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TWO BOLD WARRIORS, TWO PROUD LANDS, UNITED BY PASSION—AND REVENGE. . . .PRINCE OLAF OF NORWAY—Lord of the Wolves, the golden Viking warrior who came in his dragon ship to forge a great kingdom in the Emerald Isle.PRINCESS ERIN—Daughter of the Irish High King, the ebony-haired beauty who swore bitter vengeance on the legendary Norseman who had brought death and destructionTWO BOLD WARRIORS, TWO PROUD LANDS, UNITED BY PASSION—AND REVENGE. . . .PRINCE OLAF OF NORWAY—Lord of the Wolves, the golden Viking warrior who came in his dragon ship to forge a great kingdom in the Emerald Isle.PRINCESS ERIN—Daughter of the Irish High King, the ebony-haired beauty who swore bitter vengeance on the legendary Norseman who had brought death and destruction to her beloved homeland.Yet, in the great Norse and Irish alliance against the invading Danes, it was her own father who gave her in marriage to her most hated enemy. Bewitched by Olaf's massive strength, seduced by his power, still Erin vowed that neither the wrath of his sword nor the fire of his kiss would sway the allegiance of her proud and passionate heart....

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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Golden Surrender Reviews

  • Tatiana
    2019-04-01 12:49

    Well, I have nobody to blame but myself for reading this drivel. I wanted to rekindle my teenage love for Viking bodice-rippers and "Golden Surrender" seemed like an excellent book to fit the requirements. Too bad at some point I wanted to throw this book across the room or even worse - burn it.Let me make it clear, my expectations for such literature are not very high, I know how this kind of stories are done: hero and heroine hate each from the get-go, for one reason or another they are forced to get married, swiftly they fall in love mainly via lots of flirting, fighting and foreplay, a virgin heroine's maidenhead is ravished (in a most glorious and satisfying manner, naturally), followed by numerous instances of passionate copulating, then some misunderstanding occurs that draws our love birds apart, but everything culminates in HEA after the difficulties are resolved and a child is born. What I do not expect from historical bodice-rippers, however, is for heroine to be madly in love with her husband after she is physically assaulted by him and the main character does just that in "Golden Surrender." But let me start from the beginning.Olaf of Norway is a golden-haired Viking Lord whose ambition is to conquer Ireland and to become its wise and noble ruler. Erin is a beautiful, proud and strong green-eyed Irish princess who, after witnessing Olaf's army ravage an Irish village, cause the deaths of her aunt and uncle and viciously rape her friend, vows to kill the Norwegian Lord. To her horror, about 100 pages into the story, Erin's father pledges her hand in marriage to Olaf, her mortal enemy. The Irish princess is drugged to get through the wedding ceremony and finally comes back to her senses in their bedroom. Erin plans to kill her new husband with a pair of scissors, but is stopped by Olaf, who punishes her not by savagely taking her virginal body (as Erin fears), but by tying her hands to the bed at night. The bride is full of fear and hate for her new husband, but it doesn't stop her from admiring his body and quivering from desire for it as he dangles his family jewels in front of her face while tying her up. And that manly smell! Erin can hardly control her passion after getting a whiff of his scent, a sight of his chest hair and being repeatedly called a bitch!As the time goes by, Erin is getting used to her role as a Viking Lord's wife, her husband comes to like her, but doesn't attempt to earn her love, rather, he taunts her by making her scrub his back or massage his body, always remembering to give her a good view of his... shaft. Of course, Erin is very close to the ecstasy at the sight of it. The things start to finally move along when one fateful morning, during an argument, Olaf slaps Erin's face for mentioning his dead lover's name. Erin is furious, but not for too long, this very night their marriage is finally consummated, as Olaf is so darn irresistible and has such a great skill with working bath soap and massage oil (page 200). The union is passionate and satisfactory to both, but Erin ends the night by crying and giving her husband a cold shoulder. But fear not, next morning things are different. The Irish princess finds herself almost in love with her enemy/spouse. She is now a toe-sucking vixen as well. Oh, what a difference can one night of Viking loving can make!Their marital bliss is very short-lived however. The same day Olaf is called upon to protect his lands and is forced to leave his wife alone for almost 3 months. THE misunderstanding occurs when Olaf is on the way from the campaign. Not to go into much detail, Erin is accused of attempting to kill her husband, when in fact her intention is to protect him. Olaf doesn't care to hear her explanations and punishes her immediately by putting shackles on her and dragging her behind his horse. And this is where "Golden Surrender" takes a nose dive IMO. Erin is not only seriously hurt, she is pregnant, as well as innocent of the crime. But Olaf doesn't care, he is never apologetic, and Erin, in spite of her vow never to forget this assault, quivers in desire for her husband the next morning.I say, give me a break! I sure don't expect a masterpiece reading a book named "Golden Surrender," but is it too much to ask for characters in a bodice-ripper to be marginally likable and make sense? Erin in this book is weak and almost a doormat, she never shows any strength of character, and even more, she seems to have a borderline personality disorder, she hates Olaf one minute and loves him the next. (The only other character I've encountered who acts in the same way is Nora from a widely popular YA novel "Hush, Hush.") And Olaf, well, he is good with massage oil, but otherwise is a jerk.I personally prefer my historical bodice-rippers with a little more sense, chemistry between the hero and heroine and some humor. "Golden Surrender" is just a sad, dull story which relies heavily on forced (is that the right term?) seduction.

