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The Reluctant Viking (Viking I #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,237 ratings  ·  68 reviews
The hypnotic voice on the self-motivation tape was supposed to help Ruby Jordan solve her problems, not create new ones. Instead, she is swept from a hectic career and failing marriage back to an era of hard-bodied warriors and fair maidens. And the world ten centuries in the past isn't all mead and mirth, either!
Paperback, Love Spell: Timeswept #9, 448 pages
Published February 28th 1998 by Love Spell (first published 1994)
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Christy
I didn't have high hopes for this book and I am still disappointed. I just wanted a bit of brain candy. This book seemed perfect: time travel, Vikings, lusty romance. What more could a girl want? Somehow, Hill failed to deliver on almost all counts. The lusty romance mostly delivered, but the Vikings were just jerks with weapons and the time travel was beyond stupid.

Like I said, though, I didn't expect much. I would've given it two or maybe two and a half stars for those qualities if it weren't
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Kaori
Since I can't give it half a star, I went with the lowest star possible...

Unfortunately, I didn't finish this book. I borrowed it from a friend who raved about it saying: "So funny, I laughed practically the whole time!" or "I wouldn't mind going back to the Viking era and be ravished by them" or "Hunka-hunka!"

After pushing myself to read at least the first 12 chapters (well sometimes the beginning of books are slow then the pace picks up mid-way...) all I could say was that that's time that I w
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Karry
People that read this book need to keep in mind that Vikings and the time of the Viking was not all women's lib, and puppy dogs and rainbows! There were wars all the time, the men COULD NOT show weakness or else they (and all they loved and cherished) were dead and burned to the ground! The point to this book was to remember what is really and truly important before it's gone! You might not get a second chance. That being said I thought this was a Great book! Funny, quick witted, and sexy! I li ...more
Yodamom


This modern day woman's husband leaves her and she wakes up in Viking central in the 790's where there is a Viking who looks just like her husband and he has two illegitimate children that look just like hers. So what does she do ? She tells him she is his wife and those are their kids, even when they threaten her death. Ok it does't stop there, she goes on to tall all the village the evil king and stubbornly breaks rules insisting she can because she is his wife. WTH ? She knows this isn't him
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Dinna Ken
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5 killer-viking stars!!

Why oh why have I been putting reading these books off for oh so long!?

One of the best books I've read! This included time-travelling and I was definitely on for one heck of a ride!! And this will not end like you expect.. no, sirree!!

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Time-travel Romance is one of my favorite genres.. and, more so, this is not your typical time-travel novels.

I felt more with it. I kept predicting things to come; and be surprised at almost every turn!

My Jack/ Thork

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Yeah, baby, I know you're
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Beth F.
This was bad. And it wasn’t even funny haha bad. It was just bad bad.

Jack Jordan, Ruby Jordan’s husband of 20 years has just walked out on her. Feeling overwhelmed, she sits down to listen to one of the motivational tapes her husband often listens to for work and she falls asleep. When she wakes up she discovers that she’s been transported back in time from 1994 to a Viking encampment in the year 925. She’s obviously surprised but pleased to discover that her backwards journey through time has
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Iris
*Deep Sigh* Wow! What a story! I’m still bewildered. Everything fit, everything was as it should be! I grumbled a bit about male chauvinistic pigs during the story, but sadly it’s normal for that time, although reading this book opened my eyes. I always thought woman didn’t have any rights during the Dark Ages. This book proved me wrong! I didn’t know Viking women could be self independent. And the male Vikings were not always the barbarians I thought them to be. They got their own rules and wer ...more
Slayermel
This book made me laugh out loud so many times I lost track. The characters are likeable and Ruby the lead female is just a crazy mess, which makes her so endearing. You find yourself relating to her and her desperation to try anything to keep her life together.

Ruby is your typical 21st century business woman who started up her own lingerie company and is trying to juggle marriage, children and work. However she finds that her marriage is falling apart and does not realize how bad it is until he
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Misti
I almost always read romance novels exclusively for the hilarity I find in lines such as "Thork's lips brushed her eyes shut and swept like a whisper across her cheek, to the edge of her lips, then teasingly away toward her ear. The wet tip of his tongue traced its narrow whorls then delved inside. In and out it plunged until Ruby arched against him, unable to stand the intense pleasure he had set throbbing in her center."

