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The Norse King's Daughter

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic Read

An arrogant lout and an independent princess cross words and pots which set the stage for a long and roundabout romance plagued with mishaps, kidnappings, lustsome thoughts and naughty shenanigans.

Such is the final story of the last unmarried princess in King Thorv...
An arrogant lout and an independent princess cross words and pots which set the stage for a long and roundabout romance plagued with mishaps, kidnappings, lustsome thoughts and naughty shenanigans.

Such is the final story of the last unmarried princess in King Thorvald's household, Drifa. She's a woman of quick temper, deep passions and has a fanatic enthusiasm for all plants green, flowered and tall. That small hobby of hers gets her into more trouble than she believed possible. Because Drifa has been allowed to make her own decisions and get her way at home, it's given her a false sense of security and safety. She comes across as a woman who knows what's going on but even when she's hit by the figurative wall of bricks, she remains inured from the thought of possible harm to her. She's a king's daughter, what could possibly happen? She accepts the need to be cautious in name only and goes off to do what she wants to do anyway. I knew she was going to lead the hero on a merry chase and I was right.

The hero, Sidroc, at first doesn't seem like a hero at all, but a manipulative jerk. Only as I read did I find out this man has undiscovered emotional depths hidden behind a veneer of lust - for both war and women. He's not what he seems at all but the conflict comes from Drifa overhearing a conversation that was meant for another man's ears only. What a man does when he thinks all is lost shows his inner character. Sidroc is not a quitter, nor a shallow man. He is a man of loyalty, valor and integrity, even when he doesn't want to be. He also has a liking for adventurous sex and he uses that as a clever ploy to get Drifa to do what he wants her to do. The fun part comes when the tables are turned and the heroine ends up getting him to do what she wants. The best part, he doesn't even know it. If that sounds ambiguous, it is. Only by experiencing the book will a reader understand just how twisted that gets.

Ms. Hill is known for her knee-slapping humor and clever play on words during the telling of her romance tales. Readers will find that the asides of inner dialogue used in juxtaposition with what's actually being said or done is still an effective and fun technique that the author used to good effect. However, the loud guffaws never came. I chortled a few times, giggled at others but my knees were in no danger of being tormented this time around. The final book seemed to have treated the characters in a gentler fashion. I liked and enjoyed the book, but didn't fall in love with it. Alas, all the loving is between Sidroc and Drifa.

As much as I liked Drifa, she annoyed me too. She blithely ignored the battle-seasoned warriors at her side when they warned her, repeatedly. I understand she had a passion for plants, verging on obsessive, but that tunnel vision of hers that she persisted in indulging in drove me nuts. Frankly, there were a few moments where I'd classify her character as too stupid to live. Of course, if she wasn't, then a lot of the plot conflict would have disappeared and I wouldn't have been treated to the interesting encounter in the Arab lands. The information that she came back with was put to good use by leading Sidroc around by his hormones. Ms. Hill certainly explored some creative use of scarves and marble.

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posted by LASR_Reviews on September 27, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Complete disappointment

I had read the back covers on a few of sandra hill's viking series and thought they looked interesting. This was the first one i tried and it was awful. Truly bad dialogue, the heroine was borderline stupid, and the hero was a nasty man whore. I realize that "act like t...
I had read the back covers on a few of sandra hill's viking series and thought they looked interesting. This was the first one i tried and it was awful. Truly bad dialogue, the heroine was borderline stupid, and the hero was a nasty man whore. I realize that "act like they hate each other but they really are madly in love/lust" is a common (very occasionally successful) plot element in romance novels, but the constant irrational bickering was really overdone. Honestly mystefied as to how anyone likes this book.

posted by 17664958 on January 2, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Worth reading

    Kept me interested I'd say worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    great book:)

    I loved it, i read the whole thing in one day. I just couldnt put it down! She is my favorite author. All her viking books are good. I like how they all have the same characters. This book was sweet, funny, and romantic. A must read! :)
    ~valkyrja~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Highly entertaining. Sandra Hill delivers another good book!

    Another good book by Sandra Hill. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was a good fit with the other Viking books about her sisters. I really enjoy Sanda Hill's books and recommend them to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Highly entertaining

    Sandra Hill has a great sense of humor and this book represents that to the fullest. I highly recommend her complete series.

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