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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?
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I typically prefer Regency romances so this was an unexpected surprise. Looking forward to the next one.Published 4 months ago by Jayme K.
This was a nice love story but I liked my Vikings with a little more backbonePublished 8 months ago by Jeana Baxter
i didn't want this story to end. i had been waiting for it to come out in book form for a long time. it gave me what i wanted and more. debi allenPublished 9 months ago by debra allen
I really enjoy Gina Conkle's Midnight Meetings series, which is why I picked up Norse Jewel. NJ was an interesting story, and I tend to enjoy a good Viking romance. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andrea T
I have read books by this author before and loved them. I enjoy this time period very
much. The story idea was great, it was the heroine that I did not care for at all. Read more
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A beautifully crafted work of historical fiction which held me... Read more
For lovers of Viking historical romance Norse Jewel is a good escape. Gina Conkle writes and researches well. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jenerated Reviews
Helena and Hankan 's story leaves the reader wanting more. I laughed and sighed right along with Helena. Very enjoyable, with all the splendor of a true Viking tale.Published 16 months ago by Denise MC