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Genre: Historical Romance (Viking – 9th Century)

Cover Blurb…

In 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.

 

AN EXCERPT

“Gracious Bram has agreed to stay on with us for a fortnight. Then he will marry our Kaireen.”

The applause was deafening. She jumped off the bench, glaring at the Lochlann’s smiling face.

“A fortnight?” she screeched. “Not enough time for me to… he is a foreigner and a Lochlann at that.” Why did they believe it was suitable for her to marry this Viking? She had to have time to figure out how to get rid of him.

 “How much time do you need?” her mother asked in a warning tone.

 “Never would be too soon,” Kaireen shot back.

 “Enough.” Her father slammed his fist on the table.

Before the ale spilled, her mother snatched her goblet. Their argument brought whispers through the tables.

 Her father waved his drink and the ale sloshed on the linen tablecloth. “A fortnight was his idea. I wanted you wed tonight.” Kaireen opened her mouth to protest, but his glare caused her to clamp it shut. “Further, you will wed Bram son of Ragnar and be happy about it. Or I will have you whipped until your ungrateful hide is stripped from you.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Andrea has always enjoyed creating characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Once she heard about a writer who never let her characters deviate from the script. If they did, she just killed them. How sad, she thought. For her one of the best parts of being a writer is letting the characters have a mind of their own and seeing where the story takes them.

She loves this quote from Robert Frost, which sums up her opinion on allowing the characters their freedom: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost

Andrea writes fantasy, paranormal, and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.

Currently, she has two novels published with Crimson Romance. The Garnett Dagger – a fantasy/paranormal romance and Viking Fire – a historical romance with a touch of magic. She hopes you will enjoy her stories.

Visit her website to find out more about Andrea and her books:

http://www.andrearcooper.com/

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INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY

Andrea will be giving away an ebook copy of VIKING FIRE to one lucky commentator.

 

MY REVIEW

Set against a backdrop of early 9th century Ireland, Andrea R Cooper infuses her debut Historical novel, VIKING FIRE, with liberal amounts of adventure, romance and intrigue.

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Ireland…land of myth, magic and blood

Ms Cooper brought the medieval era to life for me with the rich detail that is interwoven throughout the novel. I could picture Kaireen climbing into the giant kettle to scour the encrusted blackened stew. I could smell the sour milk, rotten swine slop, and urine in the dyeing room. I could hear the monastery bells and the clang of swords and shields.

I love a hero with a sense of humour and a heroine who can take care of herself and I got both in this book.

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Bram, son of Ragnar

Bram is the typical Viking warrior…tough but honourable, brave but compassionate.  More than once he risked his own life to save others. What made him different was his cheeky sense of humour which he frequently displayed in his ‘wooing’ of the reluctant Kaireen.

“I thought the air would clear your head.” He cocked his eyebrow, examining her.

“My head is fine, thank you.” “Aye, and the rest of you is fine to look at too.”

His thick dialect chased shivers through her. Her hands smoothed her gown. She caught herself and stopped. At seeing his grin, her frown deepened.

“I believe it’s improper for you to stare at a lady so.”

“Would you rather I stare at you on our wedding night?” She opened her mouth to speak, but he continued. “Whilst you are without clothes?”

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Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon

Kaireen is strong-willed, a trait that often found her at odds with her father, especially when he informs her that she must marry the Viking Bram, someone she regards as a foreigner and an enemy. She stubbornly refuses to marry him, despite the fact that she finds herself unwillingly attracted to Bram.

Thoughts were lost in his embrace. It was as though she had drunk too much wine and could think of nothing but him.

She’s a bit of a warrior as well…proficient with both sword and longbow and willing to wade into battle to save the man she loves.

The romance was fun to watch and I enjoyed the lively exchanges and sexual tension between Kaireen and Bram . A Happy Ever After is always more satisfying if it is hard won and they certainly have plenty of obstacles to overcome…betrayal, vengeance and treachery.

The interesting cast of secondary characters includes Elva, Kaireen’s handmaid, who is far more than she seems and the villainous Feoras O’Neill, who would have been well and truly at home in an Alfred Hitchcock psychological thriller.

This book has a great climax with the traitor revealed and a fierce and bloody battle.

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Men blurred in blood and sword.


Overall, this was a very impressive debut novel with just the right mix of romance, action and intrigue.


REVIEW RATING: 4/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT

Read February 2014

I would like to thank Andrea R. Cooper for kindly providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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