Friday, August 3, 2012

Historical ARC Review: Lord of Fire and Ice by Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe

Lord of Fire and Ice by Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe
Format: ARC
Genre: Historical
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 3, 2012)

His duty is to fulfill her every desire...
Brandr the Far-Traveled has seen the world and a good many of the beautiful women in it. His bed skills are the stuff of steamy legend, his sword sings death, and he can call up fire from thin air. No one ever thought he could be enslaved through trickery and forced to wear the iron collar of a thrall—least of all him.

Until all she desires is him...
Katla the Black isn’t just called so for her dark, silky hair. His new mistress has a temper as fierce as a warrior’s and a heart as icy as the frozen North. But inch by delicious inch, Brandr means to make her melt...
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REVIEW:
A fire mage turned thrall and a woman bent on revenge come together in a fiery explosion of attraction, lust and eventually love. Isn't that how most stories go? At least the attraction, lust and love part.

Brandr the Far-Traveled let his manhood lead him into slavery. Yup. A lovely looking woman, some drugged wine and bam! he's been collared. The son of a nobleman has been made a slave. And the kicker? He's the slave to the woman whose husband was killed by his father.

Katla the Black has taken care of her people since her husband died. She has it in her mind to avenge her husband's death and when her brothers bring Brandr to their village, she feels like she's found her revenge. The catch? In order to humiliate Brandr by making him her thrall, she must agree to marry a man of her brother's choosing. Three men will visit the village and she must pick one of them.

Brandr and Katla are very attracted to each other but good gracious, that's not supposed to happen. Ha! Good luck with that you two.

Suddenly it becomes a game of cat and mouse. Will Katla cave in and order Brandr to kiss just more than the bottom of her foot or will Brandr push as far as he can to seduce Katla into allowing him into her bed? What about the three suitors she must pick from? Will she throw aside the intense feelings she has for Brandr to wed another man so her exchange with her brothers is fulfilled?

Favorite Quote:
She snorted. Everything was a struggle with this man. He challenged her at every step. No matter how long Brandr Ulfson wore the iron collar, he'd probably never think of himself as her thrall.
Overall: This was my first Connie Mason/Mia Marlowe collaboration that I've read and certainly won't be my last. I enjoyed the fact that Katla was strong-willed and took care of her people. Who needs a man to do that when her late husband left everything to her? She was feisty, quick witted and certainly kept Brandr on his toes. Brandr reminded me a bit of Thor aka Chris Hemsworth with a side of ASkars (Vampire Eric from True Blood). Keep picturing that as you read. You're welcome :) Brandr was as fierce as he was smolderingly passionate. From the moment he sees Katla, he becomes a total horndog. Sheesh! But then again, what man wouldn't? The chemistry between Brandr and Katla practically singed my eyebrows as well as turned up the temperature in the room. Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe are definitely a duo to put on your 'must read' list.

***review copy provided by author***


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