856 AD: 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.
Publisher and Release Date: Crimson Romance, July 2013
Time and Setting: Ireland 856 AD
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Vikki
Kaireen Liannon is a young woman who is determined to remain unmarried until she finds her one true love. Her father is of a different mind and arranges a marriage between her and a Lochlann, a Viking, named Bamm, son of Ragnar. Kaireen is outraged to say the least and vows to avoid the marriage at all costs.
When she meets Bramm, she is immediately drawn to his dark sapphire eyes and Nordic blond good looks, but refuses to acknowledge this attraction. Bramm is constantly referring to their wedding night in a teasing manner, something she is determined to resist until her last breath.
Kaireen agrees to accompany Bramm to her dower lands because her father wishes it. When they arrive, she shows him the dwelling and Bramm gives her a fiery kiss that, much to her horror, she responds to. Kaireen rushes out with Bramm following on her heels, but then he spots a Viking ship getting ready to land and realises it is not a friendly one.
Bramm tells Kaireen to go, to ride hard and not look back. While she doesn’t want to worry about his safety, she can’t help herself and rides to the O’Neill’s lands, which are closer, to get help. This action will have terrible consequences later in the story. A furious battle is fought and Bramm is hurt badly. Kaireen nurses him back to health, but her father punishes her for going to the O’Neills, making her do all manner of dirty, hideous chores, bringing her in to contact with the betrayer of all she holds dear.
The rest of the book is about how the protagonists overcome adversity and how Kaireen learns to embrace the love she feels for Bramm. I fell in love with Bramm from the first. He’s honorable, a born leader and has a tender side that is very endearing. Kaireen is feisty, brave and fiercely loyal to those she loves.
I thoroughly enjoyed this great book. I love a story that has some humor in it and pulls at the heart strings and this did both. For the most part it is well-written, although I did notice a bit of repetition, but not enough to be a distraction. The plot is interesting and well-paced. At times, I found it hard to put down and it has a satisfying ‘Happily Ever After’.
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