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A Torch in His Heart

(The Wanderer #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  39 reviews
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 re
Kindle Edition, 395 pages
Published August 31st 2018 by Timelight Press
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Amy Bruno
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
No one does passion and romance quite like Anna Belfrage! Breaking away from her historical series, Belfrage is back to wow readers with a unique story of love, revenge, drama, and doing whatever possible to be with your soulmate...even live through countless lives to find them again.

Helle, Jason, and Sam are trapped in an endless loop of reincarnation. Connected by an invisible thread, each man on their own mission with Helle caught between them - one man who wants to posses her and one who sim
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Romance is not my usual stomping ground, but A Torch in His Heart was difficult to ignore. I’ve read nearly all of Anna Belfrage’s books and couldn’t help being curious about the project, so I took my chances and jumped in with an open mind.

In terms of content, A Torch in His Heart is a hot and steamy read. Belfrage has never shied from love scenes, but she explored new territory here and I liked how the action complemented
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have, at this point, read all but one of Ms. Belfrage’s historical fiction books. This new series is a bit of a departure from both her time traveling Graham Saga or her Midieval King’s Greatest Enemy series. Rather than time travelers this book features beings that have reincarnated through time. It’s a tale as old as time as we have two men fighting over one woman. One good, one evil.

I will warn you, don’t start this book unless you have the time to read it through ’cause it’s going to grab
Paula Lofting
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
Lisa Marie Gabriel
This book just got better and better as it went on. Initially I had problems with the characters. Jason was wet, Helle was helpless and Sam... What can I say? He really triggered me. A nasty, manipulative and villainous version of Christian Grey? To be fair, alpha males and bad boys are not my thing but I persevered and I was glad I did. I have never rated a book by how much I liked or disliked a character and this novel ended up being an enthralling read. There is a lot of explicit sexual conte ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who would be able to resist a story that's been building over millennia, that's full of passion, danger, and revenge? Definitely not me!

The idea that we are all reincarnated throughout time constantly searching for that one person whom our soul needs to feel complete - that's been Jason's existence and will continue to be until he is finally able to find Helle. The glitch in all this - Samion, the other person who thinks Helle belongs to him and him alone but in the most dark and depraved way. S
Sayara Clair
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

Anna Belfrage, well-known for historical and time-travel romance, has ventured into new territory with this contemporary paranormal romance offering. Here’s a description from social media of A Torch in his Heart: In life, after life, he’s searched the world for her, the girl he loved and lost 3000 years ago. Now, he’s found her. Unfortunately, so has the man who destroyed them in the past... A timeless and dark romance.

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Laurie Tell
I'm confused. People really like this book. It has everything you could want in a book:romance, suspense, time slipping, adventure. But...I didn't like this book at all. The characters seemed flat and one dimensional. And the hero acted like a jerk. He would be mean to her, then realize his mistake and run back to her. Did he learn nothing after doing this over and over again through the centuries? All of the characters just annoyed me. ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've always been fascinated by reincarnation, particularly the thought of being able to remember past lives. After reading A Torch in His Heart, I'm reminded, be careful what you wish for. What if you lived thousands of years ago and reincarnated over and over again just to find the love of your soul again…and make up for the tragedy that ended both your lives? Sounds thrilling, but there's a dark underside to that and this story shows both.
Helle and Jason first found each other lifetimes ago in
Kathleen Kelly
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: addiction
A Torch in His Heart by Anna Belfrage is a time slip story of Jason, Helle and Sam. The two men have been searching for Helle for over 2000 years. In an earlier life, as a young girl, Helle had died, Currently, Helle is a successful woman and starts working for Sam. In a short time, Sam starts to show his true self, being sexually intrusive, making things very difficult for Helle, that he will have Helle no matter what, even if it means killing Jason and forcing Helle to do as he wishes. Nothing ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was completely blown away by Anna's new novel. The characters Helle and Jason had my heart from the very beginning. The heat the words ignite in the readers mind were intense and very realistic. Although the story was about reincarnation and following your soulmate through lifetime and lifetime,  I still felt very connected to the plot and the outcome right away. 

Helle Madsen comes to her new job in London ready to make an impression. Once Sam Woolf lays eyes on her, he immediately becomes gru
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine living one life after another searching for your lover and every time you find her you’ll see her die?
This is Jason’s destiny, seeing her loved Helle killed on the hands of his enemy, he has been cursed to see the fate of her lover again and again till his enemy, the dominant Woolf, will conquer Helle’s heart and win it over him. This is a story inside a story, where centuries of lives are mixed together to create the present one, the definitive story of these two powerful men fi
Nicky Moxey
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great premise - a reincarnation story with an eternal triangle, brought bang up to date in a contemporary setting.
The beautifully-realised characters - Ms. Belfrage's strong suit in her other novels - have been playing out their two-guys-one-girl problem for thousands of years; but this time it's all or nothing. The tensions between them have been screwed to breaking point; which man will Helle choose? Can Sam's dominating powers force her choice, or will the true love that Jason offers w
Jenny Q
Oct 11, 2018 marked it as to-check-out
Author Q&A + Giveaway @ Let Them Read Books! ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can say that my attention was grabbed as soon as I cracked open the pages of this book and started reading it. I was swept away by the past and the present lives of Helle, Sam, and Jason. Ms. Belfrage wrote a rich story with developed characters. Yet, as much as I loved this book; I did not feel like I even scratched the layers of the three characters. There is so many more questions that I have that I know will be answered in the second book. Thus the reason I am ordering the second book.

Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved it!

I was pulled into Jason and Helle's story from the very first page. Absolutely fantastic. Reincarnated time and time again and always in danger from Wolfe. What I didn't like was being left hanging at the end! Really not fair because now I'll have to wait to see what happens with Jason!
Ackerline P
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Story

I enjoyed this book so much so that I absolutely hated to finish it. Jason actually reminds me of Matthew in the way that he is in total all consuming love with his mate. Strong yet gentle. Helle is a hesitate hellion whom I enjoyed seeing her transition to understanding her purpose. Loved it and can't wait for the next book.
InD'tale Magazine

This paranormal romance is an intriguing adventure full of sizzling chemistry, heated passion and involves re-incarnation and a deadly feud between two men over one girl.

Read full review in the 2018 Nov issue of InD'tale Magazine.
K. J. Harrowick
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Why I picked up this book:

I stumbled across a random Twitter ad from this author and was immediately drawn to the idea of a love triangle that lasted through several lifetimes. I'm a sucker for a romance so strong, it can connect characters through multiple lives, so I immediately started hunting around on Goodreads and read some of the reviews.

One of the things about the book blurb that had me hesitant to pick it up was I couldn't tell if the story was contemporary or set in a fantasy world. I
KarenJo Custodio
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded to 5

A Torch in His Heart by Anna Belfrage is a seductive, atmospheric, and intoxicating romantic fantasy thriller.

I have never read anything by Belfrage before, but this book absolutely made me a fan. I thought her writing style is immensely mesmerizing, sultry, unexpected, and affecting. Within the first few pages, I found myself completely enamored and could not stop reading. Belfrage's storytelling is just so incredibly magnetic that even when some parts moved relatively slow, I w
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating ~3.5 stars.

When I first read the blurb of A Torch in his Heart, I was very interested, even though I like to avoid love triangles and hate them with a passion of a thousand suns but the premise seemed fascinating enough (along with the supernatural element) that I decided to give it a go and I’m glad I did. Also technically speaking it isn’t a love triangle more a story of a couple and the crazy psycho who wants to possess the girl.

Helle, Jason and Sam are stuck in what seems like an end
Alexandra Mack
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Helle never believed in reincarnation until she met Jason. For some reason, her heart remembers Jason. He claims that they were lovers in a past life thousands of years ago and that he has been searching for her in every single one of his lives since then. This life was the first one since their original life that he was successful in finding her. They have such deep chemistry with one another that Helle believes that Jason could be telling the truth. When he shows her his powers, she believes h ...more
Laura Doherty
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every now and then I read a blurb that wholeheartedly captures my interest, which is exactly what happened with A Torch In His Heart. By the end of the blurb I already felt worried about what could possibly happen to Helle. I can’t think of many books that can do that,

Starting the book then I had a strange mix of trepidation and excitement for the story ahead, would it live up to my expectations from the blurb?

Hell yes!

This is a love story within a love story that has lasted through time. I abs
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
A Torch in His Heart is a dark romance in which three people live and re-live the lives they started 3000 years ago, each trying to finally get it right this time. Do they? We don't know for sure, because this one is very much a to be continued...

The two male characters--Jason and Sam/Samion--have a leg up on Helle, because each life that they live they know more about the past ones they've led than she does. Samion, according to Jason, is born knowing what has already happened and is aware of w
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was INTENSE!

So going into this one, there are a few triggers that I’d like to mention such as abuse, sexual assault, and emotional trauma.

Within the first few pages, we are brought into the idea of reincarnation between a modern-day contemporary and a historical fantasy world set thousands of years ago.

We meet Helle who is trying to start her life with a new job in London. Little does she know that ‘fate‘ is honing in on her when she meets her mysterious new boss.

Who turns out to be th
Mary Yarde
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“You know why I’m here,” Jason said. “I’m here for her...”

Three thousand years ago, Jason Morris lost the only woman he had ever loved. It was an agony like none he had ever experienced, it had torn at his soul and irrevocably broken his heart. He longed for death so the pain would stop. But for Jason, death was no escape. By the cruel hand of fate, he is on an endless loop of birth and death as he searches for his lost love through the ages.

However, Jason is not the only one who is on this endl
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a real change of direction for one of my favourite historical fiction authors, that I have been quite taken by surprise, not by her writing skill, as that's always on top form, but by her ability to place me very firmly in the present with a compelling, contemporary story, which also has a dark and deeply troubled past.

Helle Madsen is dominated by Sam Woolf, her manipulative, and it must be said, quite evil boss who, it seems, will stop at nothing to get what he wants. That he want
Sara Strand
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh this was fabulous book.... a romance novel with plenty love, drama, revenge and a ABSOLUTELY AMAZING backstory (past life/first life) I could have read an entire book just about that first life ( *hint hint Anna Belfrage* Prequel anyone )

Helle, Jason and Sam's story blew me away I was completely caught up in it. A story about three souls destined to be reborn over and over again trapped in an endless loop of reincarnation, both men searching for the same girl one only wanting to love her the
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am conflicted about this book. It has an interesting premise and I am a fan of Time slip, but the characters especially Sam are a bit disturbing.

The story is about a love triangle between Helle, Jason and Sam, who have a past, a literal past as in 2000 years in the past, their triangle did not end well. Helle goes to work for Sam and at first all is well, but then Sam becomes very aggressive towards her, both sexually and emotionally. Jason has been waiting for her over the centuries and come
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Anna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she's multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer - or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna ...more

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