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Timeless (Stolen Brides #3)

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A mysterious warrior abducts Lady Avril de Varennes from a trade fair and sweeps her away to Asgard Island, an enchanted paradise cloaked in mists and mystery, kept secret from the world for centuries. Against her will, Avril weds her arrogant captor, Hauk Valbrand--even as she vows to escape. Hauk believes himself beyo
Published November 16th 2012 by Summit Avenue Books (first published February 9th 1998)
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Although historical romances aren't usually my thing, I enjoyed this sweet, historical paranormal story. I listened to the audiobook version and the story was well-narrated. It was also straightforward enough to keep up with the story if listening while doing other things.

Essentially, there is a hidden Viking settlement on an island that provides immortality for those born on it's soil. However, immortality comes with a price and the women born on the island are barren. The only way for the men
Aug 01, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-can-do
I give up.

Nothing wrong with the writing. But the heroine was a mother who was trying the entire time to run away from the hero to go back to her child. Hero had to keep her because of some magical things which I did not understand. Purely my personal preference to not have a mother as my heroine. I get tired of reading about how she plotted running away to be with her child. I am not arguing that she shouldn't have. It is only natural for a mother to want to be with her child, which is why I p
Not rating this because I might pick it up in print format at some point. The audiobook reader, Julia Motyka, drove me nuts. She put way too much drama into each sentence, yet at the same time it felt like she wasn't processing what she was saying. Just because it's a romance doesn't mean the drapes need to be described dramatically. Her French-ish accent for the heroine was the only good thing I have to say about it.

The story itself is a goofy old Dell that got a makeover under a new title and
Nov 26, 2010 Gemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It seems I have a love-hate relationship with this author. When she writes a book I like, it's usually one that become one of my most treasured books. When she writes a book I don't like, I usually end up hating it. Unfortunately, this was a book that I did not love.

Captor/captive romances are a tough premise for me. It's very hard to write a relationship that isn't bordering on abuse or exploitation. Cross that line, and I get disgusted. However, that wasn't the problem here. Yes, the heroine
Linda Sims
Nov 25, 2012 Linda Sims rated it liked it
Lady Avril de Varennes is a widow with a three year old daughter Gisele. After leaving her daughter in the care of her brother-in-law and his wife she sets out on a journey with a friend.

Both of them are kidnapped by strange men, they are drugged, when they awaken they are on an island. Which they later discover is called Asgard. Avril and all of the other captives are forced into marrying their captors. Avril's new husband is Hauk Valbrand. He had not intended to capture a woman for himself, bu
"Yummy Historical!"
What made the experience of listening to His Captive Bride the most enjoyable?
I was taken away by the whole captive of a Viking angle. Sometimes a gal just has to go with that fantasy!!

Have you listened to any of Julia Motyka’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have listened to her throughout the series and really enjoyed her tone and pace. She has very distinct voices that are consistent throughout. I would definitely look for more of her work in the futu
AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall: 3 Narration: 2 Story: 3

We all know how important first impressions are: to me they instantly set my attitude and mood for the rest of any encounter, be it a person, place or thing. While my first introduction to this author/narrator combination was more than rough, I had hopes that the second time around would be better. It was, marginally.

While I expected another in the line of a more historical feeling romance, this story held a feel that leaned to fantasy, wi
I have such mixed feelings over HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE. Overall, this has been a series that has continued to keep me interested while bring in interesting plots. I’ve really enjoyed each book and what it brought to the table.
3.5 stars
I’ve always disliked when I’ve read reviews were the reader took an aspect of the story too personally. I was always quick to silently point out that this was a romance novel and not real. I had a tough time with that exact situation that I was once quick
Sep 21, 2016 Shelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 I liked this book the best of the series. I thought the plot was really interesting and I enjoyed the characters. I thought the author did a good job incorporating secondary characters and I almost liked them better than the main characters. I thought there were a few loose ends that could have been tied up though. I think this book could have used an epilogue because I was curious about what happened to certain characters.
Jul 31, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining fantasy romance.

