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The Very Virile Viking [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Hill
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Book Description

“Sandra Hill always delivers smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud action.”
—Christine Feehan

“Sandra Hill writes stories that tickle the funnybone and touch the heart.”
—Susan Wiggs

What true romantic fiction fan could possibly resist USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Sandra Hill’s buff and sexy Norsemen—whether they’re carousing with comely maids  back in the eleventh century or making mischief in the present day after being miraculously transported through time? The latter is the case for The Very Virile Viking, who somehow finds himself in an unfamiliar kingdom called Hollywood and lusting after a gorgeous winemaker. Once again, Sandra Hill delivers a truly hilarious time travel romance that’s endearing, delightful, and sizzling hot—just like her hopelessly lost hero, The Very Virile Viking!

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With its boisterous humor and lovable characters, the newest entry in Hill's time-travel series (following Truly, Madly Viking) will charm the socks off of readers. Magnus Ericsson, a brawny Viking from the 10th century, sets out with nine of his 11 children to find new lands when his longship drifts off course and ends up smack in the middle of a Hollywood set. Mistaken for an "act-whore" auditioning for a Viking film, he snags the producer's attention as well as the interest of gorgeous realtor Angela Abruzzi. Angela agrees to take Magnus and his kids in, with the caveat that her family's Sonoma County vineyard, be the setting for the producer's next flick. Though buff, Magnus is none too swift, and it takes him a while to realize he's time-traveled. Instead, he thinks he's discovered new lands. He and Angela make ideal sparring partners and bedmates: the only problem is that Magnus has taken a vow of celibacy. Despite a daunting number of characters, Hill manages to give each child a unique voice while still keeping the focus on the sexy shenanigans between Magnus and Angela. A subplot involving a nasty neighbor who will do anything to get his hands on the winery is underdeveloped, but, all in all, this is an engaging, hilarious and entirely winsome read.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Magnus Ericsson is one depressed Viking. He's raising ten children by himself, and his surprise eleventh child has been delivered to him without benefit of the mother. So Magnus does what is, in his opinion, the only sane thing for an overly virile man to do. He takes a vow of celibacy, gathers his children, leaves the Norselands, and heads for Vinland. Rose Abruzzi wants lots of great-grandchildren, enough to fill her vineyard estate. Granddaughter Angela, a Hollywood real estate agent, isn't interested in obliging her, but Grandma won't take no for an answer and says a novena every night to make her dream come true. As Magnus sails to Vinland, he has a vision of an old lady praying over her beads, and the next thing he knows, he and his brood are in twentieth-century California, and culture shock has never been funnier. This is the third in a trilogy about the time-traveling Ericsson brothers (The Last Viking, 1998; Truly, Madly Viking, 2000), and Hill, known for her sexy, sassy style, has penned another winner. Shelley Mosley
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  • File Size: 1598 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (June 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2W3Q4
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandra goes scores a bullseye! March 13, 2003
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Sandra Hill goes for tongue through cheek with this charming book and scores big! This is her best work yet and a definite keeper!
Magnus Ericsson is a simple farmer. He loves the land, how to make things flourish and multiply...oh, boy does he....a father with 11 kids from 4 wives and six lovers and various one night after too much mead stands! Worse, he has no mother for his herd of kiddies after all the parade of females through his life, because they had died or possibly run for their sanity when faces with his rambunctious kiddos. Magnus has just been presented with a baby about a year old, told it's his, so he is somewhat of a joke in his Viking settlement. Taking his pride - and 9 of his children - he boards a longship and heads out to find Vineland in the new country.
Cut to present day, you meet Angela and her grandmother Rose, trying to save their family Vineyard and Winery. They are all that is left of their family. Angela is divorced, working as a real estate salesman just so she can plough the money into saving Blue Dragon Winery, her grandmother's love. Rose wishes for lot of grandchildren, but see no hope as Angela has divorced "the Creep" the year before and shows no interest in men. What a grandmother to do?? She make a wish on her rosary for a big strong man and lots of grandchild...asap please.
Off on the other side of the country, having found Vineland and left in shame because of the kids antics, Magnus and his brood hit a strange fog that seems to have no end. Suddenly they enter a bright area, so blinding, and find they have landed in Holly and Wood a most strange and adventuresome country.
Naturally, Rose's wish has summoned him to where he and the children are very needed, but will Angela wake up and smell the wine??
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hoot, in the very best way April 9, 2003
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I bought this book because I was so amused by the title; I never had heard before of author Sandra Hill. Please understand that this is not a conventional story. That said, if one can accept time-travel, whimsy and hot (HOT!) sex, then this is a fun read.
(Have you heard the one about the medieval Viking warrior whose ship washes up on a Hollywood movie set? Ba dum bum!) By virtue of everything going on in this plot, VVV truly is distinctive.
Author Hill writes beautifully, but there is so much doing in THE VERY VIRILE VIKING that it is easy to overlook her skill. Her historic detail seems knowledgable and plausible, though I was surprised to learn that medieval Norsemen spoke Middle English. Still, in reading a novel such as this, a reader either accepts the premise and goes along with the fun, or the reader walks (or runs) away from the book.
Sandra Hill displays a keen sense of humor, again easy to overlook in this well-paced tale, as the plot flows along so nicely--dare I say, even so plausibly. It is entertaining to read her displaced character's take on our modern life, on such basic necessities as deodorant and sanitary napkins and "dome-noes" pizza. And, as I already mentioned, her sex scenes are as good, or better, than any others I have read in the genre of racy romance--so be warned, because VVV definitely is not for the faint of heart!
I definitely look forward to reading more of Ms. Hill's work in the future.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars amusing time travel romance March 1, 2003
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In 999 AD Norselands, widower farmer Magnus Ericsson raises eleven children, ranging in age from infant to teen, by himself. Saying no more kids, Magnus vows to remain celibate. He also needs to spice up his life so he takes ten of his brood with him (one is married) on a sea trip, but a mysterious fog traps the vessel within its darkness.
In present day Hollywood, Angela Abruzzi along with her family struggle to save the family vineyard, Blue Dragon, currently not producing any wine. Angela thinks a Viking movie filmed at Blue Dragon will save the Vineyards. Meanwhile her grandmother worries about Angela and prays a man will come for her single granddaughter. Magnus and his family land at Holly and Wood in Angela's time. Because of his garb and accent, everyone thinks Magnus is an actor. Angela is persuaded to keep an eye on him to keep him out of trouble. As he battles modern times, Magnus finds Angela is the real challenge as she makes him desire an end to his vow of celibacy.
Up front this is not a Carpenter type novel. Instead readers obtain an amusing time travel romance that is outrageously funny when Magnus voices or acts on his observations. The plot avoids the one book joke by placing Magnus and his football team into varying scenarios. Angela is a charming counterpoint trying to provide normalcy, but failing because she loves her displaced actor. Fans of contemporary Viking tales will obviously enjoy this novel, but so will anyone who appreciates a very humorous almost slapstick story.
Harriet Klausner
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very satisfying!! March 21, 2003
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I read Truly Madly Viking and The Last Viking, and this is a WOW of a end to the story of three brothers. It's funny, sexy, charming and just sparkles with wit!
Think this is her best book yet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okies...Leeanne LOVED this book! March 21, 2003
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I enjoyed this book from page one to the end, and laughing all the way...I mean 10th Century Viking discover Wallie World...what a howl! Magnus is the brother from Truly Madly Viking and the Last Viking.
Magnus is sort of the joke of his village. He has 13 kids, two have died and he is just marrying off his eldest daughter. We soon begin to understand, that not all these kids are his, but every woman wanting to get rid of her unwanted baby has passed it off as his. But Magnus is not stupid, he just loves his children, though they do drive him - and the village nuts at times. So he takes the A-viking and ends up as his brothers did in present day. Boy when they go A-Viking they really go A-Viking.
In this one he and his 9 kids land in the land of Holly & Wood...and he instantly finds his destiny in Angela the granddaughter of Rose, owner of the Blue Dragon winery. Rose want grandchildren, wants her granddaughter happily married and would like to see the series of accidents reversed so once more the winery can produce wine.
It is charming and so utterly witty! I simply loved this book, the best of Sandra Hill.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good book
an end to the story of the three brothers.Jorund,Rolf, and Magnus....It's funny, sexy, charming
Magnus is a simple farmer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Maryjp
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
I love Sandra Hill's Viking II series books. The books are funny and interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Lacey Dream
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved Magnus and his 11 children. Great men, great love, great women, great adventure and lots to learn as one time slips to another. This is an impressive and brilliant series.
Published 2 months ago by Sharon Bermuda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent read!
Published 4 months ago by N Ayala
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Anything by Sandra Hill is great. This book is full of humor. I absolutely recommend this series.
Published 6 months ago by Rose Buompensiero
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 months ago by DKC
5.0 out of 5 stars So good, that I bought another copy after I wore out my paperback...
I absolutely LOVE, Love, Love this book! I owned the paper back version with the original cover years ago, and loved it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kzoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that Viking!
Sandra Hill just doesn't quit. She's the best ever! The Very Virile Viking is fantastic! All Sandra's books are fantastic. I am retired and don't get out much. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Connie Napoli
4.0 out of 5 stars good reading
I get great enjoyment reading this authors romances that have a bit of humor, history and many explicit sex scenes
Published 16 months ago by TERESA
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Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.

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