Book Club Thursday: Review

Welcome back to our Book Club Thursday! This Week we are reviewing First to Burn by Anna Richland. 

First to Burn
Anna Richland
Book One in The Immortal Viking Series

A soldier with secrets.
Immortal Viking Wulf Wardsen once battled alongside Beowulf, and now serves in Afghanistan. He trusts the mortal men on his elite special operations team to protect his secret, until an explosion lands him 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 a normal life and a future with her. But the lost Viking relic needed to reverse his immortality is also being hunted by an ancient enemy who won’t hesitate to hurt he woman Wulf loves.


First to Burn is book one in Anna Richland's new series, The Immortal Vikings. I was lucky enough to meet Ms. Richland's mother in a elevator at this year RT14. After noticing the promo information she was holding we started talking and she told us about her daughters upcoming book and I have to say we were very interested in reading it. I'm glad we did. I found First to Burn to be well written with wonderful characters that I couldn't get enough of. I'm not a huge fan of military romance but I found myself liking this one. I'm pretty sure it was the characters that did it for me. To be honest how could I pass up on a immortal viking? Wulf just called out to me and I had to read his story. Yes, I know he wasn't the other person in the book but a woman can dream. In the beginning of the book I had trouble warming up to Theresa but I think it's because she seemed to be going after my sexy viking. Soon her character grew on me and I found her to be a great match for Wulf. This is the perfect summer read. Give yourself away to Wulf...I mean this wonderful story. 

I hope you will stop by my fellow bloggers and see what they have to say about First to Burn. 

Don't forget to stop by next week, August 7th when we have a theme day: Sex With a Shifter. We both know you want to see what that's all about. 


  1. This was a good one. Very strong story telling! I would definitely read another, especially Wulf's big brother.

    1. About Ivar, Wulf's brother - he has a bigger part in the next Immortal Viking book, The Second Lie, coming out in January. But I currently think (fingers crossed) that his story will be the last of the series, probably the fourth Immortal Viking book. The Second Lie will have some serious repercussions from what happened to him in First to Burn start to show up. Bad stuff. All I can say is that I plan for him to rediscover his humanity the more like the monster Grendel he becomes. (Ohhh, I just gave myself goosebumps... It's late, I'm in a dark house, and it's very very quiet out here in the Midwest and I'm thinking about the creepy parts of The Second Lie)

  2. An impressive book from this debut author. I look forward to more!

  3. You met my mother in the elevator at RT in New Orleans? I'm dying over that - was my aunt with her too? I just came east from Seattle to visit. My mom and I spent 11 hours at Kings Island amusement park today w/the kids (which is why I'm writing this at midnight in the east). She's asleep, but I will totally tell her in the morning that this was all because she was in the right elevator at the right time!

    By the way, while my mother might have nagged me to wear a little more makeup over the course of the years, she NEVER uttered the stuff Theresa's mother said, like my favorite, "would it kill you to do a little waxing?" I truly have no idea where I channeled Jeanne, Theresa's mother, from. I had a couple more telephone calls between her and Theresa that I had to cut out of the final draft when I tried to shorten it (as well as a bowling alley scene -draw finger across throat - gone).

    I'm glad that you enjoyed First to Burn! Wulf and Theresa make a small appearance in His Road Home, out October 13 - but that's really Sergeant Cruz's homecoming story. It's a 38,000 word novella, with ice-fishing and a drive across the country at Thanksgiving. I think it's really different because a lot of the story unfolds through texts - I used texts like dialog in parts of the book. I will be very curious how people respond to that aspect of the book. I cry when I read it, so I think it actually makes it very personal because the reader gets sooooo far deep into the point of view characters head when even the other character's dialog is a text being read and interpreted by the reader.

    Alright, now it's after midnight and I'm rambling ...

    But thanks for the review of First to Burn!


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