TEMPEST OF FURYWhen arms of steel trapped her slender waist and hungry lips branded her lustrous skin Freya's rage exploded How dare her enemy ignore her noble birth and treat her like any other female captured in battle But even as the wild haired beauty vowed eternal revenge the spark of ecstasy was kindled deep inside her and her supple body betrayed her Then she couldn't help but swear allegiance to the man who made her vibrate with passion and beg for satisfactionWINDSTORM OF LUSTHot tempered Alaric had long planned the humiliation of his hated foe's daughter Finally he clasped her hard against him and made free with her ample womanly charms but the ruthless prince never expected her musky feminine scent to intoxicate him her full provocative curves to drive him wild Alaric had thought only of making the wench from across the ocean his lowly bedchamber slave he'd never accept that now she was mistress of his heart his treasured beloved SEA JEWELless


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    A Five Star book Albeit a Rating I Give Reluctantly After deliberation I decided to give Sea Jewel by Penelope Neri five stars although I do so with some high degree of reluctance The explanation why follows The Story The book begins with the hero of the book Freya Jorgenson being born Her father Thorfast is a warring Viking who wanted a son He orders his man Sven to kill Freya Sven however being a kind soul chooses not to and with the help of a captured English slave raises Freya as his daughter Earlier Sven did a similar thing Years earlier when Thorfast and his men went a viking ie murdering pillaging and raping they sacked an English village killing all the males and raping the females One of the women Wilone wife of the head of the earldom Thorfast killed offered herself as a sexual slave to Thorfast in exchange for sparing her life and the life of her unborn child Thorfast raped Wilone and ordered Sven to kill her and her child which he did not do Wilone gave birth to twin boys One Farant was a studious bookish quiet individual The other Alaric the hero of this book was warlike in particular after finding out what happened to his mother Alaric vowed revenge on Thorfast and all Danes He would get his chance many years later The book fast forwards Freya is now the head of her hall and she like her sire pillages English villages She decides to pillage the same village Thorfast did many years ago against the advice and admonition of Sven who is a psychic and envisions correctly that the raid Freya is planning will have grave consequences for her What Freya doesn't know is that there is a traitor who informs the English that an attack is coming When Freya and her men attack many are killed and Freya is captured by Alaric When he finds out who she is he decides to exact his revenge on her father through her by raping and dishonoring her the same way her father did his mother Alaric rapes Freya although she fights him and even though he is her master and she his slave they eventually fall in love This relationship draws the ire of two people in particular Alaric's sister in law and former lover Kendra who wants Alaric both for his sexual prowess and his money and power Kendra accuses Freya of two murders which Kendra herself committed The first time Kendra has to withdraw her charge after being caught committing adultery The second time Kendra kills Farant and Freya mistakenly believes that it was Alaric who was killed Freya runs away and faces various perils The second person who disapproves of their relationship is Alaric's uncle Ordway who hates all Danes for what Thorfast did to Wilone who after seeing her husband and other children killed and being raped became mentally unstable and now lives out her life in a religious abbey After Freya escapes she finds out that she is with child and faces various perils as she makes her way back from England to Denmark Freya eventually returns to Denmark where she meets up again with her childhood friend Olaf who is in love with her and they get married Freya however doesn't tell Olaf that she's not in love with him or that she is pregnant with Alaric's child This truth however eventually comes out Freya gives birth to twins a son and daughter and she and Olaf have a pleasant if not totally loving marriage as he accepts her children despite their not being his by blood However the specter of Freya's love for Alaric who she believes to be dead hangs over their marriage Olaf later learns that Alaric is not dead although he doesn't tell Freya this He tells the truth after being mortally wounded in another Viking raid on England Freya then decides to return to England to be with Alaric no matter what their relationship status is and is accosted and imperiled which Alaric has to rescue her from They do eventually get married and Freya becomes a Christian and changes her name to Marissa the Christian name meaning of the sea Ordway however incensed that Alaric and Freya are marrying kidnaps the twins and tries to kill them he dies in a fire at the abbey but the children survive thanks to Wilone who saves them the same way she saved Alaric and Farant when they were babies And they lived happily ever after Positives As is the case with all of Penelope Neri's books the main positive is the heroine Freya is a strong warlike capable heroine She never accepts being enslaved fighting every step of the way although Alaric overpowers her both physically and sexually She faces many difficulties and survives and prospers I always appreciate the strength that Ms Neri's heroines have Negatives The biggest negative is of coursethe fact that Freya is raped twice by Alaric and another male and that she falls in love with the person who raped her Since this book is set in the 9th century the term Stockholm Syndrome wasn't invented but that's exactly what this is I have a big issue with that as well as the fact of a heroine falling in love with the individual who rapes her which sadly was a rather common thing in romance novels of the past As much as I care for Ms Neri's heroines I never feel the same caring for her heroes Primarily because Ms Neri's heroes are just slightly above vermin Sex lots of sex scenes They are not overly graphic but they are many Violence Mildly graphic violence Bottom Line In the past I have stated that I would never give a book where the heroine is raped by the hero a positive grade yet I am doing so with this book Let me explain why I am doing so My views have somewhat evolved I feel now that it is important to view the books I read in their complete context not solely based on one act This is a very good book As stated there are parts I wish would have been changed but that doesn't completely diminish the positives of the book If one likes medieval romance this book may be a good one to have