Review: Fires of Winter by Johanna Lindsey

Posted June 4, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Review: Fires of Winter by Johanna LindseyFires of Winter by Johanna Lindsey
Series: Haardrad Viking Family #1
Published by Avon on September 1980
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 362 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Lovely and dauntless, abducted by invaders from across an icy sea, Lady Brenna vowed vengeance -- swearing no Viking brute would be her barbarian would enslave her noble Celtic heart.

Yet Garrick Haardrad, the proud and powerful son of a ruthless Viking chieftain, claims her with a primitive abandon that leaves her breathless, igniting fires of passion that blaze through the cold Nordic nights and forge the unbreakable bonds of a fiery, eternal love.


First, Johanna Lindsey is one of my favorite authors.

Second, this book is on my top 10 list.

Raids, Vikings, a spit-fire heroine, a rough and tumble hero, passion, betrayal and more!

Fires of Winter will hold your imagination captive from the start and take you on an adventure in Viking terrain.

Lady Brenna is beautiful and strong, she faced the Vikings in battle when they came to her family’s home. However, she was captured and taken as a slave back to Norway. She is not a wilting flower by any means. In fact, one fault you could assign her would be too much pride, but it works in this romance.

Garrick Haardrad is a hard warrior. As a second son, he is forced to seek his fortune over seas (and has done pretty well). Upon his return home, he finds a woman in his bed – a female slave who was given to him by his father (the man that captured Brenna). Garrick, jaded from a past bad relationship, is really not interested in the ladies, but he is willing to make an exception for the fierce Celtic beauty.

Naturally, a battle of wills break between slave and master. Brenna has no interest in doing Garrick’s bidding and is hell bent on taking her revenge. But something unexpected happens – love.

If you have never read this book or a Johanna Lindsey novel I HIGHLY recommend that you do. Johanna Lindsey has a gift for writing romance. (She is also one of the first romance authors, beginning her career in the 70s).

I must admit, I read this book at least once to twice a year.






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4 responses to “Review: Fires of Winter by Johanna Lindsey

  1. I’m huge fan of Historical Romance, but I never read/listen to any of her novels, looks like I got to put her on my radar.
    Thanks for reviewing.

  2. I remember my Historical Romance days when I’d loose sleep staying up all night reading about valiant knights and swoon worthy dukes! JLindsey is a maven when it comes to books like this, can’t go wrong with that.

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