Review: Valor by Victoria Vane

Posted March 28, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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Review: Valor by Victoria Vane

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Series: Sons of Scotland #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Dragonblade
Released on March 1, 2018
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

The blood of kings runs in his veins and he might have to sacrifice much to regain what his family lost to other’s power and greed.  Domnall FitzWilliam was full of fury in the first book so I was thrilled to see him take center-stage in Valor.


Valor follows a parallel path to the first book Virtue so it could be read standalone.  However, because it is a parallel book, I got much more out of it because I was already in possession of the knowledge of the events that were happening off scene dealing with Domnall’s family and others and some details that were not teased out because there is an assumption the reader already knows them.

So, yes, Valor is Domnall’s story along with Davina.  They meet as children when she has just lost everyone in her life and he makes her a promise.  Fate tears them apart as men of power manipulate their lives like pawns.  Over the years, they meet a few more times with that early promise blooming into something deeper though they are kept apart.  Life has been rough on both of them.

Domnall is caught between two worlds.  He’s a Scot, but his own father renounces his own heritage to become Norman and also gets his marriage annulled so he can marry into Norman aristocracy for power.  The current Scottish king is wary of him because Domnall has a stronger claim to the throne than he with two kings as grandfathers.  He must grow up hard and fast while still staying true to himself while men of power seek to make him a pawn or dead.   As a man, he has the choice whether to submit, hide, or fight for his claim on Scotland while figuring out how to fulfill a long ago promise to his lady love.

Davina’s life was full of sorrow and loss save for one bright spark- Domnall.  And even then, he rescues her more than once, but he has no real way of ultimately saving her since she is always under the king or the prince’s protection to be used for what she can bring them.  She gives up hope for herself, but then learns she is now placed in a unique position to return Domnall’s favor by secretly aiding him and his family.

The stark world of this time period and hardships that many endured while men of power vied for control of Scotland is well-portrayed.  I felt the colorful pageantry of the medieval era as well as the various historical cultures- Scots, Normans, and even Norsemen- along with the religious elements of Celtic church, Roman church, and pagan made for wonderful setting.

In the last book, I was confused by all the players, but with this book, I remembered the connections and alliances so that I could appreciate what was going on better.  There is some great intrigue and suspense, brutal action and breathtaking action with a few moments of quiet contemplation for the characters.

The romance is secondary though definitely a strong element.  In fact, it does drive the actions of Domnall and Davina even if historical circumstances keep them from an easy romance and being together.  For much of the story, the romance is bittersweet because they can’t be together and must worry if a forced marriage will part them for good.  I was rooting hard for them to finally get their chance.

And so, the Sons of Scotland series advances the situation for Domnall and Davina, Alexander and Sybilla, and so many others as they prepare for a war with Scotland as the prize and revenge against those who wronged them.  This is great historical fiction and romance that anyone who loves Highlander and/or Medieval Romance should snack up first chance.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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About Victoria Vane

Victoria Vane is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations including: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (Slow Hand), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best Ebook Romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.
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Praise for SLOW HAND
“Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter…”
—Publishers Weekly

“Slow Hand by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page-turning steamy sexy, and the romance between Wade and Nikki make you wish you could pull Victoria’s characters straight off the page and into real life…”
—Unwrapping Romance

“For erotic passion and one-liners, the first book in Vane’s new series will satisfy…Vane’s latest gets a big yee-haw.”
—RT Book Reviews

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

I guess I’ll have another HR to be added to my list 😉 Can you read it standalone Sophia Rose?

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Oh good! Glad you’re interested, Vanessa.

No, this one is not a good choice for standalone. Read Virtue, first. 🙂

3 years ago

Mmm hello Mr. Abs 😉 Glad to hear the book was good too haha

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

Haha! Yes, one does feel obligated to show due appreciation and peruse that cover slowly. 😉

Yes, the inside was just as engaging. I can’t wait for book three.

Barks Book Nonsense
3 years ago

Now that’s a cover!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

It sure is. LOL Draws the eye back for a second look, right?

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

OMG, LOVE the cover and I love that you used the Outlander song – which I adore. It has a 5 star rating from you so YES, I will check this out if not get it. Awesome review! It makes me want to read it!


Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

OK, I just got the set the first and second! I am going to have to read these! =)

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh super! Crossing my fingers you love them. Looking forward to your thoughts. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I love that cover. That sounds good.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

That cover sure does grab the attention.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Goodness I just cannot imagine living in that time period. How hard life was from all sides. They sound like two you could root for.

(and yes that is quite the cover. lol)

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yikes, it was dangerous. Being peasant sounds dreary, but being jerked here and there and manipulated for someone else as a noble lady doesn’t sound great, either.
I was totally rooting for them to get their freedom and find their way together.

Oh man, quite the taking laddie, there. 😉

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, all the movers and shakers make this one pretty exciting. I’m really impatient to find out who ends up with Scotland’s throne.
Yeah, in this instance, I didn’t feel bad about the romance sharing the spotlight. 🙂

Thanks, Alyssa!

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

This sounds good. I read a series where all of the books ran parallel to the first and enjoyed all of the little connections.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I haven’t read many of the parallel style series, but I do like it. Her earlier Vikings series was like that. I do think the third book will go well past the end of these first two into new territory so more of a traditional series sequel.

Lily B
3 years ago

I love that there is such a strong story in this series and not just romance

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lily B

I thought it made for a good strong plot, too. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Vellum Voyages
3 years ago

Wow this seems like a well researched HR! Must give it a try 🙂 Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Vellum Voyages

Yes, she really did do some meticulous research.