Maggie Shayne http://www.maggieshayne.com/ is one of my favorite authors. She does such a good job drawing me into a world and a character. Talk about motivation, goals, and conflict. Miranda’s Viking is an oldie but goodie that I highly recommend for its sweetness, bravery, and beautiful settings. My favorite thing about the novel, though is Maggie’s alpha male character, Rolf, a Viking out of place and time. He’s totally alpha but completely dependent on Miranda, a mousy scientist with a surpsiring ability to attract nefarious, power-hungry academics. In time-travel romance, it’s usually the female who has to adapt, but Maggie boldy makes her ancient hero rise to the challenge of fitting into a modern world.
Here’s just a taste of Miranda’s Viking:
The wind had knives in it. Razorlike shards bit into her face and stung her nose as Miranda lifted the pickax high above her head and brought it down.–Kindle Locations 71-72.
“Nei, Rolf. It wasn’t him. Nei.” She touched the hand holding the sword, putting a slight downward pressure on it, and he lowered the weapon, looking none too pleased about it. She nodded in approval and smiled.
His gaze dropped to her bruised, exposed shoulder and softened.–Kindle Locations 519-521.
Disks of what she’d called glass, though clearer and smoother than any he had ever seen, held in place by thin metal the color of tarnished gold. They seemed to distort the vision, those eye shields.–Kindle Locations 548-550.
One hand moved upward, to cup the back of her head and hold her face more tightly to his for his nearly punishing kiss. His other hand dropped lower, cupping one buttock and squeezing hard.–Kindle Locations 706-707.