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Contessa Dahl has spent most of her life in a haze. A rudderless orphan, most decisions involved her fists and feet: should she fight or should she run? At twenty-eight, she’s ready to clean up her act, but Tess might be a bit premature because she’s destined to be a special kind of leader. Born into a group of desert-dwelling telepathic descendants of Vikings, Tess was m Contessa Dahl has spent most of her life in a haze. A rudderless orphan, most decisions involved her fists and feet: should she fight or should she run? At twenty-eight, she’s ready to clean up her act, but Tess might be a bit premature because she’s destined to be a special kind of leader. Born into a group of desert-dwelling telepathic descendants of Vikings, Tess was meant to become a link for them all—their queen and conduit. Her kidnapping and the subsequent death of her parents meant her people, the Afótama, have had a hole in their web for too long. Now that she’s back at home, it’s Tess’s job to mend it. But, she can’t do it alone. She needs a perfect mate to fill in her psychic gaps, and two men claim to be fated for the job. Harvey Lang, her childhood champion, and the group outsider Oliver Gilisson would fight to the death to win her. However, to gain full control of her considerable power, she must find a way to keep them both. A paranormal ménage romance.


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Contessa Dahl has spent most of her life in a haze. A rudderless orphan, most decisions involved her fists and feet: should she fight or should she run? At twenty-eight, she’s ready to clean up her act, but Tess might be a bit premature because she’s destined to be a special kind of leader. Born into a group of desert-dwelling telepathic descendants of Vikings, Tess was m Contessa Dahl has spent most of her life in a haze. A rudderless orphan, most decisions involved her fists and feet: should she fight or should she run? At twenty-eight, she’s ready to clean up her act, but Tess might be a bit premature because she’s destined to be a special kind of leader. Born into a group of desert-dwelling telepathic descendants of Vikings, Tess was meant to become a link for them all—their queen and conduit. Her kidnapping and the subsequent death of her parents meant her people, the Afótama, have had a hole in their web for too long. Now that she’s back at home, it’s Tess’s job to mend it. But, she can’t do it alone. She needs a perfect mate to fill in her psychic gaps, and two men claim to be fated for the job. Harvey Lang, her childhood champion, and the group outsider Oliver Gilisson would fight to the death to win her. However, to gain full control of her considerable power, she must find a way to keep them both. A paranormal ménage romance.

30 review for The Viking Queen's Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

    Is there anything better than a book recommendation via Twitter? I love it when people are enthusiastic about a book. Thanks to Lillie, I saw her telling everyone to read this, and I hopped on that train. I didn’t even read the blurb – so imagine my surprise when this turned out to be a male/female/male HEA. And a believable one at that. Let me also say, it starts a bit as a love triangle, but if love triangles turn you off, don’t let that sway you away from this one. The angst level and fightin Is there anything better than a book recommendation via Twitter? I love it when people are enthusiastic about a book. Thanks to Lillie, I saw her telling everyone to read this, and I hopped on that train. I didn’t even read the blurb – so imagine my surprise when this turned out to be a male/female/male HEA. And a believable one at that. Let me also say, it starts a bit as a love triangle, but if love triangles turn you off, don’t let that sway you away from this one. The angst level and fighting between the men and our heroine is pretty low. Contessa Dahl, or Tess, has led a hard life. Growing up in foster care, she has had no one to protect her, but herself. Now at twenty-eight, the unthinkable happens. She sees a man named Harvey, who she knew as a kid on the streets. They were close for a while before they lost contact with each other. He pulls up in a dark vehicle, and seeing his familiar face, she rushes to greet him. Then gets stabbed in the neck with a needle and it’s night-night time. But don’t fret for Tess – these are the good guys. Unknown to Tess, she is descended from Norsemen royalty. She is the long-lost Queen of the Afótama, a group of people descended from the Vikings who have been shunned and hunted due to their telepathic abilities. Now that her family has found her, her abilities come to light. She is the Queen they have been searching for and Tess now has to learn a new life. One where she has to control the chaos from the people she now leads, as their thoughts all enter her head. She is in some shock: “Wait—can we rewind here?” Tess asked. “I think I’m holding up admirably given the circumstances, but there’s only so much disbelief I can suspend all at once. Just today, I’ve been reunited with family I didn’t know I had, told that I have some tenuous association to Vikings—did I hear that correctly, Harvey? I was doped up at the moment.” He grunted. “That was correct.” “Okay. I’ve also been informed I may have some undefined power, and now you’re bandying around the word queen as if it were just a nickname. As much as I like the idea of being something greater than a cocktail waitress, I’m not sure if I’m qualified to be anyone’s ruler.” In this world, women rule: It’d be different if he were king, but the Afótama didn’t have kings. They hadn’t in at least a thousand years. Yet another reason their Viking peers had ostracized them. Ancestors of the Afótama let woman rule them, and their fellow Northmen believed that made them weak. Not so. The Afótama knew their strength was with their mothers: the queen and the matriarch. The queen bound them together, and the matriarch soothed their hurts. Harvey (the man who found her and was a childhood friend) and Tess have an instant connection. Harvey is also part of the Afótama clan and knows that Tess is his mate. He is alpha, and demanding – but not an asshole and also knows his place because she is queen. But there is a catch. There is a man named Oliver, or Ollie, who doesn’t live with the rest of the Afótama, choosing to live away from the rule of the clan. He has been having dreams that star Tess – and once she is announced Queen, he can’t believe his eyes. He knows for certain this woman is his destined mate, and he travels to her and makes a claim. Harvey is none too thrilled. The three of them not only work out their romance, but the two heroes, along with some of Tess’s family help her navigate her new life. They are all funny, and vibrant and just full of life. It’s such an engaging cast of characters. I absolutely adored Tess. Her induction into her new life is believable as she struggles with her new abilities. She asks for help when needed, and learns to rule as the queen she is. She doesn’t let the two alpha men in her life run the ship. She puts them in their place when need be and allows them to pleasure her when the time comes. It’s super sexy. My one complaint is that I wish we had gotten to see the world outside of Tess’s little circle. I wanted to see outside of her room and get a better feeling for the world around her. But this series continues with Tess, Harvey and Ollie in the next book, so I hope to get a better glimpse then. Grade: B

