Andrea R Cooper
In 856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.
Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?
Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?
With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.
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Chapter One Ireland 856 CE (condensed)
“I renounce Father for this.” Kaireen threw the elderberry gown.
“Shame on you and your children for speaking such.” Her handmaid, Elva, gathered the damask and then dusted off the rushes. “It’s a wonder one of the clim has not scolded you from your hearth for such talk.”
“No, curse Father for a fool.” She plopped on her bed and a goose feather floated away. With a huff, she leaned against the oak headboard. Red curtains puffed like a robin’s chest around oak poles supporting her wooden canopy.
Her bare feet brushed against the stone floor.
“You know your da arranged a marriage within a season.” Elva smirked.
Kaireen shook her head. “To another land holder,” and waved a hand in disgust, “not t-this heathen. Twice they raided our land in the last month alone. Now father wants me as wife to one of them?” She clenched her fists. “No, I will not marry this Viking.”
Elva smiled, reminding Kaireen of the rumors of her handmaid’s uncanny foresight.
Whispers of Elva making strange things happen and often blamed as the cause of
Kaireen’s stubborn refusal to behave as a laird’s daughter should.
“You’ve not seen him yet.” Elva wiggled her brows.
“So?” Kaireen shrugged. “I would like to never see him.”
“Well then, would you not like to know if you have a handsome husband or not?” She waited for her response, but Kaireen scowled. Elva chuckled. “I would rather get a good look at him now than the morning after.”
Kaireen’s ears heated. “I am not marrying.” She shook her head for emphasis. “So there will be no morning, nor night, nor wedding.”
“If he is handsome, I may fight you for him.” Elva smiled, deepening the wrinkles around her eyes.
“Welcome to him either way.” Kaireen laughed.
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5 out of 5 Stars
Andrea R Cooper
Kaireen’s life is about to take a drastic change. Her father, Laird Liannon, have just sold her off for marriage with a bloody Viking - their enemy. Stubborn in nature Kaireen vows that there will be no wedding, but a funeral, his to be exact. She wasn’t going to be betrothed to a bloody Viking.
But the Viking Bram have watched Kaireen for a while before the announcement, he knows how stubborn and hard-headed she can be, and he is well prepared. She fights him around every corner and refuses to submit. But when Lochlann’s invades their country Kaireen sees another version of Bram, a version se fears would destroy her. Will she deny herself the entangling Viking, or fall head of heals for him?
This was such a fabulous read. I just love Irish and Scottish romance. Andrea created and amazing heroine Kaireen. She is stubborn, hard-headed and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. But behind this mask is also a strong warrior and a woman that is ready to be loved, yet denies herself the opportunity.
Bram was the Viking sent from heaven. Gorgeous and a born hero, Bram ensures that you will be flustered by the end of this novel. The development of the characters was sweet and intriguing. The more you read the more you start seeing the real characters. The plot was developed amazingly and I wasn’t disappointed to reach the end.
Andrea’s writing style is fresh and perfect. I didn’t stumble one time and was reading page after page. It’s a beautiful romance, set in an enchanting time with amazing characters and events. This was well worth reading and I can’t wait to ream more from this author. A well-deserved 5 stars from me.
What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).
Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.
She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.
Author Website: www.AndreaRCooper.com