Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ARC Review: A-Viking by Kiernan Kelly

What’s a Viking to do when he ends up on a Florida beach, surrounded by a world he doesn’t understand, with a hyperactive stockbroker as his only guide? Go back to Chase’s hotel, naturally. Chase thinks Bjorn is eccentric at best, a lunatic at worst, or just maybe the real thing: a Viking from the days of yore. It's not easy for Bjorn to admit, but he needs Chase’s help to navigate the confusing modern age. While Chase is trying to clean Bjorn up and help him fit in, Bjorn’s sworn enemy makes the trek through time. Jorund is eager to finish the job of killing Bjorn’s family line, all in one blow. Bjorn and Chase will have to set aside their vast differences and work together if either of them wants to survive.

Dani's rating:

This review is for the second edition of this story published by Dreamspinner Press.

I love time travel stories. I've always been fascinated by common history, not the wars and politics, but the lives of ordinary people. And the Vikings have a special place in my heart. Because VIKINGS.

This story is very short (approximately 800 locations on my Kindle), so the characters aren't really developed. There is an epilogue of sorts, but way too many questions are left unanswered.

I enjoyed the story for what it was: a sexy, humorous romp about Bjorn, a Viking who ends up washed ashore modern-day Florida, and Chase, a stock broker with high blood pressure and ADHD.

Chase saves Bjorn, who's fascinated by everything from pizza to television. I laughed my ass off when Bjorn tried to "take" the shower and then demanded that Chase tend to his needs. What follows is sex Viking style (Chase gets the pounding of a lifetime).

The miscommunication based on language was not even remotely realistic, but it was funny. Not to get all pedantic, but Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales approximately 500 years after Bjorn's time, and even Late Middle English is not comprehensible to most English speakers today.

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Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
~Joyce Carol Oates

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