  2. 4 out of 5

    Talltree

    3.5 stars!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book is all over my twitter feed right now. They had me at Viking MFM ménage but then someone mentioned a kitten so now I’m dead! Plus it’s free right now on amazon kindle (UK & US) so who can resist that kind of bargain? Not sure how long that deal lasts for though so grab it while you can.

  4. 4 out of 5

    N.G. Peltier

    My twitter peeps were gushing about this one and I hadnt read any Holley books before so snagged this as it was freee and boy did i enjoy it!! It's m/f/m and i really loved it. Tess has been thrown into this situation where, unknown to her her entire life, she's the queen of the Afotama. Queue a whole heap of wtf no way on her part. Confusion. Disbelief. The works. Watching her navigate these new truths was excellent. She has so much to learn about herself and her new found family. Add the fact My twitter peeps were gushing about this one and I hadnt read any Holley books before so snagged this as it was freee and boy did i enjoy it!! It's m/f/m and i really loved it. Tess has been thrown into this situation where, unknown to her her entire life, she's the queen of the Afotama. Queue a whole heap of wtf no way on her part. Confusion. Disbelief. The works. Watching her navigate these new truths was excellent. She has so much to learn about herself and her new found family. Add the fact that she has two mates to the mix and helloooo trouble. It made for some awesomely tense scenes. Between Tess and her two men Ollie and Harvey. But eventually they have to realize they need each other, all three of them. And thus being a matriarchal society, they gotta do what'a best for their queen. When the guys finally get it together talk about steamyyy with these three! There's also the prb of dome of their people gone missing. Tess had been one of them and it's happening again. I devoured this book and was all nooo when it ended because inwas so into it. Tess has so much to learn. About coming into her powers and her own as queen. The secondary characters are all so intriguing, i loved her cousin Nadia. She's hilarious. And the excerpt of book 2 made me one click immediately. So i enjoyed the start of this series and cant wait to read more of Tess navigating this new life with her guys :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one was so so for me. There were many times I almost quit reading it, but something kept me reading. Now after I'm done reading I'm still on the fence. I think I would have been ok dnf'ing the book because it ended on a bit of a cliff hanger and I have no desire to keep reading the series. The one thing that I liked was how the Afótama are a matriarchal line. When I first read that I hoped we would be reading about strong women, but neither Tess or her grandmother came off that strong. Tess This one was so so for me. There were many times I almost quit reading it, but something kept me reading. Now after I'm done reading I'm still on the fence. I think I would have been ok dnf'ing the book because it ended on a bit of a cliff hanger and I have no desire to keep reading the series. The one thing that I liked was how the Afótama are a matriarchal line. When I first read that I hoped we would be reading about strong women, but neither Tess or her grandmother came off that strong. Tess I can see as she was lost to the Afótama for most of her life. I did find it odd that when she was found they expected her to jump right back into life with them with no issues and to be Queen at that. I oddly didn't have an issue with Harvey or Ollie or Tess wanting both of the men, they did seem to balance her out. I was glad when the men got their shit together and decided that it was ok for them to be a triad. The rest of the book was meh...for me. Leaving not really caring what was at the root of their issues and if they were indeed being sabotaged from within.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cait

