DEATH BLOW by Jianne CarloViking Vengeance IICan a mere Viking break the curse of a sea god? Cursed by the sea-god Ægir to be burned at the stake, Lady Nyssa seeks the one man who can save her--the warrior who bears the mark of the Saracen. When she finds a Viking warrior wounded and senseless on a beach, she knows he is her savior. But Ægir’s wrath extends to others in heDEATH BLOW by Jianne CarloViking Vengeance IICan a mere Viking break the curse of a sea god? Cursed by the sea-god Ægir to be burned at the stake, Lady Nyssa seeks the one man who can save her--the warrior who bears the mark of the Saracen. When she finds a Viking warrior wounded and senseless on a beach, she knows he is her savior. But Ægir’s wrath extends to others in her life as well. He’s killed her father and stepmother, turned her stepbrother into a mountain lion, and imprisoned her people. And worse, he’s cursed any man who lays with her to have his manparts wither and die. Konáll has traded coin a-plenty to gain a wife with lands, the daughter of the King of Moray. He expects a refined, comely, trainable damsel, not a doomed warrior princess with the strength of a giantess who cannot bear the touch of a man. But once he learns more about this woman who speaks to talking mountain cats and hides as a peasant among the rabble, he cannot deny his feelings. There’s more than one way to breech a maidenhead, and if teaching her the ways of a woman’s pleasure with a carved ivory dildo is what it takes to make her his, then he’s more than happy to challenge the wrath of a god… LEARN MORE AT www.JianneCarlo.com...
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Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo...What an awesome book ! This series gets even more interesting as the author ventures deeper into Norse mythology. After reading the first book, Malice Striker, I couldn’t help contemplating what kind of wondorous journey Ms. Carlo would take the readers on in the next book. Well, I just want to unequivocally state that she did not disappoint with Konnal’s story. It was wonderfully romantic as well as overflowing with action and suspense. And as expected, the heat level was hot enough to scorch your panties off.Death Blow…a name that strikes fear in the hearts of mortal men. But not even the fierce viking can intimidate a woman who knows she isn’t long for this world. Konall -aka Death Blow- gets more than he anticipated when he buys himself a bride from King Kenneth. As with his brothers wife, his betrothed is goddess born also. Coincidence? I think not. I strongly suspect that sly old King Kenneth has some kind of trick up his sleeve with these arranged marriages.Nyssa feels neither fear nor lust for any man. Well, she may have lusted after Konnal after she and her brother , who has been transformed into a mountain lion , save his life. But Nyssa has been cursed to a fiery death by a vengeful god. Only a very special man can save her. Konall proves that he is the perfect man for Nyssa when he ingeniously frees her from her curse. Even freed from the curse Nyssa is reluctant to wed Konnal. She believes she has good reasons, but I don’t do spoilers , so you’ll have to read the book to find out the rest of her secrets. I will say that she is every bit as stubborn as Konnal and it sets the stage for a lot of tension both in and out of bed.I loved this story and can’t wait for Draddor to find his true love in the next book. How could his journey be any more exciting and romantic than his brothers. Something tells me that it just might be. Hopefully, we will discover what happened to Nyssa’s brother, Mus/Ciarran, and meet the lucky lady who will break his curse. Hint…Hint. I’m giving this wonderful gem of a story five flying stars.
This review is 3-pages long so if you want to read it all go here: http://madwomaninattic.wordpress.com/...This is the sum up:The way the story opens is relatively ok, you have the beginning of the trouble where Lady Nessa, a cursed princess, has just saved a wounded stranger. She tends him and is nice until he wakes up. The moment he wakes up, the Viking, Kónall is incredibly rude and when he realizes the poor girl is, in fact his betrothal, he goes all caveman around her, ripping her clothes to check if she bears the mark that dictates that he is the one who is supposed to break the curse. He rips her clothes exposing her breasts: how nice and cute of him.My piece of advice: if you say your female character is strong, SHOW that strength. The man can be as strong as she is; there is no need to make the woman look inferior, just because you think the man will look less manly. Your female character is strong, then your male protagonist can be as strong as she is. Make the male be a part of her and not something that is there to obliterate her and possess her like she was an object.Overall, the story had a nice beginning, weak and absent villains and confusing structure in the middle and in the end the pacing was too fast. If the book did not have these issues regarding characters, it would be a light way to learn about Vikings and Norse mythology. Nevertheless, as a reader and feminist and I think as a normal human being as well, one cannot write a neutral review without mentioning the things listed above.
