Norse Saga series by Jerry Cole

Raider ( Norse Saga #1)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: The dull misery of Aiden’s peasant life in 8th century Northumbria is shattered forever when Norse Vikings land on his shore. The bastard child of a pagan woman who died when he was a child, Aiden’s life in the devoutly Christian village has never been easy, but it is unremarkable. Isolated and lonely, he tends his sheep and resigns himself to being alone; at night, however, he dreams of someone— anyone— taking him away from his misery.

His prayers are answered in the last way he would have wished for when a band of Vikings raids his coastal village, burning and killing everything in sight. Just when he is certain they will kill him too, a handsome blond man intercedes, insisting that he wants to take Aiden for a thrall, a slave. The warrior Einarr claims Aiden as his bounty from the raid and forces Aiden into servitude in his house. Despite the collar around Aiden’s neck, he can tell Einarr does not treat him as a normal thrall, and the desire in the warrior’s eyes is unmistakable.

Taken by brutal barbarians, Aiden struggles with his new place in the world and with the religious upbringing— which tells him that giving into Einarr’s advances would be an abomination. Meanwhile, a terrible threat looms on the horizon, threatening to wipe out Aiden’s new owners and Aiden with them. Can Aiden resist the affections of the man who owns him? And what will become of him when he’s forced to take up arms and fight alongside that man to save his own life? Can Aiden learn the Viking way, forge his own destiny, and choose the life he wants, or will he forever surrender and let himself be tossed by the tides of cruel fate? Aiden can feel himself falling, unsure if Einarr will be there to catch him, or if he wants him to…

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novella, approx. 35,000 words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”. History purists be warned, some creative historical license has been taken with this work of fiction.

MY REVIEW: I enjoyed this sweet, gentle yet adventurous and historically fun read. The characters were charming, the story believable and the pace was perfect. I received a free advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

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Captured ( Norse Saga #2)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Once a miserable sheepherder living on the coast of eighth century Northumbria, Aiden thought he’d found happiness at last when, after Viking raiders took him prisoner, he became the lover of the handsome Norse warrior Einarr and earned his freedom. But Einarr and Aiden’s still new love may be in danger already when, during a raid, Aiden is captured by an old enemy of Einarr’s— the dangerous and rugged outlaw Grímr. Aiden fights to escape and return to the man he loves, but as Grímr races to escape Einarr’s pursuit, Aiden finds his feelings for the desperate outlaw growing. Soon, an even greater threat will endanger all of them, and Aiden will have to decide where his heart lies— with the man who loves him, or the man who needs him.

“Captured” is a standalone sequel to “Raider”. It can be enjoyed as a standalone story (you do not have to read “Raider” first, though reading “Raider” would likely enhance your enjoyment).

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novella, approx. 50,000+ words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”. Contains M/M & M/M/M scenes. History purists be warned, some creative historical license has been taken with this work of fiction.

MY REVIEW: A good stand-alone book, but a better sequel. This was a delightful and yummy read that took me back to a favorite story and just made it so much better. I received a free advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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