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.
So, what is the premise? Well, the story is set in mostly contemporary times, with a back story that is shown through flashbacks. Helle and Jason meet and straight away the attraction is so intense. But is it a case of love at first sight or is there something driving this? Jason knows the truth, but Helle doesn't, even if she does know that somehow, through some strange force, she knows this attractive red-haired man and yet, she knows she has never met him before. Or has she. Then there is the strange, mesmerising Woolf, her new boss at her new employment. Why does he look at her as though she's a juicy streak on a plate? And act all macho as though she belongs to him when she's just his employee? To top it all off, she starts having dreams and she is so confused and then one day Jason tells her the secret and she is even more freaked out. Its like, what the hell is going on?
What did I like about this book? Well, for starters, Ms Belfrage knows how to weave a story that has an enjoyable, interesting plot. Her writing is well done, and she knows how to execute a scene with excellent pace and extraordinary tension.
"Hello, Helle." Wolf was sitting beside her. Helle's heart pounded, her nostrils widened, inhaling his distinctive scent. She made a mewling sound and pressed herself against the door. Wolf stretched, took hold of her seatbelt and fastened it. "Drive," he ordered before raising the partition. He smiled at Helle - an ice cold stretching of lips that revealed his teeth."Alone at last, hey?" He held her eyes, she tried to close them. His voice echoed in her head, there was an increasing thudding behind her ears, and her back broke out into a sweat. The car hit a bump, jolting them both. He cursed, she squished her eyes shut.
His fingers grazed her cheek. "Afraid of me?" "Yes," she croaked, without opening her eyes. He laughed. "Wise girl. But just so you know, so far I haven't even tried to frighten you." He moved closer. "Imagine how terrified you will be when I do."So subtle is the fear that this man creates is a testimony to the talent of this wonderful writer. She knows how to not over do a scene, to create just the right amount of tension and sense of dread. Wolf is one of those characters that if we were to meet him in real life, we'd describe him as not being able to put a finger on it. What is it about him that made even my neck prickle. He is narcissistic, arrogant and smug, but at the same time, his raw sensuality thrusts itself in your face, that smile, that could force you on your knees to bend to his will -, the handsome yet devilish features... He is so cleverly drawn.
The main characters, the young Helle and Jason, their names both based on mythical characters, are the archetypal starcrossed lovers: she is blonde, blue-eyed and as supple as a gazelle, and he, Jason, the muscular, red-head with eyes like a golden sunset. I fancy myself as a beautiful blonde, blue-eyed goddess, just so I can get to the lovely Jason! But their story is not so lovely, well not all of it anyway. They have a past that no one would ever want to repeat, but they are forced by powers beyond their control, to keep searching for each other and when they do find each other, they then have to run the gauntlet of Woolf, who also must relive his torment over and over again.
As far as the sex is concerned, if you have read any of Ms Belfrage's books you will know how well she does these scenes, but in A Torch in his Heart, the sex is more graphic, more raw, but is an integral part of Jason and Helle's story. To really get to feel the love that plagues these two, one has to get to the nitty gritty, and the nitty gritty is where is is. But they are not in the same league as Fifty Shades - no, Belfrage is in a much higher league, and her writing is tasteful and written with loving fingers. Without the love and the sex, there would be no Jason and Helle.
I have never been one to pick up a book purely for the sex, and that is not why I am happy to recommend this lovely story that will touch all your romantic hearts. I recommend this because it is a book that has it all, love, sex, tragedy, magic, and nail-biting tension. You just can't go wrong.
About the Author:
Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England. She has recently released the first in a new series, The Wanderer. This time, she steps out of her normal historical context and A Torch in His Heart is with a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. She has loved writing it – she hopes her readers will like reading it just as much. Find out more about Anna by visiting her website, www.annabelfrage.com or her Amazon page, http://Author.to/ABG