  • Holjo
    2019-04-22 19:11

    Summary: Olaf the White, a Prince of Norway, has set sail to Ireland with his Viking clansmen. Olaf isn’t in this new land to pillage and raid in typical Viking fashion, he is there to build a home and establish a new legacy of leadership in the country. He intends to battle for control of Dublin, but that is where it will end for him. He isn’t a power-hungry man, nor does he want to spend the rest of his life in war. Although Olaf is not interested in taking spoils of battle in the form of women and property, some of his warriors choose to stick with this old custom. The first Irish village they reach upon landing on Ireland’s shore, is the home of several relatives of the Irish High King. His youngest daughter, Erin, is there visiting and manages to escape, but she witnesses the death of her aunt and uncle, and the rape of her friend before getting away. From this moment on, Erin’s sole goal in life is to kill Olaf the White to avenge the death of her family.Years later, Princess Erin has not lost her craving for revenge. But it isn’t only the Vikings who are threatening her world. The Danes have also arrived in Ireland, and they are enemies of both the Irish and the Vikings. In the bloodiest battle of his life, Olaf loses his lover, a large portion of his army, and almost his own life. On the verge of death, he makes his way to the edge of a river and passes out. It is Erin who discovers his body. He is so covered in dirt and blood that she doesn’t recognize him at first. She knows only that he is a Viking and she intends to take him to her father as a prisoner. They are both warriors, but Erin wouldn’t have stood a chance if Olaf had been at full strength. They both manage to gain the upper hand at different points of the day, but eventually they part ways without a winner. And now Erin isn’t the only one who wants revenge – Olaf swears to pay her back for her ruthless attack on him during his weakest moment.Eventually, the Irish and the Vikings decide to form an alliance in order to defeat their common enemy – the Danes. As High King, it is up to Erin’s father to finalize this treaty. He does it in the form of giving Erin’s hand in marriage to the Viking King – Olaf the White. Since Olaf never knew his attacker’s name, he had no idea he had agreed to marry the woman he’d love to punish severely. Erin, on the other hand, finds out who she is supposed to marry and adamantly refuses. She certainly doesn’t suspect that her own sister (a nun) would drug her in order to get her to the altar, but sure enough….. When the drugs wear off, she is married to her worst enemy and being prepared to consummate their marriage.Is it crazy to think that these two enemies might find forgiveness, acceptance, and love in each other’s arms? Even if they can find some measure of peace with each other, finding peace in Ireland might prove to be the more difficult task.Review: What a page-turner! After the first few chapters, there wasn’t another mild moment in this book until the epilogue. The constant intensity was exhausting! I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a time when death waited around every corner and entire generations had no knowledge of a life without war. Whether they were fighting for their lives, land, vengeance, hate or love, it was all done with unrestrained passion. This is exactly how I like my books. I will forget dozens of other ho-hum books I read this year, but this one will stick with me like a tattoo.The best part?? Although this book is a work of fiction, it is based on real events, real wars and real people, both Viking and Irish, from the 9th century. Olaf the White was indeed a Viking Sea-King who became King of Dublin in 853. He really did marry the daughter of Aed Finnlaith, although he may have been married to someone else first. Basing this book on the life of a real Viking King was brilliant. It truly blurs the line between fantasy and reality.Something else I appreciated was the absence of an infidelity-misunderstanding plotline. I know that might sound strange, but I get really tired of reading that same old song and dance in so many romance novels. In this book, there were several threads of betrayal, both real and misunderstood, including one major event that was predicted earlier in the book by the Druid Mergwin. But there was nothing generic about how these storylines played out. Without question, Olaf and Erin had their moments of jealousy, but the author never fell back on the overly-used and totally predictable love triangle. I’d like to send her a thank you note for that. I’d also like to give her a high-five for writing some of the best bedroom scenes I’ve ever read.One last note… when a historical romance is set as far back as the Middle Ages, there is a very good chance that it will include some controversial content. A few examples might be: 13 yr old girls married to men more than twice their age, women forced or sold into marriage, men exercising their rights in the marriage bed absent willingness or consent from their wives, torture, abuse, war rape, slavery, etc. Obviously, these concepts in modern times are considered heinous crimes. But whether we like it or not, they were acceptable practices in various cultures throughout world history until tapering off in the last century. So…..why do I bring this up? Because if you are likely to judge the behavior of 9th century book characters based on our 21st century standards of law and human rights, then you might want to skip this book. In order to enjoy a novel like this one, you have to be able to put it into the context of acceptable behavior in that time period. I loved this book, but I don’t want to sugar-coat the fact that it does include several of the examples I listed above.I can’t come up with anything negative to say about it. I’d highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and/or historical romance. Due to the occasional Druid magic performed by Mergwin, and the constant references to Norse Gods, this book might appeal to fans of Fantasy also. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

