Malice Striker

Malice Striker

by Jianne Carlo
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Jianne Carlo Published By: Etopia Press Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Series: Viking Vengeance Review: "Malice Striker" by Jianne Carlo was some 'Viking' romantic tale that once you started reading finding it hard to put down this quick read till the end. I found the story line and written simply good. We find 'Malice Striker" aka Jarl Brokk because he was ordered by the King Bluetooth to marry 'King Kenneth's illegitimate child. Since he doesn't know what she looks like he grabs a lot of women and takes them to Norway. Finding out that one was 'Skatha...he marries her...and from here... this excellent story takes off which follows "the relationship through the dangers presented." This is where the author really works her magic giving the reader such a wonderful good read. A lot of things will come about but will be answered as you read through the novel. We will find the hero and heroine were really something new for the reader in that they weren't .... well I will stop her and let you read it and get the fill of it all from the read. You will not be disappointed because this 'Viking' historical read was a well written engaging story that you will be hooked from the beginning till the end. Be ready for many twist and turns. You will have to keep up because there are many. Now with this good romance and put in some 'Gods and Goddesses' with espionage and downright murder and you will definitely have a novel you will not be able to put down until the very end.
NiinaCs_Blog More than 1 year ago
Oh, I'm in love! This book made me all giddy! It had everything I love, a tall big viking with scars on the outside and inside, a woman with powers she doesn't know yet, her weakness alluring multiple evil characters to benefit from her gift of being born from a Goddess. I enjoyed the fact that she was blind and tried to keep it from her abductors! Worry not that is not a spoiler, we figure in the first few pages that she's blind - and it just makes the story perfect! I do have a soft spot for historical romance, especially the viking era ones! Of course they need to be well written to be good, either great writing or very engaging story - well Malice Striker had both! I was hooked from the very beginning to the very end - so many great plot twists and interesting turns of events. I was never bored! The romance was exciting, hot and very romantic in the christian lady and barbaric viking way, it was delicious discovering Skatha's passion and fire when he was around and finding Brökk's softer feelings and love for the first time. Now that makes for such great romance! Mix in some Goddesses and Gods for extra flavor and espionage and murder plots and you really cannot but this book down! I couldn't. Highly recommending this to all who love Vikings, Romance and True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard. ;)
MsRomanticReads More than 1 year ago
Sweet and suspenseful with great characters and a touch of humor. This was my first read by Jianne Carlo, and I was pleasantly surprised. When I read the first few pages, my first thought was "uh oh". Why? Well, the story takes place in the 10th century AD, and the characters are Vikings. What you get are complicated names to pronounce and the dialogue for that time period is not one that I'm used to reading a lot of. However, I was hooked from the beginning, so I am glad that I decided to stick with it and see where the story went. Skatha and Brökk were excellent protagonists. Skatha was the type of heroine I love to read about. She may have been young and a virgin, but despite being blind, she was independent, kind, and she had spunk. As for Brökk, I wasn't sure about him in the beginning. I wasn't sure if his intentions were good, or if he was really going to go ahead with his plan of using Skatha as an end to his means. Another thing I liked was that Brökk didn't keep the truth from her for very long. As soon as they felt more comfortable around each other, they each confessed their deepest secrets. When he learns of her impairment, not only do his protective instincts go into overdrive, but his admiration for her soars - for her inner strength, the way she views the world, and the way she navigates it. It was just sweet to seeing her teach the big lug a thing or two. They had excellent chemistry together which led up to great sex. The sex scenes burned up the pages. It may sound ridiculous, but I giggled a few times because of the verbiage used, but it stayed true to the time period (I think). The author was quite descriptive which just further sucked you in (no pun intended). But it wasn't just wild, crazy rutting, or as Brökk would say, "swiving". He was capable of being gentle and romantic. A favorite scene that comes to mind are the hot springs *sigh* The dramatic portion was also well done. My heart broke a little for Skatha and Brökk, but as usual their ability to communicate saved me from spilling a few tears. Once all the drama died down, it was time for a spot of humor. I couldn't stop laughing at the end. There are a few funny scenes between him and the strict abbess. I love that he couldn't seem to intimidate the woman. That was the perfect way of making him work hard to regain the love of his life. At the end of this, I came away from the story bearing a huge grin, heaving a sigh and a definite plan to read more of Jianne Carlo's work. I look forward to book two and I hope there will be a cameo of these two. This was sweet, funny, sizzling and easy to read. If you don't mind the names tripping you up a little, then this is a book for you. Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author. A review in exchange was not promised. Full FTC disclaimer can be found on my blog.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Malice Striker is a thoroughly entertaining read that has likable characters, a sweet and sexy romance, and an intriguing bit of paranormal tossed in to make it even more intriguing. It has all these wonderful qualities but at times there's almost too many outside characters that make it confusing and the plot points involving war and revenge suffer because of this. As the good guys didn't know who was the enemy, neither did I as the numerous name dropping became overwhelming. Those minor issues didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the story though as the unique heroine and to die for hero completely won me over. Their love story IS a love story as they fully accept each other's less than perfect selves. Skatha's parentage is both worldly and otherworldly which makes her a valuable commodity. Because of her blindness though she doesn't see herself as thus which is why she's kept it hidden and why she's amazed by the feelings Brokk inspires in her. She's extremely independent which I found wonderful, even if a bit unbelievable for the times, and her other unique abilities added a bit of exoticness to her demure nature. Living in an Abbey you'd expect her to be fearful of sex but that isn't the case, she jumps in wholeheartedly. I was a bit disappointed too with the evolution of her blindness but saw it coming the moment I started the story. Brokk is a wonderful hero who's sexy and caring and even though he could be bitter towards women because of a prior bad experience I never saw him act cruelly. He was particularly charming with his uncertainties as how to court Skatha and it made me love him even more. Their sexual interludes were sweet yet steamy and perfectly spaced throughout the story. I wholeheartedly bought into their romance considering its abrupt beginning. The core group of secondary characters, Brokk's family and the women who protect Skatha, were equally delightful and can easily segue into future books. These characters both helped and humorously hindered Brokk and Skatha's romance and their shenanigans brought a smile to my face. The paranormal and mythological aspects of the story were only touched on briefly and I wish these issues were explained in greater detail which perhaps they will in future books. The revenge plot and the too quickly concluded ending were a bit disappointing but the main characters and their romance were the best part of the book. They were a match made in heaven and I would've been equally content just watching their romance evolve. Malice Striker is a satisfying start to a series that I'm greatly looking forward to as this book showed much promise with its enjoyable characters and fast-paced storytelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jianne Carlo does it again! An amazing book front to back.. Kept me entertained and thoroughly interested throughout. It's one of those books you just can't put down.
Dragonskull2523 More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually one who reads "historical" romances but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had enough whimsy to keep it interesting with enough love and spirit to make it so I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed this.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every book this author writes immerses me in imagery, cannot put them down once i start to read
Laday2727 More than 1 year ago
Talk about "hot Viking!"   I really liked how to story developed, as well as the condition Skatha suffered. A very unique story.   Jianne obviously did a lot of research to incorporate fact into this story.   I had trouble at times with the "vernacular" in which the story was written, but it truly speaks to Jianne's talent for being able to maintain that language throughout. The love scenes were hot, and I would definitely read more books by Jianne!!!