    This was hard to rate so I'm defaulting to a 3. There was a bunch I liked in here, but ultimately it didn't grab me and I have no desire to continue the series. This was hard to rate so I'm defaulting to a 3. There was a bunch I liked in here, but ultimately it didn't grab me and I have no desire to continue the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janice Liedl

    I am probably not the market for this book. I was hopeful - because of the Norse diaspora backstory here. I've spent a lot of time studying stories of the Viking discovery of North America so I was ready to see where the author went with this. But the development is very spotty - there's just some handwaving to say "so, matriarchy" and there we go with a psychic-powered society where a girl called Contessa, who has (conveniently for the story) been stolen away as a child and raised (conveniently I am probably not the market for this book. I was hopeful - because of the Norse diaspora backstory here. I've spent a lot of time studying stories of the Viking discovery of North America so I was ready to see where the author went with this. But the development is very spotty - there's just some handwaving to say "so, matriarchy" and there we go with a psychic-powered society where a girl called Contessa, who has (conveniently for the story) been stolen away as a child and raised (conveniently) close in foster situations with another unknowing stolen orphan, is found by Convenience the Second to be restored to her rightful place as heiress to the matriarchy. Boom, shaka, there's a lot of hot looks, some hot sex, all of which starts her psychic discovery. But that's not enough, no! Somewhere, far away, another hot guy, who's been dreaming about her for years, hops on his motorcycle and comes to claim her. So Tessa has not just one but two hot guys and hot sex with both and they're surprisingly quickly cool with the whole sharing her attention (despite roars from each characters just moments before that they're only interested in her). Meh. I just didn't feel like the characters and situation were richly developed enough for all the complexities implied. The backstory kept me going "uh, not so likely" and throwing me out of the willing disbelief. The relationships didn't seem really well-developed, the characters were more shorthand than fully realized.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    It took a minute for me to really get into this book and initially, I thought the world building was a little light but eventually, the story sucked me right in and I’m always down for a polyamorous romance. I hope the rest of the series also has Harvey and Oliver falling for each other because I’d be very interested in that.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chachic

    Originally posted as a bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhgbb6tlpFO/ The Viking Queen's Men is an M/F/M romance that I grabbed as a freebie the other day. I kept seeing people raving about this on romance Twitter so I started reading it right away since I'm still in the mood for fantasy romance. The main character in the book is a queen of a psychic group of people descended from Vikings. She was stolen from her family as a child and the story starts with her return to the community. She Originally posted as a bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhgbb6tlpFO/ The Viking Queen's Men is an M/F/M romance that I grabbed as a freebie the other day. I kept seeing people raving about this on romance Twitter so I started reading it right away since I'm still in the mood for fantasy romance. The main character in the book is a queen of a psychic group of people descended from Vikings. She was stolen from her family as a child and the story starts with her return to the community. She needs a mate to help balance her abilities. What came as a surprise to everyone involved was she had two fated mates instead of just one. Why have a long triangle when you can have a menage instead?😂👌🏼 It had an interesting premise but overall, it was a so-so read for me. Both the worldbuilding and character development fell short for me. Glad I gave this a try but not planning to read the rest of the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diana Rising

