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Title:
Heart of a warrior
Author:
Lindsey, Johanna.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
368 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780380978540

9780380814794
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Romantic fiction has a first name: Johanna! For years, the remarkable Johanna Lindsey has created love stories that rank among the most satisfying ever written. Her ability to seamlessly blend charm and wit with steamy passion and tender romance -- while casting uniquely memorable characters into bold original plots -- is unrivaled. And now, with thirty-seven national bestsellers already to her credit, Lindsey has brought the magic back in a wonderful new novel that proves once again how delightfully well she knows the intricate workings of the human heart.

At first, Brittany Callaghan thinks she's dreaming. Afer all, she's not used to seeing blond, nearly seven-feet-tall Nordic gods in her tiny California town. But when the spectacular-looking Viking turns up on her doorstep, Brittany knows her dream man is very real.

Though a stunning, statuesque beauty herself, intelligent and independent Brittany has struggled hard to cam respect in a man's world. So she is somewhat taken aback when her visitor -- whose name is Dalden -- informs her that he is, in fact, a barbarian warrior. But Dalden is a long way from home and needs her help--and is willing to pay for it -- so if he fancies himself a savage, that's fine with her. Besides, he's had Brittany's blood running red-hot since the first time she saw him, and warrior or no, she'd like to get to know this gorgeous giant a lot better!

But the truth is a very rude awakening for the curvaceous West Coast lady. For Dalden is exactly what he claims to be. Where he comes from, brute strength is the law, men are all-powerful, and their women always obey. As bold and brash as she is beautiful, Brittany isn't going to be subservient to any man, even one who is everything she ever wanted in a lover, and whose very touch sets her senses afire. If she and her Norse god are ever going to get serious, something is definitely going to have to give.

Still, Dalden is a warrior to the depths of his soulproud, powerful, and brave -- a man who will fight fearlessly and relentlessly for what he wants. And now what he wants most of all is Brittany....

A deliciously enchanting and brilliantly imaginative addition to the Lindsey library, Heart of a Warrior is richly overflowing with the humor, surprise, sensuality, emotion -- and, of course, unparalleled love -- that have become the author's trademarks. When it comes to fictional affairs of the heart, the extraordinary Johanna Lindsey is truly one of a kind.


Author Notes

Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most successful romance authors. She has written over 30 books, of which 54 million copies are in print and have been translated into 12 languages. Lindsey was born with the name Johanna Helen Howard on March 10, 1952.

As a young wife and mother, Lindsey became a great fan of romance novels and wrote her first book, Captive Bride in 1977, on a whim when she was 25. To the young author's great surprise, it made The New York Times Bestsellers list.

Lindsey had found a romance formula that worked. Take any setting past or present, introduce a rascally rakish male and a romantic heroine, let their hearts ignite with passion, lust, and love. Lindsey has something of a cult following, following such titles as "Heart of Thunder", "Hearts Aflame", "A Heart So Wild", and ''Keeper of the Heart". She has loyal fans reading "Glorious Angel" and "Gentle Rogue" and legions of devotees buying her Malory family series. In 2014 her title, Stormy Persuasion, made The New York Times Best Seller List

Because her father was in the U.S. Army, Lindsey traveled to many places as a child. She was born in Germany and grew up in Fort Knox, Kentucky. The family settled in Hawaii and Lindsey was married right after high school.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Six-foot-tall Brittany Callaghan is equally adept at swinging a hammer, fixing a car, or pumping iron in a gym. She works two jobs so that someday she will be able to achieve her dream of building a home with her own two hands. She is also a beautiful 28-year-old virgin who despairs of ever finding the right man. Then one day, in the middle of a political rally in the mall, a gorgeous, golden man, who towers over her, turns up. He is Dalden Ly-San-Ter, a barbarian warrior from the planet Sha-Ka'an, the brother of Shanelle (Keeper of the Heart, 1993) and son of Tedra (Warrior's Woman, 1990); he has traveled to Earth to stop its takeover by a despot armed with rods that turn men into puppets. Teaming up to thwart the plot, Brittany falls for Dalden but can't bring herself to believe in extraterrestrials, thinking that she is part of an elaborate experiment in mind control run by Martha, a robot with attitude. Author Lindsey's Ly-San-Ter family put futuristic romances on the map, but even with all the trappings of science fiction--space travel, advanced technology, AI, and galactic empires--the appeal is all romance. Best-selling author Lindsey is known for the sensuality of her romances, but Heart of a Warrior may seem a bit tame to readers familiar with the infamous spanking scene from Keeper of the Heart. --Diana Tixier Herald


Publisher's Weekly Review

Lindsey revisits alien worlds in her latest (after Warrior's Woman; You Belong to Me; etc.), and the result seems cobbled from Star Trek and bad sitcoms. Six-foot-tall construction worker Brittany Callaghan has had trouble finding a man who doesn't mind her height; nearly 30 and still a virgin, she's used to taking care of herself in the small town of Seaview, Calif. At the local mall, she meets Dalden Ly-San-Ter, a seven-foot barbarian alien stud who tells her he's pursuing a troublemaker from his "country" and asks for her help. Of course, the two are wildly attracted to each other, and Dalden's hokey, wisecracking supercomputer, Martha, has to remind him the mission comes first: his quarry is an alien king who's looking for subjects and planning to use a stolen device called an Altering Rod to take over Earth. The two giants quickly fall in love and succeed in capturing the errant king. Dalden declares his intention to make Brittany his "lifemate," and he and Martha reveal the truth about his origins when they take Brittany aboard their ship. Her stubborn disbelief which she clings to even as they arrive on Dalden's planet, Sha-Ka'an tests the patience of her warrior beau and any readers who should get that far. It takes a near-fatal incident to finally make her accept the truth, and she inadvertently introduces a peculiar version of feminism to her new, barbarian-run home. Despite the derivative plot and excruciating dialogue the aliens say things like "I love you to pieces" and "hold on to your socks" it's doubtful that Lindsey's legions of fans will mind the book's shortcomings in the least. Everyone else will be more entertained by Earth Girls Are Easy. (Apr. 24) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Brittany Callaghan is very tall and works in construction (saving to build her own house with her own labor), and she attributes these facts to her inability to find a man who will accept her stature and her job. Disappointed repeatedly, she can hardly believe it when a gorgeous 7'-tall man shows up at the local mall. She comes to his aid (he's obviously foreign) and dares to dream of their future together. Until she discovers that he is an alien, and they are on his ship headed to his planet though she believes that this is all a government-funded hoax. But how long can she suspend disbelief when her heart tells her that Dalden is her soul mate? Romance fans will recognize this scheme with an sf setting, as Brittany struggles against her feelings 'til the last although her ability to continue to deny that she is in space and then on another planet is more device than plot. Laural Merlington's narration is lively and engaging, though her voice for Dalden is a bit too robotic at times. As is usual with this producer, voices coming over a speaker or phone (and the former is the case with the computer with which Dalden is in almost constant communication) are given a slight echo chamber effect. Recommended for romance collections. Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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