Hearts Aflame [NOOK Book]

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Beautiful and defiant, Kristen Haardrad meets the hot, longing gaze of Royce, Thane of Wyndhurst, with icy fury - vowing never to be enslaved by the powerful Saxon lord who holds her captive.

She is his enemy and his prize - a wild and lusty hellion to be tamed by her dashing conqueror's kiss. But though maddened with desire for the golden-haired Viking temptress, noble Royce, in conscience, cannot force his exquisite prisoner to submit. For only Kristen's willing surrender can ...

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Overview

Beautiful and defiant, Kristen Haardrad meets the hot, longing gaze of Royce, Thane of Wyndhurst, with icy fury - vowing never to be enslaved by the powerful Saxon lord who holds her captive.

She is his enemy and his prize - a wild and lusty hellion to be tamed by her dashing conqueror's kiss. But though maddened with desire for the golden-haired Viking temptress, noble Royce, in conscience, cannot force his exquisite prisoner to submit. For only Kristen's willing surrender can quench the blistering fires that sear his tormented soul - and heal a heart consumed by passion with a soothing balm of rapturous, unconditional love.

New York Times bestseller Johanna Lindsey presents a searing novel of historical romance set in the perilous Viking period. The handsome Thane of Wyndhurst has met his match in stunning, proud Kristen Haardrad, and captor becomes captive to an urgent, explosive desire. (Doubleday Book Club Selection special hardcover edition.) Original.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062106544
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 16,156
  • File size: 689 KB

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Norway 873 A.D.

Dirk: Gerhardsen dropped to the ground and then elbowed his way, closer to the river where the golden-haired girl had stopped. Kristen Haardrad, looked oncebehind her, as if she might have heard him, then tethered great stallion and walked right to the water's edge. To the left, the Horten Fjord flowed swiftly on its course. But here a spattering of boulders kept the currents at bay, and the water was smooth, calm like a stillpool. Dirk knew from past experience that it would be deliciously warm, too, and much too, inviting for the girl to ignore.

He had known Kristen was coming here when he saw her leave her uncle Hugh's house and ride this way when they were younger, much younger, they used to swim here together with her brothers and cousins. Kristen had a large family: three brothers, an uncle who was Jarl on this side of the fjord, and dozens of distant cousins from her father's side, all of whom thought the sun and moon rose in this one girl.

Dirk had thought so too, until recently. He had taken his heart in hand and asked Kristen to marry him, as so many others had done. before him She had turned him down gently, he grudgingly admitted—but still the disappointment was nearly devastating. He had watched her grow from a tall, awkward child into a majestic, stunning woman, and there -was nothing else he wanted quite so much as he wanted to call Kristen Haardrad his own.

Dirk held his breath as she began to remove her linen gown. He had hoped she would. It was why he had followed her, knowing that she might, hoping, and Odin help him-she did. The sight was almost more than he could bear-the long, shapely legs ... thegentle curve of her hips ... the slim, straight back covered only by a thick tawny braid. Just a fortnight ago, he had held that thick braid in his fist and forced her lips to meet his in a kiss that fired his blood to near madness. She had slapped him soundly for it, a- blow that actually staggered him, for Kristen was no-snuff, weak-limbed girl; she was in fad only two inches shorter than he, and he was six feet tall. This did not daunt him, though. At that time, at that moment, he had felt he really would go mad if he couldn't have her.

It was fortunate that Kristen's older brother, Selig, had intruded, but unfortunate that it was, precisely when Dirk had reached for her again and was wrestling her to the ground., He and Selig both bore wounds from that encounter, and Dirk had lost a good friend in Selig not because they fought, for Norsemen were ever ready to fight for any reason, but because of what he had attempted to do to Kristen. And he could not deny he would have taken her, right there on the floor of her father's stable. He would have been dead now if he had succeeded. And it was not her brothers or cousins he would have: had, to fight, but her father, Garrick who would have killed Dirk with his bare hands.

