by Lisa Hendrix
Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Release: January 4, 2011 (available for preorder)
What I Liked:
Two words. Viking shapeshifter. Um... I promise to finish the review as soon as I stop fanning myself. Still fanning. Oh, and did I mention it's also medieval? AND set in Yorkshire? I am an absolute sucker for books set in the North of England, to begin with. And then add my complete adoration for were books, and my love for Vikings. Lisa Hendrix couldn't possibly have hit it more perfectly if she'd been writing this book specifically for me. It was an absolute masterpiece.
And Gunnar. Oh, my beloved Gunnar. The hero. My hero. The man is an absolute hunk of burning love, from the first line, to the last. He's defintiely going on my short-list of favorite heroes of all time. He has the tortured soul thing, but also the hope thing, and the honor and loyalty. And of course, the mystery. Adore, adore, adore this man. Seriously, Jamie Fraser ain't got nothin' on Gunnar.
And the heroine! I'm actually a bit shocked as I type this. I typically hate heroines, but Eleanor was spunky, and not at all annoying. She was brave and intrepid and exciting. I looked up to her, and best of all, I wanted her to be with Gunnar, desperately. She made the whole chase worth the time reading. What an intriguing woman.
But the best part, by far, was Hendrix's voice. She's got a great flare for the historical paranormal genre. Just enough irreverance to remind us that we're in a magic land, but enough solid historical detail to delight even the most stringent historical fan among us. Fan-frickin-tastic. I'm immediately going to purchase the other books in the Immortal series, and I can only hope that she comes out with even more. This book was far too good to be the last.
He faces a future of cold uncertainty, until her warm embrace…
Part of a Viking crew of warriors cursed by an evil sorceress, Gunnar the Red must toil through eternity as half-man, half-beast, living out his days as a great bull, while his nights are spent in human form. And though he keeps mostly to the wilds, his heart yearns for the simple comforts of man—and the chance to redeem a tragic past…
Seeking refuge from a bitter winter in the welcoming hall of Richmond Castle, Gunnar rescues two maidens when a blaze erupts—and his destiny is forever altered. For one of the young women is Lady Eleanor de Neville, who is immediately entranced by her rescuer. Her kiss of gratitude—the brief touch of her lips against his cheek—awakens a longing in her soul. And even when she is betrothed to another, Eleanor never forgets her courageous knight.
When Gunnar rides back into Eleanor’s life, she is consumed by undeniable passion. And though his body surrenders to her every touch, Gunnar’s heart remains imprisoned by the curse—and only the magic of the truest love can save him…