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TWO BOLD WARRIORS TWO PROUD LANDS UNITED BY PASSION—AND REVENGE PRINCE OLAF OF NORWAY—Lord of the Wolves the golden Viking warrior who came in his dragon ship to forge a great kingdom in the Emerald IslePRINCESS ERIN—Daughter of the Irish High King the ebony haired beauty who swore bitter vengeance on the legendary Norseman who had brought death and destruction to her beloved homelandYet in the great Norse and Irish alliance against the invading Danes it was her own father who gave her in marriage to her most hated enemy Bewitched by Olaf's massive strength seduced by his power still Erin vowed that neither the wrath of his sword nor the fire of his kiss would sway the allegiance of her proud and passionate heart

10 thoughts on “Golden Surrender

  1. says:

    Well I have nobody to blame but myself for reading this drivel I wanted to rekindle my teenage love for Viking bodice rippers and Golden Surrender seemed like an excellent book to fit the reuirements Too bad at some point I wanted to throw this book across the room or even worse burn itLet me make it clear my expectations for such literature are not very high I know how this kind of stories are done hero and heroine hate each from the get go for one reason or another they are forced to get married swiftly they fall in love mainly via lots of flirting fighting and foreplay a virgin heroine's maidenhead is ravished in a most glorious and satisfying manner naturally followed by numerous instances of passionate copulating then some misunderstanding occurs that draws our love birds apart but everything culminates in HEA after the difficulties are resolved and a child is born What I do not expect from historical bodice rippers however is for heroine to be madly in love with her husband after she is physically assaulted by him and the main character does just that in Golden Surrender But let me start from the beginningOlaf of Norway is a golden haired Viking Lord whose ambition is to conuer Ireland and to become its wise and noble ruler Erin is a beautiful proud and strong green eyed Irish princess who after witnessing Olaf's army ravage an Irish village cause the deaths of her aunt and uncle and viciously rape her friend vows to kill the Norwegian Lord To her horror about 100 pages into the story Erin's father pledges her hand in marriage to Olaf her mortal enemy The Irish princess is drugged to get through the wedding ceremony and finally comes back to her senses in their bedroom Erin plans to kill her new husband with a pair of scissors but is stopped by Olaf who punishes her not by savagely taking her virginal body as Erin fears but by tying her hands to the bed at night The bride is full of fear and hate for her new husband but it doesn't stop her from admiring his body and uivering from desire for it as he dangles his family jewels in front of her face while tying her up And that manly smell Erin can hardly control her passion after getting a whiff of his scent a sight of his chest hair and being repeatedly called a bitchAs the time goes by Erin is getting used to her role as a Viking Lord's wife her husband comes to like her but doesn't attempt to earn her love rather he taunts her by making her scrub his back or massage his body always remembering to give her a good view of his shaft Of course Erin is very close to the ecstasy at the sight of it The things start to finally move along when one fateful morning during an argument Olaf slaps Erin's face for mentioning his dead lover's name Erin is furious but not for too long this very night their marriage is finally consummated as Olaf is so darn irresistible and has such a great skill with working bath soap and massage oil page 200 The union is passionate and satisfactory to both but Erin ends the night by crying and giving her husband a cold shoulder But fear not next morning things are different The Irish princess finds herself almost in love with her enemyspouse She is now a toe sucking vixen as well Oh what a difference can one night of Viking loving can makeTheir marital bliss is very short lived however The same day Olaf is called upon to protect his lands and is forced to leave his wife alone for almost 3 months THE misunderstanding occurs when Olaf is on the way from the campaign Not to go into much detail Erin is accused of attempting to kill her husband when in fact her intention is to protect him Olaf doesn't care to hear her explanations and punishes her immediately by putting shackles on her and dragging her behind his horse And this is where Golden Surrender takes a nose dive IMO Erin is not only seriously hurt she is pregnant as well as innocent of the crime But Olaf doesn't care he is never apologetic and Erin in spite of her vow never to forget this assault uivers in desire for her husband the next morningI say give me a break I sure don't expect a masterpiece reading a book named Golden Surrender but is it too much to ask for characters in a bodice ripper to be marginally likable and make sense? Erin in this book is weak and almost a doormat she never shows any strength of character and even she seems to have a borderline personality disorder she hates Olaf one minute and loves him the next The only other character I've encountered who acts in the same way is Nora from a widely popular YA novel Hush Hush And Olaf well he is good with massage oil but otherwise is a jerkI personally prefer my historical bodice rippers with a little sense chemistry between the hero and heroine and some humor Golden Surrender is just a sad dull story which relies heavily on forced is that the right term? seduction

