I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Flame Through Eternity by Anna Belfrage
Series: The Wanderer #3
Published by Troubador Publishing on November 22, 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Reincarnation, Romance
Source: TLC Book Tours
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It started 3 000 years ago. It ends now. Who survives the final confrontation?
According to Helle Madsen, being the protagonist of a time-spanning epic love story has some things going for it, primarily Jason Morris. Because seriously, meeting up with your fated lover after 3 000 years apart is not bad—at all. Unfortunately, where Jason goes, there goes Sam Woolf, yet another very, very ancient acquaintance—with the fundamental difference that Sam is not into Happily Ever After. He’s into destruction, more specifically of Jason and Helle.
Helle may believe in second-chance love, but she sure doesn’t believe in reincarnation. Okay, she didn’t believe in stuff like that until she met Jason Morris a year or so ago. By now, she has accepted that sometimes impossible things are quite, quite possible—like an ancient princess being reborn as an ambitious financial analyst.
Finding Jason was like finding the part of her that had always been missing—a perfect match. But handling Sam Woolf, the reborn version of their ancient nemesis is something of a trial. No sooner do you have him well and surely beat, but up he bounces again. Sheesh, will it take an oak stake to permanently rid their lives of him?
Sam Woolf is a powerful adversary. Too powerful, even. Jason and Helle will need help from unexpected quarters to finally bring this tangled, ancient love-and-hate triangle to some sort of conclusion. Question is, will they survive the experience?
After the fantastic first two installments in The Wanderer series, Smoke in Her Eyes and A Torch in His Heart, introduced me to Jason and Helle–soulmates who’ve been reincarnating for a few thousand years after their first life and relationship ended prematurely and quite traumatically–I’ve been waiting to see if they could finally get their happily ever after. A life without the sadistic Sam trying to reclaim what had been promised to him in that ancient life–Helle–and he’s been hell bent on destroying both Jason and Helle since he can’t get what he believes to be his destiny.
After A Torch in His Heart ended with Sam presumed dead, Helle and Jason have been enjoying their married lives together: running Jason’s technology investment firm together, enjoying downtime at his family’s cottage in the country, and just enjoying being together. But the niggling question in the back of Helle’s mind of whether or not Sam is really gone keeps popping up, especially when his body never surfaces from the ocean depths. And Jason knows it’s only a matter of time before he returns because he always comes back.
In this third installment, the historical flashbacks feature Jason’s healer mother, as well as Jason and Helle’s gifted daughter Korine. As the story of what happened after Helle and Jason died unfolds, I couldn’t help but get the uneasy feeling that present day Helle and Jason really needed to look out for themselves first and foremost. The past can indeed affect the future, and in A Flame Through Eternity, there are those in the past that can show up in your future to alter your path–both for the good and the bad–while some in the past can and will look out for you in the future.
When Sam does indeed pop back into Helle and Jason’s lives, another reincarnated soul from their past makes an appearance as well: Jason’s mother Nefirie. Now known as Katherine, Jason loses himself to getting to know her again, basically abandoning Helle like he did in the second book when his old flame Juliet was infirm. You’d think that both Jason and Helle would have learned from the mistakes they made with the Juliet deal, but the same situations abound again–with Jason ignoring his wife and Helle acting out in order to get his attention. This behavior of course leads her right into Wolf’s dangerous hands.
I give A Flame Through Eternity a four out of five. This final installment is wrapped up pretty nicely for the most part, and I enjoyed the tumultuous, dangerous, sexy ride to the end. Jason and Helle are made for each other, but while Sam is trying to tear them apart, the path they take to secure their future together is treacherous and spans several countries. The pacing and flow where nice throughout, even in the slower parts the underlying tension of Sam laying in wait made for an interesting feel. I really loved how Anna Belfrage ended the trilogy where the characters really began all those years ago, and it ended in such beautiful way. Kudos, and the only thing that left me wanting is the question of what happened to daughter Korine when she disappeared into history.
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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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