Monday, September 23, 2013

The Pirate Bride by Sandra Hill + Featured Freebie

The Pirate Bride (Viking I, #11)
Release date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical (Viking) Romance
Series: Viking I #11

A Viking to bed, not to wed!

Medana Elsadottir, known as the Sea Scourge, never planned to become a pirate, but there’s no denying her talent. Her female-only tribe has an island hideaway, food aplenty, goods to trade…everything except the means to breed. That’s where the strapping Norsemen tied up in her ship’s hold comes in handy. Eight godly specimen—and Thork Tykirrson is the most virile of them all. Once their, eh, work is done, they’ll be free to leave. Medana had naught to due with this gods-awful plan, but she wouldn’t mind reaping the benefits.

Wed or bed…this Viking has plans of his own.

Renowned as the wildest Viking of his time, Thork was returning home to regain his father’s favor. Mayhap even (shudder) marry. His brazen—and very beautiful—kidnapper has likely done him a favor in preventing such an irksome fate. That doesn’t mean he’ll let her off easy. No one takes anything from a Viking that he’s not willing to give…not even a violet-eyed vixen who sets off the wildest fantasies.

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

Super adorable read. The Pirate Bride was a wonderful historical romance. It was light, sweet, and genuinely fun to read. Definitely amazing!

Medana was a lovely heroine. She was a very likable character and I definitely liked her. I only had one problem with her and that's how she acted near the end of the book. Throughout most of the book, she's feisty, strong, and determined to always fight back. But, when a terrible man from her past catches up with her, she suddenly became meek. Yes, there was a reason for her to go along with what he wanted, but it seemed so out of character for her. The woman she was throughout the rest of the book would have planned ways to escape, found a quiet way to fight back. It made me want to shake that strength back into her.
But, that was only a small problem, one contained within a couple of chapter, even if it did annoy me. For the most part, I found her to be a wonderful character and I really liked her.

Thork was awesome. Here's a viking whose name strikes fear into men's hearts, who has plundered and fought and enjoyed every minute of it. And he was a total sweetheart. Even when he was fighting, he had his own code of honor. Despite how menacing he would seem at first glance, he was super adorable and sweet in reality. I adored him. I thought he was so amazing.

The romance was mostly sweet. These two were definitely so wonderful together. Both of them were strong willed and they definitely met their match in each other. There was a definite helping of spice and it was very hot. I really liked these two together.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The story was enjoyable and the ending was lovely. It was so light hearted and sweet and  really fun to read. I genuinely had fun reading this book. I enjoyed every minute of it.

The Pirate Bride was a lovely Viking romance. I really enjoyed reading and I thought it was fantastic. Historical romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out. 

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Avon Books for a copy!
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