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Tempted by the Runes by Christina Courtenay | #BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway @PiaCCourtenay @headlinepg @rararesources #NetGalley #HistoricalRomance #Viking

When love is far away in the past.

Tempted by the Runes is an entrancing time-slip romance that takes the reader to the time of the Vikings. 

The book is not formally part of a series, but it is connected to the characters of some of the author’s previous books: Echoes of the Runes, Runes of Destiny, and Whispers of the Runes. I enjoyed all of them and reviewed the last two on the blog (click on the title to read my reviews). 

Our thanks to the author, Headline Publishing GroupRachel Random Resources, and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy. 

Book Details

Review (December 9, 2021)

Book Description

Born centuries apart. Bound by a love that defied time.

Madison Berger is visiting Dublin with her family for a Viking re-enactment festival when she chances upon a small knife embedded in the banks of the Liffey. Maddie recognizes what the runes on the knife’s handle signify: the chance to have her own adventures in the past.

Maddie only intends to travel back in time briefly, but a skirmish in 9th century Dublin results in her waking up on a ship bound for Iceland, with the man who saved her from attack.

Geir Eskilsson has left his family in Sweden to boldly carve out a life of his own. He is immediately drawn to Maddie, but when he learns of her connection to his sisters-in-law, he begins to believe that Fate has played a part in bringing them together. Amidst the perils that await on their journey to a new land, the truest battle will be to win Maddie’s heart and convince her that the runes never lie…

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Geir is the youngest of three Viking brothers and anxious to be independent and owner of his destiny.

He settled in Iceland, a remote area where land was available to those daring to claim it, but conditions were very harsh. On his way to this new land, he met Maddie, a fierce and opinionated woman that came from the future.

Believing the Gods sent her, Geir tried his best to woo her and convince her to settle in Viking age Iceland as his wife.

I love that Geir, despite the constrictions of his time, was always very respectful and caring. Maddie was a favorite of mine from the first book in the series (she was but a little girl), and I was happy to see what a strong woman she became.

The book is standalone, but there are extra perks for those who read the previous books. Lots of lovey characters make an appearance: Hrafn, Rurik (my favorite brother), Ivan, and Maddie’s parents.

Tempted by the Runes is an entrancing trip into the Viking’s world with a lovely and romantic time-slip story to sweeten the way.

Another great installment in this fantastic series! I’m hoping that Ivan is next 😉

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Half English/half Swedish, grew up in Sweden, then moved to Japan for a while.
Writes historical romance/adventure stories and time slip. Also YA romance as Pia Fenton.
Former Chairman of Romantic Novelist’s Association.

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