This is one of Sandra Hill's bizarre fascinations: ear sex? I'm on the San
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Goge (BARRONS) le Moning Maniac,
PHENOMENAL start to a GREAT, WICKED AWESOME, SO-GOOD-I'M-IN-LOVEEEEE, series. This book made me fall in love with cave-men hahahahhh I love Sandra Hill's Viking series to death!!!! Actually, any book by her is satisfactory and gorge-worthy! This was a superb read, I loved Ruby and Thork and wish wish wished there was more of them. If there was a sequel with just the two of them again I would happily, greedily, giddily swallow it up with relish! KYAHHHHHHHHHHHXD I've read this book numerous times ...more
Robin Rousu
I am rather peeved at whomever recommended this to me. Notably awful. Even for a viking time travel romance novel. The love interest is a viking version of her estranged dorkface husband whose tender wittle ego was damaged when they had to use her salary to pay the bills. The heroine is irritating, the hero is a jackass, and the book is as bad and as dated as the cover art. Bonus: Unpleasantly violent! Not recommended.
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ValerieC
Sep 30, 2012 ValerieC rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I gave this book a 2 star rating simply because I could force myself to finish it. :-(

I liked many of the secondary characters, but I didn't like Thork, and I liked Ruby even less. I am not a big fan of adultery, and that's simply what this was on Ruby's part, no matter how else someone wants to paint the siuation (even if it was a dream).

Additionally, she gave little thought to her kids that were 'left' to her knowledge in the future.

The secondary characters were mostly likeable, so that got a
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Mahareni Maldini
Ampun daaaaahh...si Ruby ni cengeng banget seeeeeehh!! Masa dikit-dikit nangis, dikit-dikit mewek. Gak terhitung berapa kali nemuin kata-kata berikut : "...air matanya tergenang...", "...matanya digenangi air mata...", "...air mata mengalir deras...", "...terisak-isak...", bla bla bla. Padahal dia kan berasal dari masa depan, punya senjata berupa pengetahuan yang gak dimiliki orang-orang paiking itu. Ini malah bentar-bentar mo nangis.

Berkali-kali ditolak Thork pun, masih juga ngejar-ngejar. Iya
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Dani "The REAL Cullens_Girl since 2002"
I am so glad I took the time to finish this book. I put it down a few times because the time travel element seemed a little unbelievable. Sandra Hill also updated many of the pop-culture references in this book when she revised it in 2011 and I have to say that was completely unnecessary. It seemed odd that the references were updated, but some of the song references continued to be dated. I would've been fine with dated across the board.

...on to the story portion. The story basically follows Ru
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Zury
At first, I wasn't sure how to feel about this book. I felt like smashing it against the wall a few times when Thork was being a "Dork" with Ruby. But the more I read, the more I loved the story. The end was a big surprise since you don't expect the good guys to die, but we still got our happy ending. Sandra Hill is a fantastic writer, I love her humor while she brings us facts as close to the truth as you can get!
Kendra
I'm so glad I've read some of her other books, because this one, quite frankly, sucked. The whole anti-strong accomplished woman because women need to bow down and kiss the asses of their manly overlords was such crap.

The other books by her, that I've read are fun and pretty good. This one, not so much!
Tutti Dolci
Enjoyable, sexy, bittersweet, and funny. Didn't care for all the 80's references, but then again, it IS an 80's story. Still, would I recommend it? Yes. Especially if you love Vikings (I do! I do!), time travel, and not-so-perfect romance.

3.5 stars.
Yuki
I have looked and read many viking romance books, but Sandra hill has hit the spot when writing them! I love her viking romance books, they are one of the bests reads i have had.
Miraphora
Letture Revival pt.2. Della serie 'quello che ho letto anni fa e che voglio riprendere da capo'. Perché mi piace rispolverare i romanzi - o quelle serie - che mi hanno lasciato un bel ricordo. No, non ho tempo libero e sì, ho tantissimi romanzi nuovi da leggere ma a voi non capita mai di sentire il bisogno di percorrere strade conosciute e sicure? A me spesso viene voglia di rileggere una storia, soprattutto quando cerco un elemento che non c'è tra le novità del periodo.

