Smoke In Her Eyes Blog Tour Plus First Impressions Review

Smoke In Her Eyes
by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: March 15, 2019
Timelight Press
eBook & Paperback; 352 Pages

Series: The Wanderer #2
Genre: Romance/Erotica/Paranormal

Six months ago, Helle Madsen would have described herself as normal. Now she no longer knows if that terms applies, not after her entire life has been turned upside down by the reappearance of not one, but two, men from her very, very distant past.

Helle Madsen never believed in mumbo-jumbo stuff like reincarnation—until she came face to face with Jason Morris, a man who purportedly had spent fifty lives looking for her. Coping with being reunited with the lover from her ancient past was one thing. Having Sam Woolf, her vindictive nemesis from that same ancient past join the party was a bit too much. Suddenly, Helle finds herself the reluctant heroine of a far-flung, time-transcending epic story, one in which pain and loss seem to play a very big part.

This time round, Jason and Helle are determined to make it to the happily ever after. Unfortunately, Sam Woolf will stop at nothing to crush them. That ride into the golden sunset seems awfully far away at times…

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Review for Book 1! 

First Impressions Review

I am currently around 150 pages into this book, so less than halfway through, and I am loving it so far! Helle and Jason’s relationship is going through a rough patch, as Jason isn’t spending any time with Helle. He feels responsible for Juliet’s severe burns, and so he spends all day at the hospital with her. When he gets home, he barely pays any attention to Helle. Helle is feeling extremely neglected, and Jason won’t even talk to her to explain what he is going through. She also doesn’t like the fact that he is spending so much time with Juliet, given that the two had a romantic relationship in the past. Woolf is out of commission at the start of the novel, but if Jason and Helle do not work together to put him out of commission permanently, he will come back again.

My favorite part about the beginning of this novel was how it showed that no relationship is perfect, and that every relationship needs communication. Even though Helle and Jason work so well together, they still need to talk to one another. And that is what they aren’t doing in this book. Helle wouldn’t have been upset, and Jason wouldn’t have been so bottled up. I can’t wait to see how they will work out their differences and fight Woolf again later on in this novel.

If I gave this novel a rating right now, I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Seeing Helle and Jason bicker for quite a few chapters can become annoying after a while, but I know that it is necessary to see how they will grow later on in the novel

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 three 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. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment…)

With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so.

Find out more about Anna by visiting her website, www.annabelfrage.com, You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 30
Feature at Broken Teepee

Wednesday, May 1
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, May 6
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Wednesday, May 8
Interview at The Book Connection

Thursday, May 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Monday, May 13
Review at Bri’s Book Nook

Tuesday, May 14
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Friday, May 17
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Saturday, May 18
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Monday, May 20
Review at Bookish

Thursday, May 23
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Monday, May 27
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Tuesday, May 28
Review & Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, May 31
Feature at Coffee and Ink
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

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Warmth: A Paranormal Romance Novella Review

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Warmth: A Paranormal Romance NovellaCan he ever forgive her?

Fire witch and full-time outcast Ariel Manchester thought her dreams had come true when Jordan Walker, her crush since high school, kissed her on New Year’s Eve.
But when Jordan reveals that he is a vampire and she is his midnight snack, Ariel uses magic to save herself— and in the process, burns her attacker to a smoldering crisp.
Now Jordan’s dark and mysterious brother, Ryan Walker, is out for revenge. A talented warlock with a knack for spell casting, he summons a demon to take care of Ariel once and for all.

But Ariel isn’t Ryan’s only problem.

There is a price to be paid for meddling with the supernatural. A price that must be paid in blood.

And there’s only one person he can turn to for help.

Enter a new world of paranormal suspense, fantasy, and new adult romance with this debut novella by Liv Miles! 

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I was so into this story at the start of the novel! Ariel was such a tragic character. She clearly did not have full control over her powers, even though she had been practicing for years. Now she murdered her high school crush. Sure, he was attacking her at the time and trying to drink her blood because he was a vampire. But that doesn’t mean that he deserved to die. Ryan, his twin brother, is after her now. He doesn’t believe that it was an accident and sends a demon after her.

