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Lord of Fire and Ice by [Marlowe, Mia, Mason, Connie]
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"An intriguing and absorbing historical... " - Long and Short Reviews

"Compelling with a rich narrative, strong characters and non-stop action... 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Intriguing and absorbing... There are several surprising twists and lots of passion and fighting to keep the reader hanging on every word." - Long and Short Reviews

"An entertaining collaboration, hopefully there are more to come." - NIght Owl Reviews

"his hot journey takes readers to the Viking era with a bit of mischief, magic and danger. Well written and very provocative... " - BookLoons.com

"A hot, steamy romance that is at its best when the focus is on the couple at its center" - Wendy's Minding Spot

"This hot journey takes readers to the Viking era with a bit of mischief, magic and danger. Well written and very provocative... " - BookLoons.com

"Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe did a fantastic job of creating a world filled with action, adventure, danger and lots of romance." - Urban Girl Reader

"Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe did a great job depicting the attraction between the [main characters], mixing in the chemistry with the development of their romance and relationship. " - The Romance Reviews

"A romance that will make your heart palpitate and your toes curl, an unusual but wonderful treat for any historical romance lover." - Ex Libris

"Ms. Mason and Ms. Marlowe still pack a good wallop with characters and storyline, along with hard-won love and romance. A fine job, indeed!" - The Good, the Bad and the Unread

"A feisty heroine and a sexy, manly hero... The collaboration between Mason and Marlowe worked extremely well and I hope to read further work from these two in the future." - Head Stuck in a Book

"Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe offer up one compelling and sizzling read." - Forever Book Lover

"If you're looking for a great summer read to entertain you and whisk you away to a dazzling world while you bathe under the sun, look no further. LORD OF FIRE AND ICE will certainly heat you up!" - The Romance Reviews

"The chemistry between these two sizzled on the pages and the love scenes were VERY sensual.
" - Swept Away by Romance

"An entertaining read filled with plenty of steamy scenes." - Boekie's Book Reviews

"A fun, hot romp, Viking-style... " - Alpha Heroes

About the Author

Connie Mason, who started her romance-writing career after she became a grandmother, once told 48 Hours that she does her best work in bed. That work being writing, of course! For her newest releases, Connie has teamed up with Mia Marlowe, a rising star of steamy historical romance. Connie lives near Tampa, Florida, and Mia lives in Boston, Massachusetts.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 991 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (1 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083JC61G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #399,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I agreed to review Lord of Fire and Ice as some sort of personal challenge. You see, despite several attempts I haven't found a Norse/Viking historical romance I enjoyed, so I was curious to see how Lord of Fire and Ice would fare. But when my fellow blogger friends saw the dated and uninspiring cover and read the cheesy blurb they teased me that it would be an awful read. Well big surprise but Lord of Fire and Ice was a very good read, one I enjoyed a lot! (Which is doubly surprising considering my lack of success with previous Viking romances and the first impression generated by the unappealing cover and blurb).

But now let me tell you why I liked this novel. First of all I enjoyed it because the whole setting made it a breath of fresh air. Instead of the usual Regency drawingrooms/ball rooms we are in snowy hills and Norse huts (and saunas), and Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe definitely took advantage of this setting by wonderfully introducing the reader to some Norse customs and beliefs. I liked that it was different from the usual historical romances and that it was full of interesting details about a culture quite unknown to me. All the research that went into the Norse customs and traditions (just to name a few of the most memorable ones: the bathing ritual, their myths, the wedding preparations and ceremony, inn matki munr, which is a special bond between lovers, kind of like a soulmate connection) was impressive and very interesting.

But besides this very interesting aspect of Lord of Fire and Ice, it was first and foremost a romance. One of my main problems with the previous Viking romances I have read was that they were too harsh and often unromantic for me to enjoy them.
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This is my second time reading from this combination of authors, Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe. The first experience was with a Highlander/Scottish romance, which I have a wee soft spot for, and it was really good. This time it's Vikings! A subject matter I have never sampled before, with the addition of some magic/fantasy elements.

