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Viking Unchained (Viking II #8)

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He swore he'd travel the earth to find his little boy. But Viking warrior Thorfinn Haraldsson never counted on traveling through time--and he's more than a little surprised to find himself in modern day Baghdad in the midst of a Navy SEAL operation. Luckily, the SEALs include his cousin, who takes him Stateside. And there, at a bar, he stumbles on a woman
Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Berkley
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 09, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sandra Hill 'Viking' series readers
Shelves: 2008-reads
I've read all of Sandra Hill's 'viking' series and enjoyed every one of them. I have to say that her latest "Viking Unchained" isn't the best of them, but it was still an entertaining read for me as it gives quick glimpses into the lives of most all of the other time-traveling Vikings from her earlier books.

Thorfinn has sworn off love. Sex is fine, but love is just asking to be crushed. His first wife ran off, and he didn't necessarily miss her, BUT she took his beloved son with her and that bro
Jul 04, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, romance, time-travel
Like the others in this series it was filled with fun, hot sex, and lots of Viking misunderstandings, but unlike the others this one had me tearing up in the last scene in a way you wouldn't think would be possible with a scene between 2 men, both who love the same woman.

Finn, who we met in a previous book, seems to have the same good luck as his other family members and is able to time travel to the present, where he runs into Lydia who is still mourning her dead husband. The tricky part is th
Lover of Romance
As this is a time travel story, it starts out with two seperate story lines, one with Thorfinn Haraldsson in the eleventh century, and the other with Lydia Denton in the present day. Thorfinn once married a woman and had a young son, she leaves him along with his son. Even though he suspects that they have been killed in a storm on the sea, he continues searching for his son Miklof. He ends up in Baghdad fighting and killing as fast as he can, surrounded by a group of men. Then suddenly he is ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
I could do a big long review....but I won't. Short & sweet tonight.

I liked it. Started reading it not knowing it was part of a series however that didn't take away from this story. Yes, many other characters from previous stories are mentioned but you do not have to read the others to enjoy this one. (Me I've only read Jorund's story in Truly, Madly Viking, so I didn't even know all the character that showed up.)

Okay enought about me onto the book:

Lydia Denton lost her husband five years ag
My second book to read by this author. I enjoyed it a lot. Very humorous. The humor is silly and ridiculous but it works.
Dec 30, 2010 Michelle rated it it was ok
1.5 stars. 1 star (didn't like it) doesn't seem completely fair, but saying it was okay? Also not quite right.

So this was my second romance novel and it was...better in some ways, way, way worse in other ways. I think I can say I'm done with this genre, though, because I mainly find things to be disturbing. The writing, the characters, sometimes the sex scenes--disturbing. This one didn't feature a virgin, so that's a win, but did center around a pole-dancing, aerobics teaching widow (with a ch
Sam Marie
Happy New Year!! Coincidentally, I just finished this tonight, so officially, this is my last book of the year!

So... Gotta say, I really wanted to punch some sense into that chauvinist pig. I fully expected to get really pissed off at this guy, but surprisingly, he's not that bad.. once he met his lady-love, that is.

I have mixed feelings about this book on some scenes. Like those sex scenes; I see there was a lot of them. Two, the terrorist POV.. kind of touchy subject there, especially when i
Apr 17, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp
Time-traveling Viking romance - what's not to love? This whole series definitely falls into the "so bad it's great" category. The wild sex scenes start on page 2, and just keep going. The Viking characters would be over-the-top unbelievable even if they weren't traveling through time to become Navy SEALs, but with that part thrown in, they're magnificent.

Don't even try to take this book, or any of the rest of them, seriously. I'm pretty sure the author doesn't. There may be a couple serious mess
Apr 03, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Book #32 of 2009

This one was a bit strange... A Viking warrior time-travels to modern America. I wanted to slap him half the time, ordering people (women) around. The writing was a little strange for me too, there were all sorts of mini-sections within the chapters with titles like "Hey, Cuz! Long time no see!..." and "Daddy knows best..." which in my opinion distracted from the flow of the story. In all, it was an OK book. Not the best, not the worst

I like the idea of the monthly challenge over
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I've had this book on my TBR "shelf" since 2008 and I'm determined to cull this "shelf." Tried this one and made it to page 74 before I gave up. The book did not work for me for multiple reasons: the plot was (I'm sorry) stupid. I love-love-love a romantic time-travel, too! Hokey comes to mind. There were too many character names thrown around and I wanted to see more dialogue. The SEAL add-in was hokey. It could have been done, but the way it was presented seemed too light-hearted. I was ...more
Brenda (b)
Another wonderful Sandra Hill story. I loved Finn, he made me want a Viking of my own. LOL! He loved his son so much. The humor was great but not over-done. I liked how Ms. Hill still kept some of the word mistunderstandings as in her past works, but she didn't center on them for humor this time. It was also refreshing that she moved past the first 3 months of Finn's adjustment to modern life to start the actual story between him and Lydia.