    This was a really good story. I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series, that I already bought. The heroine grew up in foster care. She doesn't know who her real family is. Then, she is brought into a group of people that she is related to, and it turns out they have special mental powers--and so can she. In fact, she is the Queen and they are descended from a special group of matriarchal Vikings who escaped to North America hundreds of years ago. And she finds out she has to pic This was a really good story. I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series, that I already bought. The heroine grew up in foster care. She doesn't know who her real family is. Then, she is brought into a group of people that she is related to, and it turns out they have special mental powers--and so can she. In fact, she is the Queen and they are descended from a special group of matriarchal Vikings who escaped to North America hundreds of years ago. And she finds out she has to pick her Chieftain to open up her powers. The thing is, there are two totally hot men vying for her. I really liked all the characters (even the bitchy cousin Nadia). And I thought the way they developed through the story was really cool. It is really well-written in a very unique universe of mental powers and even a supernatural being.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    OMGosh! I'm so glad that I listened to the Twitter recommendation to read this! There was a lot of world-building, but it went along with all the learning that Tessa was doing, so it wasn't as overwhelming as it could have been. I love the multiple viewpoints. I'm not stuck in one person's head trying to figure out what is happening and why. Ms. Trent did a really great job of navigating Tessa and us through this new world. There is a slight cliff-hanger at the end, but it's acceptable, especial OMGosh! I'm so glad that I listened to the Twitter recommendation to read this! There was a lot of world-building, but it went along with all the learning that Tessa was doing, so it wasn't as overwhelming as it could have been. I love the multiple viewpoints. I'm not stuck in one person's head trying to figure out what is happening and why. Ms. Trent did a really great job of navigating Tessa and us through this new world. There is a slight cliff-hanger at the end, but it's acceptable, especially since this series is already out. It was amazing to watch Tessa, Harvey, and Ollie learn how to hold up their end of the triangle. They don't have everything figured out completely, but it's a fantastic start.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    After reading The Norseton Wolves Mate Call Collection I wanted more of this world. I'd picked this up in a promo action early in 2019, so I was thrilled that I had this available already. I loved it. The world is just so full and wacky and fully embraces paranormal tropes without being apologetic about it. A Telepathic Matriarchal People with a Queen? That is also descended from Vikings? And their foremother turned into a Ghost and still communicates with her descendants on some kind of mental p After reading The Norseton Wolves Mate Call Collection I wanted more of this world. I'd picked this up in a promo action early in 2019, so I was thrilled that I had this available already. I loved it. The world is just so full and wacky and fully embraces paranormal tropes without being apologetic about it. A Telepathic Matriarchal People with a Queen? That is also descended from Vikings? And their foremother turned into a Ghost and still communicates with her descendants on some kind of mental plane of existence? Mostly to meddle with the new Queen's Fated Mates? The Viking Queen's Men truly has everything. And that's before the werewolves and the fae hit the fan. I really liked Tess as the lost misfit who turns out to be the long lost Queen of the Afotoma, and who has to find her bearings, rule her people, and deal with the fact that she has not one, but two Fated Mates. I liked Harvey and Olliver well enough too (spoiler: I like both of them much more in book 2, where they've quit competing for Tess). The relationship between Tess and Harvey and Tess and Olliver is very different. Harvey is a known quantity with a very similar history as herself, it makes sense that their connection moves swift, and I really liked the deep feelings of trust and ride or die between them. Olliver was more a case of lust and Fated Mate instant attraction, but I really liked that he was older and had kids and had a lot of history. I really liked him as a fellow outsider joining the Afotoma. The men clash, of course, both convinced that they're the One True Mate and willing to kill the other man. I have to admit I didn't care too much about the alpha posturing between Harvey and Ollie, but since I knew that the second book features the romance between them, I was still curious to see how it built from their very antagonistic start. Tess, with a little help from her Ghostmother, figures out what she wants and needs the fastest, and from that moment on I was rooting for Tess to get both of her men so much, I couldn't put it down. I was so invested, that when they finally came to an agreement, I was also disappointed that there was so little of the book left. Generally, I like my menage stories with most of the romance happening after the threesome has been established as a thing everyone is invested in. But the worldbuilding was so fun, and the characters so likable, and the sequel was right there, just a one-click away, that I couldn't help myself and read on, even though it was past 2 am. Any book which can get me like that deserves to be recommended :D

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carol (bookish_notes)

    This review is also posted on my blog. I feel like I was slightly misled about this book when I first started it, and so I started out this book with disappointment that just never went away as I kept reading. There is literally nothing to suggest that this book takes place in modern-day society, and yet it does. When I hear the words "viking", my first thought is that this is going to be historical or set in a fantasy world drawn from history. Instead, I felt let down to realize that the books ta This review is also posted on my blog. I feel like I was slightly misled about this book when I first started it, and so I started out this book with disappointment that just never went away as I kept reading. There is literally nothing to suggest that this book takes place in modern-day society, and yet it does. When I hear the words "viking", my first thought is that this is going to be historical or set in a fantasy world drawn from history. Instead, I felt let down to realize that the books take place current day. The writing is addicting, and I did get hooked into the story, but there were other things that cropped up along the way that kept me from fully enjoying this book as much as I wanted to. This story is about Tess. She believed that she was an orphan and had been placed in foster homes as a child. She's spent her whole life on the run, starting anew, and trusting no one but herself. When an ex-boyfriend (and old childhood friend she met while in foster care) shows up one day and essentially kidnaps her and takes her to a family she's never known, her entire world changes. This is where the backstory gets a bit confusing. It's one of those moments where you feel like a lot is explained in the book, and at the same time, feel like nothing is explained. There are mysterious children abduction involved, psychic abilities, and a nobody discovering she's the heir and needs to learn how to be Queen with the help of two very fine gentlemen. It's a very riveting premise that promises a MFM ménage in this book, but it just feels like a lot of the backstory is sacrificed for sex scenes. Honestly, I can take or leave sex scenes in romance books. For me, it's more about getting to know the characters and getting a sense of who they are and learning the world-building. There are time jumps and explanations for things that get shrugged off and we, as the reader just has to accept them. I found it hard to get a real grasp on all the characters, and why they do what they do. One of Tess's suitors is her childhood friend (and ex) called Harvey. Her other suitor is a man called Oliver. Everything is extremely rushed, and Tess is somehow immediately agreeing with everything her family is telling her. She doesn't know them, and during her kidnapping to bring her in, she was drugged. Everything is brushed aside, and we're expected to believe that everything's perfect. Because the main point of the story is Tess getting together with Harvey and Ollie. It's very disappointing. The story is intriguing, but the writing choices just don't work for me. The secondary characters are interesting, and even with the fact that book two stars Tess, Harvey, and Ollie again, and this time with a MMF storyline...it's not enough to make me want to read a second book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    H. Bentham