In un momento di follia v
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Ayemorena
This was my first SH book, and it had me at hello. I fell IN LOVE with Selik in this story! He was so very angry and tormented and beautifully scarred, all together, I found him mesmerizing.

As for the main storyline involving Thork/Ruby/Jack, the story was rough going in. The time-travel/dream direction in the beginning took me a bit of a mental struggle to buy into, but I was already absorbed into the main charcter, Ruby, with all her angst, regret, and wishful thinking, I was encouraged to rea
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Gisele
Comencé leyendo este libro porque lo habían recomendado en un club de lectura el cual sigo, ya que según opiniones era un libro bonito, lleno de romance y sentido de humor...
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El Vikingo Reacio es una novela de viaje en el tiempo, en el cual su protagonista Ruby esta decidida a salvar su matrimonio y viaja en el tiempo gracias a una cinta de autoayuda (seriously?) a la era vikinga, en la cual se encuentra a su marido, años más joven, en una sociedad totalmente distinta, siendo un guerrero vikingo
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Felita Hardigaloeh
salah satu cerita time travel yang kusuka...

cerita sang heroine terdampar ke masa lalu dan jatuh hati dg heronya, sudah biasa....tapi gimana kalau hero nya itu wujud lampau suaminya ?

Ruby dan suaminya, Jack sedang cekcok. pasalnya, Ruby ini tipe wanita karir, sibuk dg perusahaan nya : baju dalam Lingerie !!!! saking sibuknya, Ruby lupa dg suaminya dan anak2nya. padahal Jack sedang dirundung PHK.

jadilah, Jack ninggalin rumah, dan mengingatkan Ruby dg pernikahan mereka. istilahnya Jack masih mau
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Judith
I have long loved Sandra Hill's books but this is the first Viking-related historical I have read. Re-issued from 1994 and updated and re-written somewhat, this is a really delightful story about a woman who is taken 1,000 years back in time where she finds herself a captive of a Viking lord, son of a king, who looks exactly like the husband who, in her contemporary context, has just walked out on their 20 year marriage. Her story is too weird for those Dark Ages persons, but her knowledge of ge ...more
Gen
Sep 22, 2011 Gen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book- later on i found it dragged a bit. I did like that the two love interests did not consummate their feelings until 3/4 of the way thru. I love the character name Thork -if i had not already purchased the book just hearing that name would be reason enough for me to buy this book- reading about some guy named Thork just sounds too fun. The only real problem I had with this book is how unrealistic it was- I think she would have for sure been burned at the ...more
Melanie
Ahh! This book is BAD. I kept waiting for it to get better...but nope!
I really liked the premise and have read other romances which make good use of the 'back in time' thing to fix up couples. This one...did not.
1, I never understood how Ruby could fall for Thork, especially given how very different he is in personality to Jack. 2, Ruby keeps getting herself in trouble for no good reason. It would be one thing if she thought it was all a dream, but she pretty quickly decides it is real. 3, it t
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Helen Bassett
It was ok but I just did not really get into the story. Her whole attitude seemed out of place and really dealing with anything in reality. Of course, dreams can be that way.
Tammy
Feb 11, 2012 Tammy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers that dont mind a little time travel
This book is about Ruby Jordan. Her husband of 20 years walks out on her. She prays and wishes she was ten years younger with knowing what she does now to figure out how to fix her broken marriage and life. Welll next thing you know she is in viking Jork,with a viking that looks like her husband and many memorable characters. The times are a whole lot more violent. The king believes her a spy, whoever heard of timetravel. She has to break through the heart of Thork the viking husband lookalike a ...more
Dianne Cameron
Nice story, love the vikings. I would have preferred it without the time travel dream thing didn't need it but I suppose ruby wouldn't have know the things she did about the future without it. Good book!
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