"More than Fairly Hilarious, Viking Warrior Princess heals heart of Saxon Physician"
Sandra Hill never fails to make me laugh, and for that
alone I would recommend this book. That and her sinfully
handsome, confident to the point of arrogance, often
tortured, heroes who in spite of their unquestionable
talents er between the bed furs, always seem to find
themselves living out scenes from "Taming of the Shrew"
when it comes to winning over their soul mate. I love the
way she lets the reader in on their randy thoughts as they
spew something completely different to their beloved!
Ms. Hill turned this tale upside down using role reversal
for this addition to her loosely connected historical
Viking series. The heroine is Tyra, a Viking warrior
princess, who will stop at nothing to bring a famed Saxon
healer to her father's side in the frozen north, to save
his life and free herself of the obligation to marry.
Absolutely nothing, for when her healer of choice, Adam,
refuses her invitation, she whacks him over the head,
throws him over her shoulder and carries him off. Lest you
think that Adam is weak, think again.
Adam had shown his grit at an early age. At seven the
orphaned lad had taken sole responsibility for his
four-year-old sister, Adela. He'd sworn to himself that he
always keep her safe and well. Fortune had smiled on them
both, when a Viking couple had witnessed him stealing bread
to feed her. Soft-hearted Rain, a physician who claimed to
come from the future, and her husband Selik (THE OUTLAW
VIKING), had adopted the pair. Rain had won Adam's heart
that day and he'd pledged to become a healer just like her.
He had kept his promise and had been away studying eastern
healing methods when a letter arrived from his parents,
telling of a terrible illness sweeping his homeland. He'd
arrived there too late. His parents were gone, and his
sister, barely alive, was already beyond his care. He could
only watch helplessly as she too is taken from him. Having
failed in his first vow, he forsakes his second as well,
determined to ply the healing arts no more. After two years
his best friend and servant despairs for him. He proposes
that forming a harem should be just what the doctor
ordered. Adam however never wants to feel the pain of
caring for anyone ever again.
Enter Princess Tyra, a Viking with a mission. Her father is
gravely ill from a severe blow to the head. It is vital
that he should live for he, has decreed that her four
lovely and accomplished sisters could not marry until his
first born, Tyra, should wed. Tyra wants none of it, for
she is a warrior. Her father must recover so that she can
renounce her heritage and insure her sisters' happiness.
She had been told by Adam's adopted uncle, Tykir (THE
BEWITCHED VIKING), that this Saxon doctor was the best to
be had. When Adam stubbornly refuses to even consider her
request, Tyra won't take no for an answer!
Thoroughly captured, it isn't long before Adam finds Tyra's
strange mixture of strength and innocence appealing. Her
much sought after sisters pall in comparison to her in his
opinion. He bedevils her with his randy promises and
suggestions. If Adam didn't have enough idea's of his own,
things really heat up when Adam's relatives drop in to
check up on him. Teamed up with Tyra's scheming sisters,
chaos ensues in short order. Even Tyra's father gets in on
the act! If their mechanizations aren't hysterical enough,
Bolthor the world's worst skald has made a reappearance,
and Tyra, determined to follow through with her original
goals in spite of her confusing feelings for the healer who
makes her feel more like a woman than a warrior, gets
herself into unbelievable hot water. Suffice it to say that
the situation she gets into is truly hilarious.
As always a tale that emerges is funny, sexy, poignant, and
sweet. Tyra gives Adam back his life, restoring his love
for his vocation and the caring heart that made always made
him special. In Tyra Adam, finds a diamond in the rough, a
woman who hides her loving nature beneath a tough exterior
for fear of rejection. He alone sees through her shell to
uncover the desirable woman beneath. Excellent as always, I
can't wait for the next installment.
Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted March 18, 2002