  • Regan Walker
    2019-04-10 18:02

    Thrilling 1st in a Great Viking Trilogy! This is the first in Graham's Viking trilogy (GOLDEN SURRENDER, THE VIKING'S WOMAN and LORD OF THE WOLVES). Set in 9th century Ireland (Eire), England and the north coast of France, these are the stories of Prince Olaf of Norway, the first Lord of the Wolves, his bride, Princess Erin, daughter of the Irish High King, the Ard-Righ of Tara, and their descendants. I'll warn you, the men are strong willed, arrogant and domineering--Vikings, even if the last two are half Irish. Who wants a gentleman Viking? Their loves are independent, stubborn and courageous women who can fight with the best of the men and have no intention of being dominated by a Viking. But then wolves and the cubs of wolves mate for life, or so says the druid who is advisor to the Irish king's family. Each of the marriages is arranged over the objection of the female who fights the husband who has laid claim to both her lands and to her. This first story of Olaf and Erin in GOLDEN SURRENDER is a good one and tells us much of what the Norsemen contributed to Ireland's history. For in conquering they also gave to the land and gave of themselves. Olaf came in his dragon ship to build a kingdom and to stay. He welcomes the Irish king's truce sealed by his daughter's hand, even if he has no desire for the Irish wench. Erin, who has met the Wolf before and hates him, feels betrayed by the father she loves. Though the marriage begins on very bad terms, love does change things in the end.Graham's writing is, as always, very well done with superbly woven in historical details--and with a love story that befits the cultures of the hero and heroine. The sexual tension is high and the love between Olaf and Erin believable. I highly recommend this trilogy. For you Irish romance lovers, it's a story of the early days in a great country.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-17 18:10

    I REALLY enjoyed this book and it could have easily been a 5 star read. The story line was really good but I just got tired of the H&h not telling each other how they felt about each other. This lead to many of misunderstandings throughout this read. Other than that, I LOVED both of the H&h's characters. The heat level for me was a 3, sensual but nothing too descriptive. At curtain spots my emotions were grabbed and I cried, other times I got mad and wanted to hit someone, LOL. There was also some action scenes that kept me glued to the pages. The ending was very good but NO epilogue.I was wanting a Viking read and that is exactly what I got. There was quite a bit of violence so if that bother you, this would not be a read for you.

