#BlogTour #BookReview #Extract Smoke in Her Eyes by Anna Belfrage
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Series: The Wanderer Series, book 2
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd.
Available: 15 March 2019
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Romance
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1789017882
• ISBN-13: 978-1789017885
Massive thanks to Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours, Publisher Troubador and author Anna Belfrage for my copy of this book!! Just as brilliant as the first in the series, I adored reading it and have in fact restarted book one today because I couldn’t resist! So excited to see what happens in the next book!
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…
I adored the first in this series so i jumped at the chance to snag the second book! I must admit had I known it was already out I would have pounced A LOT sooner!!
The characters in this are just that bit different. Helle and Jason are far from perfect, and I really enjoy that about them both. Seeing how Jason tries to gradually build up trust, Helle is cautious and at times outright disbelieving, and considering her situation who wouldn’t be! Yet in this instalment, we see the trials continue in a logical and often unexpected way.
Helle has seen first hand just who Mr Woolfe and Jason are, she has seen how they act, and now she must decide what to do with the information. Her whole world has been turned upside down, and two very different yet equally determined men want to have her. One, for a partnership and one to possess. It’s an age old type of romance GENERAL premise, and yet there is so much MORE to this! And I adore every page.
This isn’t a fast story of man meets girl, they argue, they fix and move on. It’s the type of book you sink into, absorbing the rich details and sliding into the Characters lives fluidly. It isn’t overly descriptive, yet you get all the emotions and confusions that fly through their minds in various scenarios. Some follow the theme of fantasy, some are purely relationship based confusions and dilemmas, and some are a mix of the two.
This is actually my favourite kind of romance. It isn’t predictable, it is often flawed and not all is rosey. It’s more honest. Add in the magic and wonder of a fantasy element, and you wind up with a richly detailed story that’s all encompassing. All your sense end up engrossed in the tale, you feel the rush of excitement and gasp at shocks along the way.
If you haven’t read book one, do so before reading this or you won’t understand fully who is who and what is going on. You could manage to read it without difficulty, but you would perhaps have hiccups with understanding the reactions and confusions of characters. But DEFINITELY read this!
Whether you adore romance, fantasy or both, this is an astounding delight to dive into! Whether already a fan, or new to Anna Belfrage, this is NOT a series you want to miss!!
Continue reading for an Excerpt from the book!
(This is at a low point in Jason’s and Helle’s relationship, very much due to the fact that he totally closes Helle out when he is attempting to handle the guilt and grief caused by Juliet’s accident. Poor Juliet has been reduced to a bedridden husk, and Jason spends his entire time dancing attendance on her – a self-imposed penance)
When Jason came home he was always tired. Sometimes they would go for a walk or a run, she would chatter away, he would remain silent. He would make an effort to smile at her jokes, but the smile didn’t reach his haunted eyes. He never asked about her day, and answered her questions in monosyllables. So she stopped asking. Instead, she conjured up pictures of how he sat in Juliet’s room, her hand clasped in his as he smiled and talked and sang. Things he no longer did with her.
He didn’t cook, muttering that he was too tired, and it wouldn’t kill her to take over the kitchen, would it? Helle acidly pointed out that she wasn’t exactly twiddling her thumbs, which at least made him apologise. He spent hours at the laptop, saying he had to keep up with his work, but now and then she caught him surfing the web, brow furrowed in deep lines of concentration as he read about the latest development in burns treatment. And then there were the hushed conversations with Nigel. She hated that he shared far more of his anguish with Nigel than he did with her. It made her feel very inconsequential in his life.
“You can talk to me, you know,” she told him after one such hushed conversation, studying him over the rim of her tea mug. He swivelled in his chair to look at her.
“What do you mean?”
“I’m here, Jason. I want to help you.”
He raised an eyebrow quizzically. “With what?”
Helle sighed. He was being purposefully obtuse. “With Juliet of course. I can listen if you want to share.”
“I don’t,” he said a bit too curtly. “You wouldn’t understand. You don’t know her.”
“Oh, so Nigel does?” she bit back, terribly wounded. Jason swivelled back to his laptop and muttered something under his breath. She heard him, though: “At least he isn’t pathetically jealous,” he said. She rose, rinsed out her mug, and went to bed, hoping he’d follow. He didn’t.
It had never been like this between them before. He walled himself off in silence and she was stuck outside. It all became very dreary, very fast. He never seemed to notice Helle. Instead his life revolved around Juliet and her needs. Even when he was home, he was with Juliet, his eyes dark and brooding. He seemed to resent the time away from her bedside, eager to leave in the morning, grumpy and hollow when he came back at night. He had shifted pivots: in just over a fortnight he had gone from orbiting round Helle to rotating around Juliet, and Helle didn’t know what to do—she continued to gyrate stupidly around him.
She tried to ask interested questions, only to be rebuffed. He would sigh and look away, telling her she had no idea just how terrible things were.
“You haven’t seen her.”
No, because he wouldn’t let her come with him. Juliet would be disturbed by her presence, he repeated mulishly.
“I can’t make this more difficult for her than it already is,” he said, sounding as if he was talking to a petulant child. Boy, had he missed his vocation—Mr Florence Nightingale personified. Helle made a face behind his back; maybe she should buy him a black Victorian dress and an apron to go with it.
She would hug him, hoping for more, and he’d disengage himself.
“Really, Helle, I’m not in the mood. Besides, I have to sort my way through this e-mail correspondence tonight.” Yeah, right. And she was Mickey Mouse…
In bed, she’d snuggle up to him or run her hand down his back and he would move away, grunting in irritation. That made her feel like a sex fiend, and if she persisted he would sigh and tell her he was tired.
“Not now,” became his most common words to her and she ached at his rejection.
About The Author:
Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a professional time-traveller. As such a profession does not exist, she settled for second best and became a financial professional with two absorbing interests, namely history and writing. These days, Anna combines an exciting day-job with a large family and her writing endeavours.
Her first series, The Graham Saga, is set in 17th century Scotland and Virginia/Maryland. It tells the story of Matthew and Alex, two people who should never have met – not when she was born three hundred years after him. With this heady blend of time-travel, romance, adventure, high drama and historical accuracy, Anna hopes to entertain and captivate, and is more than thrilled when readers tell her just how much they love her books and her characters. There are eight books in the series so far, but Anna is considering adding one or two more…
Presently, Anna is hard at work with her next project, a series set in the 1320s featuring Adam de Guirande, his wife Kit, and their adventures and misfortunes in connection with Roger Mortimer’s rise to power. The King’s Greatest Enemy is a series where passion and drama play out against a complex political situation, where today’s traitor may be tomorrow’s hero, and the Wheel of Fortune never stops rolling.
If you want to know more about Anna, why not visit her website, http://www.annabelfrage.com/
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