First to Burn

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 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.

Book one of the Immortal Vikings series.

118,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426897825
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 01/27/2014
Series: Immortal Vikings , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 332,703
File size: 677 KB

About the Author

Anna Richland lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century-old house in Seattle. Anna is a former Army officer who now fills her days with imaginary friends and lots of coffee. She loves to connect with readers at, on her Facebook page AnnaRichlandAuthor or on goodreads.

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First to Burn 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If there isnt a sequel, there should be. The ending leaves two threads unfinished. Liked the strange concept. Good story.
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TSRBR More than 1 year ago
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!     Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ Stars 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***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific story and the author is obviously familiar with the military background she chose as a setting. It makes the novel rock and roll. Wulf Wardson, the immortal Viking hero is to die for and her heroine, Army doctor, Captain Theresa Chiesa takes no prisoners. The dialogue just snaps, the sexual tension - oh, wow! It's hard to believe that this is Ms. Richland's debut novel - it's that good! I can't wait for the rest of the series.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
The author interweaves Viking mythology, intrigue and romance into this mix and the result was that I was hooked!                                         I've not been a fan of books featuring military settings but the author interweaves Viking mythology, intrigue and romance into this mix and the result was that I was hooked!  This was a very polished debut for this author! Wulf Wardsen is an immortal who once fought with his brother alongside Beowulf.  Presently he is serving as a sergeant with an elite special forces team in Afghanistan.  He has developed a close relationship with the other team members who protect his secret that he doesn't die.  Now that secret is in jeopardy when he is evacuated in a Medevac helicopter with what would be mortal wounds for anyone else.  Theresa is a captain with our forces in Afghanistan serving as a doctor.  She prides herself on following the rules.  When she meets Wulf, she's attracted to him, but fraternization between a captain and a sergeant is not permitted.  Then she witnesses him healing from a mortal injury.   I really enjoyed this book.  The characters were good and well-developed.  I could feel the sexual chemistry and the frustration that emanated from the hero and the heroine.  The paranormal aspects were original and intriguing.  Suffice it to say that I didn't want to put the book down until it came to a happy conclusion.   I look forward to reading more from this author and hope that other characters in this book get their own stories in subsequent books. 4 Stars!!!!!
Sebella More than 1 year ago
Army physician, Captain Theresa Chiesa was never one to let questions go unanswered. So when she comes across injuries that mysteriously disappear and paperwork that just happens to no longer exist, she has to dig a little deeper. Special Ops Sergeant Wulf Wardsen trusts his team and no one else. They know his secret and close ranks to protect him from the nosy female doctor who isn't content to let sleeping dogs lie. The only problem is, immortal viking Wulf, a berserker who fought with Beowulf, is not so sure he wants to keep the attractive female at a distance.    When Wulf becomes a target of a drug smuggler, Theresa gets caught in the crossfire, but is Wulf unselfish enough to let her go for her own safety, even though she could make eternity bearable. Even though I have more books in my actual TBR than I could possibly read in years, I still, every once in a while run across a book that dings on what I like to call my bookdar. For some intangible reason, I just zero in and boot everything else to the back burner and delve into my new find. This is how I found most of my favorite authors. Sometimes my bookdar is just a tad off and sometimes it finds a treasure of romantic gold. First to Burn definitely belongs in the treasure chest. Love, love, looooooved it!! From the first paragraph, I started to get the feeling that this was something special, but I didn't want to jinx it and proceeded with cautious optimism. By the end of the first chapter I was infatuated. By the middle of the book, I was falling in book love and by the end, I was ready to buy a ring.   The really strange thing is that I had just finished a Suzanne Brockman book, and let's face it, that is a damn tough act to follow. But by crikey if First to Burn wasn't one of the smoothest segues ever. It was kind of like if Suzanne Brockman and J R Ward had a book baby, it would be First to Burn. "New2Me" author Anna Richland just blew me away. Her characters were compelling and likable, (except for Ivar, more on him later) the story was action packed, nail biting , emotionally wringing and left me exhausted, satisfied and longing for more from the Immortal Vikings.   There was sooooo much packed into this book that it would take me way longer than the space I have for this review to explore every nuance of this incredible story. The history of how the Immortals came to be, the dynamics among them and the actual story of Theresa and Wulf. Oh, and the freaking heat level, woooooah, mama. Wulf has had eons to perfect his game and perfect it he has. Let's just say that Wulf''s weapon wasn't necessarily carried in a holster. Now for the aforementioned Ivar. This is Wulf's older brother and leader of the Immortals (kind of), but if he was on the market, he would put Summer's Eve out of business, because he was a big ol' douche. I'm sure that things will be resolved and I have a sneaking feeling about who is going to wind up ringing his bell, but until then........ I'm not a fan. Wulf, though OMG, yum, yum eat em' up!!    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago