Branded by Étaín

Jianne Carlo
Branded by Étaín
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Hartwood Publishing
Release Date
December 2013
Book 1 of The Beasts of Bärvik
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Can a princess tame a beast?

Princess Étaín of Caul Carlinne remains unsullied by her violent past. When she chooses Brand of Bärvik as her mate, has she brought havoc and destruction to her people?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jan 09, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
143 people found the following review helpful
When the Viking warrior you've been lusting after wants to take over your home, there's little you can do except hang on for the ride. In BRANDED BY ÉTAÍN, deception, truth, magic and love combine to make one interesting read.

Princess Étaín of Caul Carlinne has been obsessed with the warrior who has haunted both her dreams and waking moments for months. She knows he is meant to be her mate, even if it's only for a short time. Étaín is determined to speak to the beautiful Viking, and when she finally does, it seems her heat is matched by the beautiful man before her.

Brand of Bärvik set his sights on Étaín for a specific purpose, weaving his lusty thoughts into her dreams to further his cause: to make her his mate and become king of Caul Carlinne. He needs to marry her and have her bear a child to help his people overcome a horrible fate. He's not prepared for the jolt of protective lust she fuels in him, or the fierce desire for her body and her happiness. Will Brand give up his plan for love or is Caul Carlinne doomed to fall under a Viking's rule?

BRANDED BY ÉTAÍN is the first book in The Beasts of Bärvik series, and was an interesting read filled with lots of sex, love and magic. Unfortunately, it was also filled with a dialogue so difficult to get used to that it completely ruined the book for me. I simply couldn't connect with any of the characters since it was impossible to determine when and where this story took place. It made my mind spin trying to keep up with the discussions between Étaín and Brand, to the point where any of the magic that Ms. Carlo was trying to create was completely absent.

That said, the erotic aspects (or "bedsport") of this book were both fun and amusing to read. Étaín and Brand had wonderful chemistry, and I enjoyed Étaín's instant lust upon seeing her mate, as well as Brand's inability to lie to her even though he initially only wants her to further his own cause. The sex scenes were completely yummy even though I couldn't entirely understand what was happening, and the connection between the two is evident even without the benefit of complete dialogue recognition. There was also a decent build up of tension, action and mystery, though the execution of the climax was brief and anticlimactic, as was the ending. I think BRANDED BY ÉTAÍN would've been a better read with a bit more action, a few more paranormal elements and a lot less period verbiage.
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