    "She’d never been cut out for structure. Or maybe structure wasn’t cut out for her."⁣ •⁣ I can't remember who rec'd me Holley Trent's books to me, but I really enjoyed this PnR, even though I thought the plot is kind of loose and Contessa acted confusing at times. This is my book for the Polyam box in this year's #RomBkBingo, and actually, my first throuple with a female lead.⁣ ⁣ The magical world-building was very interesting to me: psychic Viking communities and a Queen to become their people's te "She’d never been cut out for structure. Or maybe structure wasn’t cut out for her."⁣ •⁣ I can't remember who rec'd me Holley Trent's books to me, but I really enjoyed this PnR, even though I thought the plot is kind of loose and Contessa acted confusing at times. This is my book for the Polyam box in this year's #RomBkBingo, and actually, my first throuple with a female lead.⁣ ⁣ The magical world-building was very interesting to me: psychic Viking communities and a Queen to become their people's tether to the magic. Contessa's (as well as Harvey's) backgrounds as orphans until they grew up and made lives for themselves was also a strong, compelling aspect of the story, especially now that their people have found them, and they are reintroduced to the ways of the Afótama. And then Oliver comes, having had prophetic dreams of being Tess's fated mate, and the complicated (and hot!) royal ménage ensues!⁣ ⁣ Normally I would've balked at all the ~unnecessary sexy times, but bah I've read worse. (The sexy times were written well, might I add, there were just situations that I thought didn't need it. LOL) And truly, Tess's internal struggle to choose between the safe choice (Harvey) and the wild card (Oliver) -bec her chemistry with both were off the charts!- could only be solved by choosing both men. I also liked that the ménage didn't feel forced in the story, like, even in the magical structure of the Afótama, whose queenly heritage had been stalled by Tess's disappearance for so long, it made sense that this new queen should break tradition and have 2 mates, among other things. ⁣ ⁣ What I didn't expect was for it to turn into a true ménage bec they seemed okay in the MFM ending, but whoa, Holley Trent had to make it even more great for me when Harvey develops hints of ~feels for Oliver as well. 😏 But that's book two. hehe⁣ • ⁣ “Do not be afraid to lean on those you trust and give trials to those you are uncertain of,”⁣ *This review also appears as a bookstagram on my IG: @bentchbites

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Great paranormal, MFM romance. Contessa "Tess" Spry/Dahl grew up in the Texas foster care system. At 28 she has been in and out of trouble with the law. Her life is turned upside down when her childhood friend from care, Harvey Smith/Lang ,30,tracks her down. Kidnapped and taken to New Mexico, she is introduced to what is left of her small family. She learns she is the queen of her people, The Afo'tama. A small group of Vikings with telepathic and psychic abilities, who live in the desert in the Great paranormal, MFM romance. Contessa "Tess" Spry/Dahl grew up in the Texas foster care system. At 28 she has been in and out of trouble with the law. Her life is turned upside down when her childhood friend from care, Harvey Smith/Lang ,30,tracks her down. Kidnapped and taken to New Mexico, she is introduced to what is left of her small family. She learns she is the queen of her people, The Afo'tama. A small group of Vikings with telepathic and psychic abilities, who live in the desert in the town of Noreston. Tess is overwhelmed with what her grandmother tells her. While she is happy to be united with her family, taking on the roll of queen, she is not so sure of. Harvey staking his claim as her consort, eases her fears. Meeting the ghost of O'tama, the matriarch of their people, helps her accept who she is. Harvey's claim as consort is challenged. Oliver "Ollie" Gilisson, 38, is retired Air Force a widower, with 2 boys, and a Viking descendant of a Afo'tama splinter group of warriors from Fallon. He has been dreaming of Tess for the last 6 years. He knows she is his ordained mate. When Tess meets Ollie, he makes her feel safe. He quiets the voices of her people. Harvey and Tess have been half bonded since they were children. He is not going to give in with out a fight. Tess needs them both. The each provide something she needs. She doesn't know how to convince them that the three of them belong together. Tess has a job to do and needs their help. Her older brother has been missing for years and she needs to bring home the other children who were kidnapped from Noreston. Fast paced and steamy MFM paranormal romance. Great world building. Great characters. Love Tess, her men and family and friends. Loved Holley's writing style. Story ends is a little cliffhanger. Love this series. Rereading in anticipation of the release of the final book in the series, which if all goes as planned the author hopes to release soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Turner

