Nordic Lessons by Christine Edwards
Released: August 1, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Publisher: Fanny Press
Reviewed by Sarah
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Elora is a cultivated Londoner visiting her brother in Oslo, Norway. With her brother away on business, she decides to do without his permission and borrow his classic Jaguar to take in the sights. But when she pulls over to the side of the road to take pictures, the car won’t start up again. In a blind panic, Elora has nowhere to turn, until a warrior of a man stops to help her. A massive, handsome hunk of a man, clad head to toe in black leather.
Elora has never encountered anyone like Mikkel. As much as he frightens her, she realizes she is out of options. Then comes the exhilarating journey home on his custom ride, and Elora falls hard for her knight in leather armor, an alpha male eager to teach her the rules of Dom/sub relationships. Mikkel is head of his motorcycle club, and in the days that follow, Elora becomes increasingly entangled in the culture of bondage, bikes, and club rivalries. But how can Elora fully commit to a man whose world might as well exist on another planet?
While this is the second book of a new series and follows Naughty in Norway, it is not necessary to read it before this one. It’s a great read though; see my review.
Elora is quite the complex character. She’s independent, yet enjoys spending quite a bit of time with Mikkel. She’s moderately sassy and yet craves being dominated. She was raised in a strict, well-to-do London family. After losing her parents, she’s followed her brother to Norway where he is located for his banking job. Although her first few weeks, she is left on her own while he’s out of the country. Elora decides to take her brother’s car for a spin and finds herself stranded on the side of the road. Mikkel happens across her, and attempts to be her white knight on a large black motorcycle. After the initial shock of him, she is immediately attracted to him at a primal level. And while never having submitted to a man before, she feels compelled to do so with Mikkel.
We met Mikkel briefly in Naught in Norway, but this is his story to shine. Most notably, he’s the president and founder of motorcycle club and very much a dominate male. Upon first meeting Elora he’s afraid his large appearance and overwhelming demeaning will scare her, but quickly discovers their incredible chemistry is mutual. It’s been two years since he broke things off with his last sub but with Elora he instantly feels bound to protect and love her like he has no other.
I love a good BDSM book and have quite enjoyed all the previous titles from Christine Edwards. She has a way with alpha males, strong females, action, and D/s relationships. It felt like there was fewer sex scenes in this story, but what is there is blistering and left me only wanting more. This book really had less tension than what I was expecting. There were a few issues towards the end of the story. The plot felt much looser and some details didn’t add up.
It was surprising to me how smooth their budding relationship is throughout. There are still some of the trademark action scenes but for the most part, the focus is on the two characters. Mikkel is much more refined than he appears on the surface, which makes him an even better fit with Elora. The two complement each other perfectly. Overall this isn’t my favorite, but I still love this author’s stories and look forward to future ones.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.