  • Mydearloverboy
    2019-04-03 16:53

    my very first romance novel. Thank you, Ms. Graham for making me fall in love with romance...

  • Megan
    2019-04-19 13:48

    This is a very hard book for me to rate. First of all, Heather Graham/Shannon Drake writes some of my favorite vampire and historical romance novels. So, I had to give this book three stars. I took into account that this book is Heather Graham/Shannon Drake’s first historical romance book she wrote. This is a Viking romance book, so you know going into it that it is a harsh war-torn life the h/h are leading. Given that, in this book the h/h (Olaf and Erin) HATE each other for at least half the book! That is all fine to me, I don’t mind a little Pride & Prejudice beginning. However, I HATE it when the guy mistreats the girl! Uggghh! It makes me cringe! Now, he is not as harsh as he could have been, but still, it was hard to see Erin slapped, even though I didn’t connect to her at all. Olaf was harsh, mean, sometimes cruel, but also pretty just and fair for his time. But, most of the time he just didn’t think too clearly when it came to women, which was upsetting, but at the same time not surprising when this book was published in 1985 when romance books were written very differently. I will be continuing to read this series at a later date, but I don’t think I could stomach reading it back to back. The next book, I believe, will be about Eric, one of Olaf’s brothers.

  • Emerald
    2019-04-09 18:56

    I've stayed up all night to read this book and what a fine tale it was. This is my favorite type of historical romance tale. Kings and Knights, their queens, and their ladies. What I really enjoyed most about this tale, was the fact both hero and heroine were in fact real life historical figures that Ms. Graham used.The setting of the story is in Dublin, Ireland during the Viking Invasion of Ireland. Olaf the White, the Norwegian Wolf did in fact go a-viking and became King of Dublin and he ruled for fifty years. He also married The High King of Tara's real life daughter, A princess of Erie. This is what their love story might have been like and the coming together of two great cultures that formed what we know of the Emerald Isle and her myths and legends. If you like historical romance, with knights and chivalry, then this is a must read. Very well done. I couldn't stop reading. I also read her American Woman series and her civil war series that came out of the same family. Ms. Graham's first books were in the historic romance genre and she did them very well and all of them are a fantastic read. I read the second book in this series along time ago. I never got to read the entire series together which I'm going to do right now.

  • Dawn Livingston
    2019-04-26 19:03

    Your stereotypical romance novel. The heroine is more beautiful than her sisters, and in fact her appearance is described as "ultimate perfection." She is spoiled and is her father's favorite and is better at sword fighting than her brothers. She hates the hero. Sorry I can't read anymore than this. There is nothing that recommends this book; the story, the hero or heroine, nothing. I found this book in my collection and decided to give it a try. I bet I've had it for at least 10 years, no kidding. I have no idea how it got into my collection but it's going in my "Get Rid Of" pile. I can't believe I held on to this book for so long, what a waste of space.I can't recommend this book but if you REALLY like historical romance novels and must read it... better you than me.

