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Shadow of the Raven: Sons of Kings: Book OneShadow of the Raven: Sons of Kings: Book One by Millie Thom


Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Sons of Kings #1

Source: I received a  complimentary copy, however,  all opinions are my own.



  • Publication date: May 27, 2015
  • Publisher: Millie Thom
  • Language: English
  • Length: 439 pages



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Thunder claps roar and Odin’s ravens fly. Fearsome dragonships set sail – and the kingdoms of Western Europe hold their breath. Warriors of Thor are on the move. By the mid-ninth century, raids along Anglo-Saxon coasts by the pagan Danes have escalated, and as the raiders become bolder, attacks move deeper and deeper inland. Several bands even dare to overwinter on the coastal islands, particularly those at the mouth of the Thames, where the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia border each other. After three hundred years of bitter conflict over supremacy, the kings of these kingdoms are ready to put past enmity aside and take the first steps towards unity; steps they see as vital in the face of this newfound threat to their lands . . . Alfred of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia are the sons of kings, their roles in life already charted. But the turbulent events in their childhood years change the natural progression of things – and determine the characters of the men they will become. Their roads to manhood follow vastly different routes: Eadwulf as a thrall in a pagan land; Alfred at his father’s court, and subsequently, those of his older brothers. But both learn crucial lessons along the way. Discovering that the enemy is not always a stranger is a harsh lesson indeed; the realisation that a trusted kinsman can turn traitor is the harshest lesson of all. The story takes us from the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex to the Norse lands stretching north from Denmark to the Arctic Circle and east to the Baltic Sea. We glimpse the Court of Charles the Bald of West Francia and journey to the holy city of Rome. Through it all, the two boys move ever closer to their destinies.



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My thoughts:

Shadow of the Raven (Sons of Kings Book 1) by Millie Thom. A very complex and captivating tale with many facets.
The cast of characters are enjoyable and intriguing. The storyline flowed seamlessly and was well executed, in my opinion. The plot was interesting as well as intriguing.
Ms. Thom did an excellent job of conveying her message to her readers, with her descriptions, her characterizations, and her in depth information. Her research totally shines through in this story of romance, love and turmoil. I did feel it ended a bit abruptly. No cliffhanger, but a need to read the next one. An enjoyable read! I look forward to her next release in this fantastic series. Strongly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy, however, all opinions are my own.

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR


BANISHED by Anna Markland. ..a review 

BanishedBanished by Anna Markland


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Genre : Historical Romance  (Medieval  England /Viking)

*This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS*

Source : Received for an honest review from the author. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own. 

  • Publication date: August 16, 2016
  • Publisher: BleuBelle Press
  • Language: English
  • Length : 156 pages

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Vikings evoke images of strong men who allow nothing to stand in their way. They’re not normally associated with tender feelings. Wildflowers conjure more personal and sentimental images. In BANISHED, a handful of bluebells picked from a meadow by childhood sweethearts becomes a symbol and eventually an acknowledgement of a love long denied. 
Audra longs to leave behind the life of an elite mercenary, a role forced on her after her father’s banishment from the Viking brotherhood. 
A journey from exile to the court of King Canute offers a new life, though she fears few men will want her once her history is known. 
The bloody feud that precipitated her father’s banishment resurfaces when she is unexpectedly reunited with a childhood sweetheart. Sigmar has always held her heart, but he is the son of her father’s enemy. Sigmar’s hopes for advancement in Canute’s service will be dashed if he obeys the dictates of family honor. 
Can Audra and Sigmar lay the hatreds of the past to rest, or will the Viking code of vengeance triumph? 

This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS


Banished by Anna Markland is a fantastic Medieval Viking Historical Romance set in 1017 England. A novella, and a quick read, only about 156 pages, but packed full of deliciousness.

*This novella first appeared in the anthology SIRENS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS.*

Steady paced with a cast of characters that will steal your heart as you feel their struggles, challenges and destiny come to fruition. Filled with the pride of Vikings and so much more. Such as family feud, vengeance, destiny, love, honor, soul mates, family roots, the power of love to willingly face any obstacle with pride and honor.

This is the story of Audra and Sigmar, two childhood friends, whose father’s became bitter enemies, resulting in a feud and banishment, that torn them apart….Years later, Audra and Sigmar meet again, the rest as they said is history or a tanalizling story. ..

