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Golden Surrender

(Viking #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,071 ratings  ·  82 reviews

PRINCE OLAF OF NORWAY—Lord of the Wolves, the golden Viking warrior who came in his dragon ship to forge a great kingdom in the Emerald Isle.

PRINCESS ERIN—Daughter of the Irish High King, the ebony-haired beauty who swore bitter vengeance on the legendary Norseman who had brought death and destruction
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (first published 1985)
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Mar 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of stupid bodice-rippers where the "hero" is an abusive jerk and "heroine" is a dumb doormat
Well, I have nobody to blame but myself for reading this drivel. I wanted to rekindle my teenage love for Viking bodice-rippers and "Golden Surrender" seemed like an excellent book to fit the requirements. Too bad at some point I wanted to throw this book across the room or even worse - burn it.

Let me make it clear, my expectations for such literature are not very high, I know how this kind of stories are done: hero and heroine hate each from the get-go, for one reason or another they are forced
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Olaf the White, a Prince of Norway, has set sail to Ireland with his Viking clansmen. Olaf isn’t in this new land to pillage and raid in typical Viking fashion, he is there to build a home and establish a new legacy of leadership in the country. He intends to battle for control of Dublin, but that is where it will end for him. He isn’t a power-hungry man, nor does he want to spend the rest of his life in war.

Although Olaf is not interested in taking spoils of battle in the form of wome
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I REALLY enjoyed this book and it could have easily been a 5 star read. The story line was really good but I just got tired of the H&h not telling each other how they felt about each other. This lead to many of misunderstandings throughout this read. Other than that, I LOVED both of the H&h's characters. The heat level for me was a 3, sensual but nothing too descriptive. At curtain spots my emotions were grabbed and I cried, other times I got mad and wanted to hit someone, LOL. There was ...more
Regan Walker
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling 1st in a Great Viking Trilogy!

This is the first in Graham's Viking trilogy (GOLDEN SURRENDER, THE VIKING'S WOMAN and LORD OF THE WOLVES). Set in 9th century Ireland (Eire), England and the north coast of France, these are the stories of Prince Olaf of Norway, the first Lord of the Wolves, his bride, Princess Erin, daughter of the Irish High King, the Ard-Righ of Tara, and their descendants.

I'll warn you, the men are strong willed, arrogant and domineering--Vikings, even if the last t
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
my very first romance novel. Thank you, Ms. Graham for making me fall in love with romance...
This is a very hard book for me to rate. First of all, Heather Graham/Shannon Drake writes some of my favorite vampire and historical romance novels. So, I had to give this book three stars. I took into account that this book is Heather Graham/Shannon Drake’s first historical romance book she wrote. This is a Viking romance book, so you know going into it that it is a harsh war-torn life the h/h are leading. Given that, in this book the h/h (Olaf and Erin) HATE each other for at least half the b ...more
I've stayed up all night to read this book and what a fine tale it was. This is my favorite type of historical romance tale. Kings and Knights, their queens, and their ladies. What I really enjoyed most about this tale, was the fact both hero and heroine were in fact real life historical figures that Ms. Graham used.

The setting of the story is in Dublin, Ireland during the Viking Invasion of Ireland. Olaf the White, the Norwegian Wolf did in fact go a-viking and became King of Dublin and he rule
Dawn Livingston
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Your stereotypical romance novel. The heroine is more beautiful than her sisters, and in fact her appearance is described as "ultimate perfection." She is spoiled and is her father's favorite and is better at sword fighting than her brothers. She hates the hero. Sorry I can't read anymore than this. There is nothing that recommends this book; the story, the hero or heroine, nothing. I found this book in my collection and decided to give it a try. I bet I've had it for at least 10 years, no kiddi ...more
Lover of Romance
Erin Mac Aed, daughter of the Irish king. Erin, is the one of the few of her siblings that has remained unmarried. Erin is also a favorite of her father, who has spoiled her throughout the years. Erin has learned how to fight with swords and the like from her brothers, whom she loves dearly. When the Lord of Wolves invades Ireland, she encounters him and her hatred for the man deepens, for all those on her side that have been killed, a couple that were dear to her and she blames Olaf for it. No ...more
This is the first book by this author and I really enjoyed it.

Erin (h) has hated the Vikings ever since she saw the Vikings attack her aunts home, and her aunt commit suicide so that she wouldn't be rapped. Erin knew it was the Viking call The Wolf that was the cause of all of this and he had become her hated enemy.

Olaf (H) had known he belonged in Ireland and he means to make his mark, to conquer her and her people.

After being badly wounded, Olaf had the unpleasant task of meeting Erin for th
Tutti Dolci
Loved it! And I'm not one to give 5-star ratings, easily. In fact, I give them seldomly.