Jianne Carlo historical romances are exellent.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars.Reviewed for For Whom The Books Toll5, 4 1/2Can a mere Viking break the curse of a sea god?Cursed by the sea-god Ægir to be burned at the stake, Lady Nyssa seeks the one man who can save her--the warrior who bears the mark of the Saracen. When she finds a Viking warrior wounded and senseless on a beach, she knows he is her savior. But Ægir’s wrath extends to others in her life as well. He’s killed her father and stepmother, turned her stepbrother into a mountain lion, and imprisoned her people. And worse, he’s cursed any man who lays with her to have his manparts wither and die.Konáll has traded coin a-plenty to gain a wife with lands, the daughter of the King of Moray. He expects a refined, comely, trainable damsel, not a doomed warrior princess with the strength of a giantess who cannot bear the touch of a man. But once he learns more about this woman who speaks to talking mountain cats and hides as a peasant among the rabble, he cannot deny his feelings. There’s more than one way to breech a maidenhead, and if teaching her the ways of a woman’s pleasure with a carved ivory dildo is what it takes to make her his, then he’s more than happy to challenge the wrath of a god…My Review:Lady Nyssa has had a very hard life, she's been cursed by the sea god Aegir to be burned at the stake. But his curse doesn't stop there, she gets physically ill at the touch of man, and any man who would lay with her would have his manparts wither and die. The sea god has also done many other things to Lady Nyssa, turned her step brother into a mountain lion, imprisoned her people, and killed her father and stepmother. The only thing that can break the curse is a man with a Saracen ring.Konall is betrothed to Lady Nyssa, daughter of King Moray, at the orders of the King of Scotland, King Kenneth. While on his way to the land of King Moray, Konall is knocked from his ship during a terrible storm. Nyssa finds a viking warrior seriously wounded on the beach, she instantly knows this is the one who can break the curse.When Konall awakes, he finds himself tied down and beside a huge mountain lion. A grungy boy attending a fire is also in the cave. There is more to the boy than meets they eye and Konall soon learns the 'boy' is Lady Nyssa and she is so not what he expected. He learns of her curse and must find a way to take her virginity without using his manhood. Will Konall be able to break the curse or will Lady Nyssa die at the stake?Book 2 of Viking Vengeance Death Blow by Jianne Carlo is one page turner of a story. I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. This story is jam packed full of action, twists and turns, surprises, and lots of romance. The characters are larger than life, full of emotion, and are three-dimensional. Mus, the mountain lion is such a likable character, I had such compassion for him. The villains are gritty, determined and add flair to the story. Ms. Carlo does another fabulous job with creating a wonderful world for her characters to live. There is a lot of sexual tension between Konall and Nyssa and the reader can almost feel it. Konall is another strong viking that expects his orders to be obeyed, especially by his wife. Konall also has hidden scars on his heart, he's a great hero, very well liked. Nyssa is a headstrong lady, she's also tough and determined to take back what is hers. Ms. Carlo added just enough humor and mythology to make this storyline very interesting and compelling. I can't wait to read Vengeance Hammer, Draddor, about the youngest of the three brothers. Death Blow is such a fantastic read, everyone should read it.
By: Jianne CarloPublished By: Ethopia PressAge Recommended: AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: 5Series: Viking Vengeance #2Review:"Death Blow" by Jianne Carlo was a wonderful read of 'Norse mythology.' This was a beautiful story of a suspenseful mystery then add some romance and you have a well written read that I couldn't put down until the very end. I have read this author first book, Malice Striker, and I thought it was off the chart...good but then came "Death Blow" and again off the chart well done. This author has a way of making the story flow so smoothly...when you are wondering about it ....there it is all brought out neatly packaged to the reader. How this author puts together Konall aka 'Death Blow' with Nyssa was well done in this series. We have a fierce Viking and a woman who has no fear from any man. I found them both interesting because they both had one thing in common and that was their stubbornness to each other. Be ready for some interactions sexually that were sort of cute, amusing and even sweet. Nyssa had been 'cursed to a fiery death by a 'sea god' (vengeful god) and only a special man can save her.' Will this Viking be able to free her from the curse, reclaim her castle, lands? What was up with Konall's teachings of pleasure with a carved ivory dildo? Now, this is why I will say you must pick up this good read by this author "Death Blow" to see how it all comes out. Why is Nyssa so reluctant to even wed Konnal? There will be secrets that will be answered in the read. The characters were very much well defined and very engaging. So, be ready for a very interesting read with some twist and turns that only this author can give to its readers. Would I recommend? YES! It will have you saying I want the next series: Vengeance Hammer!
This book was the first I have read from this author and it won't be the last. I was spell bound by the intricate mix of Norse mythology and the mystical. The plot took twists and turns I did not expect and the book left me wanting to read more from this author. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)
Death Blow was an interesting read. I found Konall and Nyssa fun characters and there interactions were amusing and sweet. The pacing was a little fast for me, I like a more in-depth plot, and unfortunately there was action that happened off screen (or off page in this case) which I would have enjoyed reading. Overall I enjoyed the story and want to read more from this series.
Wow. First book in a long time that I didn't finish. I personally felt that there was too much involved, alot of mythology, hard to follow. Just way to much.
Another great read, loved her spirit