by Sandra Hill

June 2005
ISBN: 0-8439-5160-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

One thousand years in the past, Madrene Olgadottir faces humiliation at the hands of the savage that took Norstead from her despite all her efforts to defend it, even fighting alongside her men. She ends up being sold at the Arab lands. After two long years of captivity, and after numerous prayers, she finally finds a chance to escape. Running as fast as she can, she ends up seeking refuge in a cave.

Liutenant Ian MacLean and his Navy SEAL team have been deployed to Iraq on a highly secret mission. They are to infiltrate the headquarters of a notorious terrorist and capture him. If possible, they are to capture his mistress who is supposed to be with the terrorist as well.

When they reach their destination Ian detects some movement on a hill and discovers a cave. Little did he suspect what was waiting for him inside.

Sandra Hillís Hot and Heavy is the latest installment in her Vikings II series. This time it is Madreneís turn to be thrown forward in time and into the arms of her brother Ragnorís insufferable brother-in-law, Ian. Although this book is lighthearted and had me giggling at times, I also found it to be a bit more serious in tone, if ever that is possible, than the previous titles in this series. This is not a bad thing, donít get me wrong. Maybe it is because of the circumstances Madrene sees herself in and her strength and sense of honor. I canít truly pinpoint why, but I did perceive subtle differences in the tone and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Having a female central character is a welcome change as well. Madrene is most definitely at the top of my list of favorite heroines. As to Ian, well, those of you following this series already know the sort of man he is Ö and definitely he has met his match in Madrene. I fell in love with both characters on the spot and, once more, I found myself eagerly turning the pages of the book, completely drawn in by the story. Oh, and I must add that the cast of secondary characters is simply unforgettable Ö and that includes the cat!

Although Hot and Heavy is part of an ongoing series it can be read as a stand alone. I recommend that you pick up the previous titles if you havenít done so yet. You will not regret it!

Reviewed in June 2005 by Mireya.

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