Please note, this is a Bodice Ripper, so if you don't care for those types of stories, then regardless of my rating, this story might not be for you.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I thoroughly enjoyed other Heather Graham books, so I am suprised that I didn't love this one. The character's transition from hate to true love was weak and unbelievable. Some plot lines were choppy. Not a favorite, but just okay.
Susan (the other Susan)
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Nov 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ripper
Didn't flow right. Seeing how much the hero grieved for and adored his first love/loss right out of the gate! Story ruined. I didn't get the heroine, Erin, at all.
I love problematic romance novels like this and I refuse to be ashamed (...though I'm still hiding it from my newsfeed because I don't need judgment on a Friday).
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was my first time reading Heather Graham and she quickly has become one of my favorite authors.

Prince Olaf, Lord of the Wolves, is handsome and deadly. Princess Erin is beautiful and bewitching. He being Norse and she being Irish make them bitter enemies. Ireland in 848AD is a time in Irish history that includes invasion by the Vikings.

Olaf is a blond haired, blue eyed, muscular mass of manhood. And he fights like the wolf he is named after. Erin is a dark haired, green e
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: viking
This book is a complete roller coaster of misery. I hated Olaf all the way up until the very end. Even then I just barely liked him. I continued reading because I needed to see some happiness for Erin or at least some sort of win for her. This is one of the few books that made me feel such anger as I read, but I suppose with all art, the intention is to provoke an emotion, to which this author certainly did. But because it was a negative emotion that was delivered I could not give this one 5 sta ...more
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
OK, this book is the best of the Viking series. Strong characters, good emotional content--the author does a good job of making you feel things along with the heroine. Definitely alpha male hero vs feisty heroine in the age-old battle of the sexes. What lost one star is in stories like this, when the hero commands, demands, and pretty much pushes the heroine around, I rarely find it entirely satisfying unless she wins at least one of their conflicts. I want to feel they are evenly matched, and i ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it


For people who feel really intense emotions along with their characters, like literally, they either want to strangle the main characters or hug the frak out of them at any point in the novel, THIS IS A MUST READ.

Suffice to say, you'll have a love/hate relationship with Erin and Olaf by the end of this book.

Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

OUR HERO while was a strong, alpha man didn't make much of an impression to me. It's already a given that he's bound to be brutish, a little barbaric and quick to temper or doesn't listen to the heroine's reasonings. He's a typical cardboard character of
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

I loved reading this book about the Irish Viking connection and reading about Olaf the White who wanted a peaceful life of his own and found it with Erin the Irish Princess of Tara. But it came with a great many war battles and battles of their own. Heather Graham is a wonderful author. One of the things I loved about this book was the feeling and warmth of the people and family. I could feel the emotion from them. Aed the King I especially loved. What hard decisions he had to make
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I'm done scanning and skimming this book and I think it's enough for me to say I am not satisfied with this book. I understand that this must be Heather Graham's first Viking novel. And the writing style is okay for a first novel. I also understand the setting of the story and all, but I simply don't like this book. I could not, for the life of me, connect with the heroine and that's very important for me to be absorbed in the story. I just feel like all the fights between the hero and the heroi ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing book of action, adventure, love, lust, intrigue and secrets galore. It had everything to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The only problem was, one of the huge secrets or bone of contention wasn’t settled satisfactory. It caused enormous strife, and then it was written as though it was a bump in the storyline, when it actually hinged on it.

That was so disappointing. That along with the dawning of their relationship after the day is saved, it was just a huge letdown. But all
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I cannot say enough how much I disliked this book.

If you have started reading this book...just forget it, put it down. Your time is better spent by starring at a blank wall..for hours on end.

The writing was poor, character development just wasn't there, and it wasn't the easiest to follow. I hated the leads, I hated the events.

I made the mistake of reading a few of Heather Graham's other historical romances and they follow a similar pattern of awfulness.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Theme: viking - irish, viking prince - irish princess, king and queen of Dublin, strong but stupid heroine

First 2018 reads yey!

Well, I wouldn't say this story was breath taking but it was a fun read despite the moments that I wanted to get the sword from my scabbard and plunged into the heart of the heroine - a couple of times haha.

And oh, there was indeed Olaf the White in the history...
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a romance, but it's also a pretty good adventure story. I enjoyed the characters, and their relationships. There is some domestic violence, which always bugs, fair warning if that sort of thing causes you anxiety. I could certainly do without it in a romance, which is why I gave it two stars, instead of the four I would have done.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked the main characters, the period and setting.
I really didn’t like all the silly misunderstandings which detracted needlessly from the storyline. The HEA didn’t come until too late, and I felt a bit short changed. May give second book a try.
This book had me hooked from the beginning.
The writing, the world, the history. YES! To everything.
I love a marriage of convenience. I love a Viking. I love a good action filled romance. Ticked all the boxes!
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I thought it was predictable and somewhat boring at times. Of course, heroes and heroines are not exempt from stupidity but I personally prefer my main characters to make better choices.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really liked this story, they got a little too much into their thinking instead of just saying their feelings but I guess it would have been a much shorter book if they did. Loved the characters, storyline and ending.
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Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some tria

Other books in the series

Viking (3 books)
  • The Viking's Woman (Viking, #2)
  • Lord of the Wolves (Viking, #3)