  2. says:

    Summary Olaf the White a Prince of Norway has set sail to Ireland with his Viking clansmen Olaf isn’t in this new land to pillage and raid in typical Viking fashion he is there to build a home and establish a new legacy of leadership in the country He intends to battle for control of Dublin but that is where it will end for him He isn’t a power hungry man nor does he want to spend the rest of his life in war Although Olaf is not interested in taking spoils of battle in the form of women and property some of his warriors choose to stick with this old custom The first Irish village they reach upon landing on Ireland’s shore is the home of several relatives of the Irish High King His youngest daughter Erin is there visiting and manages to escape but she witnesses the death of her aunt and uncle and the rape of her friend before getting away From this moment on Erin’s sole goal in life is to kill Olaf the White to avenge the death of her familyYears later Princess Erin has not lost her craving for revenge But it isn’t only the Vikings who are threatening her world The Danes have also arrived in Ireland and they are enemies of both the Irish and the Vikings In the bloodiest battle of his life Olaf loses his lover a large portion of his army and almost his own life On the verge of death he makes his way to the edge of a river and passes out It is Erin who discovers his body He is so covered in dirt and blood that she doesn’t recognize him at first She knows only that he is a Viking and she intends to take him to her father as a prisoner They are both warriors but Erin wouldn’t have stood a chance if Olaf had been at full strength They both manage to gain the upper hand at different points of the day but eventually they part ways without a winner And now Erin isn’t the only one who wants revenge – Olaf swears to pay her back for her ruthless attack on him during his weakest momentEventually the Irish and the Vikings decide to form an alliance in order to defeat their common enemy – the Danes As High King it is up to Erin’s father to finalize this treaty He does it in the form of giving Erin’s hand in marriage to the Viking King – Olaf the White Since Olaf never knew his attacker’s name he had no idea he had agreed to marry the woman he’d love to punish severely Erin on the other hand finds out who she is supposed to marry and adamantly refuses She certainly doesn’t suspect that her own sister a nun would drug her in order to get her to the altar but sure enough When the drugs wear off she is married to her worst enemy and being prepared to consummate their marriageIs it crazy to think that these two enemies might find forgiveness acceptance and love in each other’s arms? Even if they can find some measure of peace with each other finding peace in Ireland might prove to be the difficult taskReview What a page turner After the first few chapters there wasn’t another mild moment in this book until the epilogue The constant intensity was exhausting I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a time when death waited around every corner and entire generations had no knowledge of a life without war Whether they were fighting for their lives land vengeance hate or love it was all done with unrestrained passion This is exactly how I like my books I will forget dozens of other ho hum books I read this year but this one will stick with me like a tattooThe best part?? Although this book is a work of fiction it is based on real events real wars and real people both Viking and Irish from the 9th century Olaf the White was indeed a Viking Sea King who became King of Dublin in 853 He really did marry the daughter of Aed Finnlaith although he may have been married to someone else first Basing this book on the life of a real Viking King was brilliant It truly blurs the line between fantasy and realitySomething else I appreciated was the absence of an infidelity misunderstanding plotline I know that might sound strange but I get really tired of reading that same old song and dance in so many romance novels In this book there were several threads of betrayal both real and misunderstood including one major event that was predicted earlier in the book by the Druid Mergwin But there was nothing generic about how these storylines played out Without uestion Olaf and Erin had their moments of jealousy but the author never fell back on the overly used and totally predictable love triangle I’d like to send her a thank you note for that I’d also like to give her a high five for writing some of the best bedroom scenes I’ve ever readOne last note when a historical romance is set as far back as the Middle Ages there is a very good chance that it will include some controversial content A few examples might be 13 yr old girls married to men than twice their age women forced or sold into marriage men exercising their rights in the marriage bed absent willingness or consent from their wives torture abuse war rape slavery etc Obviously these concepts in modern times are considered heinous crimes But whether we like it or not they were acceptable practices in various cultures throughout world history until tapering off in the last century Sowhy do I bring this up? Because if you are likely to judge the behavior of 9th century book characters based on our 21st century standards of law and human rights then you might want to skip this book In order to enjoy a novel like this one you have to be able to put it into the context of acceptable behavior in that time period I loved this book but I don’t want to sugar coat the fact that it does include several of the examples I listed aboveI can’t come up with anything negative to say about it I’d highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction andor historical romance Due to the occasional Druid magic performed by Mergwin and the constant references to Norse Gods this book might appeal to fans of Fantasy also I can’t wait to read the next book in the series