Women Viking Warriors, Jomsviking Brotherhood, assassins, and an elite team of twelve, (known as Dodeka)who become the newly crowned King Canute’s personal assassins/bodyguards.

Packed full of history, and a frightening tract across the legendary Dartmoor, makes, “Banished”, a captivating and mesmerizing novella. A bit of mystery and intrigue add a touch of excitement that’s simply breathtaking. Of course, passion and romance is included.

*Based on actual historical events and persons*

In “Banished”, Ms. Markland lends her special storytelling to enable the reader a glimpse into the inner workings of a new King, his elite assassins, and the power to overcome any obstacle for love, with honor and the Viking pride. Intense and powerful!
A must read for any Medieval fans, fans of Viking Romance and readers who enjoy reading about, destiny and the power of soul mates to overcome obstacles. Strongly recommended for an afternoon read!
Received for an honest review. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

Love’s Fury by Violetta Rand…a review



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Genre: Historical Romance (Viking, Ancient World)

Series: Viking Fury #1

Source: Received for an honest from the author.

  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing (April 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CO2YSB8


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Caught between duty and passion…


After losing a drinking wager with his eldest brother, Konal the Red finds himself drafted by the Danish prince and fighting in Northumbria. Once his military contract expires, he intends to return to Norway where he belongs. But his exploits have earned him respect, lands, and a few enemies. Rewarded with a Saxon beauty who inspires more than simple passion, he’s determined to win her trust and body.


Caught between a heart locked on revenge and seduction…


Silvia, the only child of the church undersecretary, vows to avenge her beloved father after he’s killed in a siege. It doesn’t matter which Viking wielded the axe—an eye for an eye is the only thing that will satisfy her. When Konal claims her as a spoil of war, she sees it as the perfect opportunity for revenge. She never expects to discover a pure heart buried beneath Konal’s barbaric exterior.


As Konal slowly rekindles a spark of life inside her, their fates become hopelessly entwined. Not only must they withstand the violence of the envious lust-mongers who threaten them, Konal and Silvia must choose what’s most important—tradition or love that cannot be denied.


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LOVE’S FURY by Violetta Rand is a brilliantly written Medieval Viking Romance. # 1 in her new and highly anticipated “Viking’s Fury” series. WOW! Absolutely, captivating!
Ms. Rand’s Viking stories are truly amazingly bold, passionate, and emotional.
Meet, Konal the Red, the younger brother of a Danish Prince sent to invade Northumbria. And Silvia, the only child of the church undersecretary. After her village is attacked, and her beloved father was killed during the seige, she vows revenge. She becomes part of Konal’s spoils of war. While, Silvia, is bent on revenge, an eye for an eye, from the barbaric invaders, Konal is bent on possessing her body and heart. Sparks fly. Passion deepens. Love blossoms. But can love survive or will they both lose, in this battle of lust, passion and love?
Fast paced, quick read, written with vivid imagery, that the reader can feel the hatred and contempt, the turmoil between the characters, their struggles between duty, lust, finding and holding on to their blossoming love, with respect and devotion.
To me, “Love’s Fury” is a powerful, compelling, emotionally charged story, one the reader will not be able to put down.
Ms. Rand writes a masterful , passionate tale of Viking ancestry, that compels as well as entertains the reader. The characters are bold, engaging, full of energy with more than just lust, power, and dominaning the Saxon people.
Once again, Ms. Rand has written a superb Viking tale! A must read! Magnificent! I can’t wait for the next installment. Fans of Medieval Romance, Historical Romance, lusty Vikings and feisty ladies, really should give Ms. Rand’s “Love’s Fury” a try. you will not regret your choice.

* Received for an honest review from author*


Rating: 5
Heat rating: Hot
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More





Genre: Historical Romance (Vikings/Dark Ages)

Series: Victorious Vikings Book #1

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

  • Series: Harlequin Historical (Book 1158)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373297580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373297580


Consumed by revenge—and desire!

Captured by his enemy and chained like a dog, Leif Egilsson has one thought in his mind: revenge. He’ll no longer be beguiled by the treacherous beauty of Lady Astrid, and her innocence, which he so craved, will finally be his.

On his escape, this fierce, proud Viking is bent on making her pay the price of her betrayal—in his bed! Only, Astrid has the heart of a warrior, and she will not be tamed as easily as he believes….

Victorious Vikings

No man could defeat them. Three women would defy them!


