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The Bear and the Bride (Viking Warriors #1)

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  210 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Jarl Torsten glimpses Ainslin of Durham, a recent widow with two sons, and immediately covets her for his wife. He outmaneuvers his rival, Ainslin’s neighbor Earl Sigrid, and receives the king’s blessing to marry her.
Ainslin fears Torsten reaction when he discovers she’s a virgin. How to explain her maidenhead and twin sons?
Her worst nightmares are realized when Earl Sigri
Kindle Edition, 63 pages
Published December 14th 2010 by Etopia Press
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Symphony of Light and Winter by Renea MasonLet Angels Fly by Noelle ClarkLiving Dead Girl by Nessie StrangeThe Bear and the Bride by Jianne CarloHalloween Heat M/F by Mina Carter
Etopia Press Romance
4th out of 52 books — 35 voters
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SavannahNorway aka SN
This is a dnf for me at 52%, there are just so many faults with the facts here I just could not continue reading anymore as it drew me nuts.

First Vikings drink mead, they do not normally drink wine. Mead is a kind of beer or ale. You could also have used the word ale. If they had wine it was imported from Europe and thus rare and pretty expensive, wine was a little more common in Denmark than in Norway. But this story is taking place in Norway so yeah mead is what the Vikings usually drank and
So I didn't realize that this was less than 100 pages long. :( It started out good. I love a story about an alpha male who is man enough to acknowledge the feelings he has for a woman. And this story had what I thought was going to be a great conflict... and then it just fizzled out. I thought the conflict was building and about to be revealed and then I turned the page and it was the epilogue. What the heck?!

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So, now I'm mad at myself for paying $2.99 for what was barley even a story.
Dahlia (yadkny)
Jun 19, 2011 Dahlia (yadkny) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
Virginity going in to the marriage bed is sacred and a husband's right to take, yet Ainslin may lose everything because of it.

Ainslin finds herself in the predicament of having to marry someone she's never met. The last few recent years have been spent as a widow with twin sons to care for, but now she finds herself being escorted to her new husband's household. Ainslin isn't so much worried for herself, but of what will happen to her sons if the secret she carries gets out. Will her new husban
Miz Love
Jianne Carlo has written a lovely tale set long ago that kept me reading from start to finish with no break. I enjoyed her style and talent immensely and felt for Ainslin as she worried about Jarl’s reaction to the truth he would soon find out when he took her to bed. I won’t spoil anything by saying she has twin sons but is also a virgin, because the blurb states this much, but she has carried a secret for some time. I understood not only why she had kept it, but also her fretting over explaini ...more
Leela Sundy
Mar 09, 2011 Leela Sundy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves romance
I really, really, wish this had been longer. Not that the shortness of it in any detracted from this wonderful, sexy Viking historical, but I could have spent days reading this. I'm only hoping that this will be part of a series as we do meet some very intriguing characters including Torsten's four brothers, Ruard, Njal, Magnus, and Jarvik.

Okay I've joined the Ms. Carlo fan club definitely. She's never disappointed me and it seems that she's equally great in all genres. I've checked and this is
Uffda! A wonderful entertaining read. First read by this author and throughly enjoyed it. I picked this book from the NOOK reviews. Torsten first spots the recently widowed Ainslin 2 years before and knew she was meant for him. He displays amazing determination as he petitions the king for 2 years for her hand. He even gives up the pleasures of the flesh for those 2 years....what a man! He wins her hand and they are married by proxy. Ainslin has a huge secret that could spell the end for her, To ...more
Really enjoyed this book! Torsten was intense and hot! Ainslin was a great heroine and I enjoyed reading their story. I'm a big fan of period romance and Ms. Carlo did a wonderful job of putting the whole story together, so much so that I turned around and purchased Dark Chocolate Side of the Moon which I read and liked very much. (This one is better only because it was longer and had more detail).
Jenni J.
A great opening to an amazing series! While short the characters are well written and the background information is given so that it does not feel like you are coming into this story without any help. Loved it.
Renee Vincent
I can tell that Ms. Carlo did her research, which is very important to me given I am an avid reader and author of Viking romance myself. I'm looking forward to starting the next in this series!
Two-and-a-half stars is generous for this short slice of historical fiction. It's not that it's bad, but that there isn't much there to do anything with. A sexy alpha-male who gets to claim the bride of his choice and all that that entails, a wedding night with a virgin, two step sons whom are neither his nor his wife's, and a packaged enemy who never offers any real threat. However, there is the happily ever after with one born child and another on the way. I am at a loss as to what the goal of ...more
Synopsis: "Jarl Torsten glimpses Ainslin of Durham, a recent widow with two sons, and immediately covets her for his wife. He outmaneuvers his rival, Ainslin’s neighbor Earl Sigrid, and receives the king’s blessing to marry her.
Ainslin fears Torsten reaction when he discovers she’s a virgin. How to explain her maidenhead and twin sons?
Her worst nightmares are realized when Earl Sigrid arrives in Norway for King Cnut’s coronation. What does he suspect? Will Torsten cast Ainslin and the boys aside
Sue Lyndon
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Deviant Divas
The story of Ainslin and Torsten was charming. The intrigue added a nice backdrop to the passion & later love between the couple. Answers were given to immediate questions while setting the stage for future stories involving various family members and/or Ainslin & Torsten. There were a few transitions that felt abrupt when the story progressed, but they were quickly soothed over and made logical sense when all was said and done.

Ainslin's unfamiliarity with the Norse landscape and conditi
I am the sort of individual who will read a book, even if I do not necessarily enjoy it. I understand that many really like this novel and rave about it, but for me it was nothing special. In the end, I was left unsure about how I felt, and not in a good way. There was zero emotional connection with the characters and the plot seemed non-existent. It was somewhat clear where the author was trying to take her protagonists, but I feel it fell short of her image. Overall, I can't say much as I am i ...more
Athene Lipsanos
Wish it was longer.
I really liked this story. Boy it took off right at the get go. I would've rated it higher, but I felt like the shortness of the story took away from it :(. Had she elaborated more and filled in the time gaps it would've been great. Oh well I'm ready for book 2 since I already got a taste :)
Muy corto, así que se lee en un suspiro, pero cualquier posible conflicto que pueda complicar la trama (y hay unos cuantos) se disuelve como un azucarillo a las pocas páginas.
Deoin Cox
it was ok thuoght there could have been more action. she gave in to easy, and no one even tried to fight over her.
This is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed this sexy story!
Felt rushed. Would have liked it much more if the story was longer.
Historical Erotica 3.5
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Award winning, author Jianne Carlo’s motto is simple: Alpha Me Please. While strong heroines, exotic locations, and cultural differences are her forte, she goes weak in the knees for warriors of any type, rebels, SEAls, Vikings, and bad-ass mercenaries.

Send her a man with an attitude and she’ll find the right woman to tame him. Jianne’s writing career began in 2008, and since then she’s been luck
More about Jianne Carlo...
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