The Pirate Bride by Sandra Hill
Narrator: Heather Wilds
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
Date Read: February 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
A Viking to bed, not to wed!
Medana Elsadottir, known as the Sea Scourge, never planned to become a pirate, but there's no denying her talent. Her female-only tribe has an island hideaway, food aplenty, goods to trade...everything except the means to breed. That's where the strapping Norsemen tied up in her ship's hold comes in handy. Eight godly specimens - and Thork Tykirrson is the most virile of them all. Once their, eh, work is done, they'll be free to leave. Medana had naught to do with this god-awful plan, but she wouldn't mind reaping the benefits.
Renowned as the wildest Viking of his time, Thork was returning home to regain his father’s favor. Mayhap even (shudder) marry. His brazen - and very beautiful - kidnapper has likely done him a favor in preventing such an irksome fate. That doesn’t mean he’ll let her off easy. No one takes anything from a Viking that he’s not willing to give...not even a violet-eyed vixen who sets off the wildest fantasies.
Publisher: Avon, HarperAudio
Series: Viking I #11
Read from February 02 to 04, 2014
Listened for Book Club (Cover Girls)
Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 2.00
Character Rating: 3.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: The Pirate Bride by Sandra Hill was humorous at times but that just couldn’t save it for me. That being said, the narration made me stick with the story till the very end because Heather Wilds did an excellent job.
Book Club Thoughts: Overall this was one of those books that everyone seemed to like parts of very much! We all agreed that there were some great moments between Medina and Thork. They had a great energy and their banter was fun. We liked the secondary characters and think some of them will make great leading men.
My Thoughts: I know with a 2.50 rating, it probably looks like I didn’t enjoy the book at all. That isn’t true. There was some trademark Sandra Hill banter in the story that made me smile. I am a big fan of Sandra’s writing but this book just didn’t work for me. I don’t know if it was timing or just that neither Medina nor Thork won me over. With historical romance I have to love the characters for the story to work for me.
Narrated By Heather Wilds / Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
I loved Heather Wilds narration. I don’t think I would have finished the story if not for her. She did several accents and all of them made me smile. This had to be a tough one to narrate and she did a wonderful job.
Final Thoughts: Despite not liking this particular couple, I will continue to read Sandra Hill!