Naughty in Norway by Christine Edwards
Released: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Fanny Press
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Vail Fillion has left her home in Huntington Beach, California, to study Scandinavian Culture in Oslo, Norway. But she gets her first real taste of culture shock when she goes along with her friend Lisetta to a wild party at her cousin’s biker bar. Vail is surprised to find such a large group of motorcycle enthusiasts in this often snow-bound country. She is even more stunned to discover that the bikers are normal guys, if perhaps even more physically imposing than your average Viking. Alreck Falstad—a 6’6” blond, tattooed stand-in for a Norse god—catches her eye but also scares her to death. Just as Vail is starting to enjoy herself at the party, something truly frightening occurs. The evening is abruptly cut short by a brutal crime, and she is the lone witness. Before she can make it to the cops, Vail is drugged, loaded into Alreck’s truck, and transported to his remote cabin in the Lofoten Islands. Why has Alreck kidnapped her, and what are his plans with her in his snowy haven? Is he her savior, her nemesis, or both? Even if she could escape, would she truly want to?
At the urging of her Scandinavian friend from UC, Vail Fillion is doing a semester abroad in Oslo in her graduate studies. She is petite and boasts an athletic figure thanks to her passion for surfing when at home in California. With a few secrets in her past, she may not be all that she seems.
Alreck Falstad is supreme alpha maleness. He’s tall, large, and handsome. Think Nordic god who likes to grunt. Let’s face it, sometimes the lack of speech is way hotter than constant chit chat. He’s a not just a biker, but builds them too. The big guy also has a bit of a soft and overprotective side.
Everything starts with the night Vail and Lisetta go to a party at a biker club. First she meets fails into lust at first sight with a dangerous Alreck. Then she witnesses a brutal crime when just went outside to get some fresh air. So much for clearing her head. At the will of Lisetta she puts off going to the police to report the offense. When she puts her foot down and proclaims she will head to the authorities regardless of what the bikers want, she finds herself being kidnapped.
I enjoyed this one but it, in some ways, is quite a bit different from Claimed in Canada. Its action packed from the beginning to the end. If you’re looking only for heat, you should note that this story doesn’t bring any physical relations until the last quarter. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t innuendo or chemistry being developed. Vail comes across as being wound a bit tight; perhaps a little nookie earlier would have helped with that issue. Alreck really emerges as being thoughtful and hunky. Even while at times wanting to throttle Vail, I still found this to be entertaining read.
Rating: 4 Stars
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