Viking Fire – 2013 Best Historical Fiction by Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award

Thank you to all who voted for my historical romance novel, Viking Fire. 1st place (1) I am pleased to announce that my novel won 1st place for the 2013 Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewer’s Choice Award.

Viking Fire Blurb: 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.

Paranormal Romance Guild’s Review: 5 Stars I have never been a huge fan of historical romances, but this one made me change my mind. It is a time of Vikings in 856 BC. With a bunch of hunky men how bad could it be? Actually, quite good, in fact. Kaireen Liannon is twenty and the eldest of her two sisters who were married off at the age of seventeen. Now Kaireen’s parents have had enough and have arranged a marriage for her to Bram, none other than a Viking. As far as she is concerned, Vikings are rapists and plunderers. She will have nothing to do with marrying one.

However, Bram has promised his loyalty to the Liannon clan. He and his men they will protect the Laird and all that belongs to him. This was a promise that Kaireen’s father could not turn down. Kaireen being a woman with no fear of voicing her opinions, tells everyone that she will not marry. Her opinion of Vikings aside, she has no illusions that a married man will cheat. Her one sister married a man in the O’Neill Clan who took no time in finding willing women to share a bed with him. Her other sister, Shay, fell in love with her husband only to lose him in battle. She has no intention of falling into the same trap as her sisters.

Bram is a man who does not take no easily. He is constantly teasing Kaireen about their wedding night. When she tells him that there will be no wedding night, he just agrees with her and says they will get married in the daytime. Of course, when he is constantly stealing kisses, she begins to have feelings that confuse her. Why does she say she hates him, yet her body tells her something totally different?

The two clans, O’Neill’s and Liannon’s, have been at peace with each other for many years. However, there are spies in the Liannon clan and the O’Neill clan. Trouble is about to rear its ugly head. Who are the spies? What are they planning? Will the O’Neill’s succeed in their quest for power? Will Kaireen and Bram find love together? So many questions and all of them are answered. I loved the interaction between Bram and Kaireen, it reminded me of the Taming of the Shrew.

The story is filled with surprises, betrayals, lies, deceit, and romance and an understanding of the era they lived in. I can honestly say that I read the book in less than a day because it held my interest throughout.

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Two more authors, who I met through Crimson Romance, also won 1st place in their categories:

Urban Fantasy: Seal of Awakening by Traci DouglassTraciDouglass_SealOfAwakening_HR-200x300

And

 

9781440565465-195x300 Paranormal Romantic Suspense: Montana Mustangs Book 2 of the Nymph series by Dancia Winters

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