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The Second Lie

(Immortal Vikings #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  34 reviews
A businesswoman desperate to achieve her dream.

Wine seller Christina Alvarez Mancini told one little lie—to reassure wealthy clients, she invented a suave British boss. With her ultimate dream, a winery of her own, close to becoming reality, she can't allow irregularities at a highend wine auction to jeopardize her reputation.

A con man in love with a good plan.

Stig need
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published January 26th 2015 by Carina Press
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Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally published at The Book Pushers

I picked up The Second Lie because I read the first book in this series, First to Burn (reviewed here) and found it flawed but interesting. I was curious to see where the author went with her concept of immortal Vikings who fought with Beowulf against Grendel. My fellow Book Pushers and I all liked Richland’s voice in the first book, but got overwhelmed by plot threads. I hoped that this time would be different.

I also met the author in Seattle and found he
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was one that caused a few blinks of surprise in the beginning because I had certain expectations going in. I read the first book in the series, liked it, and so I picked this one up without reading the blurb. Yeah, that might have helped me see that setting, character backgrounds, etc were going to be vastly different. First book focused on a military special forces guy who is really an Immortal Viking because you know- what better career would an Immortal Viking excel at? about ...more
Maria Dodd
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r-author, arc
I was given this book as an ARC by the author for an honest review.

This book is the sequel to First to Burn but is easily read as a stand alone book. There were certain parts that brought back the storyline from the first book to me which was good as I had really enjoyed that one too.

This book follows immortal Viking Stig and his relationship with Christina. Stig is a fast - talking, all action, charismatic con man but Christina easily keeps up with him. He is a man with a plan followed by anot
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-review
I received this book for free for my honest review thru Lovers of Paranormal. I loved First to burn - Immortal Vikings #1 but what's great about The second lie - Immortal Vikings #2 is you can read it as a stand along book as well as part of the series either way you could enjoy this book. I loved all the adventure. Christina has a wine collection service& she it's trying to build her reputation/company up so to make her clients feel more comfortable she fakes a rich British boss but the charmin ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a ton going on in these books, but it's all informative and the stories keep speeding along. I blitzed my way through this one and its predecessor, only to come to a screeching halt when I realized this was published three years ago and there still doesn't seem to be a publication date for the third. Sigh.
Vegetable Person
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this to fill a square in the Ripped Bodice bingo game, and I'm so glad I did. What a fun, exciting caper story! I'll definitely read the first one in the series.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal).

**Contains some spoilers**

There are a few reasons that I didn't care for the book. I did not like any of the characters. Christina Mancini was an educated woman who didn't have a strong personality and she didn't have any conviction in her opinions or actions. She went back and forth on a lot of events in the book. She is described as being educated in the book but she lacks common sense. She also can't look at c
Margaret Smith
Mar 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Impossible to finish

I loved His Road Home also by Anna Richland, so I tried this. Umm... No! The hero is so unpleasant you can't imagine why anyone would want to be with him. The plot ridiculous... Not worth your time.
Christi Snow
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review:
I'll admit...I floundered a bit with this book and I hate that because I've adored the other two Anna Richland books that I've read. And in an effort of full disclosure, I need to also state that I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book which had a formatting problem. I'm sure this is NOT a problem in the final e-book, but the issue was... there was no way to see the scene breaks within the chapters to switch to another POV or timeframe in the story. And this is a book tha
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. Like just about every romance book out there, it's got some sappy parts, some sexy parts, and some cheesy parts. My favorite thing about it was the plot, though; I mean sure, I've read some romances with immortals, but not immortal Vikings who have feuds and sic Komodo dragons on each other. It's pretty humorous at times, too; at one point, Christina and Stig were, and I (roughly) quote, smoothing bedsheets a hell of a lot more than any bedsheet ever actually needs to be smo ...more
I haven't read First to Burn but didn't need to to understand this story. Characters from Book 1 were introduced throughout Book 2, but it still read as a stand-alone.

Stig was one hell of an interesting character. His willingness to laugh at himself, step way beyond what I considered any man's normal comfort zone, and unplanned plans contradicted the warrior he was at heart. He fought for what he believed in, gave no quarter when it came to protecting those he loved, including those who were gon
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Anna Richland returns with another installment in her Immortal Vikings series, where the Heroes are Immortals of Viking lineage. I thoroughly enjoyed the first in this series, and love the premise of the heroes at some 1500 years old.

Here we focus on the world of expensive wines for the nouveau and not so rich, with Christina as the business ideas. Knowing the difficulties of breaking into the rather cloistered world as both an upstart and a woman, she invented a rich globe-trotting partner for
Ann Ellis
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Second Lie (Immortal Vikings)"
By Anna Richland
4 Fangs

I am an independent reviewer for 'Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock'. I received this book from the author and from 'Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock'. This is my honest review.

"The Second Lie" is the second novel in the 'The Viking Series.' The book can be read as a stand alone but it is better to read the first book, "First to Burn." The series focuses on immortal Vikings that find their true loves. The author did her re
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: immortals, viking
it was a hard read to follow. I found myself skimming most of it until I could grasp what was going on again. i did make it to the end, I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary hoops to jump through to get to some of the parts.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, calibre-library
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It's been a while since I red the first installment of the series, but it didn't seem to have any impact on my enjoyment of this one. In fact, if you wanted to, you can probably just dive right into the series from here. While there is a larger storyline at work, there is certainly enough detail to help you catch up.

Stig is the central character in this one. He's masquerading as the imaginary partner to one very determined woman. Ch
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
the thief stole my heart

What a great story! I really liked this author's ability to tell the tale of an immortal thief on the run with one heck of a lady. I was enticed to read this book by reviews that compared it to Remington Steele, a TV show and concept I loved. I also read a few reviews that were negative, and was curious enough to see which opinions I fell in line with. You just can never tell by reading all the reviews.

