I thoroughly enjoyed Viking Warrior Rising and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book and when I found out that it would be about Astrid I knew I had to read it and though it started out a bit slow for me I ended up thoroughly enjoying it and catching up with the rest of the Vikings and Valkyrie.
Astrid was my favorite character from the first book. She was fun, sassy and she could hold her own with rest of the guys and wanted to know more about what made her tick. After finding out about her life and how she worked hard to earn her status as a shield maiden I couldn’t help but admire her even more, but as much as I admired her, she also ended up frustrating me in equal amounts. She has this need to prove herself, which is understandable considering the state of her Berserker and how it affects her, but there were somethings that she took upon herself that she really didn’t need to. Thankfully, she got her shit together and proved why she was chosen by Freya to be a Valkyrie.
Luke has a lot of secrets, not only that he is an undercover FBI agent, but ones that are driving him to make the choices that may or may not backfire on him at some point. His loyalty to his personal cause is heartbreaking and it’s hard to not empathize with him. I liked Luke. He was sweet, dedication and all kinds of sexy alpha male and definitely held his own when faced with an overabundance of crazy.
With all the secrets between the two of them, it was a given that their road would be a bumpy one. I found Luke’s reaction to Astrid’s confession about who she was interesting and her’s pretty spot on when Luke revealed his. The sexual tension between them was explosive, but even though it was frustrating, I liked that they didn’t always act on their urges. I loved how the Vikings and Valkyrie added their two cents into their growing relationship, both helpful and not. And when they finally got their HEA, it was perfectly done.
The start of this one was slow moving for me, it was probably just one of those days, but I kept wanting things to go a little faster, not only with Luke and Astrid’s storyline, but the overall one with Loki and his scary wolverine creatures. It did pick up and by the end I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know how it all would work out. I loved catching up with Leif and Naya. Ulf had me wanting to stab him a few times due to his overabundance of testosterone and Irja peaked my interest. I think I may know what is going on with her, but I’ll be patient and see if my hunch is right. I enjoyed getting to hang out with the rest of the Vikings and am looking forward to seeing what’s coming next for them.
~ ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley~
Immortal Valkyrie Astrid Idrisdotter almost killed an innocent bystander during her last mission. The only way to redeem herself is to escort the Viking queen’s brother back home for the royal wedding. But when she arrives at the exclusive clinic where the brother has convalesced, she discovers that he’s been kidnapped by Loki’s genetically manipulated monsters. Finding their lair requires resources Astrid does not have. Desperate, she turns to an ex-lover for help. A man whose piercing eyes notices too much, including the secrets and insecurities she works so hard to hide. The one man immune to her looks and charm, her two greatest weapons.
Undercover FBI agent Luke Holden poses as a nightclub owner while investigating rogue government operations that genetically manipulate people in order to create super soldiers. Suspecting a connection between the Viking queen and these labs, he’s had his eye on the Norse warriors for a while. Especially on irresistible Astrid who he can’t stop thinking about even though her jade-green eyes takes the color of Nordic fjords when she sees him. Perhaps because he handled their one night of passion badly, but he can’t reveal that real reason he ran out on her the next morning was to pursue an informant’s tip.
These two combatants must find a way to work together in order to defeat their common enemy–without killing each other first. And when the war with Loki’s creatures escalate, they both have to make a hard choice between duty and love.
Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Vikings in her paranormal romances. She also writes romantic suspense and now lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed.