"An incredibly fun Time Travel that will melt your heart"

While the cover discussions rage on, Sandra Hill has proven once again that it's what's inside those covers that really counts. With hot, hot, humor at the forefront, Ms. Hill has crafted another winning contemporary time travel romance. Personally if I were designing a cover for this book, the hunky hero would have his head in his hands and there would be a shopping mall in the background!

Well who would have thought Magnus Eriksson could ever be a romantic hero? Though son and heir to a Jarl, Magnus was a simple man. He preferred farming to politics. His two brothers, who have already passed to the future, remember him fondly, but the very virile Viking they'd left behind was saddled with eleven children, a tribute to his younger wilder days when he had foolishly practiced the more danico. However, all of his wives, mistresses, and passing interests had either had the temerity to die on him, or had simply deserted him because of his fearsome brood. The last had actually divorced him because of his children, and he was still living that down. Nay, he would not wed again, but still he was a very virile Viking. But when yet another child is deposited on his doorstep he began to wonder if there were a woman to be had with whom he could risk a tumble without his seed taking root. The last straw came when his so called friends paraded a stream of aged, infirm, undesirable, though positively infertile women before him to rid him of his frustrations. As a last resort the virile Viking does the unthinkable, and takes a vow of celibacy. This along with a strange portent regarding his lost brothers, prompts Magnus to take along journey to lands settled by Eric the Red and his son Leif, or possibly to a new land of his own, preferably where there were few women.

Poor Magnus, the voyage does not proceed smoothly. First a barmy killer whale takes a fancy to their longship (those who've read Truly, Madly, Viking know what that means!). Then, between his precocious brood and his own unique sense of humor they had worn out their welcome in both Iceland and Vinland, which was how they found themselves spending the night anchored off shore. Not for long! During the night a mysterious mist rolls in and the Viking ship drifts off to sea. They awaken in the land of "Holly and Wood" (present day L.A.)

Magnus is not the only one who is far away from home. Angela Abruzzi had once called the Blue Dragon Vineyard in the Sonoma Valley her home. But a series of mysterious mishaps had caused the closing of the winery. Angela had had to move to the city to find employment to help her grandmother get back on her feet. But her job, selling real estate to the rich and famous, was no longer supplied sufficient income to keep them afloat. Angela had come up with the idea to offer the vineyard to a movie producer as a set for his upcoming film. Negotiations are disrupted by trespassers on the set of the man's current Viking film.

The moment Magnus' and Angela's eyes meet, both are stunned. After all of the women Magnus has had, and all of the children he's sired, he is certain that at last he has met his destiny in this very strange land. Angela cannot believe she is actually attracted to the man. He is definitely not her type. He's brash, and muscle bound and judging by the size of his family, a male chauvinist to boot. She has no choice but to take them all on, when their care becomes part of her agreement with the movie maker. Who was this man? Apparently he'd been living in the Dark Ages, judging by his family's response to the marvels of WalMart. No he wasn't her type, but if her ex-husband "The Creep" was any indication, maybe it was past time she found a new type anyway!

The situation is ripe for humor. Angela naturally intends to resist Magnus's charm, but he is a most loving father in spite of his grumbles, and his love of the land is appealing as well. He's incredibly handsome and after all, one really shouldn't fight destiny, should they? Of course there is the problem of that celibacy vow. Ah well, never underestimate the ingenuity of a Viking. Ms. Hill adds suspense, as Magnus determines to get to the bottom of the mishaps that have caused so may setbacks at the Blue Dragon, (think Magnus P.I.), which only adds to the humor and makes you love him even more. This was an incredibly fun read that will melt your heart in the process. Hopefully Magnus will not be the last of Hill's Vikings. Very Highly recommended.

Copyright 2003

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted March 31, 2003


Magnus is a 10th century Viking farmer.
Angela is a modern-day vineyard owner.

He has eleven bothersome children.
She yearns for just one child.

He takes a vow of celibacy...
Even though he is a very virile man

Let the Viking laughter begin!

Magnus Ericsson is a simple man. He loves the smell of fresh-turned dirt after springtime plowing. He loves the feel of a soft woman under him in the bed furs..when engaged in a different type of plowing. He loves the heft of a good sword in his fighting arm.

But, Holy Thor, what he does not relish is the bothersome brood of children he's been saddled with. Or the mysterious happenstance that strands him and his longship full of maddening offspring in a strange new land -- the kingdom of Holly Wood. Here is a place where the blazing sun seems to bake his already befuddled brain, where the folks think he is an act-whore (whatever that is), and the woman of his dreams -- a winemaker of all things -- fails to accept that he is her soul mate...a man of exceptional talents, not to mention...A VERY VIRILE VIKING.

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The Very Virile Viking
(Viking Series II: TT Book 3)
by Sandra Hill

Leisure Books
March 1, 2003
ISBN #0843950641
EAN #9780843950649
346 pages
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