  • Lover of Romance
    2019-04-12 18:14

    Erin Mac Aed, daughter of the Irish king. Erin, is the one of the few of her siblings that has remained unmarried. Erin is also a favorite of her father, who has spoiled her throughout the years. Erin has learned how to fight with swords and the like from her brothers, whom she loves dearly. When the Lord of Wolves invades Ireland, she encounters him and her hatred for the man deepens, for all those on her side that have been killed, a couple that were dear to her and she blames Olaf for it. Now a year later, her father demands that she marry Olaf of Norway, so they can have a powerful alliance against the Danes. However Erin hates having to join with her enemy, but the passion the Olaf ingnites in Erin weakens her resolve and steals into her heart.Golden Surrender is the first installment in the Viking Saga written by Heather Graham. I have read only historicals from this author, and I love them, and Golden Surrender is my favorite so far from her books that she has written. I have read Golden Surrender before but it has been a while, and since I saw this on the library shelf, I decided to pick it up since I was in the mood for this type of story. Its a powerfully written love story, back in the medieval age around 900 A.D. I find that there aren't that many books that are written in this era, and so I love to read every one that I can get my hands on, because I find it so fascinating, especially the Viking people. Throughout this story, we learn what kind of people they were, even though they could very well be barbarians, they had a passion for life and for their beliefs.There was only one problem I had with the story, was Erin, her character, it just seemed to me that she was too strong, and had so much hatred within her and treated Olaf pretty horribly, but as the story progressed I loved seeing the change within her. Both of these characters are stubborn, loyal and strong personalities, so they definitely clash especially at the beginning of the story. But as the love between them depends, so does this passionate love story. Golden Surrender is on my list of favorite romances, and one well worth reading for any romance lover.

  • Noelle
    2019-03-28 13:46

    This is the first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. Erin (h) has hated the Vikings ever since she saw the Vikings attack her aunts home, and her aunt commit suicide so that she wouldn't be rapped. Erin knew it was the Viking call The Wolf that was the cause of all of this and he had become her hated enemy.Olaf (H) had known he belonged in Ireland and he means to make his mark, to conquer her and her people. After being badly wounded, Olaf had the unpleasant task of meeting Erin for the first time. She couldn't believe she had her hated enemy right in the palm of her hands, and she's going to make him pay. However things don't really go according to plan. And now, a year later she learns that her father has given her hand in marriage no to other than that same Viking. I loved the idea of this story however I HATE "women warriors" in books, and I really dont want my h to be one. I might have marked it higher if it didn't have this theme in it. =/

  • Tutti Dolci
    2019-04-03 20:06

    Loved it! And I'm not one to give 5-star ratings, easily. In fact, I give them seldomly.Please note, this is a Bodice Ripper, so if you don't care for those types of stories, then regardless of my rating, this story might not be for you.

  • Susan (the other Susan)
    2019-04-22 15:44

    What did I think? Well, he drags his pregnant wife behind his horse, in shackles, to punish her for a Big Misunderstanding, and she wuvs him anyways, because, hey, Viking sex. What SHOULD I thnk?

  • Tee
    2019-04-05 17:05

    Didn't flow right. Seeing how much the hero grieved for and adored his first love/loss right out of the gate! Story ruined. I didn't get the heroine, Erin, at all.

  • Jessa
    2019-04-22 18:10

    I love problematic romance novels like this and I refuse to be ashamed (...though I'm still hiding it from my newsfeed because I don't need judgment on a Friday).

  • Kathy
    2019-04-23 13:57

    I loved this book. It was my first time reading Heather Graham and she quickly has become one of my favorite authors. Prince Olaf, Lord of the Wolves, is handsome and deadly. Princess Erin is beautiful and bewitching. He being Norse and she being Irish make them bitter enemies. Ireland in 848AD is a time in Irish history that includes invasion by the Vikings. Olaf is a blond haired, blue eyed, muscular mass of manhood. And he fights like the wolf he is named after. Erin is a dark haired, green eyed beauty who can wield a sword good enough to beat her brothers. When Erin was younger she witnessed Olaf's taking of an Irish village and to say she hates the man is an understatement. Olaf, during a separate invasion, lost the love of his life during battle.Erin and Olaf first meet when he is seriously injured and she finds him half dead on a riverbank. This tumultuous meeting sets the stage for a future relationship and I have to say the scene of this first meeting is incredible.Erin and Olaf are eventually put into each other's lives for political reasons and their relationship will go through stages of hate, distrust and, really, love.I recommend this book. Great read that kept me up way too late.

