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THE VIKING AND THE COURTESAN by [Moore, Shehanne]
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In 898 AD she wasn’t just from another land.

Wrecking a marriage is generally no problem for the divorce-obtaining Lady Malice Mallender. But she faces a dilemma when she’s asked to ruin her own. Just how businesslike should she remain when the marriage was never consummated and kissing her husband leads to Sin—a handsome Viking who wants her for a bed slave in name only?

She came from another time.

Viking raider Sin Gudrunsson wants one thing. To marry his childhood sweetheart. Only she’s left him before, so he needs to keep her on her toes, and a bed slave, in name only, seems just the thing. Until he meets Malice.

One kiss is all it takes to flash between two times.

But when one kiss is no longer enough, which will it be? Regency London? Or Viking Norway? Will Malice learn what governs the flashes? Can Sin?

Where worlds collide, can love melt the iciest heart?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1476 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (29 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011J6ZLF2
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Really enjoyed Shehanne has a different way of writing this is a time travel story with a difference, really interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Kiss in Time 10 December 2015
By AF - Published on Amazon.com
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There is great suspense built in this time travel romance novel about a young, abandoned wife, Malice and her hero, Sin, a Viking.

The story starts with a kiss of vengeance between Malice and her husband Cyril (who left her untouched on their wedding night to cavort with loose women and who later ruins her financially). Unknown to Malice, a passionate kiss has the ability to transport her from her native Regency London to a foreign world where Vikings rule. There, she meets Sin, a successful Viking raider, and soon becomes his bed slave. Malice learns that certain kisses have the ability to jettison her back and forth between both locations, and in both worlds she battles relationship problems. In England, she contends with Cyril and his many lovers; in Norway, she fights with Snotra, a woman betrothed to Sin. Relationships aren’t her only problem. Malice must also figure out why certain kisses prompt the time travel, how this unusual condition came to be, if her mother shared the same condition, and how to control it. As if that isn’t enough, Malice must decide if she has the wherewithal to give up her life in “contemporary” London to live a life of love in a different time period, different country with Sin.

I enjoyed many delights with Malice’s tale. One was the humorous references to not only shoes but also the swallowing of crocodiles. I am not a woman with “a thing for shoes” but I have several friends who are. Because of them I could relate and laugh at those references. Being familiar with the phrase, “I’d rather swallow a crocodile than…” I found the use of it particularly warming. Consistent use of both of these humorous references provided added entertainment value and a touch of lightness.

Speaking of light, the author has a whimsical touch to her writing style. It comes through in her narrative but also in her use of description. What I am assuming is authentic Viking language is scattered throughout the work, which adds a nice touch as does the subtle factual lessons about Viking life.

Time travel is always a tough trick for any writer to handle but Moore does a good job of creatively explaining its origin and its process, as well as rationalizing Malice’s sudden disappearances and reappearances in relation to the other characters.

Endings, too, can be tricky and to avoid spilling the beans, I’ll just say that the heroine gets what she deserves and this reader was satisfied with that.

Considering the two worlds and two storylines, I understood the necessity for many subplots and a robust cast of characters. For the most part, I was able to keep all of the moving parts and characters straight. There were a few scenes, however, where I didn’t transition well and it took several rereads to figure out what was going on (particularly the island scene) and where I was. The characters were easier to keep tabs on because they were well defined and diverse. I discovered some favorite characters, ones who stood out like Sin’s ex-nun housekeeper (what a hoot!).

Whether you are a romance reader, historical fiction reader or mass market reader, you’ll enjoy this tale of love and suspense.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the inconvenient time travelling and the gradual reveal of its meaning 29 July 2015
By Jolliffe - Published on Amazon.com
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Lady Malice is not your typical Regency heroine but she is compelling and strangely likeable. A victim of an arranged marriage, she is still, woefully innocent and unfulfilled. Maybe this is why she enjoys her chosen career so much?

Destroying marriages is an unusual pursuit for a married lady but it keeps her in shoes and stops her thinking about her own disastrous nuptials. Faced with an unthinkable dilemma she seeks out her errant husband to carry out her latest commission, with life changing results.

The time slip is seamless and the shift from Regency drawing room to Saxon village under Viking attack, swift and shocking. Malice's surprise and fear is tangible but her cynical outlook and sharp tongue remain. Both traits help her withstand the unexpected ordeal, despite the carnage surrounding her.

Sin is less than impressed with the latest slaves but he needs a bed slave to keep his fickle fiancée interested. Malice is no one's slave but she finds Sin hard to resist. The chemistry between the courtesan and the Viking is memorable, despite the incongruity of their situation.

I loved the inconvenient time travelling and the gradual reveal of its meaning. Malice is prepared to risk all for her man and her strength and tenacity are legendary. I purposely delayed writing this review for a few days, to see what I could remember. Malice, Sin and their compatriots' formidable personalities, are easy to recall.
4.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! 4.5 stars 30 August 2016
By Nicole Laverdure - Published on Amazon.com
A real page turner! 4.5 stars

I usually don't have a problem writing a review, but this story, The Viking and The Courtesan, written by Shehanne Moore, has so many twists and turns that I don't know how to start! What happens when two headstrong women, Malice and Snotra, compete for the same man, a Viking named Sin?

The story starts in London 1819 and wanders into 898 AD, back and forth. Forced to marry Cyril, Malice becomes the victim of this arrangement because he really doesn't love her . . . he only wants her money. But a single kiss will send her into the arms of a Viking named Sin, who is betrothed to another woman, Snotra. Sin will make her his bed slave. This story is filled with twists and turns to kept your attention! Follow their journey to discover the true nature of Malice and her discovery of how she can control her destiny. Which men will choose to love for eternity? Which woman will win the Viking’s heart for eternity?

The Viking and The Courtesan is an historical tale—well-written, fast paced and intriguing, with a touch of time travel!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shehanne Moore scores again with her latest feisty heroine! 11 August 2015
By Antonia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I love Shehanne Moore's historical novels and The Viking and the Courtesan is a real treat. It was quite a daring feat to send a feisty Regency woman back to 898 AD and have her successfully interact with everyone she met there. The author pulls it off in quite spectacular fashion.

Moore's historical heroines do not have attacks of the vapours. Their bosoms do not heave. They do not go weak at the knees at the sight of a well muscled (male) torso. They fight - whether it's for shoes or their man. This brings me to another aspect of this author's writing I so enjoy. She creates drama, tension, sexiness, and weaves an intricate plot. There are fights, battles even - but there is also humour. Real tongue-in-cheek humour that raises not just a smile, but also a laugh in the reader.

The object of her main character's desire (the Viking, Sinnar Gudrunsson) already has a betrothed - the appropriately named Snotra, whose vindictive streak seems to know no bounds. With these two strong women pitched against each other, can Sin really stand a chance?

Lady Malice Mallender is the latest in a run of main characters that began with the notorious (not to say, rather scary) Lady Fury in Shehanne Moore's first published book - The Unraveling of Lady Fury. Once you've read The Viking and the Courtesan, she'll stay with you. As will her fifty pairs of shoes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced historical fiction! 17 September 2016
By Sharon S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ms. Moore has done it again! The Viking and the Courtesan is fast-paced historical fiction with twists and turns at every corner! There were many unexpected paths this story takes, so if you're looking for something off the usual path, check this one out!

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