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Defiant in the Viking's Bed (Harlequin Historical Series #1158)

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

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    DEFIANT IN THE VIKINGS BED by Joanna Fulford is an interesting H

    DEFIANT IN THE VIKINGS BED by Joanna Fulford is an interesting Historical Romance set in the Dark Ages. #Victorious Vikings Book #1 Trilogy. This is Leif Egilsson and Lady Astrid's story. Fast paced and filled with deceit, betrayal, treachery,and passion. Sensual tension jumps off the page as you follow these two unlikely people on a journey of passion and trust. A victorious Viking, no man could defeat him, but Lady Astrid would defy him and bring him to his knees or take his heart!! Leif was captured by his enemy,chained like a dog, tormented by a innocent seductress, Lady Astrid, now he is out for revenge, with Lady Astrid in his bed....but all is not what is seems, for Lady Astrid was betrayed as well as Leif. A must read for any historical reader who enjoys reading of Vikings, revenge, passion and the power of love. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: MILD

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted September 24, 2013

    3.25 stars  : DEFIANT IN THE VIKING¿S BED is the third storyline

    3.25 stars  : DEFIANT IN THE VIKING’S BED is the third storyline in Joanna Fulford’s Victorious Vikings historical romance series.  Each novel is a stand alone and is not connected with the previous or latest installment.  
    The story focuses on Leif and Astrid.  Their relationship begins as friends but soon turns ugly when Leif believes he has been betrayed.  Finding himself a slave on her uncle’s estate he is bent on revenge when it appears that Astrid set him up to take a fall.
    Revenge is an ugly word and even uglier is the behavior of which Leif embarks to humiliate Astrid once his men have freed him from his shackles.  Reduced to Leif’s slave, Astrid remains defiant until she is broken like a dog and finds herself sleeping on the floor without warmth or comfort.  But as the days go by, Leif will come to realize that perhaps he was wrong and misjudged the woman with whom he was falling in love.  And no sooner had their relationship become  more friendly than they would part ways leaving Lief wondering where everything had all gone wrong.
    The storyline and writing are simple.  There is very little ‘old dialect’ in the conversations except for a few terms perhaps used by the ancient Vikings.  Some readers will question our hero’s behavior towards the woman he has both rescued and enslaved, but it was also a time of war and betrayal runs rampant when one’s life is on the line.  As for the historical accuracy of the novel-let’s just say, it is a fictional romance story.
    And Astrid was as strong-willed as she was defiant.  The storyline is filled with misunderstandings, broken hearts and self-recrimination. This is a story of perceived deceit and betrayal; bitterness and revenge; hope and forgiveness; slavery and freedom.  And in the end, love will conquer all.

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