    Popped my menage cherry with this one...and loved it! For reasons still unknown by me, I have been avoiding menage romance. I will probably still be wary of it in the future, but I'm just going to write it off as personal preference and keep it moving. But THIS one? It was AMAZING. I was sucked in from the very beginning. The author's world building is pretty amazing. It goes back and forth from "visions" in the past to modern-day. Contessa is a Viking queen with psychic (and other) abilities. She Popped my menage cherry with this one...and loved it! For reasons still unknown by me, I have been avoiding menage romance. I will probably still be wary of it in the future, but I'm just going to write it off as personal preference and keep it moving. But THIS one? It was AMAZING. I was sucked in from the very beginning. The author's world building is pretty amazing. It goes back and forth from "visions" in the past to modern-day. Contessa is a Viking queen with psychic (and other) abilities. She's had a hard life, which has unwittingly prepared her to rule over and protect her small but resilient people. The men she loves, Ollie and Harvey, are so swoony! Each loves her fiercely, and wants to protect her, but also realize her full potential. These big, strapping, powerful men willingly come to heel, and it's breathtaking to read. The Sex is amazing, by the way. I think part of my skepticism (personal bias, let me just say that) regarding menage stories is that it will essentially be porn without plot. Um...foot, meet mouth. Because this author did what I didn't think was possible: she convinced me that three people could sustain a healthy, faithful, sexy, romantic relationship. The men are reluctant, but come to see how they are better as three (which actually is a huge plot point I won't spoil any further). There is some suspense, lots of steam, lovely romance, action...and my favorite bit: Women rule this world. The Viking Queen's Men is the first paranormal romance I've read in years, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    AnnieReads

