Monday, October 7, 2013

VBT and Review: Blind Allegiance by Violetta Rand




BLIND ALLEGIANCE




by Violetta Rand


EXCERPT:  

Cringing from his brutal words, Noelle finally burst. Through the blur of tears, she saw a warrior of tremendous proportion storm across the hall. He seized Brian’s arm and pried his fingers loose from her hair. She heard a loud snap as he curled Brian’s arm behind his back. Her brother stumbled and hollered, then dropped to his knees.

“Say it,” the colossal warrior demanded, visibly applying more pressure to his hand.

Brain tried to wrestle him down, but the stranger was larger and stronger—controlled him with little effort.

Although she detested her brother, her first instinct was to protect her own flesh and blood. Yet, it seemed a fitting punishment. Let Brian suffer the same mortification she felt whenever he embarrassed her, which happened too often.

Brain quit struggling. “Mercy,” he begged.

The Viking released him, and Brian staggered to his feet as gracelessly as a drunk.

“Is this how you treat your own kinswoman?” her rescuer asked.

“She’s faithless—no blood of mine. We’ve made our bargain Norseman, take her.”


AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Violetta Rand holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy and a master's degree in Environmental Management. Serving as an environmental scientist in the state of Alaska for over seven years, she enjoys the privilege of traveling to remote places few people have the opportunity to see.

Violetta has been "in love" with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, at five, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband, Jeff. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading whatever she can get her hands on, music, and losing herself in the ancient worlds she enjoys bringing to life in the pages of her stories.


My thoughts:
Blind Allegiance grabbed me straight away.  I love that when I become so involved in reading that the stress of life melts away!  Noelle is a fabulous character; confident, intelligent and tough.  Rand’s artfully and skillfully creates a wonderful chemistry between Noelle and Rand, a typical romantic hero, but an endearing one.

The story was well crafted and fast paced keeping me turning the pages and eager for the next.  I thought that developing the imagery would be difficult but Rand again surprised me with rich detail that transported me back in time. 

Truly a superb novel from Violetta Rand and the best news of all it is the first in a series!  Definitely one to put on the TBR pile!

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  2. Thank you for your thoughts. Appreciated.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  3. My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by the tour! I love to get into a series from the beginning... so I am looking forward to more from Noelle and Rand. All the best!

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  4. Thanks for the excerpt and your honest thoughts on this book. Sounds good.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  5. Thanks for the great excerpt!

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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