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Norse Jewel (Norse Series Book 1) by [Conkle, Gina]
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What does the wolf-eyed Viking want?

Stolen by marauding Danes, Helena’s desperate to escape their camp. Her unlikely savior comes, a fierce Viking chieftain named Hakan, who takes her to the frozen north. Hakan wants to lay down his sword and live a peaceful farmer’s life. Past betrayal left him cold to love, yet the Frankish woman who keeps his longhouse thaws his icy heart.

Helena wasn’t born a slave. She wants nothing more than to return home, yet her stoic master fascinates her...he’s as bold as the wild northlands.

But war is brewing —a kingdom’s in the balance and Hakan must take up his sword. Can the Viking warrior defend his homeland and keep the woman he loves?

“A story rich in historical detail and peopled with well-formed characters…Excellent read!” ~ Author Cheryl Howe

"A master at piquing the reader's interest, Gina Conkle has crafted a mesmerizing story that evokes strong emotions in readers." --4.5 star review,

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  • Publisher: NYLA; 2 edition (1 November 2016)
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3.0 out of 5 stars So much Potential...Too bad 2 March 2014
By McIn - Published on
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I have to give an honest review here. First of all I was looking forward to reading this book because I love Viking Romances. Here are the Pros and cons for me:

Pros - I loved Hakan and Helena. The premise of the story was great. I loved how they met, Hakan's past, his ex, son, best friend, and what he wanted for his future. All of that was good thinking and brilliant. Abduction, slavery, friendships, loyalty, past love, jealousy, betrayal, beserkers, kings, family history, romance, laughter, banter, disappointment, and hope. The potential was there for an epic Viking Romance Series.

Cons - 1. It took me until chapter 7 to even be interested, I almost stopped reading this book, but I am glad I gave it more of a chance because I loved the story from there on. 2. Viking Romances normally have quite a bit of sex in them. It makes sense because of the era. This book lacked that and that in my opinion was disappointing. It was way too tame for my taste. 3. It was too rushed in the end and that was sad. 4. Epilogue should not have been in the book. The epilogue took place hours after the book "ended". 5. Too many questions unanswered. He was supposed to go on an important mission, What the heck happened to Sven? 6. If the author was going to continue the story in a sequel...the book did not inform me (the reader) of this. I was left wanting to know what happened from there to Hakan, Helena and Eric, his mission, consequences for Gorm, and again what the heck happened to Sven?
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4.0 out of 5 stars I found NORSE JEWEL to be an heart-warming Viking love story in a fascinating historical setting. 29 June 2015
By Linda Townsend - Published on
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"I'll eat whatever you put in front of me." He grinned uneasily, eyeing the egg. "You'll not toss that at my head, will you?"
"This?" Helena held the light brown egg between thumb and forefinger. "Why would I do that?"
Sven glanced from Hakan to Helena. She cupped the egg and let it roll across her palm.
"Helena." Hakan's voice threaded with warning. "Twould please me greatly to have my eggs cooked this morn."
She gave the egg a small toss and it plopped into her palm intact. "As you wish."

NORSE JEWEL by Gina Conkle is an intriguing Viking romance. I loved the hunky warrior-turned-farmer hero and his sweet but strong French heroine maid and was fascinated by the historical aspects of the tale.

As the story opens, we meet Helena, who has been captured by Danish raiders who attacked her village and then sold to a Viking Chieftain, Hakan the Tall, as his thrall (slave). Hakan had originally sought an older thrall who could teach him Frankish but when he saw young, beautiful Helena, he could not resist buying her instead. Of course, Helena wants only to return home. She misses her family and her previous life when she had not been a slave. However, Helena is smart and talented - and very grateful that Hakan purchased her and did not leave her with the cruel, vindictive Danes.

When they arrive at Hakan's home in Svea, Helena learns how to cook and manage his household. Her weaving ability is found to be both useful and beautiful. Hakan treats her well and allows her much freedom as his housekeeper. All is not peaceful. Dangerous beserkers abound in the countryside; Old enemies threaten the peace; and long-held secrets see the light of day which threaten Hakan's desire to substitute his scythe for his sword and imperil the lives of those he holds dear.

As Hakan and Helena spend much time together, the chemistry between them is obvious. However, Helena was betrothed when she was captured and Hakan has vowed to never marry again after his first disastrous marriage. You will need to read this to find out if love finds a way...

My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Check it out there!

4 Wine Glasses!
3.0 out of 5 stars Norse Jewel 24 June 2015
By Angie - Published on
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I definitely need to read more books set during this time period! Norse Jewel was such a nice change from all of the Regency and Victorian era Romances I've been reading. The year is 1022, and Helena has been taken from her home and is being sold as a slave. Lucky for her, a Norse chieftan is looking for a thrall who speaks Frankish, so soon Helena is setting sail to a place far from her home. While she's glad to be away from the Danes who stole her, all Helena wants is to return to Frankia to be with her family and betrothed, even though Hakan treats her more like lady of the house rather than a slave woman.

Norse Jewel could probably be described as a "slow burn" romance. Hakan and Helena fight their attraction for most of the book and it drove me crazy (in a good way, of course)! Hakan is not a typical viking. He's sick of being a warrior and just wants a quiet life as a farmer. He also lives by a code of honor which keeps him from being involved with this thralls, but he can't help but be drawn to Helena. Meanwhile, Helena sees what a good man Hakan is, but all she wants is her freedom. Or to marry the man who claims he'll never marry. He offers her everything except the two things that she wants most and would make her stay with him! Boneheaded man! Grrr!

My only disappointment in Norse Jewel was that the dangerous, revenge plot kind of gets dropped at the end. Someone overthrows the king, and that same someone wants revenge on Hakan and will go to any length to get it. Hakan is suppose to go put a stop to all of this, but....nothing happens. The epilogue does leave the story pretty open, since it says something about their adventures just beginning. So I assume Hakan went to take care of business after getting his happily ever after. I just wish we had gotten to see that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing change from Regency 5 February 2015
By Katie - Published on
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I've been a little disappointed with some of the Regency romances recently, so I thought I'd give this one a go having read and enjoyed Gina's Meet the Earl at Midnight. I've never really be a van of Viking romances, but I really enjoyed this book, and the only criticism would be that I thought the end was a bit rushed. There was a wonderful build up and the chemistry between the main characters was really good, the relationship a slow build but full of chemistry. Unfortunately I found the conclusion of all that build up a little underwhelming, which was a shame, which is why I've given it 4 stars. However, having said that it was a refreshing read. I notice that this book was released in 2013 so I'm hoping the next in the series will be out soon, and I'm looking forward to reading it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of fresh air! 4 September 2013
By Misty Dietz - Published on
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This book was so awesome mostly because it felt like a breath of fresh air after all the heavy, dark stuff I've been reading of late. I totally fell for Hakan. *swoon* He's definitely alpha, but always has a way of conveying his protectiveness without being a brute. And I definitely appreciated the newness of the setting and the very unique way Ms. Conkle has with her prose. There were so many passages I found myself going back to just for the sheer pleasure of the way the words rolled together.

One thing I was surprised about was the "sweetness" of this book. All the sex is behind closed doors, which was a little disappointing, but only because I was expecting otherwise. When Hakan and Helena finally get hot and heavy - ooooo, it's so yummy - the tension and description are amazing! - but then the doors close, and I'm like...wha??? So anyway, just know going in that this book has fabulous sexual tension, but ultimately it's "sweet."

I also enjoyed the secondary characters and very much look forward to reading more from Ms. Conkle.

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