I liked that Ariel didn’t just “get over’ the murder. She knew that something wasn’t right about the entire situation, but she had to keep moving on with her life. Even as a demon was after her, she continued to be civil to Ryan and go to her classes.

Ryan was a bit much for me. I thought that he hated Ariel, and this made him quite an interesting character. Then, he randomly started falling for her. And she started falling for him! There was no paranormal influence in the romance portion of the novella, it was just instalove. I wouldn’t mind instalove, but under these circumstances, it just seems rushed. Ryan still thinks that this girl killed his brother, but he is just going to drop all of these thoughts on a random feeling of “like.” If his hatred of Ariel hadn’t been so severe at the start of the novella, the transition into the “love” storyline would have been smoother.

Overall, this was an okay romance novella. I didn’t love it all the way through, but the story was interesting. I ended up liking the demon/murder plot more than the romance plot. This would definitely have made a great paranormal murder novella with a bit of romance at the end! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fantasy/mystery short story.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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A Magic Redemption Blog Tour Plus Review

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by Tena Stetler

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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Synn, a demon, carries extraordinary magic and power, but there is more within her than she dreams. Kidnapped as a child, her captors murdered her family and forced her into training as a warrior assassin. When an assignment goes horribly wrong, she finds herself at the mercy of the friends and family of her intended target. Offering valuable information in exchange for protection, she gains her freedom, but it is not without its challenges.

Gavin Shaughnessy is the publican at his family’s Irish pub. He is certain Synn is meant to be his and isn’t bothered by her past. He must find a way to convince her, their future together is stronger than the dark memories that haunt her dreams.

When her past comes calling for revenge, will their love survive the raging inferno she brings down upon them? Or will the searing path of destruction destroy all they hold dear?

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Synn has been struggling to adjust to regular life after escaping from her captors. Now, she knows what freedom is like, but certain things remind her of her past life and cause her to spiral into a panic attack. She had some sort of relationship with Gavin previously, but in this novel, the two are tiptoeing around each other. Synn isn’t sure that she’s ready to be in a relationship, and Gavin doesn’t want to push her into anything too fast. They can’t deny their chemistry and others keep trying to set them up, but they don’t want to betray each other’s trust.

This was definitely one of the better paranormal romance stories that I had read, as they truly respected each other’s wants and needs, and supported each other mentally as well as romantically. Synn allowed Gavin to support her, and she also went to other members of Gavin’s family for emotional support. I liked that they didn’t make it so that she escaped from her captors and was perfectly fine, she actually had anxiety from her life’s ordeal. Others were sensitive to her emotional needs, and she was able to grow and get a job.

The only thing that I wish had been included more in the novel was Gavin’s being a gryfon. It was a known fact from the beginning of the novel that he was a gryfon, but it wasn’t included in the storyline until almost the end. The only character that had magic was Synn herself, and her magic was only slightly the focus of the novel. I felt that it made the book less paranormal and more just regular adult romance. If things had been explained and used more in the story, I think that it would have added more to the overall worldbuilding.

Even though this book was 231 pages, I read through it pretty quickly. It was nice how well the story flowed, and how the story didn’t seem rushed. Even though it was the fifth book in the series, I definitely think that it could be read as a standalone. I was still able to connect with all the characters and enjoy this amazing book without reading the previous four.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an adult romance novel with some paranormal elements.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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Excerpt Three

The road to her cottage took them by the pub. He didn’t want to spoil a great day by stopping by Shaughnessy’s. But he had a nagging feeling that was exactly what he was supposed to do. Prior experience taught him nothing but trouble would come if he ignored his gut. “Mind if we stop by the pub on the way home. Storm can stay in the truck for a few minutes. I want to make sure—”

“Everything is all right?”

“Of course it’s all right. I’ve taken time off before.” Gavin bristled. “I had a life before—” He stopped mid-sentence. No way was he going to spoil this day.