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I listened to this one on Audiobook from scribd. Let's me just get this out of the way... This narrator... there were parts I would have sworn that google voice was reading it to me. It was SOO bad with almost no inflection. I have zero clue how any human could read the sizzling sexy scenes with absolutely ZERO inflection. Anyhow... onto the real review... Tessa grew up in the foster care system and has struggled in early adulthood. When a childhood friend- Harvey approaches her after work and "a I listened to this one on Audiobook from scribd. Let's me just get this out of the way... This narrator... there were parts I would have sworn that google voice was reading it to me. It was SOO bad with almost no inflection. I have zero clue how any human could read the sizzling sexy scenes with absolutely ZERO inflection. Anyhow... onto the real review... Tessa grew up in the foster care system and has struggled in early adulthood. When a childhood friend- Harvey approaches her after work and "abducts" her, she finds out so much about her past and the woman she was meant to be. She is from a special Viking people that are psychic and speak in one another's minds and she was born to be their queen. She realizes that the childhood friend was also abducted from the group and had just been found. He is her mate and they quickly make the connection. ;) All is looking promising until another man- Ollie arrives and declares that Tessa is his intended mate. Ollie and Harvey must come to terms with the idea of sharing Tess. Which leads to lots of steamy moments. With a dash of mystery and magic mixed in.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I wish I could give this four stars, because I really like the story and where it looks like the series is headed, but there are too many editing errors. I started highlighting all of the errors I came across, which will probably mess up some sort of Kindle stats, for which I apologize. Also, this author (and her editors) really need to learn when to use "whom". (Hint: Not as often as she thinks.) I like the story, especially how Tess didn't immediately take to her new role; she has believable st I wish I could give this four stars, because I really like the story and where it looks like the series is headed, but there are too many editing errors. I started highlighting all of the errors I came across, which will probably mess up some sort of Kindle stats, for which I apologize. Also, this author (and her editors) really need to learn when to use "whom". (Hint: Not as often as she thinks.) I like the story, especially how Tess didn't immediately take to her new role; she has believable stumbles along the way. I also really liked how she dealt with Harvey and Ollie. I want to read more of this series so that I can find out what happens with these three, and what happens with the conflict that was introduced at the end of the book. I really hope the editing issues are taken care of in later books in the series. If anyone can tell me that, I'd love to hear about it in a comment. If you're not bothered by editing issues, and like reading hot sex, of both the m/f and m/f/m variety, plus a bit of the paranormal go grab this. You won't be sorry.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    3 & 1/2 stars. This book was alright, the flow was very erratic, & it had some moments that didn't make sense, with some obscure world building. I'm not sure if this might be another series built off a main world type of thing & that may have been the problem. I felt it was a stretch to say it was a Viking thing, as without the constant mention that they were Viking descendants, I would never have known. I felt a bit lost as too the plot at times too. The editing was not very good, too many mista 3 & 1/2 stars. This book was alright, the flow was very erratic, & it had some moments that didn't make sense, with some obscure world building. I'm not sure if this might be another series built off a main world type of thing & that may have been the problem. I felt it was a stretch to say it was a Viking thing, as without the constant mention that they were Viking descendants, I would never have known. I felt a bit lost as too the plot at times too. The editing was not very good, too many mistakes for a published book. The characters are kind of flat, not really memorable or swoon worthy. I actually disliked Contessa & Harvey. I felt like I really didn't know much about any of the 3 main characters, and thus didn't really care about them so much. The ménage relationship that's developing at the end, felt forced, not natural. If I happened to get book 2 for free, I might read it, but I definitely wouldn't pay for it. The extreme cliff hanger ending did not help the star rating for the book either.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Hoo boy - this was a trip! I saw it gleefully reviewed on Twitter and so I decided to check it out. This book was one trippy ride with an absolutely amazing, wack-a-doo premise: petty criminal gets picked up by childhood friend from the foster care system and learns she is the next great scion of a tribe of telepathic Vikings who live in the middle of the desert. She falls in with two men who are her "fated mates" and bam! Kinky menage! I read the second book in the series, too, but won't bother Hoo boy - this was a trip! I saw it gleefully reviewed on Twitter and so I decided to check it out. This book was one trippy ride with an absolutely amazing, wack-a-doo premise: petty criminal gets picked up by childhood friend from the foster care system and learns she is the next great scion of a tribe of telepathic Vikings who live in the middle of the desert. She falls in with two men who are her "fated mates" and bam! Kinky menage! I read the second book in the series, too, but won't bother reviewing it as I didn't finish it. The whole plot rapidly fell apart and the word-building absolutely crumbled. The narrative was super disjointed and huge chunks of time would pass with no explanations what so ever. However, the first book is an awesome rollercoaster. Too bad the rest of the series doesn't hold up. *shrug*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    I inhaled this book! This came highly recommended by several friends and they were right. Such interesting world-building, especially the telepathic powers. Tessa is an incredible heroine. I cannot imagine growing up without a family and then finding out not only do you have one but you’re related to Vikings and oh, yeah, now you’re the queen. She’s got a lot to figure out and doesn’t trust she’s right for the job, even though she so clearly is. Then there’s Harvey and Ollie, who are delectable i I inhaled this book! This came highly recommended by several friends and they were right. Such interesting world-building, especially the telepathic powers. Tessa is an incredible heroine. I cannot imagine growing up without a family and then finding out not only do you have one but you’re related to Vikings and oh, yeah, now you’re the queen. She’s got a lot to figure out and doesn’t trust she’s right for the job, even though she so clearly is. Then there’s Harvey and Ollie, who are delectable in their own right. This story continues in book 2 and I cannot wait to see how they work as a triad and whether Harvey and Ollie will have their own connection beyond Tessa. CW: child kidnapping (past and present), orphans, death of parents, grief, implied childhood trauma, infidelity, death of spouse (not main characters)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Growing up in foster care Tess has never felt like she fit in. She did form a connection with fellow foster kid Harvey but after he split at 18 she's hardly seen him. When he comes back in to her life years later he begins to tell her a story that is so very hard to believe. She is actually a decedent of an ancient Viking tribe that she was stolen from after her parents were killed. It all sounds a little ridiculous until she's back with her people and everything just begins to click. Including Growing up in foster care Tess has never felt like she fit in. She did form a connection with fellow foster kid Harvey but after he split at 18 she's hardly seen him. When he comes back in to her life years later he begins to tell her a story that is so very hard to believe. She is actually a decedent of an ancient Viking tribe that she was stolen from after her parents were killed. It all sounds a little ridiculous until she's back with her people and everything just begins to click. Including a romance with Harvey. But when another warrior from a separate tribe arrives in town claiming Tess as his own, suddenly none of her decisions are easy. I really enjoyed the beginning of this series and am excited to see where it goes. Fun read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katrin Davidson

