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review 2017-11-11 21:37
Loved the setting
Dream Island - Josie Litton

They stood in the silence that descended, looking at one another. Alex saw a woman of courage and honor who stirred his blood even as she won his admiration. Were he to have no concern beyond his own wishes, he would not hesitate to claim the right to both possess and protect her. For her part, Joanna saw a man who seemed to have stepped directly from a legend into her dreams. Were the world a different place, it would have been so easy to forget all else and yield to the soul-deep hunger he ignited within her.

 

I was a big fan of the heroine Joanna but the setting won my attention for best "character". This is set in Regency times but the author creates a fictional island and people called Akora (maybe Atlantis survivors?) and delivers big time on the descriptions. I was lost into the world the author created with such lush and detailed descriptions of the islands and their culture. 

 

The clash of cultures between Joanna and Alex provided for some fun back and forth but what made it really fantastic was how they both respected each other, even when Alex was stating that Joanna needed to be subservient, he was admiring her strength providing a look into his true character. 

 

There is a slight other worldly feel, the island atmosphere but also the "gifts" that Joanna and Alex's sister possess. I thought the traitor storyline could have been flushed out more and the beginning had a bit of a slow start but I think I'm too used to newer releases jumping right in instead of setting the atmosphere, which this one did. 

 

If you're looking for something set in the 1800s but widely different, a magical feel, and two leads who challenge each, you'll want to hunt for this one. I'll definitely be continuing on in the series to see Joanna's brother and perhaps Alex's sister join in on the HEA.

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text 2014-03-25 03:20
Dragon Ship: Best Viking Romance Novels
Dream of Me/Believe in Me - Josie Litton
Danegeld - Susan Squires
Hunting Season - Shelly Laurenston
The Reluctant Viking - Sandra Hill
The Irish Devil (Irish Eyes, #1) - Donna Fletcher
The Bear and the Bride - Jianne Carlo
Immortal Warrior - Lisa Hendrix
Norse Jewel - Gina Conkle
Viking's Desire: Sexy-Romance Novel: A Viking Love Story - Catherine Sharp
Playing Easy to Get - Kresley Cole,Sherrilyn Kenyon,Jaid Black

On March 3, 2013, the Vikings invaded the United States via a Dragon Ship named The History Channel.  The show was just renewed for 10 more episodes and the 2nd season is underway. Yea! 

 

So, now we can't get enough Vikings! This was mainly because they bathed unlike most men from that era. 

 

Oh, and swords, leather, and other yummy stuff. 

 

So, here you are! More great Vikings! Romance Novel Style. 

 

 

1. Dream of Me/Believe in Me by Josie Litton 

2. Danegeld by Susan Squires

3. Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston

4. The Reluctant Viking by Sandra Hill (Silly in a great way many book series)

5. The Irish Devil by Donna Fletcher

6. The Bear and the Bride by Jianne Carlo 

7. Immortal Warrior by Lisa Hendrix

8. Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle

9. Viking's Desire by Catherine Sharp 

10. Playing Easy to Get by Kenyon, Sherrilyn, Cole, Kresley and Jaid Black

 

I left off the Viking bodice rippers. I have read and enjoyed them (at the time) but they are an acquired taste. Everything is really but they are more like oysters. Some people love them. Some people throw up. :) 

 

Do you have a Man from the North to recommend? Let me know!

 

If you would like to see more recommendations (bodice rippers are there) and view sexy Vikings, check out my Pinterest Board: Dragon Ship: Best Viking Romance.

 

Did you know you can request a list? You can! Penny did! This list goes out to her! 

 

 

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review 2014-01-14 22:36
Josie Litton - Wikinger der Liebe
Wikinger der Liebe - Josie Litton
Beschreibung auf dem Buchrücken: 
Nur ungern willigt der freiheitsliebende Lord Hawk in eine Vernunftsehe mit Lady Krysta ein, um so zwischen den Angelsachsen und den Wikingern Frieden zu stiften. So viel Glück wie seine Schwester Cymbra, die sich damals in ihren Mann, den mächtigen Clanführer Wolf Hakonson, verliebte, wird er in dieser Ehe bestimmt nicht haben - da ist Hawk sich ganz sicher. Doch dann sieht er seine unbekannte Braur ein erstes Mal und verliebt sich Hals über Kopf in die widerspenstige schöne Wikingerin...
 
Details: 
Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
Verlag: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag; Auflage: Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, München (1. Juli 2003)
Sprache: Deutsch
ISBN-10: 3442358175
ISBN-13: 978-3442358175
Größe: 18 x 12,4 x 3,2 cm
Reihe? - Ja, Band 2 der Wikinger Triologie von Josie Litton
 
Eigene Meinung: 
Ich möchte die beiden Hauptprotagonisten Lady Krysta und Lord Hawk. Lady Krysta ist eine ungebundene eigenewillige Frau, die ihren eigenen Kopf unbedingt durchsetzen will. Lord Hawk ist ein erfahrener Kriegsheld, der sich in zahlreichen Schlachten gegen die Dänen verdient gemacht hat und glaubt, alles im Griff zu haben - bis er sich sich in Lady Krysta verliebt. Doch bevor den beiden eine Ehe bestreiten könen, müssen sie erstmal selber gewiss werden, wie sie zueinander stehen...
 
Die Geschichte ist keine "klassische" Liebesgeschichte, weil es eine Brise Magie innerhalb der Geschichte gibt, die das ganze etwas in eine mysthische Richtung lenkt. Allerdings muss man sich den Strang leider etwas zwischen den Zeilen zuende spinnen, was schade ist, weil es eben nicht aufgelöst wird.
 
