Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Thor's Day Viking Reading

The Dragon Slayer by Jianne Carlo

To save her sister, can Catriona slay the Dragon Slayer?
Ruard, the Viking warrior known as The Dragon Slayer, has no great hopes for the wife he’s to take as the lord of Dunnsmuir Castle, so long as she’s a biddable wife, with all her teeth, who doesn’t drool—a plain, humble woman. He has no use for the flame-haired nymph with breasts as ripe as melons and whose supple hips beckon a man’s hands. Nor for a maiden with a stubborn chin and flashing eyes that speak of naught but trouble.

Catriona hopes for a husband ‘twill be easy to poison. Lord Ulfric holds her sister captive and demands Catriona do his bidding: poison his Viking rival, the man they call the Dragon Slayer. Catriona hopes for a cruel warrior, a man easy to hate, not this Thor god come to life with golden hair, sky blue eyes, and a laughing smile. Her sister’s life depends on it, but how can she slay this Ruard, her new husband, who makes her heart pound with joy?
The Dragon Slayer is a novella that has a lot of the things I enjoy when reading a Viking romance novel. Really hot love scenes between the hero and heroine. The Viking hero Ruard is big, muscular, virile and golden all over (yes, you have to use the word virile at least once in a Viking romance novel). He's also gets very jealous when anyone touches his Catriona or even looks at her too long. Oh, I just love a big beautiful jealous Viking...yummy.There are a couple of fight scenes and thank goodness author Jianne Carlo doesn't go into a lot of detail about them in this novella. I always skim through that part anyways when I'm reading them.

Thanks you Jianne Carlo for giving Ruard blond hair. I always have a WTF moment when I see the cover of a Viking romance novel and the Viking is tall dark and handsome. It immediately gets points taken off from me. A dark Viking bugs me the entire time I'm reading the book. I'm always trying to make him blond in my mind's eye. Give me talk dark and handsome in my highlander romance novels.

The Dragon Slayer is book two in Jianne Carlo's Viking Warrior's series. Book three in the series titled The Peacemaker is due to be released in June. This will be Ruard's brother Njal's love story. We get to see him a lot in The Dragon Slayer.  Maybe Njal and Helen will end up together.Or maybe Helen and Captain drGrecy will fall in love. We really never  find out what happens to Catriona's friend Helen at the end of this story.

I fell in love with Catriona's little seven year old sister Gaeierla who thinks  Ruard is the norse god Thor. Maybe one day later in the series we will get her love story. I hope we get to see her grow up and fall in love with a big golden Viking like Thor.
I love the cover of this book. The cover model is Sam Bond and I think he makes for a perfect Viking. Great choice for the cover model.
I read this novella in about and hour using my kindle app on my iphone.


Jianne Carlo said...

I hope you enjoy and I can't wait to read your review!

The Viking Princess said...

My review is up. I loved it!

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