Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors) by Asa Marie Bradley
Overview by Amazon:
Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.
Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.
But Naya doesn’t want to be found…and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.
I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I finished it within a day. I found this book to take the great elements of the Thor movies and JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I find the mythical history of Vikings to be so interesting. Reading this book made me wonder why I haven’t given the TV show Vikings more of an attempt.
Naya is a superhuman, the result of years of being a lab experiment. She intervenes when she sees a man being attacked. Naya is kind of the perfect woman for Leif to fall for as she has no trouble believing in the improbable. With Superwoman strength and genius level intelligence, she is a captivating character. I found her story to be extremely interesting and I liked how the author unveiled her past and motivations.
What can I say about Leif? Alpha, confident, strong and infinitely sexy. Leif is like Thor and one of JR Ward’s Vampire brothers. His warrior family is fascinating and the dynamics behind how mythical and reality intersect kept me entertained. Leif is one of those really tough alpha males who orders people about, but the more we get to know him, he is the benevolent leader we hope for.
The story is complex, but never felt contrived or made up for convenience. Naya and Leif’s problems stem from the same shadowy government group and as we start to make the connections, the action really heats up. The warriors are a perfect fit for the genetically modified Naya. She has found a group that she can fit into where anywhere else in the world she would stand out.
Leif has found his soul mate in Naya. She has been chosen for him by Odin and Freya. He must complete the bond in order not to go mad. I really liked the berserker element and how that affected him and the group. For an independent woman who can really take care of herself, Naya doesn’t like being ordered about, nor told to stay at his side. She isn’t a shrinking violet who needs a man to protect her – especially since she saved him the first time they met. The supernatural element to this plot was a great addition.
The sex between Leif and Naya was off the charts. While it doesn’t take up pages in the book and consume the story, it had a very strong purpose and moves the plot along. Leif is the kind of lover you would expect a man of his history and position to be.
I found the author’s storytelling to be authentic and engaging. The plot was intricate but easy to follow and the characters were well developed. I will definitely be following this author as she publishes more books.