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Review by Anniek
Mikkel is a thousand-year-old Viking with a big problem. He and his family were cursed by a very powerful witch. Because of this curse Mikkel literally bursts into flames whenever he can't control his temper. He had a wife and children once, but they were killed a long time ago. During his existence he's been with many women, but none of them ever stood out. This is until Joanna walks into his life while he's at work.
Joanna found a new job and she's determined to make this one last. She had sexual harassment issues before and hopes that this time things will be different. Ever since her sister died Joanna has been having problems controlling her anger. She goes to a support group hoping it will help her to get her emotions under control. When she sees Mikkel, Joanna notices how insanely hot he is. They are both passionate people, are their fiery characters a good match or will their connection prove to be too much?
Mikkel is doing the best he can to prevent his temper from going out of control. Not only is it extremely painful to literally be on fire, it is also dangerous for the people around him. He can easily burn a house down when he bursts into flames. In the beginning I found him a bit disrespectful towards women because he's a player, but after getting to know him better I learned that he is used to keeping people at a distance. He has spent lots of time trying to find someone who could break his curse, however he never succeeded. I found the question if Joanna would be the person Mikkel is looking for really interesting and enjoyed reading more about the curse.
Joanna is feisty and smart. You don't want to get on her bad side, that's for sure. She quickly gets angry and she knows she needs help to get this under control. Joanna is beautiful, but she doesn't take advantage of her good looks. She works hard and is a loyal employee. I understood her struggles and was amazed by how strong she is. Joanna had a hard time and is still dealing with her pain and grief. I was curious to find out if Mikkel would be the one who could heal her broken heart.
Her Fiery Viking is a great story about the way people deal with their pain, but also how grief can be overcome. Mikkel and Joanna have amazing chemistry and I could almost feel the heat that was coming from the pages. Because of the fact that Her Fiery Viking is a novella I finished the story in no time. Even though it's a short story AJ Tipton manages to present well developed characters. I loved to read Her Fiery Viking and am curious about the other stories Annie and Jess have written together. This story is packed with action and unexpected twists and turns. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I can't wait to read more Her Elemental Viking stories.
If you love the paranormal genre combined with great main characters I recommend you to give Her Fiery Viking a try.
About AJ Tipton
AJ Tipton is the pseudonym for a writing team: Annie and Jess (Get it? “AJ”). We spend our days in Manhattan working for our corporate overlords, and during the evening we’re in Brooklyn writing fantasies to astound, amuse and arouse.
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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
AJ Tipton is actually the name of a writing team: we’re Annie and Jess ("AJ" Get it?). We met in college and have been friends for over a decade. Since AJ Tipton was born in 2014, we've written over 25 novellas together, all paranormal romance (immortal Vikings, sexy fairy tales, shifters, and many more). We started writing together after we read an article about self-publishing romance on one of our favorite blogs. Over drinks, we talked about some of the more bizarre scenarios we'd heard of: dinosaur and Bigfoot erotica, for example, and how the original writers were making great money. The drinks kept flowing and what started as "that's so funny" became "we should totally do this!" That night we started talking through the concept of the series that became the Her Elemental Viking series.
2. What makes your heart beat faster?
Annie: Running. Even after about ten steps, my heart starts beating so fast it feels like it’s going to burst out of my chest like a horror movie. It’s about that time the cramps and heavy breathing start as well. Not pretty.
Jess: Horror movies where you know, you KNOW, the bad guy is going to jump out, and the scene drags it out. It’s torture!
3. If you could create the perfect romantic day what would it look like?
Annie: For me, the perfect romantic day is finding the activity that both parties want to do equally. A sunset on a beach isn’t romantic if one of the parties thinks sand is gross, and there’s nothing less fun than going to a restaurant or movie with someone who’s only going out of obligation. So it really depends on the couple, whether it’s going to be a hike through the woods, dinner/movie, Netflix marathon, couples massage, trip to a carnival, or exploring a museum.
Jess: Netflix and chill, for sure! Everything’s better with pizza
4. Who is your favorite romantic couple?
Annie: I’m a huge fan of the 2008 movie, “Penelope”, starring Christina Ricci and James McAvoy. One of the reasons I love it is that the romantic couple inspire each other to grow and push past their boundaries, but then the work of their character arcs they do on their own. Their love for each other isn’t something that “saves” them as the end point, it’s the launch point for each to save themselves. And that idea--of a romantic partner who always challenge each other to be MORE (and for it to go both ways, not just the guy saving the girl or vice versa)--is something I love to see in romance.
Jess: Bob and Linda Belcher in Bob’s Burgers! It’s a cartoon, but it seriously counts! They’re both unfailingly supportive of each other. They’re weird and they have fun, and buy stupid stuff online after they’ve had too much wine. It’s pretty much the perfect relationship.
5. Could you describe what romance means to you?
Annie: Selflessness paired with self-respect and self-awareness. True romance (whether in fiction or in life) is about putting somebody in front of yourself because their happiness, safety, and comfort matters to you equally as your own. That being said, it’s also about standing up to an equal partner so that both parties are both putting each other first, and communicating respectfully and fairly when there’s a perception of an inequality.
Jess: Romance is about surprises and fun! It’s exhilarating, and sometimes, there’s pizza.
6. Do you find it difficult to write about romance?
Annie: Nope. I like writing about relationships and feelings. Writing the sex scenes can be a challenge to think of something fresh and (after thirty books, which all have at least one sex scene) something that we haven’t done before.
7. Can you tell us about your most romantic experience?
Annie: In my freshman year of high school, I got interviewed for the school newspaper about my “perfect Valentine’s Day gift” and I made up something on the spot about a gift I claimed to have received: an enormous Hershey’s Kiss where the guy had written on the paper flag on the top all the things he loved about me. After the interview, a friend sitting at my table who’d overheard commented that the gift was really sweet. I admitted immediately (laughing, I was proud of my impromptu story) that I’d made it up. The next day, he brought me a Hershey’s kiss with a sweet note attached to the top about why I mattered to him.
Jess: Once I was swept away to a concert by my favorite band at this tiny shack of a bar. It was such a crazy fun show and exactly the kind of surprise that I love!
8. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you're in a romantic mood?
Annie: I don’t have anything specific. I tend to have alternative / folk / rock / Broadway musicals playing the background of most moments in my life.
Jess: It’s a weird answer, but a lot of Vivaldi. It gives my mind the room it needs to stretch out and wander.
9. Which country personifies romance for you and why?
Annie: the United States, because it is many things at once, different for each individual, requires constant communication and openness in order to define itself, can be beautiful and a hot mess all at the same time, and doesn’t require a long-distance relationship since I’m already here.
Jess: Italy. Because, pizza.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
We’re writing constantly. We’re in the process of finishing up a vampire paranormal romance series (Royal Blood), and next up we’re brainstorming and outlining another bear shifter billionaire romance series, this time with babies and pregnancy! Follow us on all our various sources of social media for more details. After that, we’re looking at more cursed Vikings, werewolves, ghosts, aliens, and hundreds more.
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