Hearts Aflame

Hearts Aflame

by Johanna Lindsey

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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 quench the blistering fires that sear his tormented soul - and heal a heart consumed by passion with a soothing balm of rapturous, unconditional love.

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ISBN-13: 9780380899821
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/1987
Series: Haardrad Family , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 161,753
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.92(d)

About 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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sukie More than 1 year ago
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.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
I've read many books and this one is one of my favourites. Very enjoyable!
danielle-havasu More than 1 year ago
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.
sandrafay More than 1 year ago
This is a keeper! I am new to JL books, and I am so glad that I found them. Kristen and Royce make a great couple. It was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best series ive ever read :)))))
BCCh More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great! I love it when authors use trilogies or series-and this is one I LOVE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Yazz_ More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are not too many books I will read againa and again. But those I do, seem to be written by Johanna Lindsey. She has a way of bringing you into the story and letting you forget you aren't actually there. I loved this book. It was funny, witty, and charming all in one.
CheapAndLazy More than 1 year ago
to those heady days of romance, before all of the political correctness, when men were still men, and all of that. Which is not to say the heroine isn't kick-ass, because she is (as much as any urban fantasy heroine of these recent reads, that's for sure). This is my first Johanna Lindsey (I know, I know, but I started late with Kathleen Woodiwiss, okay?). I added pretty much all of her books to my TBR list. It isn't that I don't enjoy modern (historical) romances, but the really good old ones were so sweeping and passionate and impossible to put down (like this one, totally), in spite of all their insults to my feminist sensibilities. When I'm feeling less patient with the negative reviews these old romances get, I tell myself it's because I know the difference between fantasy and reality, while these young girls actually believe all the crap about push-up bras and five inch heels "empowering" them. In more generous moods, I tell myself I'm just from a different generation.
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halo776 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kristen is a stowaway on a ship her brother commands, thus ending up on a Viking raid. The men's plans are thwarted when the Saxons spot them and ambush them in the woods. All are captured, including the beautiful Kristen. The men are chained and forced to do labor, while Kristen is taken into the house of the lord (Royce). The first time they meet, Kristen and Royce are attracted to each other. She is unusually tall, fair and beautiful, while Royce is strong, dark, and handsome. She becomes a slave in his household, and eventually he claims her as his mistress. Although thus far we have been told over and over again that Kristen is strong-willed and has refused every man's attentions to her, she welcomes Royce's advances and craves his attention. This seems out of character to me.The chemistry was completely off for me. I love it when there is witty dialogue and sexual tension between the main characters. However, even after finishing the book, I am confused as to why these two supposedly fell in love. They don't do much talking, and it's particularly confusing how Royce could love a woman he doesn't trust, and how Kristen would love a man who was holding her prisoner. (Even after making love, he forced her to wear chains on her ankles.) Perhaps my modern sensibilities are unrealistic for the time period in this novel, but it just didn't ring true for me. It had all the makings of a good read, but without chemistry, it fell a little flat.
StacyLHanson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just re-read this in ebook form. It was just as wonderful as I remember. It+ was one of the first JL books I read as a teenager. It is full of the trademark JL humor, passion, and animosity. I love all of her books, but there are a few that hold a special place in my heart and this is one. As to those that write of unrealistic, it's romance. They are an escape from reality.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is pretty much what you might expect it to be -- melodramatic, somewhat unrealistic, and only mildly entertaining. The characters range from interesting to completely unlikable, and the plot holds no surprises.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! One of my favorites, I have read it numerous times. I loved all of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this entire series!!
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Great book
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