by Andrea R. Cooper
856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.
Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?
Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?
With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.
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An entertaining novel, fast paced and enjoyable. I enjoyed Kaireen's antics in trying to get rid of her betrothed. Her red headed temper and straight forward actions left no doubt as to what her mind wanted. Too bad her body betrayed her every time she got wrapped up in Bram's arms.
Bram was a man of the times, a warrior who went after what he wanted and when he saw Kaireen, he knew he wanted her. He admired her beauty and even more her spirit, picturing the children they would have and the fun they would have making them.
Events conspired to bring danger into their lives and brought home to Keireen how dear Bram had become. NOT that she would give in gracefully!
The only issue I had was that for some reason I thought Bram was from Ireland and Keireen somewhere else! From the names of the neighbors, I assumed Scotland! It could be that Bram was referred to by a clan name rather than Viking most of the time, though that was mentioned. It was probably just me! Definitely worth the read, especially if you like medieval tales, treachery and love. Viking Fire had some cool facts mixed in about that time also that made it that much more fun!
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