by Asa Maria Bradley
Series: Viking Warriors #2
Published on October 4, 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance
She can't let him discover...
Immortal Vikings are among us
Astrid Irisdotter is a Valkyrie-a fierce warrior fighting to protect humanity from the evil god Loki and his brutal minions. She's on an urgent mission for her queen when everything goes hideously sideways. Undercover agent Luke Holden arrives on the scene just in time to save her life-and put his own on the line.
Luke may have saved her, but that doesn't mean Astrid can trust him. Tempers flare as they hide secret upon secret from each other, but Astrid's inner warrior knows what it wants...and it will not take "no" for an answer.
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Having not read the first in this series, I can’t say whether it’s an improvement or not. It’s been a while since I read a viking novel and this one pulls on Norse mythology which I am ALL there fore. But… it fell a bit flat for me.
I think I missed something having not read book 1. I felt like Astrid and her love interest, Luke, had something going in the previous installment that was meant to carry over into this novel but I didn’t have that so their relationship was missing something.
I liked Astrid well enough. She’s a tough warrior chick, all about showing her strength and never appearing weak. But she’s also super insecure about herself and it clashed with the rest of her personality (and not in a good way). And much like in many of the romances I pick up, stubbornness and trust issues abound. I really wish authors would use different personality traits to cause problems between a couple because I see these ALL THE TIME and it gets old. It takes forever for the characters to finally overcome their problems, by which point I’m thoroughly frustrated with the book. Plus, I rarely find it done in a way that seems natural and not just a plot device.
Luke was an alright love interest. I thought he was supposed to be this super vengeful figure but never really felt it. And his entire occupation seemed wrong because if this wasn’t fiction, he probably would get fired pretty quick.
As for the story, it has plenty of action and is perfect for fans of more fantastical romances. I’d say it’s entertaining, though not necessarily an great book. I wanted more Norse mythology tie-ins, since that was a huge part of the draw of this book for me, but didn’t really get them other than the obvious Valkyries.
Overall, fun, but not a series I feel invested in enough to read the previous books or any future installments.