Book Review: Come Back to Me by Josie Litton
That’s not really true, romance novels weren't the only historical book reference I ever
used, but who knew people were so clean in the days of Vikings? The Vikings in Josie Litton’s Viking series all seem to have saunas. These are clean Vikings, not the dirty ones you see on television.
It’s time for Rycca, aka Super I-Hear-the-Truth
Girl’s book, Come Back to Me
. This is Josie Litton’s third installment in this series
, and she has redeemed herself. Just for the record, I liked the first book and third book in the series, not so much the second.
Rycca is running away; she doesn’t want to marry the Viking her family is forcing her to marry. She hatesssssss
dirty Vikings; she doesn’t know about the sauna. She disguises herself as a boy, one of my least favorite themes, and traipses off to Normandy – or tries to traipse. Her plan is to sneak on board a ship and then try to find her twin brother. Sounds suspiciously like a Romanceland plan.
Dragon Hakonson is also strolling around the countryside. He’s delaying his return to his brother’s stronghold because Dragon is about to be married. What do you think the chances are that Rycca and Dragon are going to cross paths? Dragon is a different kind of Viking, he likes women. He's not the kidnapping, raping, pillage kind of Viking; he’s more of an Alan Alda kind of Viking. He respects women and he will go to great lengths to protect them if he thinks they need his help. He’s just not in any hurry to tie the knot. Then he crosses paths with the boy who turns out to be a girl. Because Dragon is the helpful, honorable kind of Viking, he insists that he take Rycca to her boat safely. Rycca hides her true identity from Dragon. She has a few trust issues
. As the two embark on their road trip, they become romantically involved. Friendship blossoms, trust on both sides appears. Then they discover that they are in fact betrothed to each other. They are not happy campers, at least for a while.
Dragon and Rycca worked as a romance couple. Dragon was an alpha male with a soft spot for women. He liked being around them and he loved being with Rycca. He knows Rycca is in some kind of trouble. He knows she is hiding something from him and he uses oodles of charm trying to find out what. As they continue on their road trip, they become close. Eventually the truth about Rycca’s problems become known and they work together to find a solution.
All the characters from the other two books make an appearance, each trying to solve the continuing mystery from the other books. Sometimes the appearance of characters from other books is irritating, but in this one they add to the narrative. Besides that, it was a pleasure to see them again. The villains are exposed and all is right with the world.
Josie Litton’s Viking series ends on an up
note. I believe this was my favorite of the three and I do recommend Come Back to Me
. It’s been a pleasure reading Josie Litton, aka Maura Seger, once again.
Time/Place: Vikings, Alfred the Great time
Kay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.