Title: A Hundred Breaths
Author: Jean M. Grant
Genre: Historical Romance (paranormal twist)
Simon MacCoinneach’s vengeance runs deep. The blade is the only way to end the blood-thirsty Nordmen’s reign upon Scottish soil. His soul might be lost, but the mystical Healer he kidnaps from the isles could be the answer for his ailing mother…and his heart.
Isles-born Gwyn reluctantly agrees to a marriage alliance with this heathen Scot in return for the sanctuary of her younger brother from her abusive Norse father. Her brother’s condition is beyond the scope of her Ancient power, for larger healings steal breaths of life from her own body.
As Simon and Gwyn fight to outwit her madman father and a resentful Norse betrothed, Gwyn softens Simon’s heart with each merciful touch. Gwyn’s Seer sister foresees a bloody battle—and an end to the Nordmen—but Simon will also die. Will Gwyn save Simon on the battlefield even if it means losing her last breath?
Gwyn is the daughter of a Viking father and an Isle-born mother as well as a healer. She must be careful, though, because every time she heals, a breath from her life is taken as payment for the healing. If she loses a hundred breaths, she dies. If only she can heal her brother and stop her father’s abusive treatment of him...
Simon’s hell-bent on revenge after the bloody Norsemen kill his brother when all they wanted was to trade goods. He kidnaps the healer, Gwyn, who healed his wounds after the skirmish and follows his father’s plan of forming an alliance with Gwyn’s father. She’s not keen on the idea but as time goes on, they fall in love. When Gwyn’s father and her betrothed (also a Viking) scheme a plan to take Gwyn back, a battle ensues. Can Gwyn save the man she loves, even if it means losing her last breath?
A Hundred Breaths is a heart stopping medieval romance with a bit of mystical magic thrown in. With a cast of characters reminiscent of Game of Thrones, evil lurks in the hearts of men and women must try to save their loved ones. There are some characters (Gwyn’s father and her betrothed to name two) which made me want to wretch all over my tablet. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. Simon, on the other hand, is a man caught between vengeance and honor. He’s lost his soul somewhere along the way and with Gwyn’s healing touch and her love, he has the chance to get it back.
Multi-faceted with action, intrigue and mystical magic, A Hundred Breaths is a must-read. Historically accurate with plenty of gore in the battle scenes to please any historical fiction reader while an undercurrent of love runs throughout. The romance is sweet but doesn’t overtake the story. Highly recommend, especially to fans of Game of Thrones and The Vikings.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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