For generations, Arienh’s people have feared the Viking raids. She knows all too well the terrible toll the Northmen have taken on the Celts, having lost most of her own family to their swords. So one stormy night when she encounters and wounds a Viking warrior, she has every right to want him dead. And yet she hesitates….
Ronan knows Arienh doesn’t recognize him. He was just a boy when his kinsmen raided her village and Ronan risked his own life to protect her. Now he has returned to claim the beautiful girl who captured his heart years before. But wooing a Celtic woman is no easy task. And no one has a heart more guarded than Arienh, who has sacrificed her own happiness for the good of her village. She and Ronan are unlikely lovers, forged in dangerously opposite worlds - yet bound together by strength, sacrifice, and an undeniable passion.
©2010 Delle Jacobs (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I like Sarah Coomes as a narrator. The story was lacking. The main character just needed to tell her beau the truth. It seemed like the same thing kept happening over and over. The book didn't start going anywhere til the last 20 minutes.
I like her as a narrator.
Usually, I am a terrible sucker for Scottish Highland romance novels but this book has got me stuck on Vikings!
Sarah Coomes is DEFINITELY one of my very favorite narrators! Her range for different accents is surprising! She always makes the performance very believable and makes me fall in love with the characters!
i like the sisters bond, its real.
Pretty funny, cute characters, loved the accent of the characters.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
I picked this one up in the hidden gem sale, and I kinda wish I didn't. It had potential but it didn't hit the mark.
A small Celtic village off the Irish coast was raided by Vikings, it left the village in ruin with pretty much no men left. So ten years later women are trying to survive and keep the village going with no luck they collectively can't handle men's work along with their women's work simultaneously. One day the Viking's return or what the women think are Vikings, really just Norsemen to setting in the village and help the Celtic women. The Norsemen are perfect gentlemen helping out with everything and bringing the village and land back to life and all the Celtic women can do is play silly pranks on the men and call them heathen Vikings. It pretty much goes on like this through the whole book. The pranks really just reminded me of college greek week, when sororities and fraternities would prank each other, it was that silly.
It comes out that Ronin the leader of the Norsemen was at the village raid 10 years ago and saved Arienh the ringleader of the Celtic women from being raped from the Viking chasing her that night. He came back for her wanting her to be his wife and she just asks like a totally brat towards him even though she gave up her V-patch to him pretty early on in the book. Once you do that you are considered married and therefore Arienh has no legs to stand on to be such a brat. The whole book is the women struggling to accept the men and once they do...the book is over. I found it rather dull and recommend passing this one over.
I was in the mood for a good love story, but with that, some times you get a story that frustrates you because the main characters don't communicate the one thing that is keeping them apart. This story certainly fit that bill. Ronan has loved Arienh for 10 years without her knowing it, and she has waited for his return for 10 years. When he does come back, she doesn't recognize him and even if she did, she won't get her HEA, because of a secret she is guarding and the fact he is a Viking. (He keeps insisting he's not a Viking, but a Northman, and there is a difference) It gets frustrating at times, but I listened on and did enjoy the book, knowing that this was one of those typical love stories and all would end well.
The story was for the most part good. It was a bit typical in the way the lead female charachter was selfless to a fault.
This was an easy, entertaining listen. The reader is very, shall we say, enthusiastic, and keeps the somewhat predictable story moving. Pretty standard romance, but very well-written, with some interesting historical detail thrown in.
Jacobs writes a pretty evocative sex scene :)
She's a terrific reader and can switch seamlessly from British to Scandinavian accents very convincingly. Listening was far more enjoyable than reading.
Lots of sighing.
Todd W. Brown
This is what I get for wanting something to do with Norse Gods and Vikings. I punched in the search and this title came up. Maybe it is my fault for not reading the reviews. I was feeling rushed and picked it up. What I got was a bodice-ripper set in a Celtic village with Viking raiders. I listened dutifully, but I was never happier to have a story be done. Sorry, it just was not my cup of tea.
If you are looking for a romance novel, this is an EXCELLENT choice (I assume). However, I found myself cringing every time I heard the words "Nay!" or "Aye!" after a while. The blame is mine, but in any case, the story was not all that unpredictable, and so I could not give it any better than an "Okay" rating.
everything about this book kept me enthralled. loved the characters ane the narration was wonderful.
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