Monday, May 20, 2019

Book Review: A Torch In His Heart (Wanderer #1)

I had a huge ready surge this weekend so I'm coming at you with all kinds of reviews this week! Also, I'll have a ton of photos to share of the girls' recital this weekend, so that might be Wednesday.

A Torch In His Heart - Anna Belfrage

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. 
If you've read my blog or followed my reviews for awhile, you'll know that I am a sucker for a series. It could be the worst series on the planet but if I've read one... I have to read them all. At this point it has to classify as some kind of illness or maybe an offshoot of my diagnosed OCD, but it's really annoying at times, but this time? I'm all in and I cannot wait.

To be honest with you, when I first started this book it felt daunting. There are a lot of pages, the font is slightly smaller than what I normally read, margins are smaller, and it just felt like a really long book. Also, the story didn't hook me immediately and I was really worried if I was going to be able to finish this let alone enjoy it. All I can say is THANK GOD I did because this book sucked me in as soon as Helle and Jason "meet" for the first time (in this life) and I couldn't put it down.

It's clear from the start that Sam Woolf is a bad guy but we have no idea why...until Jason Morris shows up. Helle's strong reaction to Jason is kind of perfect and I love how we don't get their entire backstory jumbled into one chapter, but instead it's spread out. It comes layer by layer and you start realizing the reactions characters have in earlier chapters make sense now so you almost feel like Helle because she is learning the story and the history at the same pace we are- does that make sense?

I can't tell you really what happens but I CAN tell you that this ends on a MAJOR cliff hanger and I need book two RIGHT NOW. The book is perfect for fans who love time travel, romance, paranormal (kind of?), thriller/suspense (kind of), and a story that is unlike anything else out there on the market. I'm not even a fan of historical stories so much, and I took a chance on this one because it only talks about what happened 3000 years ago so I felt like I could get into this. Though a bit of a slow start, this book definitely picks up, has some very steamy scenes, and overall a pretty dang good read.

A solid 4 star read for me!
Thank you to TLC Book Tours and author Anna Belfrage for my ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. Happy reading! 


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh, nice! I'm so glad that it got much better for you.


Anna Belfrage said...

Phew! Glad you persevered :) Thank you for a lovely review. Let me know if you want book nr 2...