Hi, Y’all! This week we continue our Lucky in love theme. This week’s story is actually more magical I have invited back Adele Downs this week with her story Her Immortal Viking. It’s a sweet, fun, short read for hen you need a good spirit lifting! I asked Adel if she had any superstitions or lucky charms and she shared this little story with us!
Do you believe that shamrocks bring good luck? According to legend, they do, especially if found accidentally. A genuine shamrock from the white clover plant has four leaves, with one leaf growing smaller than the others. The leaves are said to represent faith, hope, love, and luck.
I found this genuine four-leaf clover by chance on my lawn many years ago, and have kept it sealed in plastic and stored inside a book since then. Its color has faded, but I do feel lucky to have found something in nature that’s truly rare.
Penny Farnsworth, the heroine of HER IMMORTAL VIKING, is desperate for luck when she lifts her face to the sky and begs for someone “up there” to help her solve her financial difficulties. If anyone needs a shamrock leading to a pot of gold, it’s Penny. When she appeals to whoever might be listening to her pleas, she has no idea she’s conjured a sexy Viking who must cross the divide of a thousand years, from the place between heaven and earth, to answer.
I hope you enjoy reading HER IMMORTAL VIKING.
HER IMMORTAL VIKING by Adele Downs
Viking Warrior. Immortal Slave. Freed by Love.
A Viking cast into eternal servitude by an angry god is transported to the modern world, but to claim the love of the mortal who called him, Gunnar must find a way to clear his name across the divide of a thousand years.
ONE LONELY NIGHT
Divine intervention. That’s all Penny asks. Freedom from overwork and mountainous debt. She sings songs of praise, chants like a yogi, and rubs her belly like Buddha until the crystal charm on her navel shimmers, all hoping to draw the attention of someone—anyone—“up there.”
In the west, beyond the seas, from the place between Heaven and Earth, an immortal hears Penny’s cries. Once a renowned Viking warrior, Gunnar has been cast into eternal servitude by an angry god. Now, while Penny sleeps, he comes to Earth to grant her wishes. But Penny is about to wake up, and so is every desire she’s ever known. To claim their fairy-tale ending, Gunnar must find a way to clear his name. Not only must his sword arm and courage stay strong, but their powerful love must cross the divide of a thousand years.
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He smoothed her hair and rubbed a thick tendril between his thumb and forefinger. “I am Gunnar.” He pronounced the name Goo-nar.
An emblem of the sun, surrounded by a circle, had been branded on the back of his powerful hand. Penny touched the scar while he held a length of her hair, recognizing Freyr’s sacred insignia from her textbooks. “The pain must have been excruciating.” Without thinking, she lifted the old wound to her mouth and laid kisses along its perimeter before pressing a kiss to the icon inside.
Tremors vibrated across her lips when they touched the ancient symbol and her body tingled with the contact. The brand grew warm and then hot against her mouth, though it did not burn. She ran her tongue over the thick scars to erase the heat, and then licked the center, finishing with a tiny swirl.
Gunnar’s gasp of surprise was the last thing she expected when she lifted her head. He released her hair and drew away.
“I’m sorry. I don’t know what got into me. Have I offended you?” She’d always been popular with men, and comfortable around them, but her behavior with Gunnar was bold, even for her. She sat up. “Am I under some kind of spell?”
Gunnar shook his head. “I used my powers to heal you, but your free will remains intact.”
She searched his face for clues about what to do next, because desire shone behind the wary expression in his eyes. Something else shone there, too. Gratitude. Penny waited for Gunnar’s reply without letting go of his disfigured hand.
He said, “Kindness isn’t something I’m used to finding. Perhaps you’d be less inclined toward compassion if you knew what I’d done to deserve this brand of servitude.”
She reached out and draped an arm around his neck to bring him closer. Their gazes locked and held. Gunnar’s eyes were like pools of ice blue water that pulled her in and down.
Her breathing slowed while the sound of her heartbeat rushed blood through her ears. “I am Penelope. And if you’re from Alfheim, I know who and what you are. I just don’t understand why you’re here.” How could she deserve his rare, benevolent gifts? She was just an ordinary woman from an ordinary town, barely scraping by.
His warm breath grazed her cheek in shallow rushes, lifting goose bumps across her skin. His wide, firm mouth smelled of sweet ground parsley and fresh-picked mint. “Sometimes we get what we need, simply because we ask. That’s the beauty and power of the unexpected.”
5 Meows~~1 purr(no on page sex)
Heartbreak…Mythology…Dreams do come true.
Penny has had enough of freeloading boyfriends. Miguel has been enough to make her want to swear off men for a long time. Being a Mythology student, after a hard day, not wanting to clean up after Miguel’s mess, she does a little dance, prays to the Norse Gods or any Gods that will listen and goes to bed. Soon she is awakened by a clanging in her kitchen. Has Miguel snuck back in? Is it an intruder? NO its a tall, sexy blonde man with light glowing from him. Is Penny still dreaming?
Her Immortal Viking is such a fun story to read. Most of us can relate with Penny. No matter what our sex is, male or female, we have probably dealt with a Miguel or two in our lives. I love Mythology, and who doesn’t like Vikings? We get a little of everything here, from angst romance, to humor to some realism. The sex is all off page so this is a clean but sexy story.
If you love a good romance, Vikings, Mythology, clean romance, and happy endings you will love this…I do need to warn you there is one scene that is a bit violent but it is well done and necessary.
Adele Downs is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 romance titles, including those written under another pen name, and a former journalist with hundreds of articles to her credit. When not writing in her home office in rural Pennsylvania, she can be found reading a book on the nearest beach, taking photographs, or riding in her convertible.
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