The romance was very compelling but I admit to a certain amount of leeriness over the fact that Brandr was taken as a thrall/slave by the heroine. I knew that before going in, but somehow it sounded funnier in the premise than I found it in truth. Partly I think the reason for my discomfort was because Brandr's character was so lovely and strong and proud that it was galling to see him talked about as a lowly thrall and sneered at by people who were no better than he, as a Jarl's son, was.

It also caused my appreciation of Katla's character to cool quite significantly, which is a shame because she was quite amusing when she wasn't being ridiculous and asking him to kiss her foot and such. Her motivations were that Brandr's father had killed her husband leaving her a widow in charge of a large, communal dwelling, a Longhouse, all by herself at only her mid-twenties. Her three younger brothers, in all their wisdom, brought her a hog-tied and doped up Brandr has a present. Saying if she refused to re-wed, she at least needed a strong slave to help about the place. Initially she refused, but when it was revealed who Brandr was and that he was the son of her husband's killer, she changed her mind.
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One of many books by Connie mason I have read. The first however, in her collaboration with Mia Marlowe. Again, the depth of the characters is what makes the book, enjoyed this enormously and will continue to purchase from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb99b04) out of 5 stars Sizzling romance with a magical hero 3 July 2012
By Kim Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ooo, you're givin' me the fever tonight, I don't want to give in, I'd be playin' with fire. - Pat Benatar, FIRE AND ICE.

Katla the Black might be singing Pat Benatar when her brothers present her with a naked thrall whom they drugged and kidnapped. Katla, a recent widow with a farmland to oversee, declines her brothers' gift until they tell her the thrall's name - Brandr the Far, son of the jarl who killed her husband. Katla reconsiders brothers' gift, planning to exact revenge on the son. Yet Brandr is not what Katla expects - he is honorable, helpful, and oh so passionate when she finally gives in to his flirtations. Katla's singular focus on her farmstead, coupled with Brandr's warrior skills, help them defeat those who seek to betray them both.

Romance legend Connie Mason and historical favorite Mia Marlowe deliver an icy hot adventure set among the fjords. The land is harsh, the life is hard, and the enemy is nipping at their heels. As Katla comes to trust Brandr, their attraction blossoms into love.

Must read for historical junkies who are looking for a compelling story with Viking lore.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb99b58) out of 5 stars couldn't connect with the story 14 July 2012
By Heather BookSavvyBabe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay, have you ever had the experience where you read a book blurb, you see the author, and you think "wow, this sounds like a great read for me!" But then, you start reading the book, and it's not quite what you were expecting? Well, this is what happened to me with Lord of Fire and Ice.

The premise and the plot behind Lord of Fire and Ice is promising, a high-ranking man is tricked into becoming a slave to a bitter woman, they feel attraction build, the man's spirit can't be broken, and the woman realizes that she wants to keep the man around, as a free man and leader. The setting is a fantasy-esque, older world, where Norse gods are worshiped and magic and supernatural abilities can occur. The world was interesting, I liked the Viking and Norse mythology, but I felt indifferent to the characters, and unable to really become engaged in the story.

To begin, I was never much of a Katla fan. She is portrayed as a cold-hearted woman, but to me she felt more snobbish and bratty. She had a first husband who treated her poorly, so now she treats other people with disdain. I never really understood why she kept Brandr as a thrall (slave). Brandr's crime was that he drank to much and his father got into a fight and killed Katla's husband, all while Brandr was gone. Katla keeps Brandr as her thrall in hopes of vengeance against Brandr's father, who was supposed dead. (Taking vengeance out on a dead man is pointless, so Brandr being a thrall did not make sense to me) Even as the story goes on, Katla is always acting selfishly, she can't put herself in Brandr's shoes or try to understand that there is more to the world than her little farm. She does learn a few lessons, but throughout the entire story, I just never really understood her.

