A-Viking (Crabbypatty’s Review)


a-viking
Title: A-Viking (Second Edition)
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Genre(s): Time Travel
Page Count: 56
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Blurb:

What’s a Viking to do when he ends up on a Florida beach, surrounded by a world he doesn’t understand, with a hyperactive stockbroker as his only guide? Go back to Chase’s hotel, naturally. Chase thinks Bjorn is eccentric at best, a lunatic at worst, or just maybe the real thing: a Viking from the days of yore. It isn’t easy for Bjorn to admit, but he needs Chase’s help to navigate the confusing modern age. While Chase is trying to clean Bjorn up and help him fit in, Bjorn’s sworn enemy also makes the trek through time. Jorund is eager to plunder this new land and finish the job of killing Bjorn’s family line, all in one blow. Bjorn and Chase will have to set aside their vast differences and work together if either of them wants to survive.


Bjorn is thrown from his Viking boat in the midst of a storm in the year 957 and awakens on a Florida beach, where he is found by Chase. Hilarity ensues as Bjorn tries to attack a shower head, and very quickly Chase discovers Bjorn’s fluid sexuality (“Vikings had no qualms about fucking whoever was handy, male or female, whenever the need arose …”) in a sizzling scene. The novella quickly ends with a epilogue and HEA for Bjorn and Chase.

For a short novella (56 pages), I thought the story had a few too many tangents that took away from the main characters.

"Spoiler"
As far as I can tell, Chase’s hyperactivity has little to do with the story, too much time is spent on Jorund and his plan for world domination, and the power of that green amulet is left as a mystery.
Personally, I felt too much of the story focused on Bjorn discovering modern devices (the little trolls in the TV, that shower, pizza, etc.) with not enough time developing Chase and Bjorn and their relationship.

If you like time travel for the fun quirky aspects of someone tossed into a whole new world of possibilities, “A-Viking” may be the quick read you’re looking for. Personally, while I love time travel, I need a bit more character development and emotion.

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Galley copy of A-Viking provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

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