Harlequin Presents #1681
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Postcards from Denmark
Viking Magic by Angela Welles was the entry for the nation of Denmark in Harlequin Presents’ line 1990s Postcards from Europe mini-series. I don’t know why the Nordic nations of Europe don’t feature more prominently in HPlandia. I find those heroes just as exciting as the Greek, Spanish, Italian, and Arab ones. Plus, I adore blonds! Viking Magic features a nice guy hero and a neurotically insecure heroine (aren’t they all?) united on a quest of sorts.
Gina Price is in Copenhagen to find her wayward teenage sister, who’s run off with a young Danish student. She’s given an address that might be a clue as to her sister’s whereabouts and knocks on the door of an apartment. Who should open the door but a Viking god of a man dressed in nothing but boxers! The man’s not too keen on seeing Gina, as: #1 she’s interrupted his sleep, and #2 he thinks she’s one of his conniving ex’s friends trying to steal a valuable painting from him. Things are clarified in short order, and the man, Rune Christenson, has nothing to do with Gina’s sister. However, his missing nephew does.
And so Rune takes Gina on a tour of magical Copenhagen as they search for the missing lovebirds. There are a couple of sensual scenes that stood out. Rune has Gina drink some aqua vitae with him, and they entwine their arms, look deep into each other’s eyes before saying, “Skoal!” and drinking. Then Rune surprises her by seductively playing the saxophone for her on stage at a club.
Two People Hurt By Love
Gina’s been hurt by love in the past, and Rune, too, is wary of the other sex after a recent bad affair. As the two get to know each other, their defenses break down, and they make love. Gina is a virgin, but Rune isn’t a dominant “Now you’re mine and only mine” type, although he is appreciative that he had the honor of being Gina’s first lover.
When Rune’s nephew returns, having been summarily dumped by Gina’s sister, Gina decides it’s time to high tail it out of there without much of an explanation (I did say she was irrationally insecure, right?).
I forget why, but the heroine goes back to Copenhagen on a business trip and is invited to one of Rune’s parties. Of course, she doesn’t show up, but Rune tracks her down and makes his declaration of love, one that if Gina had only stuck around, she would have heard the night they made love.
Final Anlaysis of Viking Magic
Viking Magic was not an angsty Harlequin Presents at all, but I enjoyed it for what it was: a sweet love story. I probably rated this book higher because of my penchant for Nordic heroes, who are so rare in the Presents line. Still, it’s a book I’ve reread a couple of times, and the romance holds up.
Reviewed by Introvert Reader