Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Review & Tour: To Find a Viking Treasure by Gina Conkle

Title: To Find a Viking Treasure
Author: Gina Conkle
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Norse Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisSurvival’s in his blood…

Rough-souled Brandr’s ready for a new life far from Uppsala, but the Viking has a final task —protect the slave, Sestra. Her life's full of hardship…until she learns the location of a treasure. With war coming, stealing the enemy's riches will save lives, but only one man can defend her —the fierce Viking scout, Brandr. 

The two have always traded taunts, now they must share trust. Passions flare as secrets unfold, leading one to make a daring sacrifice on their quest To Find a Viking Treasure.

Brandr sliced the oars through water…back and forth, his body’s motion hypnotic and smooth. “Go ahead. Talk to me.”

The Viking could be a mystical warrior dressed in black against waning fog, his graveled voice working a kind of silken magic. Sun shined through clouds, the pearled orb anointing his head. Perhaps Odin did send Brandr to save the day.

Wraiths rose up from the channel as if to push them along. Did the Norse gods want them to succeed? She didn’t believe in Odin and his Valkyries, but the stories Vikings spun at night entranced her.

“You could tell me what you’ll do with your reward,” she said.

He snorted. “I said you could talk to me. Not the other way around.”

“That’s not how it works. People take turns talking and listening to each other. It’s called conversation.” She angled her head coyly. “Vikings can do it. I’ve seen it happen.”

Brandr squinted at tree tops rising above the mist. “Never been much for talk.”

“Your mouth never stops when trading jibes with me.”

His chuckle was raspy and low. “You have a way of loosening my tongue.”

To her shame, his laugh cut a scorching path through her body and her legs fell open under her skirts. Her knees were heavy, and she left them open.

“You’re a warrior long in service to Lord Hakan. Surely you’ll get a bigger reward than a handful of coins?”

His tarnished silver eyes pinned her. “Maybe I get you.”

Hi, I’m Gina Conkle and I write Viking and Georgian romance, which makes for interesting characters in my head. I grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, I love books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now I live in Michigan with my favorite alpha male, Brian, and our two sons where I occasionally garden and cook. Living in snow gives me the perfect excuse to get lost in reading and writing. I enjoy connecting with readers at conferences and on social media.

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Yum... A fierce and smexy Viking!

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I read a lot of historical romance but unfortunately there have been fewer books featuring rugged Vikings. Of those that I have read, though, this might be my new favorite!

Sestra is a slave and even though she now lives and works in a somewhat safer environment, she still knows her place. That much is made clear when she learns that she has just been bought. But by who, she has no idea.

Brandr loves getting a rile of the red-headed Sestra. Tonight, he's come for one last taunt of the woman before sailing away, for good. But when a dispute among two men causes a stir, he considers stepping in to help a friend. 

However, it's Sestra who offers a solution to their problem. She knows the whereabouts of a hidden treasure that could change everything--for the both of them. Her piece of the pot can be used to buy her freedom, his to secure his future. Together, they set out to find the treasure and just might discover something more valuable along the way.

I really liked this book. There was a little deeper and darker of an emotional element to this book than I had expected. Of course, things were like that during that time in history. Slaves were owned, women were not equals in many's eyes, and conflicts were often solved with violence. I thought that this story had a great sense of realism that made this believable and relatable.

I found myself immersed in the story from the first page. The pacing is quick and there really isn't a lot of downtime because even the slower scenes were full of important details, not to be missed. The plot was intriguing. The storytelling was solid. I read this in two sittings and didn't want to put it down.

The romance between Sestra and Brandr is great, too. It's fun and flirty, then tense and spicy, and finally full-on steamy. Brandr tries to fight his attraction but Sestra is determined and won't let a little thing like his stubborn willpower get in her way. The two develop a rather adorable relationship that really gets tested in the end.

In closing... 
This is the second book of this series and I would love to read the first one and future installments. Four suns!

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