  3. says:

    Thrilling 1st in a Great Viking Trilogy This is the first in Graham's Viking trilogy GOLDEN SURRENDER THE VIKING'S WOMAN and LORD OF THE WOLVES Set in 9th century Ireland Eire England and the north coast of France these are the stories of Prince Olaf of Norway the first Lord of the Wolves his bride Princess Erin daughter of the Irish High King the Ard Righ of Tara and their descendants I'll warn you the men are strong willed arrogant and domineering Vikings even if the last two are half Irish Who wants a gentleman Viking? Their loves are independent stubborn and courageous women who can fight with the best of the men and have no intention of being dominated by a Viking But then wolves and the cubs of wolves mate for life or so says the druid who is advisor to the Irish king's family Each of the marriages is arranged over the objection of the female who fights the husband who has laid claim to both her lands and to her This first story of Olaf and Erin in GOLDEN SURRENDER is a good one and tells us much of what the Norsemen contributed to Ireland's history For in conuering they also gave to the land and gave of themselves Olaf came in his dragon ship to build a kingdom and to stay He welcomes the Irish king's truce sealed by his daughter's hand even if he has no desire for the Irish wench Erin who has met the Wolf before and hates him feels betrayed by the father she loves Though the marriage begins on very bad terms love does change things in the endGraham's writing is as always very well done with superbly woven in historical details and with a love story that befits the cultures of the hero and heroine The sexual tension is high and the love between Olaf and Erin believable I highly recommend this trilogy For you Irish romance lovers it's a story of the early days in a great country

  4. says:

    I REALLY enjoyed this book and it could have easily been a 5 star read The story line was really good but I just got tired of the Hh not telling each other how they felt about each other This lead to many of misunderstandings throughout this read Other than that I LOVED both of the Hh's characters The heat level for me was a 3 sensual but nothing too descriptive At curtain spots my emotions were grabbed and I cried other times I got mad and wanted to hit someone LOL There was also some action scenes that kept me glued to the pages The ending was very good but NO epilogueI was wanting a Viking read and that is exactly what I got There was uite a bit of violence so if that bother you this would not be a read for you

  5. says:

    my very first romance novel Thank you Ms Graham for making me fall in love with romance

  6. says:

    This is a very hard book for me to rate First of all Heather GrahamShannon Drake writes some of my favorite vampire and historical romance novels So I had to give this book three stars I took into account that this book is Heather GrahamShannon Drake’s first historical romance book she wrote This is a Viking romance book so you know going into it that it is a harsh war torn life the hh are leading Given that in this book the hh Olaf and Erin HATE each other for at least half the book That is all fine to me I don’t mind a little Pride Prejudice beginning However I HATE it when the guy mistreats the girl Uggghh It makes me cringe Now he is not as harsh as he could have been but still it was hard to see Erin slapped even though I didn’t connect to her at all Olaf was harsh mean sometimes cruel but also pretty just and fair for his time But most of the time he just didn’t think too clearly when it came to women which was upsetting but at the same time not surprising when this book was published in 1985 when romance books were written very differently I will be continuing to read this series at a later date but I don’t think I could stomach reading it back to back The next book I believe will be about Eric one of Olaf’s brothers

