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Norse Jewel by [Conkle, Gina]
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"A master at piquing the reader's interest, Gina Conkle has crafted a mesmerizing story that evokes strong emotions in readers."
---4.5 star review, RomanceHistoricalLovers.com

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He removed his helmet and his eyes burned ice-blue. Her body read all too well the message in his eyes and breath came heavy in her chest. Such stark hunger.
The breeze rustled his hair, more strands flaxen white from the sun. She touched the unbound length, a slow treasuring exploration and lowered her gaze to his chest. The darkening of his eyes was too much. Every inch of her pulsed awareness from her bare feet grazing his wolfskin boots to his hard frame pressing close. These jumbled sensations overwhelmed.
"Your hair is over long, my lord. It needs cutting." Her voice was thick to her ears.
Her palms made slow, light circles on his chest. The leather jerkin beneath her hands was a kind of armor that kept her from him. She braved a look at his face, and Hakan's full wanting melted her; his was an invitation to explore. Her fingertips traced his unshaven jaw, tingling from the abraded feel. 'Twas rough warmth...so like the man. Hakan dropped Agnar's reins and his calloused hands skimmed her bare arms, pausing at the silver manacle that claimed her as his.
In his eyes, a mix of need and...
"The day I left...the kiss---" he said, his voice deep and uneven.
Helena set two fingers to his mouth. "We'll not speak of it." She pressed against him and gave her own bold invitation. "I'd rather we try again."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1140 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (June 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0MMUEO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to give an honest review here. First of all I was looking forward to reading this book because I love Viking Romances. Here are the Pros and cons for me:

Pros - I loved Hakan and Helena. The premise of the story was great. I loved how they met, Hakan's past, his ex, son, best friend, and what he wanted for his future. All of that was good thinking and brilliant. Abduction, slavery, friendships, loyalty, past love, jealousy, betrayal, beserkers, kings, family history, romance, laughter, banter, disappointment, and hope. The potential was there for an epic Viking Romance Series.

Cons - 1. It took me until chapter 7 to even be interested, I almost stopped reading this book, but I am glad I gave it more of a chance because I loved the story from there on. 2. Viking Romances normally have quite a bit of sex in them. It makes sense because of the era. This book lacked that and that in my opinion was disappointing. It was way too tame for my taste. 3. It was too rushed in the end and that was sad. 4. Epilogue should not have been in the book. The epilogue took place hours after the book "ended". 5. Too many questions unanswered. He was supposed to go on an important mission, What the heck happened to Sven? 6. If the author was going to continue the story in a sequel...the book did not inform me (the reader) of this. I was left wanting to know what happened from there to Hakan, Helena and Eric, his mission, consequences for Gorm, and again what the heck happened to Sven?
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In the land of the Franks in AD 1022 Helena, a chattel stolen from her village by Danish warriors, looks over a trading scene. She has been injured while being captured, and is warned that she should find a good master or risk worse injury. A chieftain who wishes to settle to a farming life on his homestead is looking for steady servants, and his arm ring bears a NORSE JEWEL.
Helena is valuable because she has a smattering of a few languages, and Hakan the Norse chieftain has to haggle for her.
The details are well researched and Helena, who first wants to return to her village, comes to her sense and starts making a new life for herself, using her skills at weaving wool and linen as well as herbal lore to earn her keep. She faces dangers as well as friendship in the lands of the Nor'men and eventually comes to value their cleaner way of life than that of the Frankish.

This is suitable for young adults as well as adults and is an entertaining and informative historical romance.
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I definitely need to read more books set during this time period! Norse Jewel was such a nice change from all of the Regency and Victorian era Romances I've been reading. The year is 1022, and Helena has been taken from her home and is being sold as a slave. Lucky for her, a Norse chieftan is looking for a thrall who speaks Frankish, so soon Helena is setting sail to a place far from her home. While she's glad to be away from the Danes who stole her, all Helena wants is to return to Frankia to be with her family and betrothed, even though Hakan treats her more like lady of the house rather than a slave woman.

Norse Jewel could probably be described as a "slow burn" romance. Hakan and Helena fight their attraction for most of the book and it drove me crazy (in a good way, of course)! Hakan is not a typical viking. He's sick of being a warrior and just wants a quiet life as a farmer. He also lives by a code of honor which keeps him from being involved with this thralls, but he can't help but be drawn to Helena. Meanwhile, Helena sees what a good man Hakan is, but all she wants is her freedom. Or to marry the man who claims he'll never marry. He offers her everything except the two things that she wants most and would make her stay with him! Boneheaded man! Grrr!

My only disappointment in Norse Jewel was that the dangerous, revenge plot kind of gets dropped at the end. Someone overthrows the king, and that same someone wants revenge on Hakan and will go to any length to get it. Hakan is suppose to go put a stop to all of this, but....nothing happens. The epilogue does leave the story pretty open, since it says something about their adventures just beginning. So I assume Hakan went to take care of business after getting his happily ever after. I just wish we had gotten to see that.
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Captured by Danish raiders, then sold to a Viking Chieftain, Hakan. Helena a Frankish woman is determined to gain her freedom or escape. But Hakan takes her far accross the sea to his homeland of Svea. Haken has served his king well throughout his life, and now wishes to return and tend his farm. He admires Helena's stubbornness and bravery. Most are cowed by his reputation and physical presence. But Hakan is distrustful of all women especially after his disastrous marriage. Helena though resentful at her position as a thrall, is amazed at Hakan's fair treatment towards her. His home on Svea is beautiful, and under any other circumstances she might be happy. But she longs to return to her betrothed and family. Thralls can win their freedom, so Helena plots and plans to gain hers.

First read for me by this author. This is a well written story that is set in 1022. I really liked the two lead characters they were easy to relate to. The plot is well thought out with plenty happening. If I have any complaints it's that I thought Haken seemed a bit to easy going considering he was a chieftain and a ruthless raider. There is plenty of chemistry and sexual tension as well. But this is not by any means an erotic read. There is very limited sexual content. But that is not a nesessary requirement for me. This is a very enjoyable story.
ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing and NetGalley
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