Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle: Review + $25 B&N Giftcard Giveaway!

Historical Romance (Viking Romance)

Date Published:  June 10, 2013

A stolen woman of rare qualities… 
AD 1022…Helena longs for freedom. The Frankish maid wasn’t born a slave but marauding Danes have taken her. She’s desperate to escape their camp. Her savior comes as a fierce Norse chieftain, Hakan, who  takes her to the far, icy north.
A powerful warrior who’s lived by the sword…
Hakan wants to lay down his sword and live a peaceful farmer’s life. Betrayal has left him cold to other women, yet his heart thaws to clever Helena. Her tender ways lure him, weaving kindness into his hard life. But, happiness is short lived. Old loyalties and deceit vex the warrior, calling upon his sword arm.
A clash of cultures amidst a kingdom in transition…
War erupts…a kingdom’s in the balance. Can Hakan defend his homeland and keep the woman he loves.


A lover of history, books and romance makes the perfect recipe for historical romance writer.  Gina’s passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations.  Good thing her husband and two sons share similar passions, except for romance…that’s where she gets the eye roll.  When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found in southern California delving into the latest adventures of organic gardening and serving as chief taxi driver.
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Growing up in a household of all avid readers, it didn't occur to me until much later in life that some people actually disliked reading. We all had very different tastes in genres, however.

My sister would be completely content to line her shelves with racy, simplistic romance novels. I, on the other hand, enjoy a good dashing character, but tend to avoid the fluff.

That being said, I am a hypocrite when it comes to historical romances. I enjoy the intricate details of past environments with the back-and-forth banter of two potential mates - who, you know, are bound to work out in the end.

The first time I found a love for historical romances was (with the rest of the female population) a love for Highlander fiction. Norse Jewel was said to be a historical romance, but based on the Viking era. I must admit, I had no knowledge of Viking era other than those pointy hats with those horns they wear on the Toblerone commercials.

Gina Conkle did her research. She presented a story that involved a chieftain purchasing a slave. I try not to repeat synopsis' in reviews, because you can read it above, but I found the storyline of this book interesting. We do have the typical cat-and-mouse chase romance, but we have a healthy dose of laughter, and some interesting Norse facts.

The cover gives you a good hint, you're going to get the same style of steamy romance that you normally get in historical fiction, but you'll get some good history, character development, and humor as well.

When it comes to Norse Jewel?

Burn It | Toss It | Borrow It | Read It | Buy It

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