"Wikinger der Liebe" ist der 2. Band der Wikinger Triologie von Josie Litton. Da die Bücher aber unabhängig voneinander gelesen werden können (wenn es Rückgriffe auf Band 1 gibt, werden diese im Zusammenhang kurz erklärt). Es wird keine durchgehende Geschichte erzählt, sondern die Romane drehen sich immer um Verwandtschaftsverhältnisse, also kann man auch die Reihenfolge verändern.
 
Der Schreibstil von Josie Litton ist leicht und locker. Ich mochte vor allem die Dialoge, die teilweise wirklich witzig waren. Teilweise hatte ich beim Lesen das Gefühl, dass die Seiten nur so dahinfolgen.Vor allem gefiel mir die Gestaltung des Romans, weil es eben nicht nur einen Spannungshöhepunkt gab, sondern die Handlung immer wieder steigend und fallend war, wodurch das Lesen sehr angenehm war. Leider fiel der Spannungsbogen zu Ende des Buches ab, was ich unglaublich schade fand, weil man so das Gefühl hatte, das die Autorin am Ende keine richtige Lust mehr hatte, alles komplett aufzulösen.
 
Fazit:
Ein Liebesroman voller Humor mit einer Brise Magie, die sich locker und leicht lesen lässt. 
Leider baut die Spannung zum Ende hin etwas ab, was schade ist, weil sonst wäre der wirklich klass gewesen.
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review 2013-07-10 00:00
Come Back to Me - Josie Litton I'm happy and sad to see this trilogy come to and end. The happy comes from me feeling like this trilogy went as far as it's going to go and I'm glad that I won't feel pressure to have to read on. The sad comes from realizing that there will be no more Vikings to read about. I guess I get to go feed my obsession by trying out some other authors who are writing about Vikings.Many felt like the third book in the trilogy was the weakest, but since I wasn't able to finish the second book, I guess I'm in the minority. While the "full-on" Viking atmosphere wasn't as strong in Come Back to Me as I would have preferred, I did at least enjoy the sweet love story at work. And by sweet, I mean "is this guy even a VIKING???" kind of sweet, which admittedly threw me for a loop. Let me refer back to the first book. Wolf was a Viking through and through. Even if he wasn't the raping and pillaging type, he was still a warrior who was willing to mow down anyone who would dare to get in his way. Wolf's brother Dragon (the hero of this book) was like the gentler little brother who is just as hot, but maybe not quite as alpha as we first were lead to believe. Which is okay with me. I found Dragon to be quite a delicious man in his own right. BUT...I really wanted more of that true Viking feel to the story. And I didn't find it here. My overall thoughts : The love story was charming, the sex was wonderful, and the bonds of new-found sisterhood were beautiful to witness. This author excels at drawing the reader into the time period and I am able to envision the clothing, the scenery, and the atmosphere as if I were there myself.The reason why I can't go higher than 3 stars is only because I want more from a Viking tale. Book 1 set the bar so high that the following two books never really made it back up to that standard. This was an enjoyable read, but not on par with what I know this author is capable of. If nothing else, do treat yourself to the magic of Dream of Me from Josie Litton. Then you can decide from there if you want to read the rest of the trilogy or not.
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review 2013-05-19 00:00
Dream of Me/Believe in Me
Dream of Me/Believe in Me - Josie Litton 5/19/2013 - Since I have this shelved as both books in one, the non-review for book 2 is added here. I honestly tried to read Believe in Me, the sequel to Dream of Me but had to DNF it. This wasn't even because there was anything wrong with the story. I'm sure it would have turned out fine, probably would have been a sweet romance. Unfortunately, because I was so enamored with book 1's representation of the Viking lore and how it intertwined with the love story, I found myself frustrated with book 2's sparse Saxon representation. I got about 40% in and realized that I was forcing myself to read, so I finally decided to throw in the towel.I will still give book 3 a shot at some point. The review below is about my love for book 1, which I read about a month ago. 4.5 stars for Dream of Me.Perhaps he wouldn't have to kill all of them. It was preferable to leave some alive who could speak of how they had been undone.Yes, I had to pillage (hah) the Vikings t.v. show pictures because the show is one of my new obsessions. If you get a chance to watch this epic show before reading the book (History channel is running a series 1 marathon this Sunday!), it will put the imagery into the forefront of your mind and allow you to envision the characters' world.My first Viking romance was a huge success. I was half afraid that the brutality would be extremely watered down in favor of a sweet romance but I think the author did an excellent job of showing various Viking evils (the motto could have been : rape, kill, plunder) while still managing to humanize her characters enough to balance with the limit of what a reader would want to be subjected to.Our lead character Wolf did have a heart, but he was still a man of his time. He was described as eyes aglow like the animal whose name he bore; this was a figure out of a nightmare. While he had an ample dose of affection for his wife, his character was never completely changed in order to try and be delicate, which works with a time that wasn't PC in any sense of the term. His place was to rule and conquer, and this was never forgotten.So much for dragging her naked and ravaged in chains through the streets, Wolf thought ruefully.While few people like to read about men who consider their women as property, I wouldn't expect anything less from the portion of history represented. Because I knew what to expect, I enjoyed the story for what it was.From the very start, I was captivated by Wolf's desire for Cymbra.What really balanced the story for me was that Cymbra was a strong and wise woman. Her beauty was the hook, but her resolve was the thing which made her a good choice of mate for Wolf. She challenged all of his beliefs and ways of doing things.He was hardly the sort to give up; the battle between them was only just begun.There is much that I could say about this story but I'd wish for everyone to experience it for themselves. This was my first Viking romance but it won't be last, now that I know that this can be done in such a way to satisfy both the need to read something realistic as well as beautiful. Absolutely. Glorious. Story."I love the way you can make me so helpless yet so protected, too."
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