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- File Size: 1476 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (29 July 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B011J6ZLF2
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #528,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Destroying marriages is an unusual pursuit for a married lady but it keeps her in shoes and stops her thinking about her own disastrous nuptials. Faced with an unthinkable dilemma she seeks out her errant husband to carry out her latest commission, with life changing results.
The time slip is seamless and the shift from Regency drawing room to Saxon village under Viking attack, swift and shocking. Malice's surprise and fear is tangible but her cynical outlook and sharp tongue remain. Both traits help her withstand the unexpected ordeal, despite the carnage surrounding her.
Sin is less than impressed with the latest slaves but he needs a bed slave to keep his fickle fiancée interested. Malice is no one's slave but she finds Sin hard to resist. The chemistry between the courtesan and the Viking is memorable, despite the incongruity of their situation.
I loved the inconvenient time travelling and the gradual reveal of its meaning. Malice is prepared to risk all for her man and her strength and tenacity are legendary. I purposely delayed writing this review for a few days, to see what I could remember. Malice, Sin and their compatriots' formidable personalities, are easy to recall.
Now, this is what I like about Malice: she quickly comes up with a plan not only to avoid the breakup of her marriage, but also to cement it for the future. Just as she is about to seduce Cyril, her rakish husband, she is swept away to the Middle Ages, where she is abducted by the incredibly handsome viking Sin Gudrunsson.
The heroine is faced with some grim historic realities, such as being the property of a Viking, but she also eventually finds out that her captor is not as ruthless as he appears. Could he actually turn out to be the first man ever to find her attractive?
I really enjoyed reading about Malice’s adventures because she’s so wonderfully awkward. But then again, who wouldn’t act awkwardly when thrust into the midst of an unfamiliar Viking world? Only an idealized heroine, which Malice is not. Don’t get me wrong, she’s tough, and not in that token way that romance heroines sometimes have where they can take out eight desperadoes armed with nothing but a can opener. Malice is tough because she has been forced to survive on her own in dire economic straits. She lives by her wits, whether in 19th century London or 8th century Norway.
Shehanne Moore portrays Malice’s personality so well that the reader unquestioningly accepts that the heroine will “swallow a crocodile” as she likes to say, if push comes to shove. Of course, she would rather use her guile and talk the crocodile into eating its Aunt Sally.
My overall impression of The Viking and the Courtesan is it’s like the Outlander on crack, and I mean that in a good way. While I enjoyed reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, I sometimes found the pacing a little slow.
In contrast, Viking and Courtesan moves the plot forward at a dizzying speed, and it kept me compulsively turning the pages wondering what will befall the unfortunate Malice next, and unexpectedly for such a dramatic tale, enjoying many laughs along the way. It’s a must-read for all fans of historical fiction.
Moore's historical heroines do not have attacks of the vapours. Their bosoms do not heave. They do not go weak at the knees at the sight of a well muscled (male) torso. They fight - whether it's for shoes or their man. This brings me to another aspect of this author's writing I so enjoy. She creates drama, tension, sexiness, and weaves an intricate plot. There are fights, battles even - but there is also humour. Real tongue-in-cheek humour that raises not just a smile, but also a laugh in the reader.
The object of her main character's desire (the Viking, Sinnar Gudrunsson) already has a betrothed - the appropriately named Snotra, whose vindictive streak seems to know no bounds. With these two strong women pitched against each other, can Sin really stand a chance?
Lady Malice Mallender is the latest in a run of main characters that began with the notorious (not to say, rather scary) Lady Fury in Shehanne Moore's first published book - The Unraveling of Lady Fury. Once you've read The Viking and the Courtesan, she'll stay with you. As will her fifty pairs of shoes!
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