No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life—considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.
But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind—ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.
Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!
Themes: Paranormal, Norse Mythology
Rating: 4.25 stars
Ok so for those readers that are into the contemporary and sometimes mundane subgenres of romance, this story might not be your cup of tea, but for those of us that like a little quirk in our reading, Shelly Laurenston is always a perfect opportunity to get that. Her characters are always odd, sassy, sometimes antisocial, and always confounding in the ways the think, the ways they interact with one another and the ways they fall in love. This new Crows series is certainly no contradiction to the Laurenston experience. Jace and Ski are two characters, seemingly too opposite to ever work, but when you get down to the brass tacks they complement each other so perfectly you wonder why it took everyone in their lives so long to see it. Ski is the perfect Viking warrior, seriously badass, but with a certain intelligence that keeps him from being labeled a “battle dog” like many other Vikings have been. His love for his people and his willingness to deal with all their crap, even if he doesn’t always understand it, makes him the perfect match for Jace. Jace has been an enigma to her fellow sister-crows since she was reborn and joined their battle. She is a crazy berserker, with the ability to kill just about anything that gets in her way, but in her downtime her life is devoted to solitude and the pursuit of knowledge—which, let's face it, is NOT typical for a Crow. I really enjoyed getting to know Ski and Jace as they got to know one another and found a balance in their lives that will keep them happy for a long time to come. Ski was a sweet, loving, and deadly man that would keep his woman safe no matter the challenge, but at the same time knows that she needs to fight her own battles if she is going to really win. Jace has had some serious shit thrown at her in her life, but when she finally finds her path, with the help of Ski and his brothers, there is no stopping her from being the catalyst to success and the key to preventing global annihilation. Passion always runs hot in a Laurenston novel, but the heat between Jace and Ski, while a strong undercurrent, isn’t as obvious as other stories in the past, mainly because they are both such quiet creatures. But when that passion is unleashed, whoa boy look out; the world could be burning around them and when they are in each other’s arms their personal fire burns hotter than the eternal flames of the gods. I cannot wait to find out whose story comes next in this series and I am looking forward to seeing where this battle with the gods goes. Another crazy, sexy, and downright awesome story, Shelly!
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