Kristen was covered now by the water, but the fact that Dirk could no longer see all of her did not cool the fire running through his veins. He had not thought what torture it would be to him to watch her swimming. He had only reasoned that she would be alone, far from her family, and that this might be the only time- he would ever find her alone again. There were rumors she was to wed soon, to Sheldon, the oldest son of Perrin, her father's best friend. Of course there had been rumors before, countless times, for Kristen had seen nineteen winters, and in the last, four' years nearly every able-bodied man along the fjord had asked for her to wife.

She was floating now on her back, the tips of her toes visible, the creamy tops of her thighs, her upthrust breasts—Loki take her, she was asking to be ravished! Dirk could withstand it no longer He tore his clothes off in his haste.

Kristen heard the splash and looked in the direction she assumed it came from but there was nothing there. Rapidly she turned a full circle, but the warm pool was empty except for her; the only ripples in the water those she caused. None the less she started swimming toward the bank where her gown lay, along with only weapon she had with her, her jewel-hilted dagger, was worn more as an than for protection

She had been a fool to come here by herself, instead of Waiting for one of her brothers to join, her. But they were busy readying her father's great Viking ship that Selig would be taking east next week, and the day, was so beautifully warm after a cool, spring and an exceptionally cold winter. She had been unable to, resist the temptation.

It had seemed like an adventure to do what she had never done before, and she did so love adventure. But all of her previous adventures had been shared with others. And mayhap it had not been the wisest thing to remove all of her clothes, though at the time it had seemed a deliciously wicked, bold thing to do, and if Kristen was, anything, she was bold. It was always after the fact, as now, that she regretted being so bold.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    I love Johanna Lindsey!

    I was 15 when this book was published, but it wasn't the first one of her books that I had read. My mother started buying her books and I started reading them when I was 12. These were the first romance novels I had read and I loved them! Back then the only tween books were Judy Blume. Twilight type books weren't available for me when I was a teenager. I remember having the whole collection before I went to college and then my mother donated them to the library while I was in school. I was devastated when she told me. I've collected them over the years and reread them many times. It's great to see people rediscovering this author. She's fantastic. I would recommend all of her books.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    Excellent

    I've read many books and this one is one of my favourites. Very enjoyable!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    LOVE IT!

    I enjoyed the playful banter between Kristen & Royce after the intense submissiveness was brought to order. The way Kristen brought Royce under her spell was enlightening. This will be one of my all time favorites.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Great book!

    I thought this book was great! I love it when authors use trilogies or series-and this is one I LOVE!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Nothing special

    Think of a cross between a macho highlander movie and Shakespeares taming of the shrew. Now replace the highlanders as vikings and voila this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2011

    Entertaining

    I really enjoyed this book tastefully written romance

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    I Looooved it!! All strong characters..strong emotions

    Loved the whole thing ... and characters.. how strong her personality is..but also how she n Royce click..even tho he tries so hard not to like her...n Selig the hot stuff..lol..just everyone...should make a movie out of this trilogy..i'd buy it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    ...

    One of my fav romances ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Medicine cat den

    Kitclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    what can i say

    it's a lindsey. there are no better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Such a good book :)

    Best series ive ever read :)))))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Mhmm

    Good stuff! Never a dull moment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Much better than the first book. Fires of winter.

    Much better than the first book. Fires of winter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    INCREDIBLE!!!

    The plot and characters were fantastic! I couldn't put the book down!! The characters have a strong personality!
    I just loved it!! <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Love

    Great read! Loved it and would read it again.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Loved it!

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Great read!

    This was a very enjoyable read.. The stories of strong historical women are the best and this had just that! Good action and of coarse love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Hearts Aflame

    Ok. Drags in places







    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Keeper

    I have owned a couple of copies of this book. I wore out my first copy and bought a second. This book will always be in my library!

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

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    ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.

    My favorite of Johanna Lindsey EVER! This book plot was so good and I loved Kristin's and Royce's relationship. I can't explain my feelings for this book, just go ahead and read it yourself if you haven't already. THAT WONDERFUL!

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