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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review – The Peacemaker By Jianne Carlo

The Peacemaker

Title: The Peacemaker (Viking Warriors Book 3)

Author: Jianne Carlo

Publisher: Etopia Press

Buy Link: Buy The Peacemaker Here!

Rating: You Want To Read

Reviewed By: Donna

Blurb:

Can the Peacemaker tame a warrior bride?

When Njal the Peacemaker meets his bride-to-be, she’s dressed in breeches, flaunting a crossbow, and covered in boar’s blood. What he needs is a woman skilled with words, a woman with exquisite manners, a cunning woman capable of maneuvering the political intrigue of a king’s court. Not this rough country lass whose skill with a crossbow rivals his.

Bettina has no desire to wed a peacemaker. She needs a Viking warrior who’ll strike fear into the hearts of her enemies, a man of strength who can thwart her step-uncle’s theft of her castle’s treasures. But Nyal the Peacemaker wields words, not weapons—until their wedding night proves he’s also a man of passion. Neither can resist the heat of their coupling, but can a man who values peace be enough for a warrior bride?

Review:

Njal, the Viking warrior, is a peacemaker among his people.  Bettina is to be his bride, and is quite the opposite of a peacemaker.  The Peacemaker is the third short novel in the Viking Warriors series by Jianne Carlo, and is an entertaining read.

There are some steamy sex scenes in this book, some excellent moments between the characters, and the plot has potential.  However, I feel that there are a few too many vague references to various happenings that left me feeling as if I was missing something significant.  Some examples are when one of Njal’s brothers had to stay with Luca who had broken his leg, but we have absolutely no idea why Luca broke his leg, or how this relates to the brother watching Bettina.  How did the step-uncle finally meet his end…or did he?  Another example is the moment when Njal first meets his bride-to-be.  I wasn’t sure if he saw her killing a boar, or if he was there afterwards or something else entirely.

Ms. Carlo has the potential to write some excellent stories.  I would only hope that they are given a little more depth in the future to flesh out some of the “thin” sections.  Overall, an enjoyable read.

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