The Dragon Slayer

Jianne Carlo
The Dragon Slayer
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Etopia Press
Release Date
April 2011
Book 2 of Viking Warriors
Historical Romance

To save her sister, can Catriona slay the Dragon Slayer?

Ruard, the Viking warrior known as The Dragon Slayer, has no great hopes for the wife he's to take as the lord of Dunsmuir Castle, so long as she's a biddable wife, with all her teeth, who doesn't drool—a plain, humble woman. He has no use for the flame-haired nymph with breasts as ripe as melons and whose supple hips beckon a man's hands. Nor for a maiden with a stubborn chin and flashing eyes that speak of naught but trouble.

Catriona hopes for a husband ‘twill be easy to poison. Lord Ulfric holds her sister captive and demands Catriona do his bidding: poison his Viking rival, the man they call the Dragon Slayer. Catriona hopes for a cruel warrior, a man easy to hate, not this Thor god come to life with golden hair, sky blue eyes, and a laughing smile. Her sister's life depends on it, but how can she slay this Ruard, her new husband, who makes her heart pound with joy?

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
May 21, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
109 people found the following review helpful
THE DRAGON SLAYER is the second book in the Viking Warriors Series by Jianne Carlo and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first. I am impressed with Ms. Carlo's ability to give such a different feel to books in the same series in order to fit with the personalities of the characters. THE DRAGON SLAYER was funny and suspenseful as well as undeniably romantic.

Ruard, a Viking warrior with the nickname "The Dragon Slayer", has been given a castle and its keep as well as the lady of the castle, Catronia the pure. With a name like that, Ruard expects a plain woman, but instead he gets a fiery redhead whose body turns the head of every man within sight.

Catronia only hopes that her new husband won't make it to hard to poison him. She's been given the task by an evil lord who wants the land, and he has Catronia's sister hostage to make sure she follows through. However, when she meets Ruard, she doesn't expect a man who looks like the god Thor. Nor does she expect to fall for him. She's not sure if she can trust him to help her get her sister back, but she does know that her plans to poison him have gone out the window.

I thought that this book was such a fun read. Ruard has this notion of how everything's supposed to be when he's the Lord of the land. But nothing is right. His castle is in ruin, the people of the land don't trust him, and then he has this wife that he's totally attracted to. I love when those strong alpha men fall hard for a woman, and that's just what happened here.

Catronia's dilemma was a tough one, and I was glad to see the action that she took. It showed that she had the strength to more than match her tough husband. And while they didn't get married, Ruard and Catronia seemed to find their way to deeper emotion quite quickly.

The plot was also interesting and had a good deal of suspense to it. Plus there were great secondary characters who I hope to see again in future books.

Overall, I thought that the DRAGON SLAYER was a great installment to the Viking Warriors series. I don't know why I was worried though. Jianne Carlo does such an amazing job with her stories. This one was definitely no exception.
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