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Author: Jayla Jasso
Designation: Full-Length Standalone Time Travel Romance, NO Cliffhanger
Reading Platform: Kindle Edition
My Rating: Five Delightfully Entertaining Stars*****
Oh my! I loved, loved, loved this book! This was my first time reading the work of Jayla Jasso but it certainly won't be my last! I've been a fan of Time Travel Romance for years. There's just something about the concept that I've always highly romanticized but, most often, we find the woman traveling to the past and finding her knight in shining armor or chainmaille. lol... In this story, however, Jasso gives us a twenty-seven-year-old male Visigoth warrior traveling from 483 A.D. to current day Colorado by way of a spell cast by a powerful Druid priestess. Jasso grabbed my attention on the first page and I remained hopelessly enthralled until the very last line. But an intriguing and unique storyline is not the only extraordinary element of this powerful love story. Sweet Barbarian is a fast-paced, easy to follow, highly imaginative, exceptionally well crafted and written full-length standalone romance with a wonderful cast of fascinating, endearing and very engaging characters who completely stole my heart. The narrative is beautifully written in the third person with easily identifiable his and her perspectives from the two protagonists, handsome Visigoth warrior Valamir Braga and lovely kindhearted Spanish teacher Karly Draper. The dialogue is smart, well executed and flows effortlessly. Jasso has only three published novels listed on Amazon and a fourth due to be released in June 2017 but the comfortable, easy prose of this author is just extraordinary. I've read authors who have worked a lifetime to accomplish this level of skill but Jasso makes it look effortless. I was completely mesmerized, riveted to my ereader with my heart fluttering in my chest as the time flew as quickly as the pages. It was a wonderful experience. I giggled, snickered, snorted, snuffled, sniffed, and raged through the entire story but by the end, I was happy, satisfied and well entertained. Sweet Barbarian is the perfect combination of sweet romance, steamy passion, surprising humor, and heartbreaking angst. And make no mistake, this is definitely a very powerful and moving love story that transcends time and space. Sweet Barbarian truly makes me believe in the power of love again!
Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! Would I recommend it? You bet and I am but only for adult readers since it does contain some steamy, dreamy love scenes which do include explicit but tastefully written love scenes! Swoon..... Will I read this author again? Absolutely! I raced to Amazon and decided to read Caribbean Jewel next! And finally, was I entertained? Completely! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!
For thirty-four-year-old divorced Karly Draper, it was just another cold winter night in the Colorado mountains. School was out for Christmas vacation and Karly planned to spend it at home alone. After finally gaining her freedom from her abusive, drug-addicted ex-husband Shawn, Karly had no desire for a social life and when not working, spent most of her time in her isolated mountain cabin with her little dog Lulu. And she was happy with her life... until Lulu alerted her to a large animal who had apparently succumbed to some sort of injuries as well as the cold and collapsed on her property. Only it wasn't an animal... it was a very large unconscious man with long hair and beard lying face down in the snow, wearing only a leather and fur skirt and fur boots. And no shirt... Yikes! And he was dying from hypothermia. So, Karly did what any kindhearted Christian would do, right? She dragged him inside and used her body heat to warm him. Oh my! She never planned on falling in love with him, especially since he had to be crazy. He might be handsome but there's no way he could really be from the year 483, right? Apparently, he could and Karly would eventually have to make a decision that would alter her life forever. Can a Visigoth warrior from the past find love and happiness with a modern day woman from Colorado? We'll see!
Living in her Pikes Peak cabin, Spanish teacher, Karly has tried to maintain a quiet life with her chihuahua Lulu. The drama of divorcing her abusive, cocaine addicted ex-husband, and his continued harassing emails, has taken its toll. To say she has trust issues with men would be an understatement. So, what is she now suppose to do with this enormous, half clothed, half dead man who's unconscious in her back yard. Can she really just leave him to die in the snow?
Sweet Barbarian by Jayla Jasso is the slow, but steady saga of two haunted and emotionally scarred people from different centuries. I like how the author takes her time developing their relationship as they learn how to communicate and trust. Indeed, Val is a sweet barbarian, but he truly has his hands full with Karly's trust issues. However, he is a man who knows how to wait patiently for her to learn to trust him as he falls deeper and deeper in love with her. There are some intimate scenes that are graphic, but this is not a book about sex. This is truly a book about forever-after love. This is the first of Ms. Jasso's works that I have read, but it won't be my last. I loved this book and couldn't put it down.
This was a really good story. I liked both Karly and Valamir very much and thought their story was very well done. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I'll definitely consider trying more of her work in the future.
Karly is a Spanish teacher that lives in the mountains of Colorado. Karly is half Japanese and half Dutch and was teased as a child due to her mixed heritage. Karly joined the military when she was younger and met a man, Shawn, that she ended up marrying. She didn't know he had had a cocaine addiction before their marriage and when it came back, she eventually had to divorce him (18 months ago) for her own safety.
Valamir is a warrior and clan leader from the year 483. He grew up in the an ancient part of France that used to be ruled by the Romans. Valamir's village was attacked by a neighboring village with more warriors. Valamir and his people were beaten and Valamir only escaped by accepting a deal with a Druid (who also happened to be the wife of his enemy) that promised him his life in exchange for his servitude.
To save Valamir's life, the Druid sent him to the future (without telling him where she was sending him), promising to bring him back when her husband was dead and Valamir could serve her. Valamir was not thrilled at all at the deal but it was accept her deal or die within minutes so he accepted. Valamir was shocked to find himself transported to what seemed to be a far away land. Stranded in an unknown place, wounded and getting hypothermia from the snow, Valamir had no choice but to strike forth and try to find help. He found a strange cabin right before he passed out from hypothermia. Karly happened to be the one living in the cabin Valamir found and was alerted to his presence by her dog barking at him. Karly was surprised and a bit worried at finding a strange man passed out in her backyard but she couldn't leave him to die in the snow so she managed to drag him inside.
Because of a snow storm, Karly ended up having to tend Valamir herself and couldn't call the authorities to help him. She's unsure of him but (when he wakes up) he seems nice and nonthreatening so she lets him stay. Valamir doesn't speak any English so Karly starts teaching him and they begin to communicate. The attraction is instantaneous and mutual but Karly has some definite qualms about Valamir when he admits to her that he's from the year 483. He doesn't seem to be lying but how can she actually believe he's from over 1,500 years in the past?!?! Karly does come to trust Valamir enough that she lets him stay with her and helps him get on his feet. Eventually this turns into something more but they take things rather slow because of Karly's inability to accept where Valamir came from. They have a few issues to deal with, namely Karly's psyco Ex and Valamir's deal with the druid, but they do get through things nicely and end the story starting a well deserved HEA together.
This was a really enjoyable story. I liked Karly very much. She was smart and level-headed and I think I would have liked being her friend if we knew each other in real-life. Valamir was a real sweety and I just wanted to hug him...a lot. The story was very good, with enough going on to keep the story interesting without going overboard on the complexity. Overall, I really liked the MCs and the storyline so I'd recommend this book. :)