As for Brandr, I liked him okay, he's a strong warrior who can control fire at will. However, he spends the first half of the book in some weird, hurt-feelings and angst over Katla, the woman who unfairly held him in thrall. He never really tries to justify his side of becoming thrall, and he falls in love with Katla pretty easily. The love between them did not make much sense to me, and it's probably because I had trouble identifying with the characters.

A big issue I had with this book is that I just didn't get the thrall thing all together. According to this book, someone could kidnap anyone at anytime and make them a slave. Then, the thralls are held in shame for the remainder of their lives. That there are not more rules for creating thralls does not sit well with me. That means that someone could break into another's home, shackle them in their sleep and call them a thrall. That person would be held in shame, all because they were sleeping, or just taking a walk? I may not be correct in my understanding of how the thrall's work, but that is how I interpreted what I read.

The first half of the book is pretty slow, that is where the characters are at Katla's farm and Brandr is in thrall. The second half, they finally branch out, travel, and more action is introduced to the story. I appreciated the action, and that Brandr finally got to be more than a slave. However, through the whole book, I felt a lack of connection with the story. I'm not sure if it was that I simply didn't identify with the characters, or the writing didn't draw me in, or if I was just pre-occupied with the business of the summer. In the end, Lord of Fire and Ice was not the best fit for me.

I will say that if readers like romantic fantasy books, especially if the fantasy has some paranormal/magic mixed in, you may enjoy this book, even though it was not my cup of tea. If you want to give this book a try, it released in early July and is on shelves now.

*I received this book for review*
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ca65b70) out of 5 stars Superb Historical Romance 24 Sept. 2012
By L. J. Engelke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
LORD OF FIRE AND ICE is a superb historical romance with charming and fun paranormal twists. Marvelous writing from the fabulous duo of Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe will prove that Vikings have never looked this good!

Brandr, son of Ulf, is returning home after five years as a Varangian Guard for the Byzantine Emperor. This future jarl and fire wielder has experienced his fair share of war and seducing beautiful women. His skills in the pursuit of both passions is legendary and usually leads him into a world of trouble. Following his lustful appetites one night in a tavern, Brandr finds himself forced into an iron collar to live out the remainder of his days enslaved as a thrall. His captors take him to the home of Katla the Black, a woman whose heart is as black as her dark hair.

When Katla discovers his identity, she wants nothing more than to punish Brandr for his father's involvement in the death of her husband. As shameful as Brandr's situation is, he can't escape the bold attraction he shares with his new mistress or the fact that he needs her with a desperation he can't describe. Katla may have wanted revenge, but it's quite possible she's found love instead, because this fire mage is quickly melting her ice-cold heart.

LORD OF FIRE AND ICE isn't your typical Viking romance. The time period may be harsh and cruel, but the characters are not. In fact, this story basically flips the mold of your typical Viking romance. Normally, you would find the overwhelming hero that dominates the heroine, but that is not the case for LORD OF FIRE AND ICE. Seeing the hero basically under the heroine's control in this novel was a delightfully refreshing approach to a worn out sub-genre of historical romance. Yet I firmly believe this would not have been successful without such marvelous characters.

Even if this novel had various flaws, I still would have loved it just for including Brandr! This Nordic Don Juan truly had a heart of gold. He certainly wasn't what I expected and with each chapter I found something new to love about him. I was delightfully impressed with the different aspects of his character and how Ms Mason and Ms Marlowe managed to keep it accurate to the time period yet still have a lovingly romantic hero. When he begins to realize Katla is more to him than a passing attraction, his words would make any ice princess melt:
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"I give you the edge of my sword, the strength of my body, the breath of my life," Brandr said, his gaze glued on the tips of her slippers peeping from beneath her hem. "If you have need of any of them, they are yours for the asking. And even if you don't ask, they are still yours...I'll defend what's mine as long as there is a beating heart in my body."
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Katla was a great match for the fierce warrior. She was a strong protector of her people and always fighting for as much independence as she could claim. Yet, she has a vulnerable side that easily represents any woman from any time period. Despite her tough exterior, she longs for a family and love. She has closed herself off from any romantic notions because of the pain from her first marriage, but her personal desires still lurk in the back of her mind. Luckily, Brandr was there to help her believe in passion and love again.

