Friday, December 21, 2012

Savagery: Emma MacKenzie


In 10th century France, 18-year old Cherine Cadet only knows one thing: that the life of a peasant isn’t a life at all. Tired of working in utter poverty for an unfeeling Lord, with only her indifferent family and love-struck best friend as company, Cherine dreams of the day she can run away from the future set-up for her, even if she knows there’s no real escape from her destiny.

Then, in one brutal instance, everything changes. A Viking fleet led by the powerful nobleman and warrior, Rolf the Walker and his right-hand man, Erik the Axe, arrive on the shores of the Lord’s estate. In minutes, the entire land is up in flames, Cherine’s family and fellow serfs are killed, and Cherine comes dangerously close to death herself. She is saved only by the fierce Erik – but a new lease on life comes with a cost.

Cherine becomes a slave to the Vikings, a fate she thinks is no better than the one she had before. But as she finds herself being shared between the two men, the savage and darkly handsome Rolf and the mysterious and sensual Erik, Cherine discovers that she too has a fiery warrior heart and that the flames that consumed her old life might burn them all to the ground.
Kitten's Thoughts:
Cherine's home is destroyed by the feared Vikings and she is taken to be used by two handsome, strong, poweful Vikings as they wish.  In this backdrop, a seemingly impossible romance buds between Cherine and Erik all the while Rolf places his unrelenting demands on Cherine's body.  Both men are motivated with differing desires for her, as well as different ways to make her life somewhat more pleasurable than before, but she has no voice herself to choose the man that she prefers.  Which man will ultimately claim her as his?  The man that softly yet firmly awakens her sexuality, or the man that gives her pleasure while brutally forcing her body into submission? 

While reading this, I found myself constantly wondering how this was going to end considering the relationship and history Erik and Rolf have and how this slave woman is coming between them. The savagery builds and builds in this book, but it isn't just the sex that's savage... it's the rising undercurrents of distrust, unknown intentions and emotions held just under the surface between these two men just waiting to rip everything apart that they built together.  This is much more than just sex.  This is a battle for free will.

Lastly, when I read erotica I tend to read more dark/taboo erotica. So to me this book felt much more like a hardcore romance than an actual erotica. However, there is still sex in it and it is still graphic.
Author Bio:
Though she tries hard to hide it, Emma MacKenzie got her start in writing by penning cheesy romantic comedy screenplays.  Despite having seven published novels under her garter belt, this is her first foray into erotic romance.  Considering how big of a pervert she is, it probably won't be her last.
She is a fan of red hair, stuffed animals, nori seaweed, and coffee, as well as things she used to hate as a child, including beer, napes and being spanked.  When she's not trying to tone down her purple prose, you can find her nose-deep in a book.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like such a delicious read!!! Added to my TBR.