Title: Fires of Winter
Author: Johanna Lindsey
Genre: Historical Romance
Lovely and dauntless, abducted by invaders from across an icy sea, Lady Brenna vowed vengeance — swearing no Viking brute would be her master…no barbarian would enslave her noble Celtic heart. Yet Garrick Haardrad, the proud and powerful son of a ruthless Viking chieftain, claims her with a primitive abandon that leaves her breathless, igniting fires of passion that blaze through the cold Nordic nights and forge the unbreakable bonds of a fiery, eternal love.
It’s been a while since I have read and enjoyed a historical ‘bodice buster’ and there were bodices busting all over with this one!! Not gratuitous busting I hasten to add, very much essential to the plot. And speaking of the plot – this book is set in Viking days – lives was not always pleasant for women back then so kidnapping, beatings, rape and slavery were common and are faithfully reproduced in FIRES OF WINTER which may offend politically correct aficionados but you can’t change the past so just deal with it. Brenna is not typical for women of those days she enjoys wearing men’s clothes, hunting, fishing and fighting with swords to the more feminine pursuits expected of ladies. This did not bode well for the first meeting with her new master who has nothing but contempt for all women after his heart was broken. You now know of course that barriers are going to come down and love will triumph; but how the seemingly insurmountable barriers are broken is what makes FIRES OF WINTER so good. Brenna may have been a tad unrealistic in her stubbornness, there is a line between kicking butt and being suicidal – and she came close to crossing that line – I am not sure that a real life woman in a similar situation would have lived long enough for the hero to fall in love with her. Still – it is only a story and I loved the tension, the interaction and the romance, and the good news is that it is the first in a series – so more lusty Viking stories ahead.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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