I'm happy to say this one pleased me greatly. Yes, there probably wer
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The Second Lie is a fast paced and delightful novel. Stig is a gentleman thief/conman (think Michael Caine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels / Brad Pitt in Ocean's 11-13) who also happens to be an immortal Viking. An immortal Viking who gets seasick no less! And our heroine, Christina, is a wine expert who has a big secret of her own.

Stig and Christina have great chemistry and I love their bantering!

"Am I allowed to roll my eyes at you, or does that only go one direction?"

I don't consider The
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first time reading this author and the blurb is what caught my attention. I have read a immortal viking series before and enjoyed it so was thrilled to see another. The thing about this one though is that They do not need to learn or blend in because they already do and they have shenanigans going on for want of a better word. This viking is a thief and has set himself up with taking over a person that was created by another person in order to run a business and get the clients neede ...more
Amalia Dillin
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic, got-it
This definitely is a fast-paced adventure with a lot of heat and chemistry between our romantic leads -- Stig is unquestionably alpha, and Christina has the spunk and spirit to match him, with a never-give-up-never-surrender attitude.

The first half of the book is FILLED with action, and the second half doesn't let up much, either. When Christina is unwittingly drawn into Stig's latest con job, and from there, the entanglements of his immortal viking life, Stig is determined to right the wrongs
Liz F
Jan 01, 2015 added it
Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

**This review is for a DNF**

Ugh, I hate DNFing a book. You know, an author spent so much time and effort on this and I can't even be bothered to finish it? It seems like a real jerk thing to do.

I'm not giving this book a star rating because I don't think that the book was bad or great. I just couldn't connect with the characters. I didn't really like Christina, the heroine. She's in London to try to figure out who is sabotaging her business an
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The Second Lie had me hooked from the word go as I love an adventure with my romance and this story has plenty.
Christina was working to building her name and her wine collecting service, and she invented a rich British owner to reassure her clients. But at her latest wine auction she is dismayed when things don't go as planned, and an unexpected guest arrives.
Stig is a con man and a thief, he's also an immortal Viking. When he discovered what Christina had done he knew he had a plan to make som
Mary Clark
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anna Richland’s The Second Lie is full of action and romance, and continues the theme of her first Immortal Vikings book, First to Burn. I was intrigued when First to Burn left off with me wondering if Immortal Viking Wulf’s wife would find a cure for immortality. At the end of The Second Lie, I was still wondering if the cure would be found, and if so, would the immortals actually choose that route. I can’t wait for the third book to see if the author wraps it all up.
I was impressed with the au
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Christina Alvarez Macini runs a wine collection service along with a pretend boss. At a London wine auction she is shocked to find a stranger (Stig) claiming to be her boss. The night at an auction turns into a dangerous adventure. If they are to survive, these two strangers need to trust one another.

The first Immortal Vikings, First to Burn was one of my favorite books in 2014. I was so excited to read number two. While it has a different setting, the story and characters were just has good. St
Better than the first with such a clean, clear trajectory of writing talent being honed on the fly that I feel safe predicting the next will be really good. And by the end of this series we could have a new superstar on our hands.

This author is so good at banter. I'm not an action adventure fan, but the banter makes these worth the ride. Plus, love the characters, the women who are smart, capable and assertive, then men who are sweet eye candy and the older people - in this case an elderly Frenc
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well I am finished!! And I need to go just a little Fangirl! You must read this book! And it can not be appreciated fully as a stand alone so you must go back and read Thersa and Wulf's story (and Rey and Grace's, just because). Ms Richland does a fabulous job with details of the wine world, London's true underground, Belgium. Oh, and Stig and Christina's story is fun, nail biting, smoking hot! Just two favors, Ms. Richland! First you must get the "the band of brothers" back together in the futu ...more
Andretta Schellinger
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
4.5 stars.

I really enjoyed this book, there is enough hot steamy sex for it to be a "romance" but there is also enough mystery, intrigue, and overall kick ass badness to make it a really good read for me. I mean who doesn't want to fall in love with someone who is 1500 years old. Also an artist, thief, and blonde hair with blue eyes, SOLD where can I get me one.

This is the second of the series, so I am sure that I am missing something from the first one, but this book has enough information th
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really like Stig and Christina. Their chemistry is hot and sexy and they're both good individuals. This is a good story but I didn't enjoy it as much as book 1. These books have a lot of detail in them and I'm learning as I'm reading (always a good thing) but I think the thing I would have definitely benefitted from is a chapter intro each time i.e. which person's point of view we're going to and in what time period. All the jumping around messed with my head a bit and had me re-reading parts.
Jessica Call
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Immoral Liar Lair pants on fire!! Lol
What a fun read! I'm loving the immortal Vikings. The characters are great! The stuff that goes on in this books will have you chucking and shaking your head. A paranormal romance unlike any other it's absolutely worth reading. All the things these characters go through keeps it interesting and keeps you engaged unable to look away because as soon as they get a break they are off again. It was a fun ride and I think you will enjoy it!

***I won this book as a G
Diane Gunn
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful fast paced writing which captures your interest immediately. Another night's sleep lost because I can't put Anna's book down. Can't wait for the next immortal Viking adventure.
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Anna lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century-old house in Seattle. She writes paranormal romantic suspense and award-winning military romance in the spaces left after dealing with kids, laundry, crazy volunteer commitments and internet distractions.

Her lifelong passion for new places (and a need to pay tuition) led her to become an army officer en rou

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