Viking Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1994
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Fabio aka Marcello aka Viktor is present day pissed because his girlfriend refuses to give up her dreams of being an actress, and move to the woods to have litters of his children. He dumps her, then mysteriously gets zapped back to a time where his Neanderthal like attitudes towards the opposite sex seem more commonplace. There, on the shores of Vanahiem (totally not freaking kidding about that) he meets Reyna, his old girlfriend's look alike. He decides that it's his destiny to marry Reyna. The only problem is that she's the daughter of his sworn enemy, and she tries to kill him. So he goes over her head, and barters for her with her stepfather like she was a wayward barnyard animal. Viktor promises to "tame her and have her bear my son" in exchange for peace on the island. He then proceeds to kidnap and "tame" Reyna with threats of spanking (TOTALLY NOT FREAKING KIDDING ABOUT THAT!) and rape (which he comes uncomfortably close to doing several times). He completely ignores anything she might be feeling about the matter, instead treating her like a uterus with a bad attitude. It all goes downhill from there. There were a couple of times in the book where I thought maybe Reyna would just murder him and sail off into the sunset. I was really hoping for that. Instead she just turns into a complacent jellyfish every time Viktor's leggings come off. The book made me feel like I needed to go donate some money to the battered women's shelter. Seriously, I looked it up, Viktor fits 11 out of 15 warning signs of an abusive partner.
Though, I do have to mention that Viktor is not a complete monster. He expresses true concern for his subjects when he realizes how much alcohol and cholesterol they are consuming. He also builds them some chimneys, for what that's worth.
I knew this book was not going to be a literary masterpiece, but I had no idea it would make me feel so conflicted about having spent a penny on it. I highly suggest that you save yours for something more worthwhile.
Nope, Marco/Viktor is a male chauvinist pig who thinks all women need to do whatever he says. Whenever Reyna challenges him he threatens to spank/thrash/clobber her, even though he knows Wolfgard used to beat her with a whip!
For a guy who makes his living in romance, Fabio doesn't know diddly squat about it!