I loved this second book in this historical, paranormal romance series even better than the first one, “Malice Striker”. Death Blow has a hot alpha Viking male and a spitfire heroine who is part human / part Vanir goddess (Vanir are Norse gods and goddess of the seas and fertility who fight against the warrior gods such Odin, Thor, and the rest of their family). Sparks of attraction fly between the two main characters in the books from the beginning. This book also has some terrific sex scenes that start at the beginning of the book even though the author uses idioms to describe certain female genitals. However, she does not have a problem describing male genitals and using the correct terminology for them; including describing something that a Saracen Caliph did to the hero’s genitals…OUCH!
One night of passion between the King of Moray and Rán, a Vanier goddess led to Nyssa being born. She did not know until two summers-ago that she was part human, part Vanir. Nyssa also did not know that the adopted parents who raised her turned out to be her real father and his wife. Yet she did wonder about the serpent that suddenly appeared one day on her breast. It was a birthmark from her real mother. Her real mother’s husband Aegir, a Vanir sea god, cursed her with never feeling a woman’s pleasure in bed for a man unless the man has something on his genitals. After being told by the King of Scotland to marry Konnál, a Viking AKA “Death Blow” so he can have money and castle, the curse makes her run away. She is put though many harrowing experiences but that does not dampen her spitfire attitude. After hearing her parents are dead and her uncle has her castle, Nyssa tries to returns home but runs afoul on a ship that mysteriously puts her on an island off the coast of Scotland. Konnál, himself is blown off his ship by another mysterious storm and lands on Nyssa’s island; this is just the start to a thrilling paranormal romance tale!
**Death Blow is NOT a Stand Alone title because it continues on with people that were in the first book in the Viking Vengeance series and leaves open some questions surrounding why a Saracen Wazir wants to steal half human / half god women and children. There is also a hint of a battle to come between two sets of Viking Gods.**
Can a mere Viking break the curse of a sea god?
Cursed by the sea-god Ægir to be burned at the stake, Lady Nyssa seeks the one man who can save her--the warrior who bears the mark of the Saracen. When she finds a Viking warrior wounded and senseless on a beach, she knows he is her savior. But Ægir’s wrath extends to others in her life as well. He’s killed her father and stepmother, turned her stepbrother into a mountain lion, and imprisoned her people. And worse, he’s cursed any man who lays with her to have his manparts wither and die.
Konáll has traded coin a-plenty to gain a wife with lands, the daughter of the King of Moray. He expects a refined, comely, trainable damsel, not a doomed warrior princess with the strength of a giantess who cannot bear the touch of a man. But once he learns more about this woman who speaks to talking mountain cats and hides as a peasant among the rabble, he cannot deny his feelings. There’s more than one way to breech a maidenhead, and if teaching her the ways of a woman’s pleasure with a carved ivory dildo is what it takes to make her his, then he’s more than happy to challenge the wrath of a god…