Naughty Norsemen: Going a-Viking in Romancelandia – Part 1

We’ll subtitle this post….

The maiden voyage

As part of my Haul of Half-Off Harlequins, I wound up with two Viking romances, chosen primarily for the snark value. Unfortunately, both were actually pretty good.

But, of course, these books kicked off a Viking-theme book binge, which dredged up one ridiculously fun PNR mashup, several “meh” examples, and one so-called “classic” that left me cringing.

Cute Viking

Before we set sail, I must admit I know fuck-all about actual Vikings or Norse mythology. I did learn that the proper homage to Thor for a successful pillage was a goat sacrifice, and you know how I feel about goats.

ANYWAY, it’s time to put on our pointy-horned hats and go raiding.


Warriors in Winter by Michelle Willingham

Warriors in Winter by Michelle Willingham

  • Title: Warriors in Winter
  • Author: Michelle Willingham
  • Series/Category: MacEagan Brothers, Book 7 (Harlequin Historical)
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Publisher: Harlequin, December 2012
  • Source: ($4.79 ebook)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • Trope(s): Vikings
  • Quick blurb: Vikings! Revenge! Blindness! Plot Moppets! Sacrifice!
  • Quick review: Almost forgettable, but I liked the focus on the strong heroines.
  • Grade: B-

“You must choose, Brianna. Between vengeance and death…or marriage and life.”

This was a good choice for my maiden voyage into Viking romance — short and enjoyable fluff, with heroines that didn’t make me want to do unspeakable things to my Kindle.


Ice Maiden by Debra Lee Brown

Ice Maiden by Debra Lee Brown

  • Title: Ice Maiden
  • Author: Debra Lee Brown
  • Series/Category: Harlequin Historical
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Publisher: Harlequin, Febuary 2001
  • Source: ($4.79 ebook)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • Trope(s): Vikings! Shipwrecks! Kidnappings! Big Misunderstandings!
  • Quick blurb: Shipwrecked Scottish chieftain is forced to marry Viking princess so she can obtain her dowry to ransom her brother.
  • Quick review: An interesting trope-twister with the hero being held captive by a tall, muscular, grumpy heroine.
  • Grade: B-

Frigid. Authoritative. Mercenary. All a man could want in a bride.

I appreciated the kickass heroine and the gender reversal of the plot much more after reaching the next stops on the Viking Voyage (more on that dreck coming soon….).

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