Lord of Fire, Lady of Ice

Lord of Fire, Lady of Ice

by Michelle M. Pillow

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Medieval Historical Romance

"She found herself unimpressed with him, having expected more of the legendary man--Brant. Lord Blackwell. Brant the Gladiator. Brant the Vigorous. Brant the Flame. Brant the Viking Hero. Della snorted in unladylike disgust. More like, Brant the Thorn in my Arse!"

Lady Della the Cold-Hearted
Lady Della despises all things Viking. They may rule the land, but they will never rule her. Unfortunately, her father doesn't seem to agree. To prove his continued allegiance to the Viking king, the Ealdorman of Strathfeld betroths his only daughter to a respected Viking Lord--a warrior who's legendary prowess isn't reserved for the battlefield. Fighting the newfound craving in her body and the unwelcome fire in her heart, Della must choose between everything she knows to be true and the one thing she never expected...

Lord Brant of Blackwell, the Fiery One
Lord Blackwell is as fiery on the battlefield as he is in his passions. He has fought valiantly for King Guthrum and has earned the respect of the nobles. When his overlord offers the hand of his beautiful daughter and the right to inherit his lands, Blackwell can hardly refuse. However, he soon discovers that his noble bride is anything but the meek and mild woman he envisioned for his wife. One minute she's kissing him back, the next she's swearing to do whatever it takes to dissuaded him from their marriage. Can his lust for life and his new bride melt the ice that surrounds her heart? Or will Lady Della the Cold be this warrior's undoing?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016668628
Publisher: The Raven Books
Publication date: 10/14/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 362,730
File size: 701 KB

About the Author

Michelle M. Pillow, New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author

Michelle loves to travel and try new things, whether it's a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She's addicted to movies and used to drive her mother crazy while quoting random scenes with her brother. Though it has yet to happen, her dream is to be a zombie in a horror movie. For the most part she can be found wearing pajama pants and drinking coffee. There may or may not be dancing. It’s all part of the creative process.

She loves to hear from readers. They can contact her through her website michellepillow.com