According to Ms. Hill's website, this book was to have o
Hmmm ... I didn't hate it, but I wasn't really crazy about it, either. "Viking Unchained" represents an ambitious effort from Sandra Hill, but I reached the ending feeling a tad "empty," like I didn't get my "Hill fix" I've enjoyed with so many of her other books. The novel contains many of the elements and writing quality I've come to expect in Hill's work. I liked the main characters. I also enjoyed that several characters from earlier books in the Vikings II series have bit parts in this ...more
Apr 04, 2011 Mwanja rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, time-travel
The moment i started reading this book i couldnt put it down. The story of Lydia and how devastated she was by her loss and her renewed purpose to live, was too compelling. Add a thousand year old Viking to the mix and the result is a hilarious, romantic story that i wouldn't mind reading all over again. And here i was thinking i had outgrown romance novels which i read religiously several years ago. Aside from the fact that the time travel theme becomes tiring after some time Thorfinn was ...more
Jennifer The Forgetful Fairy Queen
Sorry to have to give this a 3.5. I usually LOVE Sandra Hill's Vikings. I think it's sweet he got his son and family. I just found it weird how She didn't go all MAMA Bear on anyone who claimed something like this about her son! It would of taken me a WHOLE LOT longer to allow him near my kid!! So I think for that reason it kinda bugged me. Other than that I found their love scenes hot and fun. I giggled at the thousand year old Viking getting used to modern things and terminology Hysterical as ...more
Jan 19, 2009 Stacie added it
Very humorous and good time travel romance. This story is about Thorfinn and Lydia. Thorfinn has traveled from old Norway to present times. He greatly resembles Lydia's dead husband. Her son looks just like his son from the past. They both find that there is a chemistry between them that the can not ignore.
Jun 29, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I usually don't care for stories with military characters, but having caught an earlier entry in the series, I couldn't miss Hill's title. I felt lost since I was missing many stories between. And I really didn't care for the constant "Is he Dave?" or "Is he Miklof?" themes. Other than that I enjoyed the story.
Nov 11, 2014 C.L. rated it did not like it
It seemed like it could fall into 'so bad it's good' territory, but it was just terrible. Luckily, it's written at a middle-school comprehension level so it went by very quickly. I read most of it while I was reporting for jury duty because that seemed like a time when things could not get worse, but I was wrong.
Dec 27, 2008 Lily rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: QC fans
Recommended to Lily by: Questionable Content
"What I learned from this book." Well, I've never read a romance novel before. I didn't realize that they could be amusing enough to keep my attention until the last page. But ... this book was just too violent for me. When Finn forced himself on Lydia, I don't care how much her body reacted, it was still creepy. Rape isn't sexy. Guess I'm just too romantic for romance novels ... ?
Feb 22, 2009 Cher rated it really liked it
This book is deeply inaccurate about so many things-- the US military, Norse dialect & history-- but also so ridiculous it is very fun to read. Like most of Hill's books, it is over the top funny. Also, this book has tons of sex that is not particularly creative but is also not poorly written. Pure braincandy.
Nov 02, 2008 Mary rated it did not like it
Okay, I thought this would be good trash, but it's just trash. Time-traveling Vikings who end up as Navy SEALS in California, and here's one of the most exemplary lines: "The lust sap is nigh dripping out my ears and every orifice of my body." Eew! And, this is a series! I can't believe someone would waste their time on more than 1 of these.
May 19, 2016 Karry rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! There is just something about the sexiest asshole finding his other half. I can't help but love stories like that!
feeb's of destruction
Nov 03, 2013 feeb's of destruction rated it it was amazing
how ironic am reading this and am from Baghdad..which is good since I can relate. But the book overall is great it sparked my interest.
Sep 27, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: sandra-hill
starting off slow...having a hard time wanting to read; ending is much better the bk picked up speed.
Nov 09, 2014 Glenda rated it liked it
This is the first book by Sandra Hill I have read. It did not keep me interested, but I finished it.
Sep 17, 2008 JazzRizz rated it liked it
Shelves: library, 2008
This was a fun quick read. I just adore time travel books. There's nothing better than a honest-to-goodness Viking finding himself in modern day life.

Jul 13, 2016 Terree rated it really liked it
:) I was wondering when we were going to get the male chauvinist pig Viking ;-) at least he had a bit of humor lol
Jun 08, 2016 Koxecho rated it it was ok
I don't like time travel books so this didn't do it for me. I imagine that people who do like that genre would enjoy it.
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Other Books in the Series

Viking II (10 books)
  • The Last Viking (Viking II, #1)
  • Truly, Madly Viking (Viking II, #2)
  • The Very Virile Viking (Viking II, #3)
  • Wet & Wild (Viking II, #4)
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