Medallion Press, Sep 2002, 9.99, 249 pp.
“Lord Steele”. In 1000 A.D., Viking Queen Silke angrily wonders what the gods have in store for her as she is escorted by her brother Aragon by ship from Iceland to Scotia to wed a Scottish barbarian as a means of ending the constant invasions. When a storm sinks her vessel, Silke blames her future spouse. The Viking warrior queen makes it to land, but is captured by the Scots, who take the irate Silke to their liege, Lord Steele. He realizes who she is and is delighted for he desires his prisoner queen. However, seduction may not prove enough to gain her love even when she becomes the warden and he the prisoner.
“Lady Thunder”. In 1000AD Iceland, Thora O'Donnahue is expected to sacrifice her happiness in order to marry the abusive Viking Ragnald Bluetooth so that he and his horde will stop raiding what is left of her debilitated clan. Irate that she is wedding his enemy who almost felled his sister Silke, Aragon the shapeshifting berserker seeks vengeance against Bluetooth. He captures Thora and forces her to marry him as a slap at Bluetooth. As the newlyweds hide their paranormal secrets from one another, they fall in love, but Bluetooth is coming and does not care who dies in his path.
The two sibling novellas are powerful historical romances filled with vivid descriptions that cleverly fit into the fabulous story lines. The tales are so picturesque; fans will feel wet from the ocean storms. The two pairs of lead couples are solid and a pinch of the paranormal adds flavoring so that medieval readers will appreciate these strong interrelated novellas by a very talented writer.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner