Imagine my immense glee at opening one of the many emails I get from Amazon recommending books and discovering The Viking Wants Forever by Koko Brown. Like most romance readers, I’ve easily read 100’s of novels where the heroine gets fed up with her life and is magically transported to another time/place to find true love. And in every single one of them that heroine was a white woman. I was super pleased to find that the main character, the woman tempting the titular Viking, was a black woman named Reese Johnson. And not only black – but also nerdy, artistic and witty. I’m in love.
That said, the story was straight from the time-jump/paranormal romance template. The twist comes in the form of Loki, Norse God of Mischief. Koko weaves a satisfying story with compelling characters, interesting setting and easy to follow dialogue. Her attention to the Nordic details reflects time spent researching and fact checking. I’m a sucker for sassy women and gruff sweethearts so this story was right up my alley. My only story caveat is a slightly bumpy transition from past to present where, even for a fantasy novel, events are tied a little too neatly. Most readers would expect a woman in current day Florida to resist being kidnaped and for someone in the audience to object to the person they’ve been waiting to see being taken out the room by an apparent stranger. A bit petty, but hey.
I’m giving The Viking Wants Forever 3.5 stars. Can’t wait to read more of her works!
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