The Barbarian and the Witch

Sindra van Yssel
The Barbarian and the Witch
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
August 2011
ISBN
9781611185171
Genre
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance

SUMMARY
Myriel, the witch, comes to the desolate land to heal it from the damage done by the malevolent sorcerer Kerrah. The only other human being around is handsome and uneducated Johan, a barbarian who is there to steal a gem from under Kerrah's nose. Johan distrusts any kind of magic, but when he makes love to Myriel, claiming her body and marking her soul, he leaves her thirsting to submit.

Only by joining forces do they have a chance to accomplish what they desire. In the process, they might find they desire each other even more than their original goals. Now that Johan has found the woman of his dreams in the most unexpected of places, and Myriel has found the man he needs, he'll have to conquer his distrust of magic and she'll have to conquer her pride if they're to succeed in their missions and in love.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM theme and elements, violence.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Oct 07, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
91 people found the following review helpful
What do you get when you take a sexually conservative female and cross her path with a sexually dominating male? Outrage and magical sparks flying? Would it surprise you to find the female's culturally suppressed sexuality burst forth and her hidden submissive desires flow? Since it's a Ms. van Yssel story, I expected and hoped for lots of D/s with a title like THE BARBARIAN AND THE WITCH.

In this story, Myriel, the witch, is trying to heal the land that has been sundered apart by an evil sorcerer. Johan, the barbarian, comes to her rescue when she's viciously attacked. While Myriel finds Johan to be virile and excitingly different, Johan is horrified she is a wicked witch. For him, those who practice magic are all inherently evil. From there, an opposites attract story unfolds. While it's magical for Myriel, it's scary and confusing for Johan. He has his own mission and doesn't want to have anything to do with magic. In the end, the two finally unite forces to fight against the evil sorcerer.

This is the first story which isn't a slice of life contemporary BDSM piece I've read from Ms. van Yssel. This story is short and I felt it wasn't as complex and smexy as her contemporary ones. If this is a first start into this genre, I would recommend more world building. I want to learn more about the different cultures in this world and how their vastly different norms could cause conflict and hopefully sexual fireworks.

The sex in this story was decent. I had hoped for more savage rough sex due to the barbarian implication. Perhaps if there is a next story with some of Johan's friends and their slave wives, we'll see more hot sexual debauchery. I found this book to be a fast and fun read. I recommend it to people who want the muscle bound hero to come save the day yet who like a strong female.
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