From Publishers Weekly
Fleeing a tyrant, young Torolf Magnusson and his family accidentally time-travel from the 11th-century Norselands to modern-day America. They adapt so well that, years later, he's become a navy SEAL determined to return to his home time and right old wrongs. A group of special forces buddies, viewing the adventure as a lark, insist on going with him—and land in the midst of a Viking women's sanctuary whose residents, though they despise men, are eager for children. Hilarious cultural misunderstandings and outlandish sex scenes follow, along with a budding romance between Torolf and the sanctuary leader, strong-minded Hilda Berdottir. Though Hill's plot requires some major suspension of disbelief, her attention to the details of SEAL operations and Viking life provide a welcome measure of credibility as the men and their new allies work to dispatch the villain. A clichéd evil scientist plot weakens the latter half of the book, but Hilda's comical adventures in present-day California and a highly satisfying end more than compensate. Hill's fertile imagination and ribald erotic touches, previously employed in more than a dozen historical and paranormal romances (including The Very Virile Viking
), should further expand the popularity of this bestselling author. (Dec.)
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*Starred Review* Torolf Magnusson is determined to find and destroy Steinolf, a monster who is raping, torturing, and slaughtering his way across Norseland. The problem is, Torolf lives in the twenty-first century, and Steinolf is an eleven-century evildoer. But this doesn't seem like an insurmountable problem to Torolf, who has time-traveled before. His U.S. Navy SEAL buddies insist on going along, although they think the entire time-travel ploy is a joke. Meanwhile, Hilda Berdottir has led a group of women who have been brutalized by Steinolf to a remote keep. Five years later, the women are longing for men, not to keep them safe, but to give them children. Enter the SEALS. While Torolf, who had known Hilda as a child, finds himself drawn to her, the SEALs train the women in the art of warfare and slowly begin to realize this isn't a reenactment attraction for tourists, and that these women are really something. Exciting, unexpectedly erotic, and entertaining, Hill has added another winner to her series of fantastic tales of time-traveling Norsemen and the women bold and bawdy enough to love them. Shelley MosleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved