Smoke in Her Eyes

Romance - Suspense
351 Pages
Reviewed on 03/07/2019
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Reviewed by Louanne Piccolo for Readers' Favorite

Smoke in Her Eyes by Anna Belfrage is a book about love and loss through the centuries. Six months ago, Helle Madsen met the man of her dreams, Jason Morris. Her soul recognized him immediately as being the man she had loved and lost many lives ago. Reincarnated over and over in an attempt to find Helle, Jason is determined never to lose her again. Helle and Jason plan to marry and live a simple life in each other’s company. However, Sam Woolfe, a man from their past set on revenge, has followed them through time and has his own plans: to kill Jason and to make Helle his own. Will Sam succeed or will the love Helle and Jason have for each other help them triumph over evil?

A fast-paced and thrilling tale, Smoke in Her Eyes unfolds rapidly, pulling the reader into an epic story of lives past and present. This action-packed novel, using the unique element of reincarnation, plays on the conventional story line of a love triangle. Readers catch glimpses of the hero, heroine and villain’s former lives through cleverly crafted scenes of yesteryear woven into present dialogue. Jason and Helle are likeable and spirited; Sam is the quintessential villain – devious and unsettling. Together, they perform a dance of love, hate and revenge perfected through the ages. Anna Belfrage’s book is a powerful page-turner with its element of unrequited love and nostalgia. Fans of The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger will enjoy this suspenseful, time-transcending romance novel.

Lisa McCombs

After thirty centuries, Helle Madsen and Jason Morris are determined to win back their true love and avoid Samion’s evil presence once and for all. Time travelers from across the ages, Helle and Jason think they have finally escaped the tortuous existence of Samion, Sam Woolf. How many times is he going to reappear to interrupt what they fight so hard to preserve? Just when they believe that the journey has come to an end, Jason and his “aunt” Juliet find themselves recuperating in hospital following a serious accident that forces them to be at one another’s side. Now Helle is forced to share her beloved Jason with a former lover. Of course no one else is aware of the past life Jason and Juliet share. Not even Allison, Helle’s mortal best friend, can understand or be privy to the realities of her friend’s dark secret.

Anna Belfrage’s Smoke in Her Eyes is a seductive tale that covers centuries of a love that survives the wars of time. What Helle and Jason share is unbreakable, a permanent situation of love, lust, and passion. Belfrage expertly combines necessary erotic details with the addictive language of love. While the manuscript contains some graphic intimacy, it is fitting to the kind of relationship the characters have. Smoke in Her Eyes is a steamy page turner not unlike The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I believe readers will turn the final page wanting more. Fortunately, Anna Belfrage hints at more to come.

Romuald Dzemo

Smoke in Her Eyes by Anna Belfrage is a romance with strong hints of the supernatural. When Helle Madsen comes into contact with two men from her past, she knows nothing will ever be the same again and nothing will ever be normal. Jason Morris is her lover from another lifetime, a man who has spent fifty lifetimes looking for her. Now he’s finally found her, but another person has succeeded in finding her too. Sam Woolf is her arch-enemy from the past, a man bent on making her life a living hell. Sam will stop at nothing to destroy Jason and Helle. This time around can they beat the odds and save their love?

A love story that transcends lifetimes. Wow. And yes, it’s a unique idea, one I haven’t read before and what makes it even more interesting is the fact that Anna Belfrage skillfully develops the plot, exploring possibilities that are hard to imagine. Character development is exceptionally done. For instance, Jason has skidded through different lifetimes, his heart filled with only one desire; to reunite with the love of his life. The complexity in the relationships is intriguing. Helle is a well-developed character with one unique chance to make things right, but her nemesis is equally determined to cause havoc in her life, and these are elements that strengthen the plot and define the extent of the conflict. The writing is beautiful, insightful, and atmospheric. Smoke in Her Eyes is an engaging story that is as transporting as it is well-written.