25 August 2013

Tour + Review: Blind Allegiance by Violetta Rand



Historical Romance
Date Published: 6/25/2013



 

It’s a risk of a lifetime loving a man you’re supposed to hate…


Betrayed by a brother she hardly trusted before the bloodthirsty Viking, Jarl Randvior Sigurdsson, attacks her home, Noelle Sinclair is conveniently bartered as a means to save her cowardly sibling’s skin. Forced to leave her homeland and accompany the petulant Viking to the untamed wilderness of central Norway, Noelle is ever-aware of the burgeoning dangers around her—including her weakening resolve to resist Randvior.


Should Noelle surrender to his resplendent charms and seduction, or fight with every ounce of strength she possesses to get home?
 

 
Author Spotlight: Violetta Rand holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy and a master's degree in Environmental Management. Serving as an environmental scientist in the state of Alaska for over seven years, she enjoys the privilege of traveling to remote places few people have the opportunity to see.


Violetta has been "in love" with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, at five, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood.

The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband, Jeff. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading whatever she can get her hands on, music, and losing herself in the ancient worlds she enjoys bringing to life in the pages of her stories.



 

 
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Excerpt:
Cringing from his brutal words, Noelle finally burst. Through the blur of tears, she saw a warrior of tremendous proportion storm across the hall. He seized Brian’s arm and pried his fingers loose from her hair. She heard a loud snap as he curled Brian’s arm behind his back. Her brother stumbled and hollered, then dropped to his knees.
“Say it,” the colossal warrior demanded, visibly applying more pressure to his hand.
Brain tried to wrestle him down, but the stranger was larger and stronger—controlled him with little effort.
Although she detested her brother, her first instinct was to protect her own flesh and blood. Yet, it seemed a fitting punishment. Let Brian suffer the same mortification she felt whenever he embarrassed her, which happened too often.
Brain quit struggling. “Mercy,” he begged.
The Viking released him, and Brian staggered to his feet as gracelessly as a drunk.
“Is this how you treat your own kinswoman?” her rescuer asked.
“She’s faithless—no blood of mine. We’ve made our bargain Norseman, take her.”
 
What I say (review): I'm on a real historical fiction/Romance kick as I recently reviewed Norse Jewell another Viking romance, but thankfully Violetta Rand's Blind Allegiance has far less confusing names! Blind Allegiance begins (as all good Viking stories should) with a raid. Noelle's cowardly brother, Brian, gives her to the invading Viking chief to save himself. The Viking chief, Randvior is instantly taken with Noelle's beauty and spirit and is determined to win her over. Blind Allegiance is about their complicated love story and how Noelle starts to fall for her capturer.

Randvior is not your average invader and is kind to Noelle. He chooses to seduce rather than force her and is extremely protective and possessive of his English beauty. Luckily for 18 year old Noelle, he is only 28 and is extremely handsome (I kept thinking of Eric from True Blood when he had long hair).

Violetta Rand has obviously done her research on Vikings and I really enjoyed all of the Odin and Nordic God stuff (It made me want to watch Thor).

Randvior's mother supplies a lot of the intrigue; she is extremely anti-Saxon's and is determined to dispose of Noelle. I was shocked by the lengths she was willing to go to have things her own way.

I enjoyed Blind Allegiance and although it was set in a fictionalised past it had some really modern parts and I really liked the Viking love story section.

For the romance and intrigue: 3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!

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