With an amazing story like this, you would be foolish to ignore the women behind it. Ms Mason and Ms Marlowe have demonstrated what a perfect pair they make in their second endeavor together. Their combined talents flow effortlessly into one novel where it becomes absolutely impossible to differentiate which voice is telling the story. These characters never lose their identity, this couple never loses their passion and the plot line is always intense. It is nothing short of amazing what these two authors can create together. It is certainly a duo that I hope continues to work together for a very long time!

The only concern I had, and it's a relatively minor one at that, is that there are moments where the dialogue can seem too modern. It isn't really a complaint, because it almost feels as if this was consciously done for the benefit of the reader. Adding more authentic dialogue may have drastically changed the tone of the story. Truthfully it didn't bother me and I preferred it that way, but it was something I noticed. On a different note, I was pleasantly surprised by the authentic details that were added. Readers may find themselves pleasantly surprised by the insight on the aspects of life in a Nordic village. It certainly showed the authors' extensive research to become familiar with the time period and convey a genuine setting.

Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe's LORD OF FIRE AND ICE is a passionate, adventurous and delightful novel. It has thoroughly captivating characters that you will find absolutely irresistible and their romance will win your heart. Once you finish the novel, it will make you hungry to read more from this perfect pair. Forget what you know about Viking romances...Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe will show you how it's done!

Lisa Jo @ The Romance Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb99de0) out of 5 stars A MAGICAL HERO AND SIZZLING ROMANCE! A MUST READ! 12 July 2012
By My Book Addiction and More - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
LORD OF FIRE AND ICE by Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe is an exciting historical paranormal romance. It is fast paced and action packed from beginning to end. These two ladies have written an intriguing storyline with engaging characters. "Lord of Fire and Ice" is the story of love,romance,danger,passion,greed,revenge,desire and justice. With a feisty,confident heroine and a sexy,handsome,courageous,honor-bound Viking warrior,how can you go wrong in picking up this intriguing story."Lord of Fire and Ice" will appeal to historical romance readers as well as fantasy/paranormal readers and anyone who enjoys Vikings,strong heroines and intriguing twists and turns. You will not want to miss this tale of revenge and love. With a magical hero and some sizzling romance between Brandr the Far-Traveled and Katla the Black,you will not regret picking up "Lord of Fire and Ice".Ms. Mason and Ms. Marlowe has written a story that will pull the reader into this magical story of the people of the North.I look forward to their next collaborative effort. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.Details can be found at Net Galley,the author's websites, Sourcebooks Casablanca,and My Book Addiction and More.

'RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR,' My Book Addiction and More
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cba803c) out of 5 stars Another disappointment 10 Feb. 2013
By lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After "Sins of the Highlander," I was not going to spend another $7.99 on this one. I checked it out from the library. Thank goodness I did. It wasn't any better.

Once again, this book was not written by Connie Mason. I have read every one of her books before she got a writing partner and these last two books just aren't her writing style. The plots are too slow, the romantic parts aren't the way Connie wrote them in her previous books, and the dialogue reads like a foreign language. I believe her partner is writing the books and getting final approval from Ms. Mason.

Connie Mason decided to retire in 2009. A few months later, she said she was going to continue to write but with a partner. I think she really did retire because these books just aren't her. Her name is printed on them, but it's not her writing.

I have all of Ms. Mason's books before "Sins of the Highlander," and will continue to read and enjoy them again and again. Because I know they were written by her.
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