Viking Mine by Joanna Davis
Publisher: Self-Published on February 18, 2015
Genre(s): Historical Romance (Adult)
She thinks she can resist me. She's wrong. I'll possess her, body and soul.
Eirik leads the band of the fiercest warriors in the north. They are known and feared on either side of the wide sea. But he has a thorn in his side- a rag tag bunch of Vikings who keep encroaching on his land.
Sigrid is a fierce Viking Warrior in her own right, determined to steal back the land that was stolen from her father many years before. Her people are in dire straights and it is her responsibility to return their settlement to it's former glory.
When Eirik's men capture the Warriors, he is shocked to find that their leader is a woman- not just any woman- one whose beauty would rival that of the Goddess Freya. He determines to show her her place- in his bed- but she publicly challenges him before he can make his decree. If she wins, he will return her people's lands to them. If he wins, she will serve him in whatever manner he chooses.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
It had been quite a while since I’d read a good, old-fashioned bodice ripper, so when I happened across Viking Mine on a freebie list, I grabbed it. When it comes to this type of historical romance, I don’t expect perfect accuracy in every detail or even the finest example of writing. I simply expect to be entertained, to enjoy a story just for the hell of it. Unfortunately, this one didn’t even come close to that.
I’d usually try to avoid giving away the plot, but there’s really not much of one here. You see, Sigrid thinks a neighboring settlement is responsible for the killing of her father when she was much younger, and since she’s grown into a fierce and feared warrior, she decides to go after him. That doesn’t exactly go as planned, and she ends up fighting him with practice swords — and a wager. If she wins, her men won’t be killed. If he wins, she becomes his thrall (slave, for those who may not be familiar with the term). She is, of course, the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen, so of course the first thing he does is take her to bed — completely against her will. It’s not violent, but it is what it is, and that makes it rather disturbing. He’s also mad because he wants her so much, and he knows she’s only with him by force, so he decides to torture her for a bit. Again, it’s not violent, but it’s messed up. And then they fall in love and live happily ever after. Seriously.
Like I said, I’m not looking for a history lesson in these indulgent reads, but several key things jumped out at me as dead wrong, so that wasn’t a good start. Add in the lack of plot, character development, and…well, pretty much anything interesting at all, and it just wasn’t worth the short time it took to read it. I suppose I’ll be putting a bit more effort into checking reviews and such the next time I decide to dive into the historical romance pool.