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When Wynne, the clan seer tells Gunnolf that she has had a vision and he must set out to rescue a woman. Gunnolf sets out in the middle of a snowstorm to find the woman that needs his help. When he runs into Brina (literally) he believes that he has found the woman Wynne sent him to find. He is surprised to find that Brina is the girl that came to his aid all those years ago when he was left for dead by his brother. He has thought of her many times over the years and still thinks of her as his goddess. Brina also remembers Gunnolf and is delighted that he survived his injuries.
Brina also has visions and foresaw a battle where her father was cut down. When the man her father wants her to marry returns from the battle, he tells her that her father is dead and they will marry the next day. Brina does not want to marry Seamus and decides to leave and seek out her mother's family. When Brina shares that she is trying to make it to MacNeill lands to seek refuge with her mother's clan, Gunnolf is convinced that he has the right woman. While trying to evade Seamus' men, they stumble upon an abandoned wolf cub - Brina refuses to leave the cub and this endears her to Gunnolf. As they are traveling, they stumble upon one of her clan members home and make the shocking discovery that her father was not killed - he was injured and left for dead - he agrees that sending Brina to the MacNeill's is the best course of action and hints that he would like Gunnolf to marry Brina and take over as clan leader. Gunnolf has no desire to marry - no matter how attracted he is to Brina. He promises to take her to the MacNeill's and leaves it at that.
When they make it to Wynne's cottage, Gunnolf is surprised to learn that Brina is her granddaughter and that she is not the woman he was meant to save. He leaves Brina with Wynne and sets out again - this time he finds Lynette - Brina's companion, who has some surprising secrets of her own. He travels with Lynette determined to get her to Wynne and along the way finds yet another woman who needs his help.
When Gunnolf brings Lynette Wynne's, he is surprised to find out that she might be related to the MacNeill's and meets up with James. James has received a missive from Brina's father - demanding that Gunnolf marry Brina. Brina has found out some information about Gunnolf's family that she feels he must know before they can even think about the future.
Brina tells Gunnolf that she has learned that his family is the clan her father was fighting against and she believes that her father killed his brother in that battle. Gunnolf sets out to find his family and to think about what he is going to do about Brina.
Brina wants Gunnolf - I found it extremely amusing how she was jealous of the time he spent with Lynette and how upset she got after a vision of Gunnolf reunited with his childhood sweetheart. When Gunnolf returns, he has decided that he wants to marry Brina and help her father restore the clan.
As usual - the path to true love and happiness is not smooth and these two really have to work for their HEA.
I am rating this book 4 stars for two reasons - first, the dialogue was a bit choppy and at times hard to follow and second, because I didn't really see the development of the love between Gunnolf and Brina - one minute neither wants to marry and the next they are declaring their love to each other. I just didn't feel it.
I did enjoy the book and would highly recommend it - in fact if you have been following the series, this book is a must read. However, if you haven't read the series (which you really should) this book is very easy follow and you won't feel like you have missed something vital by reading this as a stand alone title.
I liked the fact that the seduction of Brina occurred by forced restraint. Gunnolf’s control, even though the heroine could tell it cost him, not only impressed her but it laid the foundation of trust. That’s important for any relationship, but because Brina is used to men controlling her, not taking into account her feelings or wishes, trust does not come easy. I enjoyed watching her flower under Gunnolf’s care.
The conflict is typical for the time period – father dictates who his daughter will marry and the daughter knows she’s going to be in a world of hurt if it comes to pass. Drastic measures needs be taken and Brina doesn’t waste any time in escaping. Cue the start of her adventure.
The villain is an easy spot. He’s just enough on the scene to make it rough and threatening to the heroine, and by association, Gunnolf. However, he’s not present enough to take away from the budding romance between the hero and heroine. He’s a great reason to throw them together and an incentive to propel the movement of the plot.
The paranormal aspect comes from Gunnolf’s grandmother and a secondary character named Wynne. And, although Wynne is a more significant character than Brina or anyone could have dreamed, her role in this novel didn’t wow me. Her talent certainly is formidable and key in plot movement, I’ll grant you that. However, at one point she gives specific advice about how the talent to foresee can’t be forced and it’s ambiguous at best, whereas her talent reads like a controlled remote viewing camera with sound. It’s too convenient and a little unbelievable.
What was really written well were the passionate moments between Brina and Gunnolf. I enjoyed how he seduced her and how she blossomed under his tutelage. I also liked how some of the characters from past books showed up to help out. Again, their inclusion does not mean that a new reader will get lost. Not at all. They support and assist the hero and heroine where it counts and behaved as perfect secondary characters should.
The Viking’s Highland Lass is everything I hoped for when it comes to an HEA for Gunnolf. He deserved a special lass to fall in love with and Brina is perfect for him. I really enjoyed myself and can easily recommend this book. It’s a wonderful romance and I’m a happy reader.
originally posted at long and short reviews