A Torch In His Heartby Anna Belfrage (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Troubador Publishing on September 1, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Historical, Occult & Supernatural, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Reincarnation, Romance
Source: TLC Book Tours
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I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In the long lost ancient past, two men fought over the girl with eyes like the Bosporus under a summer sky. It ended badly. She died. They died.
Since then, they have all tumbled through time, reborn over and over again. Now they are all here, in the same place, the same time and what began so long ago must finally come to an end.
Ask Helle Madsen what she thinks about reincarnation and she’ll laugh in your face. Besides, Helle has other stuff to handle, what with her new, exciting job in London and her drop-dead but seriously sinister boss, Sam Woolf. And then one day Jason Morris walks into her life and despite never having clapped eyes on him before, she recognises him immediately. Very weird. Even more weird is the fact that Sam and Jason clearly hate each other’s guts. Helle’s life is about to become extremely complicated and far too exciting…
ADULT CONTENT: This book contains explicit sex scenes
I’ve read many fantastic new-to-me authors this year, and I’m happy to add the wonderful Anna Belfrage to the list with her novel A TORCH IN HIS HEART. Mostly set in the present, this novel follows three people who’ve been reincarnating for 3000 years, two men fighting over one woman life after life. Helle is the princess content with her best childhood friend Jason, vowing that she’ll only marry him from the time she’s a child. But she’s forced to marry Prince Sam who has nothing but evil intentions towards her and her father’s kingdom, and everything goes to hell for Jason, Helle, and Sam in that first life.
In the present day, Helle Madsen thinks she’s lucky to land a job working for the sexy yet dangerous Sam Woolf in England, and the creepy vibes begin for her almost immediately. He seems to be focused on her, and not in a good way or because she does good work. Little does she know that the man she’s dreamed about when she was younger lives and works nearby, and he can feel that she’s near. Jason Morris knows that his soulmate–his Helle–is close, and that he must meet her before Sam finds her and eliminates Jason.
I really enjoyed the suspense, the intrigue, and especially the romance. The relationship between Jason and Helle was full of ups and downs, especially since Helle doesn’t outright remember her past lives like Jason does, but they have such great chemistry together that everything smolders on the page. Sam is such a fantastic villain: dark, mysterious, sexy, powerful, and so hell bent on revenge that he knows no bounds to get what he wants. The dangerous game and struggle for power between Jason and Sam grew so tense and times that I was just waiting for it to boil over, and I was sure that there would be collateral damage.
I give A Torch In His Heart a 4.5 out of 5. I was enthralled as Helle, Jason, and Sam’s first life was slowly played out in flashbacks, and as the entire story was revealed, my heart broke for Jason and Helle. There’s plenty of sexy, passionate moments in this book, and those are balanced out with quite a bit of danger, violence, and threats. The supernatural elements add intriguing aspects to the story, and their abilities certainly complicate matters in the present day. I’m so glad that book two is out right now since the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I just need to know what happens next!
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About Anna Belfrage
Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a professional time-traveller. As such a profession does not exist, she settled for second best and became a financial professional with two absorbing interests, namely history and writing. These days, Anna combines an exciting day-job with a large family and her writing endeavours. Plus she always finds the time to try out new recipes, chase down obscure rose bushes and initiate a home renovation scheme or two.
Her most recent release, A Torch in His Heart, is a step out of her comfort zone. Having previously published historical fiction & historical romance, with this first book about Jason and Helle Anna offers a dark and titillating contemporary romance, complete with a time-slip angle and hot & steamy scenes.
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Anna Belfrage’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for A TORCH IN HIS HEART:
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Wednesday, May 15th: @novelgrounds
Friday, May 17th: @nsiabblog
Saturday, May 18th: @sarahandherbookshelves
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Date TBD: Thursday, May 16th: @mixed_matched_socks
Date TBD: Sunday, May 19th: @4_the_love_of_books
Thursday, May 16th: Sincerely Karen Jo
Friday, May 17th: Treestand Book Reviews
Monday, May 20th: Stranded in Chaos
Tuesday, May 21st: Becky on Books
Wednesday, May 22nd: The Romance Dish – author guest post
Wednesday, May 22nd: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, May 23rd: Lori’s Reading Corner – author guest post
Friday, May 24th: Openly Bookish
Tuesday, May 28th: From the TBR Pile – author guest post
Wednesday, May 29th: Reading a Page Turner
Thursday, May 30th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy – author guest post
Monday, June 3rd: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Date TBD – Wednesday, May 15th: A Fortress of Books