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Torn Avenger: A Dark Viking Romance Paperback – September 12, 2017
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What's not to love about sexy historical Vikings? Absolutely nothing. I love Lea's style of writing, her characters and the heat she infuses in her books.
Grab this one up, it's short, and will fill a cold afternoon very nicely.
Gritty, dark and violent are just some of the ways I would describe the book. I was skeptical in the beginning because dark romance is not my genre of choice, but I’m glad I took a chance on this book. I do love a good M/M story but this is not your typical M/M book. Roeland is married to a woman and she is pregnant in the beginning of the book. He loves her dearly and is excited about their first pregnancy. Then everything changes when Vikings raid their village. Roeland is in charge of protecting his sister and he doesn’t know where she is during the raid. He goes and searches for her while leaving his very pregnant wife behind, when he finds her he is in shock. He finds a Viking raping his sister and proceeds to sever his head. That set everything in motion. Alv is a Viking from the village that the raiders came from. He is the second son of the Viking earl and stands to inherit nothing so he goes into medicine and dabbles with his male slave. The village has a don’t ask don’t tell policy when it comes to Alv. It’s discovered that his brother, the first son, has been murdered and his father dies of grief, Alv makes a vow to avenge this tragedy. When Alv and Roeland’s eyes meet there is an unexplained current of awareness that groes through Alv. What will come of Alv choosing to spare Roeland’s life?
This is a story about family, revenge and misplaced grief. Once Alv finds out the real reason Roeland kills his brother he sympathizes with him, but that doesn’t negate the vow he made to his mother. Will Alv be able to step in his father’s shoes? Will Alv be exposed for his sexuality because it is expected for him to marry a woman and produce heirs?
And it started off incredible. I was hooked... The story is gripping, emotional and intense – but what it lacked was the actual romance, or even the build-up of an emotional connection between both main characters.
The story starts with Roeland being happily married to a woman and they are expecting their first child. Roeland could not be more thrilled about it all. Until Vikings raid their village and leave nothing but destruction behind. It’s violent and not pretty at all – forcing Roeland to do something equally brutal for justice… and up to this point I couldn’t read fast enough.
What came then was a weird case of insta-lust from Alv, going a little crazy like a uber-emotional teenaged girl, even though seemed pretty content up to this point with a loose relationship with his male slave and a family who let him be because his bigger brother would be the one to become Viking jarl and rule the village.
And Roeland? Well… He mourned his losses and then suddenly just plain accepted that a man wanted to be with him. No questioning, no passion, no nothing, they just… were together suddenly, and yet not really. It was strange.
I loved the world the author created, and it could have been a great story if it were just a couple of chapters longer. So the fire fizzled and died rather quickly and I was left disappointed on the romance side.
I loved it from the first line.
Roeland was working when he heard screaming and yelling and when he looked outside the Vikings were ravish all around. He has to save his pregnant wife and his sister.
When he finally finds his sister she is overpowered by a big figure who is between her legs.
He has to save her.
Alv lies in bed with his beautiful slave Hedin, when he hears a lot of commotion, a boat, his brother will finally be home from war.
He is back... but not in one piece... and not alive. As heir he would lead the people and now....
Alv is not a warrior or a killer, he studies medicine, he is small and fragile with angelic features, but he has to find the killer of his brother..so there he goes.
When he finds the man it isn't someone he expected, this is a kind family man, who will be soon devastated because there is a lot of blood and a crying baby hold by a young girl.
Alv heart beats faster for the man in front of him, Alv is no killer he is a lover, only he has to take him home.. to the people. He has to die.
When he finds out this man is a foreigner, Dutch, it getting complicating.. The Dutch have an impressive army...
That was a wonderful written story. Dark, strong and unpredictable. All personalities amazing put down. It was like a movie before my eyes.
It's about family honor, jealousy, manipulation, justice, love and kindness and two man who can't be together...or can they.
It has an intriguing plot, this all with raw and dark Norway anno 1013 as background, great done.
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