A Torch In His Heart Review

A Torch in His Heart (The Wanderer #1)
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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 him even more. But then Jason explains to her that someone else has been looking for her for thousands of years as well and has managed to find her at the same time.

Sam Woolf is Helle’s boss. She wanted the job originally because it paid well, and she knew she had the chance to start her career. Then, Woolf starts to make her uncomfortable. Whenever Helle looks into his eyes, shivers run down her spine. She forgets how to think, and can’t seem to say no to him, no matter how hard she tries. When Jason says that he is the one coming after her, everything begins to make sense. But there is only one person that Woolf has hated in all his lives, and that was the Wanderer Jason. Now, he has the chance to get rid of the Wanderer once and for all, and to take Helle back to be his own.

I loved how this story seamlessly flowed between Jason and Helle’s past and current lives together. As you read along, you learn more and more about their life thousands of years ago. Reincarnation is such an interesting topic, and this book shows how this theme can work very well in a romance novel. They were younger in their past lives, but they were just as madly in love. Jason remembers all his past lives, including the ones spent alone without Helle. Helle only remembers bits and pieces from her life thousands of years ago, but she doesn’t seem to remember any lives before that. As Jason explains the lives to Helle, Helle has dreams every night that can be read where the previous life is shown. That is something that Belfrage does excellently, even though a character may “tell” another character something, that same event is also “shown” in a dream sequence. There were no long montages of Jason rambling about past lives, everything was also vibrantly shown through Helle’s fragmented dreams.

The only thing that I truly didn’t like in this story was when Helle’s friend Alison was hurt. She goes to discuss it with Helle, and Helle’s response was “You’ll get over it.” They were having an argument at the time, so I can understand why Helle might be a bit upset. But telling your friend who is clearly suffering that she will “get over it” is not the best of advice. This scene was quickly over, but it is just one example of how Helle can be a bit blunt and even cruel at times to people who do care about her in the grand scheme of things. I did like that Helle wasn’t perfect, but this is an awfully cruel flaw to have.

Other than that short scene, the book was amazing overall. This is a steamy romance, but I liked that the characters weren’t just blindly having sex. They truly cared for one another, and this was just how they showed their love for one another. It made them feel more like true lovers than most “true loves” in romance novels. This again tied into the well-thought-out plot of reincarnation.

Overall, this was a lovely novel. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new adult fantasy romance book to indulge in.

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

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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Ancient Souls Review

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Ancient Souls: (Historical Fantasy Romance Series-Book 1)Death is only temporary and then you’re reborn, sending out a call to other souls linked through past friendship, love—and betrayal.

When WWII nurse Cora Tate discovers she can remember past lives, she is thrust into a world she never knew existed but lived through more times than she could count. Although the memories of her many pasts have not yet returned, she finds herself at the center of a centuries-old conflict with a clear line dividing those who seek power and those who seek to give it. With her superior fighting skills and instincts for battle resurfacing, Cora agrees to fight, joining ancient warriors who could never blend in and a petite female sniper you could never see coming.

With battle after battle, Cora’s memories begin to flood back–though some not soon enough. Their leader, British Captain Alastair Scott, doesn’t hide his feelings for her, barely reigning in his passions in his attempt to give her space to remember. But as Cora’s mind begins to open further revealing her love for Alastair and the never ending war in which they fight, memories of another soul emerge in a far away past where lovers turned enemies and enemies turned lovers.

With her destiny held in the balance, Cora must reconcile between who she once was with whom she was always meant to be to stop the war for good.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a good reincarnation romance novel!

Cora has strange hallucinations, and she has no idea where they come from. Soon, she finds out that the hallucinations are actually scenes from her past lives, and that she isn’t quite normal. In this universe, there are some souls that are “ancient” or that can reincarnate throughout history. Cora has lived many other lives, and soon she will be able to remember nearly all of them. She joins a group of other reincarnated souls, which is where she meets Alastair. He says that he is her soulmate, and soon her memories confirm that. Then another man comes into their lives, someone who broke them apart in a past life, and old battles resume.

Cora was a unique character, even without being an “ancient soul.” I think this is why I liked this book so much. She was already a female nurse in WWII, operating on soldiers with all kinds of horrifying injuries. She was a hero for being able to keep working even though she was nearly falling asleep on her feet, just to try to save as many patients as possible. The fact that she was an ancient soul just made things better, I would have enjoyed a complete story just about her!

Her romance with Alastair does not really pick up in this novel that much, but it is understandable as this is only book one in the series. I hope to be able to read the future books, and to see how their relationship blossoms. This book focuses more on building Cora as an individual character, and exploring her past lives.

Another unique thing about this story is that the reincarnated souls are really old. Rarely do I even see the reincarnated souls characters go back that far in history, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Even though this story was around 250 pages, I devoured it in one sitting. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a new historical fiction/fantasy romance novel to read! It is definitely worth your time. Can’t wait to continue with the series!

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books.

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Enlightened Review

Enlightened by [Kowalewski, Billie]

Veronica has spent the last 5 years mourning the death of her soulmate. When she starts to have strangely painful headaches, she doesn’t know what to do anymore. One day, she visits her soulmate’s grave. She never comes home. When she wakes up, she sees her soulmate Seth in front of her. Then, she regains her memories. Veronica is really a soul named Harmony, and her soulmate Seth is really her Earth School classmate Kaleb. Kaleb is the reason why she keeps dying and being sent home early.

The pacing of this novel was incredible, you will not experience any dull moments. Every character has their own personalities, and Veronica/Harmony is an especially unique one. The world-building of this novel is unbelievable. I usually struggle to visualize scenes, but I found myself being able to visualize all the scenes from both Harmony’s after-life and lives on Earth. Lastly, the storyline was one-of-a-kind Never before had I read a novel where Earth was training for souls, and this book describes it perfectly.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fresh, new YA fantasy novel about reincarnation and souls.

Read my full review here: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=62906

Yesterday Review

Yesterday: A Novel of Reincarnation by [Samyann]

Yesterday is a novel that shows the relationship between a man and a woman named Amanda and Mark throughout both this life and a past life. Amanda and Mark grow throughout the novel as they start to feel the connection that they have with each other and the love that they shared in the year 1871.

This book was a beautiful story, and the only reason why I had to take off a star was that the beginning was a bit confusing. it will switch from present day to the past a lot, and sometimes it was hard to keep track of what all the characters were doing. However, if you like multiple POV stories, this is definitely for you. It does clear up by the middle of the book, and the rest was quite enjoyable.

The historical fiction portion of this novel was well researched, and the story was engaging. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good historical fiction/reincarnation romance novel.

Overall Rating: 4/5

If you want a longer version of my review, you can check it out at Online Book Club! https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?t=60831

I think that my review is going to also be in the regular review section of the site? I’m not sure, but I will keep y’all updated.