Min has been seeking this book for a long time – her first email to me went awry, but this one landed and oh, this book sounds fun:
I read this book back in the late 80s/early 90s (i think) but I've always been super bad about remembering titles and authors. I'm pretty sure the cover had a blonde heroine and the hero could have been Fabio. It's a little fuzzy. I want to say the cover had alot of blue in it, but I could be making that up entirely. I'm hoping someone remembers it cause I would love to read it again.
The hero is a Viking who comes for the usual raping and pillaging. The heroine actually picks up a weapon to fight the Vikings off and manages to cut someone's hand off (?) before getting captured. She ends up the hero's unwilling lover but it's ok cause he has a magic wang so she eventually falls in love with him despite the raping and the pillaging and the killing of her peoples (which might have included an almost-fiance?).
Her former servants turn against her because they've assimilated to their new circumstances while she refuses to learn the language and tries to fight against being a slave. Despite this, she's making friends with the guy whose hand she sliced off, making him see he's not a useless member of society just cause he's only got one hand.
The best crazy sauce bits involve the hero's mother, though. The woman is off her rocker. I think her husband brought back a blonde slave after one of his raiding trips and ends up in love with the slave and ignoring his wife? So she's got lots of resentment built up and that wound is totally re-opened with her son bringing home this blonde chick and bringing her into her home. So she plots to off her and I don't remember exactly how she does it but I think she somehow traps the heroine under some special ice death trap and the heroine's in danger of drowning if the hero can't find her in time? Or something? I'm pretty sure ice is involved only cause I remember something about her face being visible.
Thanks! *fingers crossed*
Do you recognize this? Did I just hear RedHeadedGirl screech, “WE MUST FIND THIS BOOK!” Help a bitch out!