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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review: Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley

Title: Viking Warrior Rising
Author: Asa Maria Bradley
Series: Viking Warriors #1
Format: Audiobook CD
Narrator: Lisa Flanagan
Release Date: November 11th, 2015
Length: Novel (322 pages/8.2 hours)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Free via Publisher @ Audiobook Jukebox
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Viking Warrior Rising is book one in the Viking Warriors series. This book focuses on Naya Brisbane, a woman that is on the run from people (possibly government) that ran a compound that experimented upon her. She's made it on her own for awhile now, and runs a successful cyber security business. Outside one of her client's business's one evening, Naya sees a man being attacked by some weird looking beasts. Not able to let a struggling man get killed, Naya steps in. This is where we find out that Naya is pretty much like a lady superhero. She has stronger senses and strength all thanks to the experiments on her from the compound. She takes out the beasts then checks on the hottie, only to have him kiss her. She hides when his buddies come to pick him up and thinks she'll continue on her way.

After being drugged, beaten up then rescued by a pretty lady, Leif Skarsganger gets picked up by his fellow Viking warriors and taken back to the mansion. You see, Leif is their King, so everyone is worried that he's been drugged with something that appears to be poisonous. While he's healing, Leif can't get the woman that saved him out of his head. So naturally he does the thing anyone would do, have his people track her down and bring her back to his mansion. He figures out that she's his soulmate via a magical tattoo that completed itself when he kissed her while drugged. Naya is not so quick to agree to the soulmate thing though and that lead to issues with one or both of them listening to the other throughout the book. It's basically alpha male and a strong independent female bashing heads to get their way. It was entertaining to say the least.

I think the thing I found most fascinating is that all of the Viking warriors have a berserker inside them. Basically a warrior being that is ready to kick some butt. There's a delicate balance and the berserker can rise if a warrior gets too emotional. I don't think I've read a Viking book before, so I was intrigued from the start. There wasn't face time with Loki, but he was mentioned, so hopefully the next book we get to see him. I really enjoyed Viking Warrior Rising but I did notice a few things that I didn't love while reading. Things just happened to fall in place a little bit too conveniently. I like my hero/heroine to work for it. And the second being the narrator's tone on the audiobook occasionally will change, almost as if there was an error in the original recording and a sentence was rerecorded. It wasn't a huge deal, but I noticed it several times. All in all this was a really good listen and if you're a fan of Vikings, mythology, or are just looking for some hunky men to read about I think you'd love this book!


16 comments:

  1. I'm not familiar with this series. I like the idea of mixing the berserker mythology with vampires. I'm not familiar with this narrator either. I do hate when you notice those little technical issues. I hope that the next book solves those problems.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. It was an interesting book, I'd pick up the next one to see what happens. I'm betting it'll be like early BDB where it switches to another warrior as the main ;) Hoping the next one solves the little issues too! :D

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  2. I love how he's rescued by a ''pretty lady'' haha!!

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    1. I know, right? Can't say that I've seen many where the girl saves the guy at the beginning lmao

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  3. I usually have fun with the alpha male / independent woman dynamic. I like it a lot when there's attraction at first but they butt heads. It sounds like this one is interesting. I'm like you though in that sometimes things come together just a little too easily. I may check this one out. Great review!

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    1. *nods* I know exactly what you mean.

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  4. Skarsganger, ha, someone has made up a word :)

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    1. lol it was a mouthful when it was mentioned.

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  5. Berzerker, huh? Sounds a little like a shifter story, just with a different face.

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    1. With the whole mate thing going on it reminded me of a were/shifter story as well. I think the only other series that I've seen a Berzerker was KCole Immortals After Dark. Would love to see it more often.

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  6. Nice that she rescued him, instead of the other way around!

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  7. Oh berserkers are interesting. That's too bad on the audio blips.

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    1. *nods* it happens every now and then.

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  8. Hmm. Sounds like a great start to a new series. :)

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    1. Uh huh! I need to check out when book two comes out.

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