The last six books I've read have been either just ok or dreadful so I was looking for a good entertaining read, 'His Captive Bride' has been on my kindle for nearly two weeks, the reviews were good and the blurb sounded interesting, in other words just what I was looking for.
Lady Avril de Varennes is widowed with a three year old daughter Giselle, she is kidnapped from a trade fair in Antwerp by the mysterious Hauk Valbrand and taken to a mysterious island from whic
Mar 16, 2015 Zeek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy Romance of the Viking persuasion. I can't say there was anything standouty about this one unfortunately. I think if I had read this 20 yrs ago I would have been more impressed. The romance was very romantic despite their reluctance to fall in love and the lovin sufficiently steamy- although rather prosey compared to today's standards (all manhood and velvty heat for pieces parts). It was just missing that certain *something* it takes to grab me.

abducted and swept away by what turns out to b
Jul 17, 2016 Akina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this book. One of my favorite plot lines is captured/forced brides.

What I liked:
A Secret World – The author painted a lovely image. I would move to Asgard in a heartbeat
Alpha male who made an impulsive decision but tried to make the best of the situation
Strong female who had her priorities straight. Top of the list – her daughter (no matter what)
Interesting secondary characters who had useful and necessary interactions.

What I didn’t like:
I would have preferred a different
Aug 04, 2014 smuug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any from the rest of the series, but I absolutely loved this book. I have never read about Vikings especially in this light and was so intrigued. I read the book in two days and it kept my interest the entire time. This would make a great movie. I would love to know what happened with Haulk and his new life though. This was one of the best books I've read, the author is an amazing writer.
Apr 18, 2013 Janis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun, lighthearted read for us Viking enthusiasts. The premis mixes fantasy and romance with a but of historical fiction. During a relatively busy and stressful time of life I found this to be a perfect escape.
Mar 17, 2015 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a good read and would recommend it.
Christina Michelle Cary
Great read

Third in the series although they really don't read like a series. I enjoyed Avrils dedication and character as a single mom
Oct 29, 2014 Nikita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hauk Valbrand is the peacekeeper of Asgard, a timeless island paradise shrouded in fog and hidden far from the machinations of warring kings and violence of man. The people of Asgard have lived in this paradise for hundreds of years. But while the island provides everything the inhabitants require, the native women cannot bear children. So every three decades or so, some of the men choose to venture out and capture brides to bring back to the island to woo their hearts and start another generati ...more
Thom Swennes
Aug 22, 2016 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aquae furtivae sua vissimus fructus saporem.
Stolen fruit tastes the sweetest.
Asgard Island is a Shangri-La of the north. Discovered by roving Norsemen centuries ago, the island was lush, rich, and unexplainable temperate for its location in the far north. The Vikings that discovered this uninhabited island, settled and prospered, capturing their women from places all over Europe and bringing them back. Food and everything they needed was abundant but there was one pitfall; children could not be
Melissa Marlow
Sep 03, 2014 Melissa Marlow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s not what you think, really it’s not, okay so it is historical but in a new twist that brings you to a magical place where things are not as they seem.

Hauk Valbrand did not want a wife at all. Never would be the correct measurement, but with a situation so wrong he blurted out that he chose her. Now his responsibility he has to follow through with this tradition that if he brings her home, he must provide for her, keep her safe, and make her life here on Asgard Island most pleasant, only he
Theresa Scarangella
1303 Asgard Island
Haulk Valbrand and his men went on the claiming voyage. Haulk had lost his first wife in childbirth and also a second one. He was not looking for one on this voyage. They had to find women, the men were ready and they couldn't let their secret out so they dressed as ordinary men.
Lady Avril had lost her husband and she has a three year old daughter Giselle whom she loves dearly.Josette and Avril were traveling to a friends wedding and then to Brittany. Avril was to return in 10
Helm Ehmy Ilarde
At the ending of the book, I experienced a wonderful feeling of both fluffiness and pain. For two short seating, I had devoured the book like it was comics in the middle of writing my thesis. It was like water to a parched throat. And I am sad that it ended so soon, the paradise I had felt when I reading the book.

