The Bear and the Bride

Jianne Carlo
The Bear and the Bride
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Etopia Press
Release Date
December 2010
Historical Romance

Jarl Torsten glimpses Ainslin of Durham, a recent widow with two sons, and immediately covets her for his wife. He outmaneuvers his rival, Ainslin's neighbor Earl Sigrid, and receives the king's blessing to marry her.

Ainslin fears Torsten's reaction when he discovers she's a virgin. How will she explain her maidenhead and twin sons? Will Torsten cast Ainslin and the boys aside when he discovers the truth?

Book Review by yadkny (reviewer)
Jun 29, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
162 people found the following review helpful
Virginity going in to the marriage bed is sacred and a husband's right to take, yet Ainslin may lose everything because of it.

Ainslin finds herself in the predicament of having to marry someone she's never met. The last few recent years have been spent as a widow with twin sons to care for, but now she finds herself being escorted to her new husband's household. Ainslin isn't so much worried for herself, but of what will happen to her sons if the secret she carries gets out. Will her new husband be so understanding? Or will her sons be taken away from her?

Torsten is a warrior with a heart of gold, which for the last two years has belonged to a woman he'd seen only briefly, but had to have. Now that she is once more marriageable, nothing will stop him from finally claiming her and extinguishing the lust that has plagued him for so long.

Although I had a few moments of pronunciation confusion, which unfortunately impedes the smooth reading of this story, I still found it incredibly compelling. I wanted to understand the meaning behind some of the terminology used and learn the customs of these amazing people. My only thought is that the storyline of not only the main characters, but also the world they live in, would have been that much better had the story itself been longer. However, this is still a fabulously, well-written read with an erotic sweetness that historical romance fans will love.
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Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
May 20, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
139 people found the following review helpful
Jianne Carlo is an author that I found by doing reviews for The Romance Reviews. I was introduced to her work by doing a featured interview for one of her books, but after that, ended up seeking out all her work. I think that she's got such a unique voice with her strong and sassy heroines and oh so delicious alpha male heroes. So when I was asked to review her historical series, Viking Warriors, I immediately said yes! I'm so glad that I made the choice because just starting with this first book in the series, THE BEAR AND THE BRIDE, I know that I am going to be treated to the yummy, sensual, and romantic greatness that I've come to associate with this author.

Ainslin is set to go to the bed of her second husband, but she's got a secret. A widow with twin sons should not be virgin. So, how will she explain to her new husband, Torsten--a Viking warrior--how she still has her maidenhead? Her greatest fear is that when he learns the truth behind her first marriage and her twin sons, that she will be cast aside and lose her sons. Little does she know that Torsten has had his eye on Ainslin for two years and once he has her, this warrior will not let her go.

I wanted to scream when this ended. I enjoyed this story so much, I did not want to reach the end. This novella was just about perfect. Torsten was the perfect alpha male--fiercely protective, but heart-wrenchingly tender. And Ainslin as naive as she was complemented him perfectly with her strength and courage.

The plot was simple but had the perfect amount of twist in there with the story behind Ainslin's virgin births. I just enjoyed this story so much, I didn't want it to end.

THE BEAR AND THE BRIDE is the first book in the Viking Warriors series, and I thought that it was the perfect one to introduce us to these strong and sexy men. I totally cannot wait to continue this series. I should have known I was going to enjoy this as there hasn't been a Jianne Carlo book that I've read so far that I haven't loved!
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