Encircled by Gold, 1
Riikka Toivonen is obsessed with three things: the paranormal, having hot Viking fantasies, and drinking far too much coffee. After Riikka finds a gold artifact in her pocket following a trip to a Viking gravesite, she lights a candle and finds she isn't home alone. An image of a man appears and the more she interacts with him, the more tangible he becomes. He's hot, he's a Viking, and she wants to bed him badly. The catch—he wants more from Riikka than just a romp.
What's a girl have to do to get some action? Lust takes over and Riikka tells him she will commit to him for all time if that is what will finally get him into bed. After making the pledge she finds herself transported back in time and into a life she left unfinished—her own. The rough-edged Viking Thorstein takes Riikka on a journey of second chances and hopes in the end she will choose to commit to him—forever.
Be Warned: light BDSM, forced seduction, spanking, public exhibition
Riikka turned to find Thorstein standing in the raw in the open doorway, his arousal evident. He made no attempt to cover his manhood.
“Hello. I am Thorstein. I am solid.” Riikka cringed as Thorstein smacked his hand against his chest as if to demonstrate this fact.
Lucy lifted her eyebrows, and Riikka could see her friend was trying very hard to contain herself.
“Yes, I can see that. You are definitely solid.”
“Lucy, meet Thorstein. He’s a uh…” How the hell would she explain who he was? Oh, nothing to worry about, Lucy. He’s just a ghost that is transforming into a more corporeal form so that I can have sex with him. If I’m really lucky, he might even cook.
Riikka cleared her throat loudly. “Thorstein, why don’t you go back into the bedroom and get dressed?” She turned her attention back to Lucy. “I’ll see you in the kitchen in just a jiffy.”
She followed Thorstein’s enormous form through the door, shutting it firmly behind them.
“What on earth do you think you’re doing?” Adrenaline coursed through her bloodstream, fueling her reaction. Her unforgiving grasp on the dresser drawer pull brought it flying out, almost detaching the knob from the body of the dresser. Immediately she dug around for some jeans and a top to wear.
“I do not understand. What is the matter?” He stared at her, blinking those amazing eyes. It was difficult not to look at what she’d come so close to having. Oh hell was he ever gorgeous. If only Lucy hadn’t shown up. She would be riding that stallion right now.
“You came out naked, you know, with no clothes on.” Riikka squinted in an effort to look menacing.
He laughed. “You are so funny when you do that. What is so wrong with being naked? Am I not pleasing to you?”
“Yes, of course you are. It’s just that Lucy is here and I don’t want her to see you.”
A huge, knowing smile broke out on his face. “So what you are really saying is that it makes you jealous when another woman sees my manhood?”
“What? I’m not jealous. I just didn’t want Lucy to know about you.”
“But that won’t work, Riikka. I am not leaving. I told you that. You will have to introduce me to everyone in your life.”
“No. I need more time. I just have to come up with a back story of how you got here and who you are.” She quickly brushed her long hair, securing it back into a ponytail.
“I am Thorstein the Viking. What more does she need to know?”
“Look, just get dressed and come out into the kitchen. I’ll make coffee. You do drink coffee?”
“I will try this caffy. Is it like our mead?”
“It’s pronounced coffee. And no, it isn’t like ale. It’s more like a food group all on its own.” Riikka left her huge Viking with a puzzled expression and closed the door behind her. She went directly to the kitchen, finding Lucy sitting in the same chair she’d occupied yesterday.
Soon the smell of very rich, strong coffee filled the kitchen. Riikka breathed in the smell, loving its intoxicating lure and unspoken promise.
“So, who is he?” Lucy delivered a don’t screw with me look.
“Well, you see, he’s…” But as fate would have it, Riikka didn’t get the chance to complete her made-up anything. Thorstein walked into the kitchen in full Viking regalia. He ducked as he went through the entranceway, the horns on his helmet close to scraping the ceiling. Where the hell had all that come from?
“I get it.” Lucy nodded at the enormous Viking. “Nice outfit. Where is your shield?”
“I did not bring it. I did not think I’d need protection.”
Lucy clucked at him. “You should always carry protection.” When she winked at him, Riikka cringed, trying to think of a way to put a stop to all this insanity.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Jul 2015
Riika mysteriously got an artifact from a burial site from her last exploration at L ‘Anse aux Meadows and somehow it ended up in her custody. An ancient arm ring that belonged to someone else, someone who suddenly appeared in her room, looming and watching her from the shadows. Creepy, right? Well. this is the kind of creepy that Riika would definitely want to get involved in.
At first, he was just a presence, until he had a voice, then became a fading ghost. The dark, large and mysterious figure talked to her, encouraged her, convinced her that he was real – all flesh and blood and bone. Yep, definitely the kind of bone Riika was counting on. When she finally realized he wasn’t just a ghostly apparition and her feelings for him began to emerge, soon the hulking figure materialized in front of her.
And there he was. Viking Thorstein, all man, flesh, blood, muscles and bone, in all his glory! But what was a medieval viking from the past doing in the 21st century? Who was he? What did he want from Riika? What on earth was going on?
Oh yeah, these book will definitely have you asking a lot of questions. Good thing the answers are right in here. And the answers involved shamans, wooden tables and sturdy chairs, betrayed lovers, deceitful admirers and a whole lot of sex. Hot, wild, erotic, gripping and intimate. Who knew a Viking like Thorstein can awaken a woman’s long-hidden fantasies? If you want to read a story that involved the past coming to the present, grab this book by Leah Grant! Highly recommended afternoon read!
Posted by Love2Read on 2nd Jul 2015
I became interested in The Viking Grave because it combined time-travel with paranormal and historical romance. The story is about Riikka, who discovered a Viking arm ring in her coat pocket after returning from an archeological site in Newfoundland. She is about to discover how and why it ended up with her.
I felt an immediate connection to Riikka, with her love of paranormal shows, and history. The story was sort of rushed, but it held my attention.
Lucy seemed like a good friend with her hilarious opinions and over-protectiveness. I would have liked to read more about her. When Thorstein appeared, I expected more of an 'old world' dialogue from him. Although he had been learning the English language, he was still a Viking and some of the phrases and words he spoke were too modern.
However, the way the author described the surroundings when they went back in time, was wonderful. It made me feel as if I were there.
I was left with unanswered questions, such as does Lucy notice that Riikka is gone or does it just seem like she never knew her? A similar question is voiced in the book, but not answered. I know this is book one, so, hopefully, we will find out more. All in all, it was a good, quick read.
Posted by K crow on 19th May 2015
this book was very interesting and a book that I got into very quickly! Definitely a must read book! Can't wait to read more!
Posted by S Crow :) on 18th May 2015
I couldn't stop reading this book I was so into it And I absolutely loved it. Can't wait to read more!