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When Eliah Al-Saud and Matilde Martinez meet on a flight to Paris, they have little in common. Eliah is the rich and powerful son of a Saudi prince, and the owner of a French security company—actually a front for mercenary and espionage services—while Matilde is a pediatric surgeon from Argentina, whose only dream is to work in Africa helping children in need.

Despite their
Paperback, 612 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by AmazonCrossing (first published December 2010)
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Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very rich, powerful, mercenary and Saudi prince meets humanitarian, pediatric surgeon on a plane to Paris and they become completely Obsessed with each other..

After meeting Matilde Martinez, Eliah Al-Saud ruthlessly pursues the romantically naïve surgeon. Matilde is overwhelmed and discourages Eliah's attentions but still fantasizes about him a way she has never desired a man before. With an unhealthy attraction, their romance explodes.

Little did Eliah and Matilde know that their lives have a
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The heroine: 27 yo pediatric surgeon who wears pigtails, has no pubic hair, is terrified of sex. She's (SURPRISE!) an ethereal, angelic paragon of child-like beauty. Her father is an ex-con who squandered the vast family fortune and is now a ruthless arms dealer to terrorists. She's going to paris for a couple of weeks to learn french and then go to the congo. She's almost positive the congo is in africa. That's okay. She'll figure it out because she just wants to help the helpless children of t ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel was incredible! It will be one of my top 5 books of all-time favorites...right up there with the Bronze Horseman. It is the first book in a trilogy and I wish I had done my research on it first, befor reading it. All three novels have been published (Spanish) but, only the first one has just been released in English (kindle format) this month. The second book will be released in English (kindle format) on January 21st, 2014. So, that's really great news! Hopefully, the third book will ...more
5 stars for this story, it was a captivating read!
What a great journey through the lives of Eliah and Matilde! It started with tension and ended with the same and in between the story of these two surprisingly likeable people captured me. Although quite cliched and vaguely disconnected on some occasions, the structuring of this book was very good. This was for two reasons, one, was simply Eliah. Somehow, the Hero is a super-spy-merc-hot-guy who is quite the family man, this I liked because the a
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's rare to find a Trilogy or even a Novel that has all the elements I want in a romance novel but this one has it all, historical content, realistic story lines and characters, passionate and deep, deep love, adventure, strong male figures, skilled and strong heroes, rescues, angelic compassionate women, excitement, heartbreak, friendship and just an all out good story.

It's all there in this Trilogy, Book One, (Obession) Year of Fire by Florencia Bonelli. She's from Argentina and is an extrem
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Whew, what a long read. I love long books- lots of room for plot, character building, etc. I have to give this 4.5*. There are so many characters, that it slowed the flow for me. I agree with Starsaga, I love the H, Eliah, what a hunky solid anti-hero-hero- flaws and all. I got used to the translation, as I got into the book. I love novels based on history, other country, cultures. I read another novel a few years ago that took place in Spain, and originally written in Spanish- so I got used to ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is absolutely the best book I have read since months and months, the one that once you have started reading you cannot stop and each break, even for sleeping, is annoying! The book took me by surprise with such a great plot, so many side ones, the great descriptions and many different narrators. It was so addictive that even my first stay at Carribic was put in the second place, with only short breaks for dipping in the sea etc. I found the characters, political, economical plots and basicall ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, forevers
Phew! This was a long one!
So, it definitely took me a little while to get REALLY into this story, but I'm so glad that I stuck with it! There were times that I got confused / overwhelmed with the sheer number of characters/people introduced (seriously - there are a million people to keep track of!), but the stories all come together and it's fantastic when they do!

Someone told me this series is similar to Bronze Horseman - and I can definitely see the parallel. There is extremely rich historic
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, mine, read-2014
Maybe because I have some issues with the author (she has great books and not so great ones) but I have mixed feelings about this book.
Eliah is the perfect man, at least in a latino way: tall, dark, handsome, sexy, powerful, rich and deeply in love with Matilde (which makes him very possessive an jealous).

She is the poor rich girl: beatiful and kind. All love her. So typical!