She shifted in her seat to face him. “Before what? Me? Before your sister married an assassin? Or Brandy became engaged to a vampire? Before your world came crashing down amid demons, vampires, witches, and world ending shit?” She paused, closed her eyes, and leaned her head against the seat again. “I didn’t mean that. I’ve been on edge since the dream—nightmare—premonition. Call it what you want. Today was a nice reprieve. But when we hit the edge of town—what’d you call ’em—” she tapped her temple. “My spidey senses went off.” She shivered.

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Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career.
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. During the winter you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

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Protecting the Wolf’s Mate (Blood Moon Brotherhood #3)

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Protecting the Wolf's MateEllen has one goal: vengeance. With little memory of her life before her imprisonment by a maniacal werewolf, her world has been full of pain, humiliation, and fear. But now that she’s been rescued, her need for revenge is challenged by the urge to be part of a pack… and the unshakable connection to, Hollis, the man her wolf claims as their mate.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to protect his pack, and that includes looking after Ellen, who doesn’t need or want his help. He’s determined to keep her safe, even though she’s hell-bent on revenge, even if that means sacrificing himself. And it might come to that when the big bad comes back for the one woman he can’t live without.

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I loved Hollis and Ellen so much! Hollis is a wolf who can’t seem to shift, so he just gets sick every full moon. While others enjoy bonding with their wolves and learning how to fight for their pack, he spends most of his time just trying to figure out how to find a cure for the wolf infection.

Ellen used to be one of the Others, but she was basically born into it and had no way out. Now, she doesn’t have a pack and was only in Hollis’ to help Jessa, the Alpha’s mate, to have a baby. Since the baby is born, she wants to go back to the Others again to kill Cyrus and the ones who tortured her for years.

Ellen and Hollis are two of the most focused members of the pack. Hollis has dedicated his life to his cure, and Ellen has dedicated her life to getting revenge on those who hurt her. Ellen uses anger as a way to protect herself when she was with the Others, and Hollis just buries himself in data to protect himself from being ashamed of his wolf. Neither felt that they had time for love, and they wanted to deny the emotional connection that they had. Their friends knew but Hollis wanted to focus on his work and Ellen wanted to focus on her mission without getting connected to any members of the pack.

Hollis has been the pack member with the most fleshed out story for me so far. He tells Ellen about his home life before he became a wolf, and he even has a company outside of the pack. He seems like a person with real traits other than just being a wolf in this pack.

Ellen has the most unique story out of all of the characters. She was technically a member of the “villain’s” pack, but not by choice. She can give Hollis’ pack more in-depth information about how the Others work, telling them things that they would have never known about Cyrus.

Ellen and Hollis’ romance was pretty whirlwind. They had chemistry from start to end of the story. I thought that they were going to get together a lot faster than they did, but it still took a good portion of the book before they accepted the bond. We got to see more of each character’s backstory this way, and I actually enjoyed the wait more.

Overall, I loved this installment in the series. I can’t wait for the next one! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a new adult romance novel.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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Possessed by the Vampire Review (Vampire Enforcement Agency #3)

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Possessed by the Vampire (Vampire Enforcement Agency #3)With the opening of the Vampire Training Academy, Roric is confident that the Agency is getting a handle on the rogue epidemic, and he can focus on other things, like getting Caroline to agree to mate with him. But when the rogues conspire to take down the school, Roric realizes the battle has just begun.

The rebellion wants to bring an end to the Academy, the Agency, and, ultimately, the treaty between vampires and humans. While Roric is reeling from the surprise attack, they make their demands, holding Caroline as ransom.

Can Roric save Caroline before the next attack, or will he have to sacrifice the woman he loves to protect the world from his own kind?

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This was honestly my favorite book in the series, and it totally restored my faith in Caroline and Roric’s relationship.

Roric and Caroline are celebrating the opening of the new school for newborn vampires. They hoped that there would be no more rogue vampires once the school is opened, and that vampire/human relationships would improve because of this. Roric finally agreed with Caroline that the vampires needed some sort of training, and together they found the best way to do it. This relationship growth was so important for the couple, as it brought them together to fight for the same cause. Rorirc wasn’t babying Caroline, trying to keep her inside and away from other vampires, and Caroline was able to continue the work that she thought was important.

