Review - Viking Fire

Monday, December 9, 2013

Title: Viking Fire
Author: Andrea Cooper
"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."
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*Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*

Viking Fire is the tale of Kaireen, a young Laird's daughter who suddenly finds herself in an arranged marriage with a stranger. And a viking no less. Angry at being bartered off for extra manpower, and furious that no one seems to remember these same people were recently their enemies, she refuses him. But Bram doesn't seem to mind the chase, after all it is her fiery emotions that captivated him in the first place, so he's willing to work to win her over.

If a book is set in Ireland or Scotland, I am so there. Plus this book had vikings, and it has been a very long time since I read a book with a viking hero or heroine in it. Normally, I find viking romance tales, to be, well barbaric. I know that at the time women had no say in pretty much anything, but when authors pass that off as romance, I get very, very angry. But the romance in Viking Fire was sweet, and -with the exception of one scene at the end- tame. They were such a cute couple.

At first I wasn't sure what to think of Kaireen. She's very stubborn. While I could understand her motives, and even respect her for it, I was a little afraid she wouldn't see reason if presented to her. After all, there was a spy in her home. But as things go on and she endure something she never would have experienced if it wasn't for her own actions, she grows up some and it kind of tempers her expectations a bit. Which only makes her all the more likeable as a character.

We do not get much about Bram since the story is told mainly from her point of view. The reader learns why he thinks she'd be a good match for him from his thoughts, but is left to ferret out his personality from his action and words. I kind of liked him from the beginning, but it was once he said something rather spoilerish that I really adored him. It's something so small, but changes things, and it made you realize that he too is growing during their experiences.

The story itself was entertaining. I liked the romance bit, but I also liked the who traitor aspect to the story. It kept things interesting and made you feel like you traveled back in time to a land of danger, magic, and adventure. I won't say more about it, because I didn't know anything more about it going in, and I rather liked that. It made things adventurous as you tried to figure out the why before our heroes were even aware there was a problem.

Viking Fire was a quick, fun read. If you like Vikings, Ireland, or cute love stories, than this may be the book for you.

"Love makes us fall hardest when we have no intention of doing so."

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