Their love story is like a storm: beautiful, passional and dangerous. They keep so many secrets (her cancer and her infer
I loved this book. It was recommend to me on a fan page for The Love of The Bronze Horseman, and while still no book has compared this was a fantastic read. Great romance and excellent plot. I believe this was originally written in Spanish, I thought that the translation at times seemed a little off nothing jarring just maybe an odd use of a word here and there.

Many characters and lots of subplots going on you really have to stay with it and at times go back and reread a bit ( a least I did) al
Roxanne Smith
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
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I absolutely loved this very long and suspenseful book! It is a whopping 611 pages so it has plenty of time to develop all the characters. The main female character is Matilde, a pediatric surgeon, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is in the airport, about to go to Paris to learn French, with her best friend and fellow doctor, Juana. They are taking an intensive French language class to prepare for a trip to the Congo, whe
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok

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I wish I had read first reviews first before I got this book or I would have known it's a trilogy. It is 611 pages, nothing about the synopsis had said it would come in 3 parts. To wait until next year for the rest is a complete turn off, I don't mind if they come in trilogy or even pentalogy as long as it's clearly indicated.

If you are
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
To be honest, this book was a bit boring.

The main characters meet on a flight to Paris and its automatic sparks for them…. Well, more so on Eliah’s part since he mercilessly ppursues Matilde until she finally agrees to go out with him...Hah..

So their backgrounds: Eliah Al-Saud, is a business mogul who comes from a rich and powerful family. And oh, he just so happens to be of royal lineage too.

Matilde, on the other hand, comes from a humble background and is a young doctor dreaming of helping t
Tanya Santiago
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-reviewed
Although this book started off very slow in the beginning, it picked up about half way through. I must honestly say that I was intrigued by the plot and how the characters were interwoven into the story. There was romance, conspiracies, and terrorism which made the story interesting and not to mention it was based in Paris and the author was great at describing the scenery.

The story centers around Matilde and Eliah who meet on a flight to Paris. Matilde is a pediatrician who is ultimately going
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really want to give this book 4 stars or maybe 3.5, but damn why are there so many characters!!!

I'm reading the book now and to be honest I've lost all momentum to finish it. This is due to the fact that I'm working so hard to remember who all these new characters are that keep coming into the story, geesh! I'm counting 15 people that have been introduced into the story so far and about 4-5 have some immediate connection to our two lovers. I never thought I would ever type this or say this abo
Alpha Possessive Heroes
I requested this book from netgalley because the cover is great and description looks interesting. Someone mentioned that the hero in this book is possessive, so I was excited to received this one.

dum dum dum dum

I just want to say that I'm so disappointed with the book.. The story is just boring and the dialogue was a bit off that I was struggling to finish it! I noticed this was originally in spanish version and I'm wondering if the author just used a google translator for this.

I like all the c
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. First of all there is a lot going on in this story which made it hard to follow all the characters. This author is extremely talented and I was super impressed with the depth of this story. The h has a loudmouth, slutty BF which is a huge pet peeve for me. The h is really innocent and I got tired of how everyone fell in love with her. Bc of her meek temperament I didn't believe for a second that she is a pediatric surgeon. Doctors have to have a le ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved loved loved this book, could not put it down, had to know what happened, and then....I found out it is a trilogy, not a stand alone book. I am not unhappy about that but would have liked to have known that going into it. I thought there would be resolution and I had only 25 pages left when I realized there could not be a resolution in those few pages. I really like the contrast in personalities of the 2 main characters. I look forward to continuing the series, and I highly recommend it.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely marvelous!!.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a surprise. I was not expecting to like this book so much.
It conveys so much feeling from the characters. Sometimes it is a bit annoying because that type of love/obsession is almost impossible but...some say that it can happen. I would like very much to listen to the audiobook in english but i am not sure if it has been made.
I really recommend this book to people who like romantic stories, with some actual facts and heavy stories.
Iris Ayala
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Year of the Fire novel series by Bonelli is one of the best trilogies I have read. Each book is about 500+ pages filled with romance, drama, intrigue, terrorist pursuits in different countries. I hope this book series becomes a movie series at some point. A definite must-read. I rate this trilogy a 10!
Mariana Ribeiro
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i didn't know this was a series so, to say i was disappointed is an understatement (my bad). but i really want to keep reading. so good! omg, their relationship is at times pretty annoying and the lack of communication is outstanding but i want to know what happends next!
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a story!
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
It's more like 3.5, since it was a bit better than just good book but I can't say that I really liked it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I requested this book from NetGalley :).

