Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Northman’s Pleasure

Author:  Kate Hill
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
ISBN/BIN:  9781419947216
Genre:  {M/F} Historical
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Being the daughter of a king hadn’t protected Asgerd from the nightmare she’s stuck in.  She’d been taken by a most disgusting oaf who treated her no better than a slave.  Her body had been ravished but her spirit wasn’t completely broken.  Asgerd still had a longing for the most handsome and fiercest warriors alive that no amount of suffering could kill.  Grim never seemed interested in her before, so there could be no way he’d want her now that she was damaged goods.

Grim Hammerhand has the looks of a god and stamina of a shape-shifter.  He’s been on the battlefield since the age of thirteen.  Men and women kept their distance from Grim, and that’s why the king knew Grim was the only choice for getting Asgerd back alive.  Grim cared only for his reputation as a warrior, not for what people thought of him.  Only one person mattered to him and that was Asgerd.

The king had offered Asgerd to Grim but he refused.  Grim had never wanted to marry but Asgerd was in his heart so he couldn’t resist his chance to finally be with her.  Asgerd agrees to marriage but she’s unhappy with how Grim treats her.  Asgerd doesn’t understand why Grim doesn’t have more trust in her and Grim doesn’t understand why Asgerd won’t accept that she has to earn his trust.  Up until this point he has given her more of himself than he ever has to another woman.  As far as Grim is concerned, that should be enough.  Asgerd is quick to let him know that she won’t stand to be treated like a servant in her own home and this causes some very heated moments between the couple.

Asgerd and Grim have both had secret crushes on each other for the longest time.  Grim was afraid of getting close to any woman because he didn’t trust them.  He never wanted to let a woman control him with sex or because he was heads over heels in love.  Asgerd was the only person who snuck into his heart and he didn’t like the feeling of not being in control.  This can all be blamed on Grim’s mother.  After learning about the upbringing Grim had, I’m amazed he turned out as well has he did.  Grim will most likely always find it difficult to let himself care for others and to let others care for him.  Asgerd is angered because she thinks that Grim only married her out of pity.  He’d done nothing but laid down the law telling her how things were going to be.  All she wanted was for him to accept her as her wife.  He had no problems sharing with her in the bedroom, but when it came to matters of the heart, Grim was selfish.  

Northman’s Pleasure is another reminder of how skilled Kate Hill is at creating characters with such meaningful history that you can’t help but love them. Everyone has flaws, but their flaws made me feel closer to them.  Grim and Asgerd do not disappoint, because they both brought heat to the pages.   As much as I loved Grim and Asgerd, I think Grim’s cousin Thorkel was my absolute favorite and I would love to read more about this clumsy warrior and what makes him the way he is.  If you haven’t read a Kate Hill story before, you are missing out.  This book will draw you into her world and you won’t want to leave.

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