  • Elle
    2019-04-23 17:04

    OK, this book is the best of the Viking series. Strong characters, good emotional content--the author does a good job of making you feel things along with the heroine. Definitely alpha male hero vs feisty heroine in the age-old battle of the sexes. What lost one star is in stories like this, when the hero commands, demands, and pretty much pushes the heroine around, I rarely find it entirely satisfying unless she wins at least one of their conflicts. I want to feel they are evenly matched, and if he always wins, they aren't. Plus, by the end of the story, I want to see growth in both characters and in the relationship, and I think the always-gotta-win klind of guy is not mature. At some point it would be good if he would try to see things from her pov, and maybe just once let her have her way. I have trouble thinking he truly loves her if he never tries to please her.

  • Duaa
    2019-04-19 12:48

    DAMN. SO.MUCH.ANGST.*whistles* For people who feel really intense emotions along with their characters, like literally, they either want to strangle the main characters or hug the frak out of them at any point in the novel, THIS IS A MUST READ. Suffice to say, you'll have a love/hate relationship with Erin and Olaf by the end of this book.

  • Laurie
    2019-04-16 12:54

    I thoroughly enjoyed other Heather Graham books, so I am suprised that I didn't love this one. The character's transition from hate to true love was weak and unbelievable. Some plot lines were choppy. Not a favorite, but just okay.

  • Leigh
    2019-04-04 17:14

    Theme: viking - irish, viking prince - irish princess, king and queen of Dublin, strong but stupid heroineFirst 2018 reads yey! Well, I wouldn't say this story was breath taking but it was a fun read despite the moments that I wanted to get the sword from my scabbard and plunged into the heart of the heroine - a couple of times haha.And oh, there was indeed Olaf the White in the history...

  • La La Martinez
    2019-04-13 15:09

    I did not finish it. I didn't like the dialogue. Too old fashion for me.

  • Debbie Dodd
    2019-03-29 18:06

    I enjoyed reading.

  • Katelyn
    2019-04-06 15:54

    Found this a great read even though I wasn't expecting much. The characters were entertaining and although there were a few moments I found their story went back and forth I actually ended up liking it. Overall great historical romance.

  • Angie
    2019-04-21 15:53

    Synopsis: "PRINCE OLAF OF NORWAY—Lord of the Wolves, the golden Viking warrior who came in his dragon ship to forge a great kingdom in the Emerald Isle.PRINCESS ERIN—Daughter of the Irish High King, the ebony-haired beauty who swore bitter vengeance on the legendary Norseman who had brought death and destruction to her beloved homeland.Yet, in the great Norse and Irish alliance against the invading Danes, it was her own father who gave her in marriage to her most hated enemy. Bewitched by Olaf's massive strength, seduced by his power, still Erin vowed that neither the wrath of his sword nor the fire of his kiss would sway the allegiance of her proud and passionate heart." My Review: I love any books featuring Vikings! This one was pretty fun to read and get to know the characters, you really can't beat a stubborn viking and the temper of an irish together! While the main plot line really followed just about every other historical romance I have read, it still had some fun and interesting twists involved. The characters were fantastic, all of them, even the sub characters and those with only a few brief moments in the book. A note to some readers, there were a few sex scenes but they didn't over run the book and are easily skimmed if you prefer not to read them. So all in all it was a good fun read, though predictable ending, the characters really brought out the best in Golden Surrender.

  • Ðawn
    2019-04-25 19:07

    This book is a complete roller coaster of misery. I hated Olaf all the way up until the very end. Even then I just barely liked him. I continued reading because I needed to see some happiness for Erin or at least some sort of win for her. This is one of the few books that made me feel such anger as I read, but I suppose with all art, the intention is to provoke an emotion, to which this author certainly did. But because it was a negative emotion that was delivered I could not give this one 5 stars. I did think it was pretty well written and the characters had depth. I also felt as cruel as Olaf was to Erin, the author was only staying true to the character as he would act during those times. Probably even giving him more compassion than what would have truly been in 886 AD. I also have see other comments stating this was Ms. Graham's 1st historical romance, and compared to others I have read, I feel this one is pretty good for a 1st.I will certainly look into her other works.