DEFIANT IN THE VIKINGS BED by Joanna Fulford is an interesting Historical  Romance set in the Dark Ages. #Victorious Vikings Book #1 Trilogy. This is Leif Egilsson and Lady Astrid’s story. Fast paced and filled with deceit, betrayal, treachery,and passion. Sensual tension jumps off the page as you follow these two unlikely people on a journey of passion and trust. A victorious Viking, no man could defeat him, but Lady Astrid would defy him and bring him to his knees or take his heart!! Leif was captured by his enemy,chained like a dog, tormented by a innocent seductress, Lady Astrid, now he is out for revenge, with Lady Astrid in his bed….but all is not what is seems, for Lady Astrid was betrayed as well as Leif. A must read for any historical reader who enjoys reading of Vikings, revenge, passion and the power of love. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


REVIEW~ NORSE JEWEL by Gina Conkle….



Genre: Historical Romance(Vikings)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (June 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English

Book Description(Amazon)

June 17, 2013
AD 1022
A stolen woman of rare qualities…
Seized by marauders and taken to the icy northlands by the wolf-eyed Viking warrior, Helena will do whatever it takes to earn her freedom and return to France.
A mighty Viking Chieftain…
Betrayal has turned Hakan’s heart to ice, but the spirited Frankish maid warms him in a way he’s never known. The spell she weaves leaves them both breathless, but can he keep his promise to return her home even if it means he’ll lose his precious jewel forever?
NORSE JEWEL by Gina Conkle is an exciting Viking/Medieval Historical  Romance set in AD 1022. A quick read with engaging characters and an interesting plot. A Fresh look at the Vikings marauders and their captives. Filled with adventure,betrayal,healing,forgiveness, and the power of love with sweet romance. Join Hakan,a Viking marauder and Norse Chieftain and his Frankish captive(Thrall), Helena, on a journey of love and secrets. Some long secrets finally come to life. What happens when a heathen and a God fearing captive/maid find each other,watch out for the sparks. Very limited sexual conquest,but they do have powerful sensual tension between them,that did not bother me in the least. I thought Hakan a bit to lenient with his captive slave,Helena,considering he was reputed to be a ruthless and cold hearted raider,as compared to other slave owners. Helena basically ruled the roost,sorta of speaking. An overall good read and an author I will follow,for I would love to see what happens next in Hakan and Helena’s lives and the lives of the other Norse raiders. Hakan’s ,best friend,and second in command betrays him and his family. While I enjoyed this story you are left with many unanswered questions about Hakan’s family,his King, and his country. I see another installment coming,or I hope so anyway. I felt the ending was a bit rushed,but an overall great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

LORD OF FIRE AND ICE by Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe…review



Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance

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

*from the author’s website*

July 3, 2012
ASIN: B0083JC61G
ISBN-13: 978-1402261855

Lord of Fire and Ice

His duty is to fulfill her every desire…

Brandr the Far-Traveled has seen the world and a good many of the beautiful women in it. His bed skills are the stuff of steamy legend, his sword sings death, and he can call up fire from thin air. No one ever thought he could be enslaved through trickery and forced to wear the iron collar of a thrall—least of all him.

Until all she desires is him…

Katla the Black isn’t just called so for her dark, silky hair. His new mistress has a temper as fierce as a warrior’s and a heart as icy as the frozen North. But inch by delicious inch, Brandr means to make her melt…

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LORD OF FIRE AND ICE by Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe is an exciting historical paranormal romance. It is fast paced and action packed from beginning to end. These two ladies have written an intriguing storyline with engaging characters. “Lord of Fire and Ice” is the story of love,romance,danger,passion,greed,revenge,desire and justice. With a feisty,confident heroine and a sexy,handsome,courageous,honor-bound Viking warrior,how can you go wrong in picking up this intriguing story.”Lord of Fire and Ice” will appeal to historical romance readers as well as fantasy/paranormal readers and anyone who enjoys Vikings,strong heroines and intriguing twists and turns. You will not want to miss this tale of revenge and love. With a magical hero and some sizzling romance between Brandr the Far-Traveled and Katla the Black,you will not regret picking up “Lord of Fire and Ice”.Ms. Mason and Ms. Marlowe has written a story that will pull the reader into this magical story of the people of the North.I look forward to their next collaborative effort. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.Details can be found at Net Galley,the author’s websites, Sourcebooks Casablanca,and My Book Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book  Addiction and More

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