Title: Viking Warrior Rebel (Viking Warriors #2)
Author: Asa Maria Bradley
Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
Expected Release Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page Count: 352
Rating: 3.5 Stars
She can’t let him discover…Immortal Vikings are among us
Astrid Irisdotter is a Valkyrie-a fierce warrior fighting to protect humanity from the evil god Loki and his brutal minions. She’s on an urgent mission for her queen when everything goes hideously sideways. Undercover agent Luke Holden arrives on the scene just in time to save her life-and put his own on the line.
Luke may have saved her, but that doesn’t mean Astrid can trust him. Tempers flare as they hide secret upon secret from each other, but Astrid’s inner warrior knows what it wants…and it will not take “no” for an answer.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
After a let down of Viking Warrior Rising, this second installment rallied and left a much better impression on me. Then again I just finished a confoundingly messed-up PNR book (different series and author) I guess that helped to tone down my expectation in a big way. Reading is a very personal experience and all…
Viking Warrior Rebel was the story about Astrid Irisdotter, the hot head Valkyrie on Leif’s band of warriors. On a mission to bring Naya’s brother back, she was attacked by one of Loki’s feral minions and was saved by Luke Holden, an undercover FBI agent who had been investigating the covert bio lab and – unbeknownst to her – Naya and Astrid’s connection to it.
While I felt Luke’s juggling his professional and personal motives while dealing with Astrid, his FBI agent persona was barely there. Same could be said for his fellow agents here; they seemed too laid-back. Considering the urgency of solving the case went hand in hand with personal vengeance, I felt the drive to do so was not that strong.
However, on the personal level, the sexual tension between Astrid and Luke was pretty intense. Not that they acted on it all the darn time – which I really applauded of, thank gads! (I hate characters who let their lower members do the thinking.) And their romance also had less drama than I expected, considering the secrets both kept from each other and objections from Astrid’s closest thing to a family. But I was really entertained on their interactions alone, so I was able to – sort of – disregard a few things.
Such as Luke’s acceptance to what’s supposed to be a jaw-dropping truth was way too easy though. And then there’s the matter of the emergence a new berserker. Yes, Luke had similar past as Naya, but as a couple of people said here the case could not be treated the same since Naya was a woman and bonded to the King; yet all of the sudden everybody was peachy. No, it’s not that I resent Astrid and Luke their happy beginning. I only wish certain details to be explored more, greedy reader that I am.
But compared to previous book, it’s no question that I liked this one more. The hero and heroine’s presence were more equal in every way; more so that both raised up from unfortunate background.
I look forward to the next tales in this series and hope them to be similarly enjoyable – if not more – than this one.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.