  7. says:

    This is the first book by this author and I really enjoyed it Erin h has hated the Vikings ever since she saw the Vikings attack her aunts home and her aunt commit suicide so that she wouldn't be rapped Erin knew it was the Viking call The Wolf that was the cause of all of this and he had become her hated enemyOlaf H had known he belonged in Ireland and he means to make his mark to conuer her and her people After being badly wounded Olaf had the unpleasant task of meeting Erin for the first time She couldn't believe she had her hated enemy right in the palm of her hands and she's going to make him pay However things don't really go according to plan And now a year later she learns that her father has given her hand in marriage no to other than that same Viking I loved the idea of this story however I HATE women warriors in books and I really dont want my h to be one I might have marked it higher if it didn't have this theme in it

  8. says:

    I've stayed up all night to read this book and what a fine tale it was This is my favorite type of historical romance tale Kings and Knights their ueens and their ladies What I really enjoyed most about this tale was the fact both hero and heroine were in fact real life historical figures that Ms Graham usedThe setting of the story is in Dublin Ireland during the Viking Invasion of Ireland Olaf the White the Norwegian Wolf did in fact go a viking and became King of Dublin and he ruled for fifty years He also married The High King of Tara's real life daughter A princess of Erie This is what their love story might have been like and the coming together of two great cultures that formed what we know of the Emerald Isle and her myths and legends If you like historical romance with knights and chivalry then this is a must read Very well done I couldn't stop reading I also read her American Woman series and her civil war series that came out of the same family Ms Graham's first books were in the historic romance genre and she did them very well and all of them are a fantastic read I read the second book in this series along time ago I never got to read the entire series together which I'm going to do right now

  9. says:

    Your stereotypical romance novel The heroine is beautiful than her sisters and in fact her appearance is described as ultimate perfection She is spoiled and is her father's favorite and is better at sword fighting than her brothers She hates the hero Sorry I can't read any than this There is nothing that recommends this book; the story the hero or heroine nothing I found this book in my collection and decided to give it a try I bet I've had it for at least 10 years no kidding I have no idea how it got into my collection but it's going in my Get Rid Of pile I can't believe I held on to this book for so long what a waste of spaceI can't recommend this book but if you REALLY like historical romance novels and must read it better you than me

  10. says:

    Erin Mac Aed daughter of the Irish king Erin is the one of the few of her siblings that has remained unmarried Erin is also a favorite of her father who has spoiled her throughout the years Erin has learned how to fight with swords and the like from her brothers whom she loves dearly When the Lord of Wolves invades Ireland she encounters him and her hatred for the man deepens for all those on her side that have been killed a couple that were dear to her and she blames Olaf for it Now a year later her father demands that she marry Olaf of Norway so they can have a powerful alliance against the Danes However Erin hates having to join with her enemy but the passion the Olaf ingnites in Erin weakens her resolve and steals into her heartGolden Surrender is the first installment in the Viking Saga written by Heather Graham I have read only historicals from this author and I love them and Golden Surrender is my favorite so far from her books that she has written I have read Golden Surrender before but it has been a while and since I saw this on the library shelf I decided to pick it up since I was in the mood for this type of story Its a powerfully written love story back in the medieval age around 900 AD I find that there aren't that many books that are written in this era and so I love to read every one that I can get my hands on because I find it so fascinating especially the Viking people Throughout this story we learn what kind of people they were even though they could very well be barbarians they had a passion for life and for their beliefsThere was only one problem I had with the story was Erin her character it just seemed to me that she was too strong and had so much hatred within her and treated Olaf pretty horribly but as the story progressed I loved seeing the change within her Both of these characters are stubborn loyal and strong personalities so they definitely clash especially at the beginning of the story But as the love between them depends so does this passionate love story Golden Surrender is on my list of favorite romances and one well worth reading for any romance lover