Viking Fire by Andrea Cooper

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Viking Fire by Andrea Cooper
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (111 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

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.

Twenty-year-old Kaireen is stubborn and takes for granted her high station in life. She’s used to having her own way and rebels about marrying even though she is much older than her sisters were when they married. Her parents mete out punishment that has Kaireen in some pretty miserable spots.

Kaireen tells herself she cannot trust Bram son of Ragnor; after all he is a Viking; but his kisses make her insides churn then liquefy. Her longstanding need to be free drives her efforts to get rid of him. However, when she knows he will die if she doesn’t get help quickly, she rides to a neighboring clan for help and ends up giving the O’Neils a way to reignite the feud with her clan. The intrigues, scheming, spying, and lying add fuel to the feud to the fighting point.

As the reader gets to go along with Kaireen, there is an opportunity to learn what really goes on in the kitchen, the dye chamber, and in the lives of the servants. There’s even a chance to learn a bit of the superstitions about fairies and druids along the way.

Bram, a golden-haired, blue-eyed giant of a man, is gentle, patient, teasing, and tempting with the often rude Kaireen. He’d made a promise to her mother and never waivers in his intentions. However, when it is time to fight, he is a force to be reckoned with.

The O’Neill clan’s story gets woven into the plot and creates an undercurrent of unease and a sense of impending treachery. Feoras, the younger O’Neill son, is an antagonist that riles one’s ire to the boiling point. His selfish greed and hunger for power brings grief in abundance.

The character whose attitude and actions make the story sparkle is Elva, Kaireen’s handmaid. She amazes and surprises as the story unfolds.

Andrea Cooper weaves a tantalizing tale of life in a not-too-civilized Ireland. Best of all she weaves in the unique thread of a courtship filled with fun, fury, and fighting that leads to a love that show how true loves are willing to give their lives to protect each other.

I’d love to tell about a druid and predictions coming true, but that would take away the fun of your getting to find out as you read Viking Fire. Good entertainment.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for reviewing Viking Fire. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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