- Libro de bolsillo: 384 páginas
- Editor: Avon Books; Edición: Original (27 de septiembre de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 006167351X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061673511
The Norse King's Daughter (Inglés) Libro de bolsillo – 27 sep 2011
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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Princess Scorned!
Princess Drifa can certainly see whySidroc Guntersson is a living legend--on battlefield and in bedchamber both.But the King of Stoneheim's willful daughterpitches a royal fit when she learns of the truereason for the virile Viking's passionate attentions.A third-born son with no hope of inheriting thefamily jarldom, scheming Sidroc must marry andis interested in Drifa only for her father's landand money. The barbarian is lucky she just crackshim on his fool head with a pottery pitcher!
Five years later, Drifa needs Sidroc's protection--in Byzantium, no less!--though revenge holdsmore appeal for this man she left for dead.'Tis a pity two such perfect enemies matcheach other so well, passion for passion.So much so that the bold Viking berserkeris soon thinking marriage again . . .only this time it will be on his terms!
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Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than ten years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories.
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However on this book (and Dixie Christmas) the first 75% is stretched with unnecessary and forced humor. I keep thinking `c'mon, give me action' but instead half the book was just stretched too long with `clever word exchange' that came out too trite. Trite because it is used to dodge main issue - like the deceit - and halt the flow of the story.
Another thing I did not like on the book (and every book with this kind of plot) is the assumption that REAL intimacy can develop with deceits between characters - main or not. Or maybe it's just me who find it hard to trust and love a man knowing there is personal lies/deceit between us, or even in developing friendships. Now sex just for the heck of it is another story because you don't have to trust the other half of the equation. Which to me is just what has been developing between the main characters and then we are led to believe it is love? It is just hard to swallow for me.
Overall, the book started with promise of laughter and mayhem when our hero found himself between a rock and a hard place. Then here comes our heroine, close to falling then caught herself just in time to show the hero she is more than just a pretty face. Then it went downhill when the book was peppered with TONS of characters - to deliver the `historical' part of the book. I just wish the historical part is weaved seamlessly on the story like the rest of the books in this series, instead they stick out there like a sore thumb. Also the main characters are constantly apart, half the time in the book, only to come together for bedplay as they call it.
At least in the end the deceit was addressed that's why I gave this book two star. I just hope Ms. Hill's next book would deliver as well as `The Reluctant Viking.' I missed reading her book and receiving odd looks from around me because I just burst out laughing from what I am reading. That's how good her earlier books were.
Such is the final story of the last unmarried princess in King Thorvald's household, Drifa. She's a woman of quick temper, deep passions and has a fanatic enthusiasm for all plants green, flowered and tall. That small hobby of hers gets her into more trouble than she believed possible. Because Drifa has been allowed to make her own decisions and get her way at home, it's given her a false sense of security and safety. She comes across as a woman who knows what's going on but even when she's hit by the figurative wall of bricks, she remains inured from the thought of possible harm to her. She's a king's daughter, what could possibly happen? She accepts the need to be cautious in name only and goes off to do what she wants to do anyway. I knew she was going to lead the hero on a merry chase and I was right.
The hero, Sidroc, at first doesn't seem like a hero at all, but a manipulative jerk. Only as I read did I find out this man has undiscovered emotional depths hidden behind a veneer of lust - for both war and women. He's not what he seems at all but the conflict comes from Drifa overhearing a conversation that was meant for another man's ears only. What a man does when he thinks all is lost shows his inner character. Sidroc is not a quitter, nor a shallow man. He is a man of loyalty, valor and integrity, even when he doesn't want to be. He also has a liking for adventurous sex and he uses that as a clever ploy to get Drifa to do what he wants her to do. The fun part comes when the tables are turned and the heroine ends up getting him to do what she wants. The best part, he doesn't even know it. If that sounds ambiguous, it is. Only by experiencing the book will a reader understand just how twisted that gets.
Ms. Hill is known for her knee-slapping humor and clever play on words during the telling of her romance tales. Readers will find that the asides of inner dialogue used in juxtaposition with what's actually being said or done is still an effective and fun technique that the author used to good effect. However, the loud guffaws never came. I chortled a few times, giggled at others but my knees were in no danger of being tormented this time around. The final book seemed to have treated the characters in a gentler fashion. I liked and enjoyed the book, but didn't fall in love with it. Alas, all the loving is between Sidroc and Drifa.
As much as I liked Drifa, she annoyed me too. She blithely ignored the battle-seasoned warriors at her side when they warned her, repeatedly. I understand she had a passion for plants, verging on obsessive, but that tunnel vision of hers that she persisted in indulging in drove me nuts. Frankly, there were a few moments where I'd classify her character as too stupid to live. Of course, if she wasn't, then a lot of the plot conflict would have disappeared and I wouldn't have been treated to the interesting encounter in the Arab lands. The information that she came back with was put to good use by leading Sidroc around by his hormones. Ms. Hill certainly explored some creative use of scarves and marble.
The story included a tableau of secondary characters that interacted well with the hero and heroine. Many were from past books and a few were special to this book alone. I can assure readers that The Norse King's Daughter is a complete standalone book. The story focuses completely on the hero and heroine and all the other characters either affect them or support them. Runa is a cutie. She shows up at strategic points in the story that showcased the best in the heroine and hero. However, Sidroc's father is a mean old skunk and the hero finally got to stand up to him, with a little help from his friends. Considering what I learned about that man and his household, it was a wonderful little scene to read. King Thorvald is still a riot of a character and I always giggle when he refers to the benefit of head drilling. He's a fun guy, if a bit bloodthirsty. A perfect father for Drifa.
The Norse King's Daughter is a vastly entertaining and light- hearted read. It has a smattering of suspenseful drama to spice up the conflict and the dialogue was always true to character. The fast paced verbal exchanges between Drifa and Sidroc were usually amusing and always interesting. The happily ever after, when it finally happened, was very sweet, adorable and had me believing that their marriage was going to be a strong and happy one - camel dung notwithstanding. I'm glad I got to read this story and Ms. Hill remains one of my favorite authors.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Five years later, Sidroc and Drifa meet in Byzantium. He is irate to learn she has a daughter Runa. Needing revenge, he courts and beds his virgin wife. Stunned Sidroc realizes his spouse is raising his daughter. When Drifa is kidnapped, Sidroc vows to rescue her so they and their child can forge a loving family.
This is similar in tone to many of her Viking romances (see The Viking's Captive) with modern day humor imbued into a Dark Ages gender war. The lead couple is a delightful pairing of two strong individuals who both melt in each other's arms though sometimes caustically and with their child. Readers will appreciate the battle between two powerful adversaries in love as even their trysts are jocular (don't tell Sidroc I said that).