I usually like Martin's work, but this was simply one of the worst books I've ever attempted to read. I failed. One of only 3 books in my life that I couldn't finish. This one was just not my cup of tea.
Good book. Regency era. Beginning of a new triolgy from Kat Martin.
Recommended read for HEA
It was ok. Not up to the usual Kat Martin standard, but passable.
This is a wonderful book about overcoming the differences in cultures to find love and that belonging to one person that defines love. Kat Martin is a master and this is another great book.
KAT MARTIN at her best. This story begins in ENGLAND 1842. A female publisher who is not afraid to speak her mind and a Viking descendant warrior determined to make her his.
love the book,i'm working on reading all of kat martin's book, i went on her website to get a list of all her books and thru paperbackswap i'm reading them all
this is a really good book. i considered keeping it, but decided that i should share its greatness with the world.
Very attention grabbing all the way through!
This was apretty good book. I really liked the thought of a viking island where the inhabitants had been untouched by time. Living the way they always had not knowing or caring about the world beyond.
Romance set during the mid 1800's in England.
First in Kat Martin's "Heart" trilogy. An ardent supporter of improved working conditions for women and children, Krista Hart reports of unscrupulous employers in the London ladies' gazette, HEART TO HEART. She risks attacks from several different sources...a suitor who wants to make her his bride in order to gain her dowry, and employers who mistreat their employees to satisfy their own greed...but she manages to thwart them with the aid of a headstrong, virile Viking (Leif) that she falls in love with. But, neither seems willing to give up their duties and homeland for the sake of the other. Will neither one back down so that they can fulfill their destiny and marry? An interesting and sensuous love story. Volume 2 is HEART OF FIRE. Volume 3 is HEART OF COURAGE.
First in new trilogy. Interesting look at 19th Century England. Good Reading
a fun read for a sunday afternoon about victorian england.
great book...I didn't think I would enjoy it by reading the back- but the inside is so much more than I expected.
First book of a new trilogy. I always enjoy Kat Martin's books.
From Publishers Weekly
Martin's latest romance, a convoluted Victorian frolic, is sure to test readers' suspension of disbelief, as well as their patience. Though she's the editor of a gazette devoted to women's cultural and economic issues, Krista Hart's powerful grandfather regularly reminds her that her real duty is to provide the family a male heirand a suitable courtier, the handsome, educated Matthew Carton, has just made his intentions apparent. Then Krista and her mischievous friend, Coralee, visit the circus, where they find a huge, gibbering, unkempt man named Leif caged as a sideshow attraction. Thanks to her father, who happens to be a scholar of Viking culture, Krista recognizes Leif's shouts as Norse, and learns that he's the sole survivor of a shipwreck hailing from an isolated island where Vikings still live in the old ways. Krista's father rescues Leif and brings him home, eager to teach Leif the English language and customs in exchange for his firsthand Viking knowledge. Leif immediately claims Krista as "his woman," indulges in crude behavior and finally abducts Krista in hopes of taking her back to his island. Though some readers might be turned off by Leif's heavy-handed domination and Krista's tepid reproachesa throwback to the genre's old-fashioned daysit's Leif's unconvincing transformation from rough 16th-century Viking to 19th-century English gentleman as well as Martin's overwrought prose and distracting repetition that make the romance vet's latest a disappointment. (Jan.)
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I don't get the bad reviews. This was a fun read! Something different and I enjoyed it very much. This was my first Kat Martin book and I was unsure if I should read it do to the ho hum reviews but I liked the original idea. Yes many things just happened to fall together a little to easily but this is fiction folks!!!
Krista Hart is the editor of a weekly ladies' gazette aptly named Heart to Heart. When she first meets Lief Draugr, he is little more than a dirty beast, snarling at and being abused by his captors. She blackmails the sideshow owner into releasing Lief, and she and her father take him home. Lief cleans up really well, especially after her father transforms him into a proper English gentleman. But when Krista's life is threatened, it is the Viking, not the faux gentleman, she calls on! Ginger Curwen
Krista Hart, publisher of the weekly London ladies' gazette Heart to Heart, is not afraid to speak her mind. Even on such unpopular issues as social reform--risking her reputation and her very safety--Krista will not be intimidated, although she knows full well she is the target of angry opposition for her outspoken views.
When she encounters a powerful Viking descendant imprisoned as a local sideshow attraction, Krista angrily demands his release. Although she tells herself that freeing Leif Draugr is simply the right thing to do, she can't deny being attracted to the fierce Nordic chieftain, especially after her father transforms him into a "proper" English gentleman.
But as anonymous threats against Krista become more and more aggressive, it is Leif who must face the unseen enemies desperate to silence her, even as they push her closer into the embrace of a warrior prepared to do whatever it takes to make her his.
Really enjoyed & look forward to the next book in this series.