The author had weaved a spell on me, to leave off work and to keep on reading. And the former did not stand any chance. Books like that are rare from what I had seen so far. The charact
Sep 10, 2016 Synergy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

If you're not afraid of a little fantasy to go along with your romance, this is the perfect book for you. He's afraid to love again and she doesn't think she can. Yet, when circumstances force them together, they learn that love is sometimes undeniable and irresistible.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

I stayed up all night and half of this morning reading His Captive Bride and I just couldn't put it down. The only complaint I have is that it ended to swiftly and would have been better with an Epilog for Avril and Hauk's HEA. However, this book is full of richly developed characters, scene settings that you can visualize, action and love. Avril has been Kidnapped by Viking Norseman and taken to a mysterious place called Asgard Island. This Island has its s
Aug 12, 2014 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

334 pages
Stand alone in a series

I lost my appetite for captive themes a long time ago after reading some hard to swallow bodice rippers but this book is sweet in comparison and I thank the reviews for giving me that insight.

It’s a fantasy world that errs on the side of the males in this Viking saga – of course, but at least this time I didn't want to mangle the H to a complete and bloody pulp nor did I want to scream at the h to grow a bloody backbone.

Hauk Valbrand is an enlightened Vi
Jun 22, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Shelly Thacker book I have ever read and to be honest I wasn't that impressed. The plot seemed okay and I have been meaning to read one in this sort of genre so I gave it a go but it really let me down. On every page there was drama here and drama there and it was kind of annoying... The lead female, Avril seriously got on my nerves. Everything she does seems to get her into trouble combined with the whole I want to but I just cant thing she has going on I ended up not liking h ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. While kidnapping a bride is not the most romantic way I think to start a marriage, the author justifies it as reasonably as she can. Of course this is fantasy folks, so don't be so critical of the premise. I actually enjoyed the fact that it was a little different. We still had the strong but soft hero and the stubborn feisty heroine who are at odds with each other initially. However, an island paradise where no one gets sick or gets old, possibly living forever? That puts a ...more
*** This review is for the audible edition of HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE ***

HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE by Shelly Thacker is a wonderfully erotic historical novel featuring SEXY Vikings. an idyllic island, heartbreaking romance, danger, intrigue, adventure and action. It's the third book in Shelly's Stolen Brides series, but each one is a standalone with no interconnected characters so they do not need to be read in order.

My full review has been poste
Rin ♔
I found the progress of the story slow . It wasn't around 50% or something when Hauk decided that he should woo Avril since nothing was happening between them they had nothing to lose and their attraction for each other was evident (view spoiler)

This story proved that, indeed, love is not selfish, it's selfless.

I admired Hauk, though, for not being selfish when it came to Avril but then love does that to you. Still, I wanted
This was the first story I read from Shelly Thacker and honestly I wasn’t incredibly impressed. The basic idea is interesting, joins various genres I enjoy: historical romance, fantasy and mythology. However, I felt that the author didn’t know what to do with the characters or the story.
The typical love-hate relationship didn’t convince, there was lack of spark between the main characters and I didn’t feel the characters fall in love. It also seemed to me that the author exaggerated the drama in
Jul 25, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avril was deep in mourning. She lived for her daughter until the day when her life all changed. An assult and then a Kidnapping by a handsom man who took her away. Hauk Was everything a woman would dream of, but her heart could not let go of the sorrow deep within. I was entraced by this story and loved the fire with which Avril lived her life and let no one stand in her way. I kind of wished that there was more time to talk about how she learned to ride, fight and stand up to the men in her lif ...more
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"My apologies," she amended lightly. "I supposed I should not tease you about being so old."

"Nay, feel free."
His slow smile flashed in the moonlight.
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