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Hearts Aflame

(Haardrad Family #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  11,074 ratings  ·  359 reviews
Kristen Haardrad met the icy fury in her captor's crystal-green gaze with defiance. She was the prisoner of Royce of Wyndhurst, but his slave she'd never be. This powerful Saxon lord had at last met his match in the Viking beauty - his equal in pride, in strength...and in the fierce, hot hunger of insatiable desire. But Kristen could not know the torment that divided his s ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Avon (first published January 1st 1987)
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Sarah (saz101)
Aug 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals, romance
I'm of two minds with this book. One part of me wants to shudder and 1-star it. The other wants to give it 4, on account of its heroine, Kristen.

Kristen Hardraad is a strong willed, drop-dead gorgeous Viking maiden (Aqua eyes! Long, flowing, blonde hair!), who longs for adventure and man she can marry and love. So she stows away on her brother's ship while he's on a "Trading Voyage", with the intent of finding herself a nice man in one the "Trading Ports" he'll visit (because, you know, none of
I don't seem to enjoy a lot of the books that were written in the 80's and very early 90's. There's too much violence and raping and abuse in some of them. It seems like a crap shoot any time I pick one up. This book was one that I read years ago in the early days of my romance reading. (I started when I was about 12) I had so much fun reading it that I have kept it all these years and have reread it multiple times. I get a kick out of it each time I read it.

Kristen stowed away on her brother's
♛ Mademoiselle Smut ♛
I thought Brenna was the most fierce woman but wait until you meet her daughter, Kristen.

The previous book dealt with bodice-ripping, rape, and slavery, this one is much milder than that book.

This is the story of Kristen Haardrad, daughter to Garrick and Brenna and Lord Royce of Wyndhurst. Kristen wants to go on an adventure to find herself a husband, and when she asks her father if she could go with her brothers and cousins to sea, he refuses. Being left with no choice, Kristen sneaks onto t
Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars for lovers of historical romance. Smart strong heroine. Great relationship development. It was fun.

In 873 Vikings travel to England to raid a monastery. They are ambushed and kept as slaves by the Saxon lord Royce. Norwegian woman Kristen is among them. Royce cannot resist her. And she wants him too.

Kristen’s intelligence, attitude, and fighting abilities might be stretching believability - as to typical women in those days, but it made a good story. There’s good pl
♡Karlyn P♡
4+ This book may have been written 20+ years ago, but it is a timeless classic. It's a well written fantasy Viking romance meant for pure enjoyment, and enjoy it I did! It has plenty of sizzle and adventure, a great hero/heroine, and a flirty sense of humor that I just love. Very high on the angst scale. The heroine becomes a prisoner to our hero, but soon it is he who is the one being held captive for her. This was great romance candy, IMO. ...more
Al George
Let's break this viking down, shall we?

I'm hiding most of this review because I rant and spoil a lot (or a little, depending on who you are and how you interpret what I write). Read this book. It's worth a lesson in how far we have come; we being the romance community and women.

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Chitra *CJ*
"Hearts Aflame" by Johanna Lindsey is the story of Kristen and Royce- and it was phenomenal.
Unlike its predecessor book- which was a bodice ripper (but I still liked it)
This one had
- A strong heroine who wasn't childish and insubordinate- and who could kick ass literally
- A hero who wasn't abusive or into making love against will
- The heroine knew she wanted the hero and to marry him and tells him when she feels it (so no hiding a denying feelings)
- A hero who literally couldn't stay without the
My favorite Viking romance, Hearts Aflame has two of the most hard-headed Heroes and heroines since… well since the heroine’s parents' story.

Kristen Haardred the beloved daughter of a Viking lord and a fierce celtic mother, knew she would marry for nothing less than true love. Almost forced into marriage by a determined suitor and facing an arranged marriage, she sneaks onto her brother’s ship headed east for trade. Only they weren’t’ headed for trade- they were going-a-viking.

Unfortunately ra
I was on the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books website a few days ago reading the Johanna Lindsay discussion. Many waxed sweetly about this book Hearts Aflame--how it was both rape-y and feminist all at the same time. It's hard to think of a smutty romances as *that* paradoxical but the 80s were the golden age of bodice rippers when tempestuous and fiery women could only be subdued by alpha males with giant members and big muscles. That's just how it was. It would get, well...rape-y.

Anywho, imagine m
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read complete. Thank you Ally Georgie for reading this with me! I was not sure what to expect from this book and it was nice to have someone along for the ride.

Now, I know a 3 star review implies that this was a so-so read, but in this case it is serving as an average of my 5-star feelings and my 1-star feelings. I think this may be one of the oldest romances I have ever read. In fact, it is just a tiny bit older than me! It is shocking how much has changed in the romance genre in the past
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book long, long ago and then downloaded it again for my Kindle. I'd forgotten every bit of the story in the years in between, but I still loved it when I read it again. In some ways it's old school romance, in others (especially the sensuality level) I think Ms. Lindsey was ahead of her time (as she was in writing futuristic romance!). She was a treasured author for me for a long time and now I remember why. :) ...more
Kat Desi
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Because even though I'm torn with my opinion on Fires of Winter, I am not yet ready to leave the Haardrads. Despite my misgivings, I adored that cozy Viking family. Then I ended up absolutely loving everything about this book! I couldn't tear myself away!

Kristen is Garrick and Brenna Haardrad's only daughter. She longs for a marriage of love and passion like her parents'. She knows that she won't find it at home. So when her brother Selig is set to sail, she stows away on the ship but when they
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Madison Mary
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

“You are my heartmate, Royce. Begin to accept it. You will eventually.”

