Friday, March 21, 2014

First To Burn by Anna Richland

Title: First to Burn
Author: Anna Richland
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: Immortal Vikings #1
Main Characters: Wulf and Theresa
Release Date: January 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A soldier with secrets

Immortal Viking Wulf Wardsen once battled alongside Beowulf, and now serves in Afghanistan. He's trusted the mortal men on his elite special operations team to protect his secret, until an explosion lands Wulf in a place more dangerous to him than a battlefield: a medevac helicopter.

A doctor with questions

Army captain Theresa Chiesa follows the rules and expects the same from others, even special forces hotshots like Sergeant Wardsen. She's determined to discover the secret behind his supernaturally fast healing, and she won't allow his sexy smile to distract her.

An enemy with nothing to lose

Even as Theresa's investigation threatens to expose him, Wulf is stirred by her passion. Dreaming of love and a normal life, he wants nothing more than to build a future with her. But the lost Viking relic needed to reverse his immortality is being hunted by another—an ancient enemy who won't hesitate to hurt Theresa to strike back at Wulf.
My Review:
Whoa, this book was so creative. I am completely blown away by just how much there was to this story.

There's the whole backstory to the Immortals that served with Beowulf. Wulf is just one of them and he serves now with a spec ops team in Afghanistan. He's the only immortal on this team and they work hard to protect his secret...mainly because he's saved them all so many times. It's a serious advantage to have a guy on a team like this who can't be killed. Can you imagine? We only actually meet a couple of other of the immortals in this book although obviously with the series, they are all going to come out. 

There's the romance between Wulf and Theresa. In a normal world, their relationship is forbidden. She's an officer, he's fraternization is supposed to take place between the two. But there's also the fact that she comes from a Jersey mob-boss family. She wants nothing in the world, but to be normal. That is NOT Wulf's world. There's also the added complication of the fact he's 1500 years old and only looks 28. Yeah, she's not immortal....that's not going to work long term. 

Wulf's world is NOT easy. Regardless of the whole immortal thing, he and the spec ops team are delving into highly dangerous things that are happening in the dark corners of Afghanistan featuring drugs and government contractors. Someone doesn't want them to find anything else about what's going on and everyone, but especially it seems Theresa, is at risk. 

This book's story travels the world as they run to uncover the mysteries of what is going on. From the sandswept slopes of Afghanistan, to the sewers in Italy, to medieval castles in Denmark, to the suburbs of NYC, Theresa and Wulf definitely cover the globe as they search for answers. The book delved into the depths of the Beowulf story which I haven't thought about since high school English and was a great intro into this incredible world. 

I loved that Wulf is a soldier. But even more than that, this is a man who has lived so long, he's really become a solitary figure. But that changed when he joined the spec ops team. I loved their bond and how for the first time in a long time, Wulf has found a place he belongs. In contrast, he also has a brother who's an immortal too, but they do not see eye to eye and have grown WAY apart. Something happened to his brother in this book that is going to leave lasting repercussions for all the immortals and I can't wait to see how that plays out. It also plays into Theresa's job as a doctor. I was completely fascinated by that whole aspect of the story and can't wait to see what happens from here. 

Like I said, this was a great new start to a new world. It's paranormal, but set in the modern world and I loved that. I can't wait to read more from this author. She tells me there is a novella coming in Oct, 2014 featuring one of the characters from Wulf's spec ops team (not paranormal...although Wulf and Theresa will make an appearance) and then the next full-length paranormal of the Immortal Vikings (book #2) will be out in Jan, 2015. I can't wait!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great review Christi! This sounds like a great read and I love the fact that you get to travel to so many different places without feeling like it's a bit much or that you're lost because they change scenery so many times. I'm interested to see how a relationship with an immortal and a mortal can work. I get vampires and how those work...they just turn their mates into a vampire and they can live happily ever after. Very interesting...I'll have to look into this series. :-)