When Caroline was kidnapped, Roric almost loses his mind with worry as he tries to find her. But while she could use Roric’s help, she definitely was no damsel in distress. She was constantly trying to find a way to escape, and even when her captor tried to get her to beg Roric for help, she stuck to her guts and told Roric that she would be fine. I loved her for this, in her mind, the Academy was worth more than even her own life. Roric was determined not to let her die, but Caroline wanted to fight for herself so Roric could protect the Academy.

Taven and Ivy are also a couple in this book. They didn’t have as many issues in the previous novel, but they have their own share of troubles in this book. They never truly confirmed “what they were.” Taven wants to be exclusive, but they still don’t have any sort of label, and he is completely out of touch with his emotions. Ivy would be okay with being exclusive, but she wants Taven to tell her what he wants. I feel like I got to see more about how they feel for each other in this book, and I loved it.

I really do enjoy how this series ended. I wish that I could know more about the future of the characters, but it did end on a finite note. It’s just me being greedy when I ask for more!

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a new adult vampire romance trilogy with unique characters and addictive love plots.

I received an advance copy of this novel and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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Obsessed With the Vampire Review (Vampire Enforcement Agency #2)

Obsessed with the Vampire (Vampire Enforcement Agency #2)Never trust vampires. Why can’t Caroline remember that?
Now that her bloodlust is under control and her relationship with Roric is developing into something more than a mentorship, Caroline is finally starting to accept her new life as a vampire.

With the rogue population exploding around them, Caroline wants to do her part to help the newly-turned and prove to herself and the world that vampires aren’t monsters. But when Roric refuses to let her put herself in that kind of danger, Caroline isn’t sure if he’s motivated by love or his obsessive need for control.

When a terrible situation forces her to make an impossible decision, Caroline must choose between breaking the law and saving an innocent victim. But can she, and her relationship with Roric, survive the choice she makes?

Caroline is getting used to being a vampire. She no longer has to avoid humans, and she is learning how to live a more nocturnal life. Her relationship with Roric seemed to be going well at first, but then Roric becomes more and more controlling. He doesn’t want her to work even though he works in a dangerous job himself, and doesn’t even want her to go out. Their relationship is on even shakier ground when Caroline directly disobeys Roric’s wishes and goes out at night, happening to stumble across a vampire attacking a human. Her choice during this attack will determine the fate of their relationship.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t quite sure how this series would play out after I finished reading the first book. This book definitely exceeded my expectations. The arc of having Caroline stumble across a dying human and being forced to make the same choice Roric did was well thought out. I also like that this story is showing how insta-crush may not be the same as love. Caroline would have never thought Roric would be so controlling when she met him, but now, she doesn’t know if she will actually want to stay with him. They didn’t just instantly fall in love and never have any relationship problems.

There are also side storylines about three different, one of whom is the girlfriend of Roric’s best friend. She is also going through problems with the vampire who turned her and then fell for her. I definitely preferred Ivy and Taven’s story to Caroline and Roric’s romance, and I actually hope that this couple stays together.

The other two characters have too many spoilers in their storylines for me to discuss them here, but I can say that I didn’t like them as much. By adding so many points of view to this novel, I felt as if I was constantly flying from character to character at times, without really getting to know each one individually. I am still struggling to remember which scenes were for which character as I am writing this review! The only two storylines that were absolutely clear to me were Caroline and Roric’s, the rest blended together.

This book is also not as focused on romance as the previous novel, as most of the characters have one-night stands as the majority of their romantic interaction. I don’t particularly have a problem with this, as the pairs are not set in stone yet, but it made it so that I didn’t see many of the characters have any sort of connection with each other (besides Ivy and Taven). I hope that this is remedied in the final novel, with no character being left hanging at the end of the series.

Overall, this book was a good sequel to the first novel, but it does leave a lot of things to be tied up in the last book with the addition of so many new characters. I hope that it ends well, and that certain things aren’t forgotten towards the end.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for an adult vampire paranormal romance trilogy.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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