A steamy romance about a fierce Norsewoman falling for her rugged Saxon captor.

Kristen Haardrad is a sword-wielding beauty, but none of the men from her clan light the flame within her heart. Determined to marry for love, Kristen stows away on her brother's ship as he sails for a trading port. However, her plan takes a turn when she finds out her brother is actually going Viking. Kristen's situation get ev
Maureen Feeney
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Follow up to "Fires of Winter"

Kristen Haardrad smuggled herself in her brother Selig's ship bound to go on a trading voyage. But once aboard she finds out they are going "Viking", meaning they are going raiding. The plan is to raid a saxon church but it goes wrong and they are captured. Because of her height and boys clothes Kristen passes herself off as a boy but Royce of Wyndhurst soon realises she is female and puts her working in his hall. He makes her wears chains and fights his attraction
Jillian Eaton
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I remember sneaking this book off my mom's shelf when I was fourteen and reading it. Probably not the best reading material for a young teenager, but nevertheless I fell head over heels in love with Kristen and Royce and have read Hearts Aflame a dozen times over since then. It is, in my opinion, the best book I have ever read by Lindsey (and I have read nearly all of them). There was action, adventure, love, betrayal, and a tough as nails female heroine, something I had never encountered be ...more
❆ Crystal ❆
My favorite book in this series of 3 books. I have read numerous times and each time I never skip a sentence. I TREASURE this book. It is so good, so well written and I just love their story. I will read again, and again. I have paperback and e-book... In fact, it was 1 of the first books I purchased when I got my first Kindle.

12/24/14 - I read again for the 4th or 5th time and it was just as awesome as all the other times. I love this book
❆ Crystal ❆
Well, I woke up this am thinking about Kristin and Royce. I decided to read this again.... I think I've read this now 5 times??? I still love it. ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Last book in this year and it left me with a warm feeling :)

I am not going to lie, Johanna Lindsey usually doesn’t do it for me. I’ve had way more missed than hits. However this one, I loved Kristen so so much. I think it was probably a 3 star for me but Kristen totally added another star.

Kristen is the daughter of a Viking merchant. She has an exuberant enjoyment of life, but knows her love does not exist in her village. She longs for an adventure that will take her to meet her future husband.

Royce is a Saxon Lord who has lost much in the fighting with
Regan Walker
Superb Viking-Saxon Romance!

This is one of my all time favorite Viking romances. It is the 2nd in a trilogy, stories of a Viking family (FIRES OF WINTER, HEARTS AFLAME and SURRENDER MY LOVE), but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. It is quite wonderful--an engaging story and well-told. In a bit of a twist, it’s a Saxon lord capturing a Viking maiden.

Set in the late 9th century when Vikings sailed south to England, Scotland and Ireland to raid, it tells the story of Kristen Haardrad, the indepen
Lakshmi C
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the story but am confused about the rating.

Kirsten kept me glued to the book. She was resouceful, could defend herself and was pursued by an obsessed suitor. She is beautiful but has problems finding a husband. She's looking for someone similar to her Father, a man who is both gentle and dangerous. Settling for less is not an option, she sets sail on her father's ship by hiding in the cargo.
Royce is on the verge of being tricked into marriage and is a frustrated Lord.
He puts his duty to
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book-nook
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I have to say that it was a great bodice-ripper, viking/Celt historical romance. But with a twist. And it's the twist that saves it. In this story, Kristen is the Viking, who goes raiding with her brother, and is captured by a Saxon lord and becomes a slave. But Kristen is a wonderful heroine. Her bodice may be ripped but his chausses are ripped right back! This is no meek heroine, but neither is she the bitter, angry heroine either. This story is ...more
Okay, I have sorta been stuck on Vikings since I have been "buddy binge watching" The Vikings!! This is one of my all time fav books by Johanna Lindsey and so I had to read about my original Viking, Royce. This is such a sweet, tug at my heart, story about Royce and Kristen. They were brought together by fate, and stayed together for true love. If you like Vikings this is an all time classic, must read!! ...more
This is the second book in Johanna Lindsey's Haardrad Viking Family series. One of Ms Lindsey's books that stood the test of time for me. I read this many, many years ago and loved it. Not too long ago I reread a bunch of Ms Lindsey's older books and some didn't work for me after all these years. ...more
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read historical romances in my early teens, and my favories were Johanna Lindsey and Jude Devereaux. I read Hearts Aflame like 3-4 times. It's wild and oh so sexy. ...more
Alecia Reads
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Kristen Haardad is a Viking that steals away on her brothers ship when he goes raiding to avoid a man in her clan that is making unwanted advances. They are taken prisoner by Saxon Royce of Wyndhurst who hates Vikings. Once Royce realizes she is a woman, he is tempted by her beauty but can he get over her being a Viking and can you forgive his cousin for murdering her brother?

I did not like Royce or Kristen - which is probably why I didn’t like this book. His complete disdain for her being a Vik
Some parts were good/interesting but some did also drag. I look forward to read more of Johanna's. ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The heroine of this book is the kick ass daughter of the first book's heroes. As much as I didn't like the previous one, I really enjoyed this one.

Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-i-adore
This was my very first romance read, many, many, many moons ago and it kicked off my love of all things romance. The Malory's (especially James) are still one of my favorite romance families of all time.

Thank you for your words.

R.I.L. Mrs. Lindsey
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Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

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