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Lord of Fire, Lady of Ice 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
What a gut-wrenching book. I felt so bad for both Della and Brant. There was so much miscommunication between the both of them. I wanted to cry for both of them through most of the book. I even had a heard time listening to the book because I felt so bad and knew more was coming for the couple. There is a happily ever after. Also remembering how women were pretty much property back in the day sucks for us women and I hope history never repeats itself on that account. *I received a free copy of this book via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
Neesie315 More than 1 year ago
This is not my usual genre to read, but I won a copy in a contest and decided to give it a listen. First of all, the narrator does an absolutely fantastic job! Even though the accents were not accurate, they were great and each character came alive with his reading. The story reminded me a lot of "The Taming of the Shrew" because the main character, Della, was a real shrew! As the story progresses, she became a much more sympathetic person as her past is revealed. She is married off to Brandt Blackwell, a Viking knight, in order to merge properties and protect her future. Common practice in these times, but no less distasteful. Brandt is described as a Viking, but other than referring (constantly) to him as a pagan and him having a broadsword, there is nothing else Viking about him IMHO. The title of Fire & Ice is apt and there are a lot of arguments between the couple. Of course, there are villains, there are less than ladylike women and there is a little action. I had several problems with the book. It was overly long, with way too many arguments/spats between Della and Brandt. After about the third one, they became a little tedious. The reader got the idea early on and it just seemed repetitive after a while. Also, the ending of the book was totally infuriating! Brandt's treatment of Della after she is kidnapped and mishandled, almost until death, is not a believable reaction at all! There were some really good scenes and some laughs along the way, especially involving the odious Lord Lester. Della's inner thoughts throughout the book added a lot to it also. And, the sex scenes were HOT and STEAMY without being over the top. And, mayhap the author could have used the word "mayhap" a few less (hundred) times. That word became really aggravating by the end of the book. If you are a huge fan of this genre, it's not a bad book. I just wish it had been a little shorter and more believable.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story I thought it had a great plot with wonderful characters. As the story unfolds we find Lady Della has a horrible past which makes her dislike all Viking. She has her own plans of marriage but her father feels he is wiser than she. He picked the man he wanted her to marry and would not take no for answer. It seems the father has been hiding a secret and must have her wed at once. When she is told she isn’t very happy about it as she turns the tables on her soon to be husband. It does seem Lord Blackwell has met his match as Lady Della gives him a run for his money. Lord Blackwell will not be out done as he turns the tables back on her. I found this to be a highly entertaining read at times very funny. Other times I had my mouth in an O as the things they said or did to each other. Nothing good can come out of baiting each other and it normal backfires. Mason Lloyd did an outstanding job with narration his male voices were as wonderful as his female ones. There are not any background noises or any high low levels, his voice is strong and smooth with no breaks in the audio that I could tell. You always know who is talking and just what emotion they are feeling. He gives a wonderful power listen with his strong male tones and his very smooth female ones. He has a voice you could listen to all day that really brings the story to life. He really puts his self into the characters when they are angry you know it. Lady Della is up one minute down the next so unsure of herself at times and others she is very much in power. Mr. Lloyd has not trouble playing her character as he shows you how emotional and unforgiving she can be. His Lord Blackwell is very touching as he gives compassion to his voice giving Lady Della time to adjust and find a common ground. This is the first time I have listen to this narrator and really look forward to listening to more from him. I really liked these characters I understood where both Della and Brant were coming from and how they kept misunderstanding each other. There are many hurt feelings, must anger, misunderstandings, a whole lot of passion. Because of her past she has much to be afraid of in and out of the marriage bed and who can blame her. She doesn’t take to her upcoming marriage easy and make things very tough for those around her. When she finally gives in and marries she sticks to her word this is going to be a rocky marriage she won’t be taken in by his charm. I thought I would die laughing when she called Brant the Thorn in my Arse. I totally enjoyed this wonderful strong women who gives as good as she gets and doesn’t back down as she stands her ground. I totally love the baiting between these two and found them to be very humorous at times. When they tried to outdo each other on the name calling I just about laughed myself silly. The author gives you a very well written story along with the narrator giving you a very entertaining listen. For me I thought this was an outstanding book all the way around. I loved the plot, the characters along with the supporting characters who will keep you chuckling. You will find many twists and turns you will not see coming even a few that will shock you all the way to your soul. This is the first time I have picked up anything by this author but it will not be the last. I give this a big fat 5 stars all the way.
Chastel More than 1 year ago
Excellent.. A lot of misunderstandings and extremely poor communication skills ran rampant throughout the book; however, it was an enjoyable and satisfying read.
blaise_zillah More than 1 year ago
It was interesting watching these characters interact with each other and working through there insecurities plus how they handled situations
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gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review:  Stars:  Overall  5 Narration 5 Story  4  I’m a huge fan of those retro bodice-ripper stories: you know- the ones with Fabio on the cover and you can SO not judge me for that.  They are escapist, they pull at your emotions and deliver some moments with characters where you wish to be able to reach out and shake them because they are being so contrary.  I’m also in a huge Historic Romance kick of late, there is something so unique to the world and the conventions that give authors a way to ‘work around’ those, and further develop some depth in their characters to make up for an often rigid society.  Well, Michelle M. Pillow has managed to blend all of the elements and return a story that pleases my need for an emotionally charged escapist read in a world built with lush historical details and a bit of angst as the characters fight traditional conventions. Brant is a strong leader, competent and capable and well respected by his men. Fiery is his nature, passionate and determined, this is all signified with a shock of red hair that graces his locks.  He is truly the Lord of Fire, and it only remains to be seen if he can melt the icy reserve of his wife and lady. Della is cold, yet that is a shell to protect her heart and express her discomfort with her situation.  While she appears to use her lack of emotion and reactions to embarrass Brant in the company of others, her utter dismissal of him during their private moments are akin to throwing ice on a burn. Yet, the two need to learn to trust one another, and find the keys to share the passion that is buried within.  And there is where I had a few moments of repetition in the story: there was often a rehashing of their issues, as if neither wanted to learn from the first time around.  Those were moments that made me want to shake them.  A few overused words that came up often, and a bit too much dithering in interior monologues about their undying concerns, passions or love: when it was abundantly clear to the reader that they were electric and attached to one another, they seemed to take a bit of time to get to that realization themselves.   I did adore the fact that this was a veryearly historic romance, based in the middle of the Anglo-Saxon era of Vikings and Wars and Alfred the Great, king of the West Saxons. Narration in this story is provided by Mason Lloyd, and his voice is unusual for most romances, yet a perfect adjunct to the story. Effortlessly modulating pitch, tone and even accent, his narration never distracts and often enhances the more emotional moments, adding in scorn, disbelief, anger and frustration with apparent ease.  Even the softer moments are clearly defined with his voicing, and the rare moments of happiness and laughter are spoken as if he were smiling from within. This isn’t a smooth run to the end, but the story rarely finds the reader without some sort of emotion from frustration to anger to worry to ultimate cheers as the two finally sort out their communication and manage to come together for a happy ending. I received an audiobook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
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Windkinson More than 1 year ago
Very good reading, keeps you guessing throughout with twists and turns in a wonderful love story of real people, with real pasts that make it hard for each to give into their own pride - and love wholly. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Pillow's books as this is the first of hers I have read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Quick reading... didnt want to put it down. Unexpected plot ending. Well done. Stirred my emotions.
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Lovers of historical romances will thoroughly enjoy Michelle M. Pillow’s Lord of Fire, Lady of Ice. Pillow’s lush attention to detail shines throughout the novel, vividly revealing the scenery and the people living in Strathfeld Castle. The author’s graceful prose in addition to her use of language and dialect fitting with the medieval time period makes the story even more real. The title is a dead giveaway to the personalities of the protagonists in this story. Lord Brant of Blackwell’s personality is as fiery as the streak of red in his hair. Brant is a strong leader, but his anger gets the better of him when his wife, Lady Della the Cold-hearted, embarrasses him in public and thwarts his sexual advances in private. Lady Della, innocent and forced into an arranged marriage with a Viking, puts on a cold exterior in order to protect her heart. The chemistry between Brant and Della builds slowly as Brant tries to figure out why his wife is hot one minute and cold the next. When Brant finally understands his wife’s nature, their first intimate encounter is sensual and hot, making them a couple worth cheering for. Lord of Fire, Lady of Ice is a captivating historical romance novel with many twists and turns that delivers a story that will sweep you away. I enjoyed this novel so much that I will definitely be reading more novels by Michelle M. Pillow. I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.