  • Dragana
    2019-04-25 17:12

    Heather Graham is Featured Author for October at RRRC group. Picking the book to read was a tough choice since she mostly writes romance suspense novels now. So I dug out one of her older historical romances from the 80s.I was sure this will be a classical bodice-riper that were so popular in the 80s so I was pleasantly surprised that, although there was some actual bodice ripping, the heroine was not naive virgin but hot-headed and kick-ass girl that is fighting for her right to party.The rating would be bigger if I did not have trouble with the Heather Graham's writing style. The descriptions of nature and characters were sometimes muddled and boring, no matter that the pages were dripping with action.Also, some of the places in plot were not enough explained (at least for me). For example:(view spoiler)[all part of the story connected to Erin being a leader of Irish rebels (I think they called her Golden warriores). (hide spoiler)]

  • JudyB
    2019-03-29 21:10

    This was my third re-read of this classic medieval romance that is often referred to as a "bodice ripper." If you are a fan of the medieval romances that came out in the 70's and 80's you will like this book, especially if you like vikings. If you are one of those that have no patience for the "norm" during that period, then you should stay away from this book. Olaf and Erin have a very stormy relationship. She's a warrior in her own right but sometimes aggravated me with her stubbornness. There were times that Olaf's actions were less than stellar, but again it was part of that era. He did, IMO, work towards making the relationship better and he realized that the "love" of his former life didn't come close to the feelings he developed for Erin. This is a book that I will read again in the future.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-20 14:52

    Similar to a historical highlander novel (which I love) and made me truly enjoy this novel. It follows a pretty stereotypical plot of invaders constantly going to war with each other. The heroine is the daughter of a powerful leader in Ireland and the hero is the leader of an invading group. She gets given to him in marriage as part of a method to keep peace between the two feuding groups even though she harbors a hatred for him since seeing him invade her relatives home. They fight where he demands his dominance and will and she pushes back and rebels against him. Overall although the storyline wasn't too original, it was a still enjoyable story and I plan on reading the rest of this series.

  • Wild Rose
    2019-04-23 15:00

    I hate to give such low rating for a good author -I read Pirate`s pleasure and it was good- but this book really annoyed me.It had the potential to be captivating but unfortunately the story went in the wrong direction and let me tell you why :At first we`re introduced to a strong heroine but then everything crumbles and she turns into candy! First encounter between H&H was not bad .The Wedding could have been much better-a stormy encounter maybe- if the author hadn`t chosen that the father of the bride drugs her so that she appeared imbecile.It was written in a previous review that the hero was tough with the heroine and didn`t appear to love her or show that love -which is true-he was a hulk with gruff manners.

  • Anam
    2019-03-30 14:46

    I remember this book so clearly when I read it as a young un as the Scottish would say. It was back in the 7th grade and I totally loved Heather Graham. The book made a huge impression on me to the point that I started her mystery suspense books in my teens. The Princess Erin is a warrior in her own right! Even though she is a female she holds her own and then some. There is a scene where she is dragged behind a horse. Olaf the viking oozes sex appeal but the rough edges shows the barbaric times they lived in which are portrayed in some scenes. The storyline made such an impression on me that until this day I remember it and follow the authors' books!

  • Koxecho
    2019-04-13 18:53

    There were parts of this book that bothered me but overall I enjoyed reading it. I'm reading the second book in this trilogy right now, though I'm surprised that the storylines are so similar. I like that in the end Erin and Olaf have a happy healthy relationship but they mistreated each other a lot leading up to it. I also felt like Erin was portrayed like a strong independent woman but at the same time seemed to have very little control over her own responses to Olaf's persistent touch. I walk away liking both Erin and Olaf and am happy with how everything ended. There was a little too much violence, talk of rape, and forced submission for my taste though.