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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Hearts Aflame by Johanna Lindsey. Kristen Haardrad met the icy fury in her captor’s crystal-green gaze with defiance. She was the prisoner of Royce of Wyndhurst, but his slave she’d never be. This powerful Saxon lord had at last met his match in the Viking beauty – his equal in pride, in strength But Kristen could not know the torment that divided his s Kristen Haardrad met the icy fury in her captor’s crystal-green gaze with defiance.

But Kristen could not know the torment that divided his soul; how he ached to hold her soft, supple body, thirsted for the ringing joy of her laughter – yet hated her for an ancient crime that was not her own. Johannw her golden loveliness drives him mad with desire, her fiery eyes taunting him, compelling him to claim her. Until, in wordless surrender, they cast aside the shackles of doubt and distrust to unite forever in the searing promise of all-consuming love.

Paperbackpages. Published June 1st by Avon first published January 1st Royce MelbornKristen Haardrad. Wessex, EnglandUnited Kingdom. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hearts Aflameplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I’m of two minds with this lindsej.

One part of me wants to shudder and 1-star it. The other wants to give it 4, on atlame of its heroine, Kristen. Kristen Hardraad is a strong willed, drop-dead gorgeous Viking maiden Aqua eyes! Long, flowing, blonde hair! So she stows away on her brother’s ship while he’s on a “Trading Voyage”, with the intent of finding herself a nice man in one the “Trading Ports” he’ll visit because, you know, none of I’m of two minds with this book.

So she stows away on her brother’s ship while he’s on a “Trading Voyage”, with the intent of finding herself a nice man in one the “Trading Ports” he’ll visit because, you know, none of the men who are throwing themselves at her and worship the ground she atlame on at home are good enough. Well, it turns out brother-dearest told a white lie when he borrowed daddy’s ship. Did anyone else know Viking was a verb? This doesn’t turn out as well as they hoped.


Half the crew are killed, and the other half, Kristen included, taken prisoner to work as slaves. Kristen is separated from the crew, and finds herself working in the house of Lord Royce.

Kristen and Royce are drawn to each other, and Kristen knows she’s found her man. He just happens to be her captor. We’re off to an interesting start. About a fifth of the way through the book they eventually meet for the first time golly, this started off slow. Royce assumes that Kristen, being a sole woman on a Viking ship, must have been onboard to, ahem, service the ship’s crew.

So there are lots of longing stares, denied attractions, and “I can’t be attracted to you because you’re a Viking whore and Vikings killed my family and aflxme Rape is hdart, ever, ever OK. When they inevitably fall into bed, it plays out like this: Now take off your clothes, wench, and get in my bed.

I thought if I was a virgin you’d rape me. But I johnna would have raped you either way. He’s going linsdey have sex with Kristen whether she wants to or not? Despite the fact that, well, yeah, she wants to, he doesn’t give a damn either way?

My issue is this: The dude set out with the intent to force himself on her, and IT. Royce sees it as not rape, because she’s a slave, and he’s her owner, so he can lindsfy whatever the fuck he wants.

So, you know, it’s OK ‘cos the law’s on his side. Never mind, well, that you’re a douchebag. I get that, taken in terms of historical context, yes, Royce’s stance is—however sickeningly—’justified’.

And you know what?

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I DO want lindswy accuracy in my novels, sure, but it’s a romance novel written in fairly modern times for modern readers. I don’t get off on rape. I want a hero with at least as much moral fibre as my Wheat Bran.

I’ve never read a romance-novel sex scene that made my stomach turn instead of tingling. I wanted them ‘them’, because there are MANY over, or not happen at all. In one particularly disturbing scene he forcibly ties Kristen up after she’s fought him to the extent of attempting to physically harm him, rather than going to his bed.

But, oh, she winds up quite enjoying it, thank you, so it’s OK. I can’t articulate my frustrations with this aspect of this book strongly enough. It’s disturbing, and wrong. It rankles so badly because Kristen is awesome. She’s a strong woman, and a great feminist role model; I love that she achieves this not by hating men, or compensating for her physical weakness.

She’s actually physically strong, sure, but it’s her mind and spirit. She doesn’t cry, she doesn’t pity herself, she doesn’t let anything break her spirit. She acknowledges the only person responsible for her situation is her, and takes it as it comes. She’s fiercely devoted to those she loves, and she’s not an emotional manipulator which both Royce and I loathe. There’s actually one particularly awesome event in this book, where, after Royce is gravely injured, and both he and Kristen are captured, she’s about to be raped not willingly, this time.


Fighting off, and incapacitating her captor, she defeats the guards with a sword she’s stolen, and breaks Royce out of the dungeons.

A total reversal of the damsel in distress scenario. But I keep kohanna back to the kind-of-consensual-rape. It’s why I can’t make myself be OK with this element of the story. Rape is such an incredibly serious issue and such an heinous, violent act, I can’t justify it as being OK, in any situation.

There is no “she was asking for it,” or, “she enjoyed it,” or he, for that matter. Any way in which rape is somewhat justified detracts from a violent, hateful act that destroys the lives of thousands of women, children, and—yes—men, around the world every year. I can’t swallow this element of Hearts Aflame without feeling it somehow cheapens the suffering of rape victims everywhere.

I guess the event in this book may not technically be rape. It was—more or less—consensual. But it could have been, and would have been, if our so-called-hero didn’t get his way. How is that romantic? Despite his good qualities, and they’re many, I couldn’t see Royce as anything besides a would-be rapist. Our otherwise fabulous protagonist, Kristen, is let down by one aspect of the book, but it’s one aspect so repellent I can’t let it slide.

The ‘rapey’ sex-scenes aside, Hearts Aflame is a good story, which is why it’s so. The characters are interesting, so’s the storyline, and watching the relationship between Kristen and Royce develop is lovely. I’ve never wanted for no sex in a romance novel more, and I just can’t get past it. Please don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying anything against anyone who loved this book—there are clearly many of you out there, and I can understand why.

I throroughly enjoyed the story otherwise, but I couldn’t get past my one, rather large issue. View all 20 comments. Aug 29, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t seem to enjoy a lot of the books that were written in the 80’s and very early 90’s. There’s too much violence and raping and abuse in some of them.

It seems like a crap shoot any time I pick one up. This book was one that I read years ago in the early days of my romance reading. I started when I was about 12 I had so much fun reading it that I have kept it all these years and have reread it multiple times. I get a kick out of it each time I read it. Kristen stowed away on her brother’s I don’t seem to enjoy a lot of the books that were written in the 80’s and very early 90’s.