Reader reviews for Hearts Aflame

Kristen is a stowaway on a ship her brother commands, thus ending up on a Viking raid. The men's plans are thwarted when the Saxons spot them and ambush them in the woods. All are captured, including the beautiful Kristen. The men are chained and forced to do labor, while Kristen is taken into the house of the lord (Royce). The first time they meet, Kristen and Royce are attracted to each other. She is unusually tall, fair and beautiful, while Royce is strong, dark, and handsome. She becomes a slave in his household, and eventually he claims her as his mistress. Although thus far we have been told over and over again that Kristen is strong-willed and has refused every man's attentions to her, she welcomes Royce's advances and craves his attention. This seems out of character to me.The chemistry was completely off for me. I love it when there is witty dialogue and sexual tension between the main characters. However, even after finishing the book, I am confused as to why these two supposedly fell in love. They don't do much talking, and it's particularly confusing how Royce could love a woman he doesn't trust, and how Kristen would love a man who was holding her prisoner. (Even after making love, he forced her to wear chains on her ankles.) Perhaps my modern sensibilities are unrealistic for the time period in this novel, but it just didn't ring true for me. It had all the makings of a good read, but without chemistry, it fell a little flat.
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Kristen, looking for adventure and a husband, decides to hide on the ship that her brother and his friends are sailing away on a trading expedition, only to find out they are going on a Viking raid instead. She and many of the crew are captured and held as slaves by Royce, a Saxon lord. At first Royce believes Kristen to be a boy and has her working with the other slaves building walls for the fortification around his manor. When he finds out she is a female, he has her transferred into the manor to work in the kitchen, but he does not trust her and so he keeps her in chains. Kristen falls in love with Royce, but it takes time for Royce to admit that he also loves Kristen because of his hatred of Vikings. Kristen's parents sail to find and rescue her, but what could end in disaster with Royce and Kristen's father fighting each other to the death, ends in a wedding instead.
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This story is pretty much what you might expect it to be -- melodramatic, somewhat unrealistic, and only mildly entertaining. The characters range from interesting to completely unlikable, and the plot holds no surprises.
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I just re-read this in ebook form. It was just as wonderful as I remember. It+ was one of the first JL books I read as a teenager. It is full of the trademark JL humor, passion, and animosity. I love all of her books, but there are a few that hold a special place in my heart and this is one. As to those that write of unrealistic, it's romance. They are an escape from reality.
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very good trash but a little hokey at the ending - Kristen is captured and made a viking slave and Royce falls in love with her.
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one of my favourites
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