Well, first of all, it's translated from Spanish to English, thats why sometimes there are some odd archaic/clinical words, or maybe it was just in the ARC I was reading. But it just gave some other level to this story with all the French and Italian and Arabic and German. And it's over 600 pages and it
The Year of Fire is an enlightening and brilliant read. It is because of series such as Year of Fire that I fell in love with Romance novels. The character development, the depth of story, and the writing are all so magnificently executed that I found my self lost in the love story between Elia and Matilde and neglecting my own love story.

This novel is not flowery or cheesy. Florencia Bonelli, an Argentine novelist, takes you on a journey from Paris, to the Congo, to the middle east following t
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Romance written by an Argentinian author. I didn't get very far into it, although the book is so long that I actually read what would have been half a normal book.

It was a sort of cross between a sheikh romance (the hero is half Saudi, half Argentinian) and a medical romance (the heroine is a pediatrician about to go off to Congo with a Médecins Sans Frontières-type outfit), with a heroine who, pediatrician or not, is horrendously Anastasia Steele-like in her childlike-ness and naiveté. Add to
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is translation from a Spanish trilogy series. All in all, the book was good and well plot out. The characters were likable. I like that the hero and heroine, Eliah and Metilda, were family oriented. One thing I found disappointing was Metilda's immaturity at times. For a twenty-six year-old surgeon, her actions or reactions to her relationship issues with Elaih were quiet immature and frustrating to read. There were a lot of things/events going on in this book that tied back to the plots an ...more
Marina Dorfeo-connor
Very entertaining! I found a lot of similarities to the 50 Shades of Grey book minus the playroom. Something that got my attention and could not figure out the reason: why the Spanish used in large parts of the books is Mexican? The author is from Argentina... there were no Mexican characters in the books (I read the trilogy). If the reason is because the rest of Latin America would not understand Argentine slang, then why not use Spanish from the Real Academia Espanola??? It changed the express ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
A friend of mine read all three of these books in Spanish, with very different titles, and she highly recommended them to me. I usually respect her opinions, but I was disappointed, even more so because I ordered all three books from Amazon and they are huge - over 600 pages each. Obsession reminded me of the "shades of grey" series, but with more romance, a soft porn style, and without the s & m focus. I'm reading the 2nd book now, which seems a bit better so far, just because I spent so much m ...more
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Florencia Bonelli nació el 5 de mayo de 1971 en la ciudad de Córdoba, Argentina. Estudió Ciencias Económicas y se recibió de contadora pública, profesión que abandonó después de leer El Árabe de Edith Hull, libro que la impulsó a dedicarse profesionalmente a la escritura.

La publicación de su novela épica en dos volúmenes, Indias Blancas (2005), significó un salto en su carrera, logrando atravesar

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“- ¿Cómo sabe una si está realmente enamorada de un hombre?
- Eso es fácil. Sólo querés estar con él, sentir su presencia, mirarlo, olerlo. Querés que te toque y tocarlo. Cuando lo ves aparecer, te emocionás tanto que te duele la boca del estómago. Pensás en ese hombre día y noche. Te dormís pensando en él y te levantás pensando en él.”
“Eliah —Decímelo todo, por favor, Matilde. Quiero ayudarte.

Matilde: “¿Sí? ¿Me ayudarías? ¿O saldrías espantado?”
—No sabés cuánto me ayudás abrazándome de este modo. Me hacés sentir fuerte cuando me abrazás. Me hacés sentir que soy capaz de conquistar el mundo.

Eliah —Mi amor, nadie me había dicho algo tan hermoso, jamás. Si lo que necesitás es mi fuerza, te la doy toda.”
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