Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 19th oct, 2016
Genre(s): Novella, time-travel
Page Count: 56
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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.
“A-Viking” is a short novella with really not much of a story to offer but it was a fun read.
It’s a time-travel story where a Viking, Bjorn gets washed up in the shore of the modern day Florida after crashing at sea in his time. He gets rescued by Chase, a stock market trader on holiday. What ensues is Bjorn’s wonder in discovering the offerings of the modern world, which was hilarious. Chase is attracted to the big and burly Viking but he is afraid of getting broken in half if he shows any interest. So, he just settles on helping the stranger getting a shower (which does not help his case at all!!) But to his greatest surprise, Bjorn is attracted to him too and Chase gets the pounding of a lifetime*rawr* (that was super hot*fans myself*)
As I said the book is very short with very less character development. Many questions were left unanswered regarding the amulet which actually brought Bjorn and his enemy to the modern world. I didn’t get the whole vanishing of Bjorn’s enemy coz of the gods and also the epilogue was too perfect for a time-traveling Viking.
My few hang-ups: 1. Bjorn and Jorund’s hotel-smashing fight gets totally overlooked. 2. A naked Viking is fighting with his sword on a beach and no one notices??? That’s not possible. 3. And in no way the police would not have gotten involved after Chase’s hotel room gets trashed.
So if you get over these issues and turn the logical side of your brain off then you will enjoy the steamy sex and the funny moments in this book a lot.
This book would have felt more complete with the addition of a few more chapters. I hope there will be an extended version of Bjorn and Chase’s story.