irvine has no choice but to wed the domineering Jamie. But she has sworn an oath never to bring a child into an uncaring world. And Kenzie also has a dark secret she has no intention of giving away –  even if she finds herself her on the wrong side of the law…
THE BORDER LAIRD’S BRIDE by Allison Butler is an exciting Medieval Historical Romance set in 1402 Scottish border. Debut author and what a beginning from  Destiny Romance. Fast paced and filled with passion. A lonely,forgotten second daughter finds her Scottish hero.  To fulfil his father’s dying wish, Laird Jamie Graham must find a wife,enter….Kenzie Irvine, a little thief, but honestly she stole for a good reason. Laird Graham vows not to lose his heart,but oh well, we all know how that will work out, right? Filled with secrets and love you will not want to miss “The Border Laird’s Bride”.  Written with depth,trusts, and a few twists and turns you won’t seeing coming and engaging as well as realistic characters and an intriguing plot. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publsiher and Net Galley
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


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