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Deep, Dark & Dangerous (Vikings Underground Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B000FCKROW
- Publisher : Pocket Books (7 March 2006)
- Language : English
- File size : 502 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1416516123
- Best Sellers Rank: 832,468 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Its a great & original idea too. I can hardly wait til the 5 the book is released! But til then.... I'll keep reading & re-reading on my long nights of insomnia! Well done Miss Black, hurry up and write more of these books, PLEASE!
There is a serious story here as well it's just mixed amongst the humor. There is a bad old meany that you'll want to pitch off the nearest mountain top. His treatment of women is deplorable. To be honest though, the hero isn't much better in this regard. Women are definitely subservient to men. They are made to call their "husbands " master and not in the Dom/sub way either but as a matter of course. The women are made to dress in a way the heroine calls " like a rageing slut". If you are a hard core feminist this probably is not the book for you. Remember it is fantasy not reality, which, is exactly what I look for in a book.
The characters make this story. What's not to love about a strong, muscular Viking hero who's loving and patient with his heroine? Otar fell in love with Madalyn from her movies (especially the ones with topless scenes!). He longs for her love but secretly feels unworthy of her because of his low caste in his society. Madalyn is a good heroine, smart, wry and self-aware, fighting her feelings but drawn to her captor. Thankfully there are no TSTL or I hate you/now screw me blind moments.
Drake might be my favorite character. Paranoid, anti-government, alien-consipracy spouting, she gets most of the funny lines and scenes. Gutsily she manages to escape - her reaction to being captured again is priceless. I predict a happy marriage for her and her Alien Butthead.
The plot includes a revolution against the tyrannical jarl/king. Don't worry, there are no bloody scenes. The focus stays on the women as they worry about their men and struggle to earn money to buy food. Their unorthodox solution, a burlesque show for the jaded upper class, is as ridiculous as it is funny.
The sex is explicit and steamy, as befits an erotic romance. Otar is dominant as well as loving. Hot! There's no cheating, forced seduction, or menage scenes to worry about here. I recommend reading this when you're in the mood for or need something cheerful. Have fun :-)
This is the fourth story in a series about an underground Viking culture. They kidnap modern women to be sold to the men as wives. They have a shortage of women. Otar used to be wealthy but the corrupt current ruler Toki took away his property. He, his mother, and his sister now live in Shanty Row - the poorest part of the city. They live in a hut made of twigs and mud. He plans to fight in the rebellion to oust Toki in the near future. The Vikings have videos of Hollywood movies. For many years Otar has loved the movie star Madalyn.
Madalyn is unhappy with her Hollywood life. She sells everything and moves to rural Alaska to live in a cabin. She buys supplies in the nearby Eskimo village. Her sister Drake is a survivalist nut who believes Big Brother government and/or aliens are behind everything. Drake visits Madalyn. Drake is taking pictures of whales and accidentally takes a picture of Otar, Iiro, and Luukas - three Vikings. To protect their secret existence the Vikings chase and capture Drake and Madalyn. Otar claims Madalyn as his. Iiro claims Drake. The men take the women down into their underground civilization. Drake and Madalyn are horrified to learn they can never leave and that they are property of the men. They are forced to wear see through dresses.
This was fun, in a campy fairy tale way. It is the only full length novel in the series. I liked it but it wasn't at the 5 star level the way two of the short stories were. In the short stories it was all about relationship development which is the best part. This book has a lot more story - so it's harder to be great. I'd recommend the two short stories first. If you like them and want more of this world, then get this. The part I like best about these Viking stories is the way the men are patient, kind, and soooo in love with their wives. They truly want their wives to be happy. The language is campy-fun. The men call females wenches. They say aye and nay instead of yes and no, anon instead of immediately. You don't need to read these stories in order. Each one can stand-alone. The last two stories occur at the same time because two Vikings (Otar and Nikolas) briefly mention they are dealing with their new wives.
It's touching the way Otar is ashamed to have so little to offer Madalyn, yet she is happy in his hut. She tells him that it reminds her of a south sea island vacation getaway. Drake offers fun distraction - accusing the Vikings of being aliens and threatening to cut off Iiro's man parts. There is a lot more sex in this book than in the short stories. The sex scenes were pretty good.
Minor problem (due to the publisher): The cover picture is all wrong - ignore it. It shows a man standing in a lake. The Vikings' clothes and hair are very different, and there is no lake in the story.
UNDERGROUND VIKING SERIES:
Each one can be read as a stand-alone.
3 stars. Besieged (in the anthology The Hunted)
5 stars. Hunter's Oath (in the anthology Playing Easy To Get)
5 stars. Hunter's Right (in the anthology Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down)
4 stars. Deep, Dark & Dangerous
Story length: 265 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong/erotic. Number of sex scenes: 9. Total number of sex scene pages: 19. Setting: current day rural Alaska. Copyright: 2006. Genre: erotic fantasy romance.