Monday, September 21, 2015

Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley {ARC Review}

Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors #1)
by Asa Maria Bradley

Coming November 3, 2015

Immortal Vikings are among us.

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 went into Viking Warrior Rising fully expecting to love it. I mean, a viking warrior king and a badass heroine... What's not to love?! Unfortunately, this one didn't exactly live up to my expectations.

The beginning totally sucked me in. Naya jumping in to help Leif when he's getting his viking butt kicked by some wolverines... Definitely bad ass! Leif kissing Naya and triggering their mate bond... One of my favorite story lines. But alas, things started to go down hill pretty quickly from there.

As the synopsis says, Leif needs to find Naya but she doesn't exactly want to be found. Eventually, she goes to him because she needs help which should have jump kicked the romance, am I right?! Unfortunately that's where this one fell flat for me. The romance, which includes my favorite fated mates trope, should have been the icing on the cake for me but there was so much talk of duty and none of love which totally ruined it for me.

While I enjoyed the action scenes, and was intrigued enough by the story line to finish it, Viking Warrior Rising ended up just being an okay read for me. If you don't mind a hero wanting to bond with the heroine out of duty for his people rather than his desire for his mate then this one might be for you... Unfortunately I need love and connection when it comes to romance.

Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Viking Warrior Rising through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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