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A Flame Put Out (Sons of Odin Book 2) by Erin S. Riley

Sunday, August 23, 2015
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Despite what Selia discovered about Alric's role in enslaving her mother, Selia still loves Alric; she returns to him and decides to stay in Norway.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Since Selia's brother, Ainnileas, is at sea, he is unaware of this development. He returns with the ship and its crew who expect to be rewarded for their efforts by the elderly Irish man that Selia was promised to before Alric took her to Norway. Selia had no intention of telling Alric that the man that she was promised to offered the crew a reward for her safe return; however, she finds that she must disclose this to him in order to save her brother. She extracts a promise from Alric that he will not hurt her brother, but this promise comes at a high price. With a heavy heart, Selia agrees to the deal and bids farewell to her brother one final time.

Selia does not have much time to dwell on the fact that she will never see her brother again; Alric and his men are preparing to raid Ireland, and she begins to realize that if the child she carries is a boy, he will become a berserker like his father and be next in line for the title of Hersir. Selia does not want her child to lead raids against her homeland, but an opportunity to rescue her child from this fate presents itself when one of Alric's thralls begins to give birth to a son that may, or may not be, Alric's. Before Alric leaves for Ireland, Selia convinces Alric to free the thrall and claim the boy as his own to in an attempt to secure her own child's fate.

While waiting for Alric to return from his raid on Ireland, Selia takes on the responsibility of raising the newborn as practice for when she gives birth to her own child. When Alric does not return from the war raid as expected, she casts aside her own beliefs and desperately prepares a sacrifice for Odin in exchange for Alric's safe return.

As Selia begins the ritual, she has misgivings about turning her back on her beliefs and abruptly ends the ritual without sacrificing the animal that she has prepared for Odin. Odin grants Selia's wish; however, Selia finds out that his favors come at a very high price. Alric returns with a disabled ship and a broken spirit.

Is the price that Selia must pay worth having Alric returned to her, or will she wish that she had never turned her back on her beliefs to pray to a pagan god?

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Erin S. Riley continues to impress me with the second book in the Sons of Odin series, A Flame Put Out, with impeccably timed twists and interesting characters. As with the first book, Odin's Shadow, the love scenes in A Flame Put Out are spicy without being over-the-top erotic, and Riley continues to focus on the story line and characters.

Even though I am not a huge fan of the romance genre, I find that I am caught up in Selia's story and I am very anxious to see how Selia will overcome the trials that await her in the next book.

If you are looking for a spicy read with some meat to it; you will definitely want to give Odin's Shadow and A Flame Put Out a try!

Haven't read Odin's Shadow yet? Head on over to Erin's blog for a sample of the book, or check it out on Amazon. You can also join Erin on Facebook to count down the days until A Flame Put Out is released, or let her know how excited you are for her by visiting her on Twitter.

If you have already read Odin's Shadow, head on over to Amazon and pre-order A Flame Put Out which will be released on August 26, 2015. While you are waiting for the next installment of the Sons of Odin series, tell your friends how much you enjoyed Odin's Shadow by reviewing it on Amazon and Goodreads.

Enjoy!