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Golden Surrender (Viking #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,811 Ratings  ·  62 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.

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.
La La Martinez
Sep 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish it. I didn't like the dialogue. Too old fashion for me.
Debbie Dodd
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Found this a great read even though I wasn't expecting much. The characters were entertaining and although there were a few moments I found their story went back and forth I actually ended up liking it. Overall great historical romance.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: "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 to her beloved homeland.

Yet, in the great Norse and Irish alliance against the invading Danes, it was her own father who gave her in marriage to her most hated enemy. Bewitched by Olaf's
†Ðawn†  has reading burn-out.
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
Heather Graham is Featured Author for October at RRRC group. Picking the book to read was a tough choice since she mostly writes romance suspense novels now. So I dug out one of her older historical romances from the 80s.

I was sure this will be a classical bodice-riper that were so popular in the 80s so I was pleasantly surprised that, although there was some actual bodice ripping, the heroine was not naive virgin but hot-headed and kick-ass girl that is fighting for her right to party.

The ratin
This was my third re-read of this classic medieval romance that is often referred to as a "bodice ripper." If you are a fan of the medieval romances that came out in the 70's and 80's you will like this book, especially if you like vikings. If you are one of those that have no patience for the "norm" during that period, then you should stay away from this book. Olaf and Erin have a very stormy relationship. She's a warrior in her own right but sometimes aggravated me with her stubbornness.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Similar to a historical highlander novel (which I love) and made me truly enjoy this novel. It follows a pretty stereotypical plot of invaders constantly going to war with each other. The heroine is the daughter of a powerful leader in Ireland and the hero is the leader of an invading group. She gets given to him in marriage as part of a method to keep peace between the two feuding groups even though she harbors a hatred for him since seeing him invade her relatives home. They fight where he dem ...more
Wild Rose
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I hate to give such low rating for a good author -I read Pirate`s pleasure and it was good- but this book really annoyed me.It had the potential to be captivating but unfortunately the story went in the wrong direction and let me tell you why :At first we`re introduced to a strong heroine but then everything crumbles and she turns into candy! First encounter between H&H was not bad .The Wedding could have been much better-a stormy encounter maybe- if the author hadn`t chosen that the father ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I remember this book so clearly when I read it as a young un as the Scottish would say. It was back in the 7th grade and I totally loved Heather Graham. The book made a huge impression on me to the point that I started her mystery suspense books in my teens.

The Princess Erin is a warrior in her own right! Even though she is a female she holds her own and then some. There is a scene where she is dragged behind a horse. Olaf the viking oozes sex appeal but the rough edges shows the barbaric times
There were parts of this book that bothered me but overall I enjoyed reading it. I'm reading the second book in this trilogy right now, though I'm surprised that the storylines are so similar.

I like that in the end Erin and Olaf have a happy healthy relationship but they mistreated each other a lot leading up to it. I also felt like Erin was portrayed like a strong independent woman but at the same time seemed to have very little control over her own responses to Olaf's persistent touch. I walk
Awatef Ahmittach
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dios mío... Me he declarado fan irrevocable de esta autora. Erin es una mujer fuerte, luchadora e indomable. Olaf es un vikingo dotado de una fuerza y voluntad innegables. Me ha encantado la manera de escribir de Heather. La lectura de este libro ha sido amena y fácil de llevar.
También debo decir que lo mejor es leer la trilogía por orden porque aunque no se pierde mucho, hay cosas que hacen referencia a libros anteriores. Como que este es el primero, no hay problema.
Le he dado cuatro de cinco
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  • Lie Down In Roses
  • Promise of the Rose (deWarenne Dynasty, #2)
  • Season of the Sun (Viking, #1)
  • The Dragon and the Jewel (Medieval Plantagenet #2)
  • Keeper of the Dream
  • Stormfire
  • The Copeland Bride
  • Swan Road
  • Dream of Me/Believe in Me (Viking & Saxon, #1 & #2)
  • Tara's Song
  • Desert Hostage
  • Surrender My Love (Haardrad Viking Family, #3)
  • The Warrior
  • The Dragon Lord
  • The Warlord (Montagues, #1)
  • Gypsy Lady (Louisiana #1)
  • The Silver Devil
  • The Holding (Medieval Knights, #1)
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
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Other Books in the Series

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