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Britta is a healer, but she lives haunted by events that shaped her world five years ago, when she was held captive for three days and raped. Now she prefers to be alone, but she cannot ignore the pain of another, the pain of Karn. A Viking invader, he is the only man left in his party. Taken captive, wounded and near dying, Britta tries to heal him, but it requires a lot from her since Karn had been raped by the same captors who held Britta five years before. She takes him away to an island and he begins to recover, and during this recovering they slowly learn to trust each other, and in some ways, mend the deep mental wounds in the others. Too soon they are drive apart, made to flee the island, but fate once against brings them together.
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Some people will have problems with the rape scenes, male and female, but Squires is painting a very violent period and she does not do this for sensationalism, but depicts the violence of the dark ages in realistic terms seldom seen in today's romance market. It is so rich in history, in a book where the writer does not pull any punches.

The review of this Book prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes How seduced/forced?    -   rape If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate In love with caretaker or teacher    -   Yes Falling in love with    -   Nurse

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Sex makes him    -   confused    -   angry    -   sensitive    -   scared Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   slave Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:    -   mind reading    -   mind control    -   can read emotions Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   blissful Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin    -   Frigid - would not even feel a jackhammer down there


Europe    -   Yes Island?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture What % of story is romance related?    -   70% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk    -   rape/molest (yeech!) Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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