Friday, August 15, 2014

~Book Blast & Giveaway: First To Burn by Anna Richland~

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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 dreams of love and a normal life 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.

TSRBR's Review

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Hide in plain sight has been Wulf Wardsen’s motto since he fought alone side Beowulf a thousand years ago. Wulf is an immortal Viking that cannot die and heals wounds without any assistance or damage. He has finally found a group of men that accept him, have made him part of their family and protect his secret.  A military group called the Operational Detachment Alpha-5131, 5th Special Forces Group and he is known as Sergeant Wulf Wardsen a member of that team. Even though he knows that eventually he will have to move on to another life right now he has family. Everything is going great until he finds himself on a Medevac on his way to a hospital, the last thing he needs as an immortal.   
Captain Theresa Chiesa has worked hard to reach the point in her life where she is self-sufficient and has nothing to do with her shady family.  She put herself through school without any assistance from them and now is serving in the armed services as a doctor in a war torn area.  Enters a soldier that was reported as severely injured by the medics, but he walks out of the hospital on his own with only a Band-Aid covering a small cut.  He leaves without any paper trail stating that he was ever there.  Theresa is a stickler for following the rules, so she begins a search for the mysterious soldier’s records.  What she finds causes her to question who and what he is and where he came from. When she is finally face to face with him nothing has prepared her for the reaction she feels. 
Wulf cannot stop himself from thinking about Captain Chiesa.  He knows that it is a dead in street for him to become involved with anyone but there is an ache in his soul for someone to belong too and the Captain maybe that person.  It was so long ago when he lost his wife in childbirth and also the two small twin boys that will live forever in his heart and haunt him.  During a regular run their chopper is attacked and Theresa sees the real man and his immortal abilities to heal.  Where will the future take them?  When Wulf’s past comes back to haunt him will he be able to protect Theresa and himself from his old enemy? This is a book that must be read to find the answers!

Hero –Wulf Wardsen: 4.5 stars
Heroine –Theresa Chiesa: 4.5 stars
Steam: 4.5 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a book that addresses the concept of living forever and the aloneness that would be a result of longevity. Wanting a normal life our immortal hunts for a way to be mortal again and finds love on his way!

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! This is Ms. Richland’s first book and it is amazing! I can’t wait to read her next book that will be released in October.
***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

About the Author:
Anna Richland lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century-old house in Seattle. Like the heroine of FIRST TO BURN, she joined the army to pay tuition, a decision that led to an adventurous career on four continents (if standing on the bridge in Panama that divides North and South America counts as two).
She donates a portion of her book proceeds to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing for families of wounded soldiers in the US and Great Britain, and Doctors Without Borders, which delivers emergency medical care in more than sixty crisis zones world-wide.
To find out about her October novella, HIS ROAD HOME, and the next Immortal Vikings romance, THE SECOND LIE, visit her website at annarichland.com and sign up for her newsletter.



  1. Thanks so much for the review Fran! I'm glad you liked it! And at the facebook takeover Wednesday night, I'm bringing two heroes as guests! Wulf and Cruz (the hero of His Road Home, my October 13 release) are going to stop by and do giveaways. I've got a cute set of heroine paper dolls, tons of books and a Shirtless Cover Dude prize pack. Because what else would a hero giveaway?

    (Well, maybe foot massages, but Wulf is a little too virtual to deliver those, so Wednesday's facebook party will have to settle for prizes.)

    Also, I think there will be guest pop-ups from some other writer friends on Wednesday too - if that's okay? Maybe a firefighter hero or a rock star might show...

  2. I love white chocolate mocha frapps! :)

  3. Sounds amazing! We are going to rock this party ;)