Scotland, 803 A.D.
About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.
But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?
After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?
Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other . . . before time is up
This book starts out in the thick of thing's, the main character is charged with witch craft, and though she has never denied her heritage, she refuses to admit to the evil deed's being thrown her way. So she is being escorted to the pile of wood which is intended to burn her alive with.
Using what she believes to be her last breath she summons down a curse on the villager's, which just so happens to be the Viking's who lurked nearby.
I think the author played it well, creating a chance circumstance that could build on the power of Odaria and Rothgar and the love that seems to bring them together. They don't have the easiest relationship, trust issue's, a slight language barrier and the fact that she is in the middle of a blood thirsty Viking nest that have come in search for a prince that might have washed up on her shore's and might be dead.
With her power can she find him, can she keep the man that has kept her safe since his arrival on the island and can she believe in the vision's that come in her dreams?
I enjoyed the book, the event's were a little choppy, but over all it flowed really smoothly. I liked that they struggled for their love, it wasn't one of those, love at first sight ordeals. Lust on the other hand...
So I do suggest approaching this book with caution because there is plenty of steam ready to fog up your glasses when turning the page of this book?
I also loved the fact that the evil villain had gone mad with his hate and prejudice. That is so often the case in real life that it was great to see it in the written word.
** This book was given in exchange for an honest review and provided by IO Tours. All statements made are my opinion alone and I was in no way compensated for the review above.**