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Friday, July 22, 2011

Honor Bound by Stormy Glenn

Honor Bound by Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (171 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

Jarl Radulfr is a warrior, the chieftain of his people. It is his duty to protect and fight for them. But duty comes at a price. Radulfr has no one to call his own. When his clan is attacked, he accepts a bride in a peace-pledge to avoid war with a neighboring clan. He doesn't know until he arrives that the bride he has come to claim is a man.

His betrothed is not what he expected, but Radulfr has sworn upon his honor to accept the peace-pledge. It doesn't hurt that Ein is pretty damn cute. Radulfr decides to accept things as they are and begins to take Ein home. But there are those that don't want them to reach home—gods, mercenaries, and the man who started the war in the first place. Radulfr and Ein will have to use all of their wits, and the growing bond between them, to keep themselves alive because gifts from the gods come at a price.

This is a tale that takes place in time long since passed. A time of Viking lords, the existence of mythical gods, and shape shifters. This is a story that will take readers on a trip into the past and it was a journey I enjoyed going on through the pages of Honor Bound.

With every great love story comes an undesirable conflict that throws a wrench into the plans of the main characters, and this is true for Radulfr and Ein. Radulfr is a fierce Viking warrior who, in return for the attack on his clansmen and village, accepts a marriage between him and the attacker’s half sibling in an attempt to created peace between the feuding clans. Ein is a quiet, peaceful man just happy to live his secluded life amongst the priest who have raised him. For Radulfr deception has never been so good and for Ein the chance at a normal life never looked so attractive. This coupling was built on a house of lies but instead of crumbling at the first sign of trouble both Ein and Radulfr set the foundation for a loving marriage between two men.

Both of these men have not had easy lives to live. Radulfr lost his mother at a young age and had to deal with an abusive father. Ein’s mother was murdered after his birth and his father is the god of fertility who ignores him. They have a lot in common when it comes to lose and heartache and together they can help mend each-others broken hearts.

While under attack from the enemy, Radulfr discovers something new about himself that is a surprise I never saw coming. But Radulfr isn’t the only one with a surprise that pops up out of the blue. Ein’s surprise both shocked and had me overwhelmed with joy for the heroes. This story kept me intrigued with everything that was going on to and around these men. When danger hits, Radulfr full fills his duty as husband and leader and moves heaven and earth to keep what he holds dear safe.

The characters' dialogue was entertaining. It reads as it would have been spoken ages ago when Vikings ruled the land. Though a little confusing at times, Ms. Glenn made sure to give little explanations to the different usage of words throughout the story.

Ms. Glenn wrote a beautiful story of how a person can find love when they least expect it. Ein and Radulfr are a couple I found myself rooting for them to get their happy ending and I look forward to reading about where their relationship goes after this story ends. Seeds were planted for future characters, which is always a plus and I look forward to reading more from the Viking Lore series.

This story had it all: death, violence, deception, mythical gods, shifters and ghost. If you like historical romances that stretch the realm of imagination Honor Bound is a must read.

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