Norse Jewel, a Viking romance
How much would you pay for love and surrender?
A stolen woman of rare qualities…
AD 1022…Helena wants her freedom. The Frankish maid wasn’t born a slave but marauding Danes have taken her. She’s desperate to escape their camp. Her savior comes as a fierce Norse chieftain, Hakan, who takes her to the far, icy north.
A powerful warrior who’s lived by the sword…
Hakan wants to lay down his sword and live a peaceful farmer’s life. Betrayal left him cold to other women, yet his heart thaws to clever Helena. Her tender ways lure him, weaving kindness into his hard life. But, happiness is short lived. Deceit and old loyalties vex the warrior, calling on his sword.
A clash of cultures amidst a kingdom in transition…
War erupts…a kingdom’s in the balance. Can Hakan defend his homeland and keep the woman he loves?
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Growing up, Gina wanted to be an author. Fast forward past college, into the working world, marriage with two boys, and that’s when she discovered sleep’s a luxury. With shelves of history books and a fertile imagination, it didn’t take long for her to put the movies playing in her head on paper. Ever the introvert, she was thrilled to partner with her excellent agent, Sarah E. Younger of NYLiterary, because that’s when the fun really began.
When not exploring adventure and romance on the page, she enjoys life in southern California with her husband and two sons. She credits her mom with helping her love a good story, but her husband saw the light in her eyes when it came to writing romance. He gets extra credit for being a great kisser and uber supportive…plus he tolerates her wild hairs for organic gardening, visits to crumbling castles, and meanders through musty museums.
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
On a rare occasion I enjoy a book so much that it invades my dreams. This was one of those occasions. Perhaps I was just able to relate to Helena so much since we share a name, but I absolutely loved this book and now am on a quest to find more books similar to it.
The story and imagery portrayed in this book are fantastic. I loved the descriptions of the Norse land and homes. Just from the descriptions, I craved to live in a more simple time! The descriptions of the beautiful clothes that Helena made, as well as the clothes, really brought an authentic feel to this historical romance.
Hakan is a strong and worthy hero in this novel. The fact that he’s untouchable and refuses to love adds to that appeal. Although he appears to be gruff, it’s apparent he has a tender heart from the way he seeks out his ex-wife in order to gain custody of his son. The interactions between Hakan and Erik are adorable, showing a tender and caring side of Hakan.
Helena is a great character! She’s tender and crafty and although she doesn’t want to stay with Hakan, she does whatever she can to please him – whether it’s a backrub or a headache potion that she had learned from her apothecary father. Perhaps I was a bit biased since she and I share a name, but I found Helena insanely easy to relate to. No matter what life throws at her, all she wants is to be with her family and her fiancé.
This book was a great read. It kept me up half the night, I just had to finish it! I’ve already started recommending it to friends, so come on folks! Read this!!
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