    This has been getting a lot of twitter hype by blogs and authors I love and regularly trust in. This was sharp, interesting psy-cont Viking spin, hot and really intriguing although unfortunately I wasent expecting it just to end with the 92% mark. I kept watching it wondering how as it developed the threads were going to be tied up. This was my fault as It ends on a cliffhanger/unresolved. It was also Free ( say what!) so get it as this is something good.Cannot wait to read book two once i get th This has been getting a lot of twitter hype by blogs and authors I love and regularly trust in. This was sharp, interesting psy-cont Viking spin, hot and really intriguing although unfortunately I wasent expecting it just to end with the 92% mark. I kept watching it wondering how as it developed the threads were going to be tied up. This was my fault as It ends on a cliffhanger/unresolved. It was also Free ( say what!) so get it as this is something good.Cannot wait to read book two once i get through a couple of other books on my kindle.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall I was very intrigued and captivated by the book! The story line is interesting and the sexual tension between Tess, Ollie and Harvey is sexy. I find myself liking the dynamics building up to their ménage relationship. I do, wish that there had been a little more character building for Tess in the beginning. She is portrayed as rebellious, independent and flighty, but settles into role of the queen in Norsetown without any thought or regard. Other than this, and a handful of typos the boo Overall I was very intrigued and captivated by the book! The story line is interesting and the sexual tension between Tess, Ollie and Harvey is sexy. I find myself liking the dynamics building up to their ménage relationship. I do, wish that there had been a little more character building for Tess in the beginning. She is portrayed as rebellious, independent and flighty, but settles into role of the queen in Norsetown without any thought or regard. Other than this, and a handful of typos the book is solid, intriguing and definitely kept me hooked. I’m diving into book two now!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Moose

    I liked this but I'm...not entirely sure *why* I liked it? Baffling. An entertaining read with an entertainingly bizarre premise. I'm a sucker for a reluctant poly romance, I guess, and the mystery is a nice additional element. Warning: opens with the MC, Tess, being drugged & kidnapped by her family and the childhood friend who is one of the love interests. She just...kind of rolls with that, afterward? In retrospect that's really weird. I don't know, but I liked reading it and already bought the I liked this but I'm...not entirely sure *why* I liked it? Baffling. An entertaining read with an entertainingly bizarre premise. I'm a sucker for a reluctant poly romance, I guess, and the mystery is a nice additional element. Warning: opens with the MC, Tess, being drugged & kidnapped by her family and the childhood friend who is one of the love interests. She just...kind of rolls with that, afterward? In retrospect that's really weird. I don't know, but I liked reading it and already bought the second book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angie Hoxie

    This MMF was a little better than your typical book in the menage genre but it didn't seem to have a grasp on its story. A major difference between fantasy MMF and contemporary MMF is my immediate acceptance of 'love at first sight' situations. Add in some sort of mystical 'mate' and I'm just like "Yeah that makes sense." But in contemporary I just baulk at the page because the characters haven't even had a conversation, but they're all "you're my forever, and this other person too!" Ahh, yes. D This MMF was a little better than your typical book in the menage genre but it didn't seem to have a grasp on its story. A major difference between fantasy MMF and contemporary MMF is my immediate acceptance of 'love at first sight' situations. Add in some sort of mystical 'mate' and I'm just like "Yeah that makes sense." But in contemporary I just baulk at the page because the characters haven't even had a conversation, but they're all "you're my forever, and this other person too!" Ahh, yes. Double standards.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Roke

    Awesome series I'm going to preface this review with the comment that I generally avoid ménage stories..not my thing. I've read a couple of books later in the series (out of order) and just had to back up and start at the beginning. I'm glad I did. Queen Tess's background is sad, and her ability to adapt and roll with the Vikings, psychics, and her web make this a quick read for me. Already bought the next 2, and I love that there are 3 interconnected series. Awesome series I'm going to preface this review with the comment that I generally avoid ménage stories..not my thing. I've read a couple of books later in the series (out of order) and just had to back up and start at the beginning. I'm glad I did. Queen Tess's background is sad, and her ability to adapt and roll with the Vikings, psychics, and her web make this a quick read for me. Already bought the next 2, and I love that there are 3 interconnected series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tash

    So I didn't know what to expect when I decided to read this book. I just finished a trilogy and was ready to jump into another exciting series. Based on the cover, I hoped this would be it... The book was interesting and surprisingly it kept me hooked all the way through. I hadn't expected to finish in one day but I did, haha!! The ending could've been better. I guess if I wanna know more I'll have to continue with the series. So I didn't know what to expect when I decided to read this book. I just finished a trilogy and was ready to jump into another exciting series. Based on the cover, I hoped this would be it... The book was interesting and surprisingly it kept me hooked all the way through. I hadn't expected to finish in one day but I did, haha!! The ending could've been better. I guess if I wanna know more I'll have to continue with the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    3.5 stars but like a very solid 3.5, so I rounded up. Also, I haven't stopped reading the series since and that has to count for something. I'm on the third book now and I started this 3 or 4 days ago! I could see why someone might want more world building, but that element worked for me and let the characters do their thing without too much explanation of other stuff. All in all, a very enjoyable book! 3.5 stars but like a very solid 3.5, so I rounded up. Also, I haven't stopped reading the series since and that has to count for something. I'm on the third book now and I started this 3 or 4 days ago! I could see why someone might want more world building, but that element worked for me and let the characters do their thing without too much explanation of other stuff. All in all, a very enjoyable book!

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