Review of The Heart of War (Of War#1) by Lisa Beth Darling

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Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance, Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 594 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Inside the Heart of every Warrior breathes the Soul of a Hero–even within The Heart of War.

Meet Ares God of War, the Alpha Male to beat all Alpha Males and the greatest Warrior the world has ever known. He’s moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual, and above all, built like a Greek God.

Suspected of killing his Daughter in-Law, Psyche, and long in exile from Olympus, the solitude of Ares’ secluded Greek Isle is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a plucky little Fey washes up on his shore after believing she’s been shipwrecked. It’s not mere fate that has brought the unlikely couple together yet it may be what tears them apart.

Get lost in this sweeping dark saga of lust, rage, revenge, and redemption. Battle Ancient Gods while falling in love with Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. They share a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors.

The Heart of War contains scenes of graphic sex and violence. As such, this novel and the entire OF WAR Series is intended for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY it is NOT recommended for the Faint of Heart.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I’m a sucker for mythology. Add in war and sex and my attention is definitely piqued. This book definitely did not disappoint. There are battle and sex scenes that are definitely not for the faint of heart and an interesting interpretation of Greek Mythology.

Magdalena “Alena” is a unique leading character. She endures so much throughout her long lifetime of running, but she never stops fighting. Not even the God of War himself can dispel her rebellious nature.

Ares is intrigued by the woman who washed up on his shore. She has a belly full of fire, she isn’t afraid to mock him, she has an impressive way with weapons, and she’s so headstrong she ends up saving his life. But he has women of his own and she’s a virgin who had lived so very long in a golden chastity belt, so why can’t he get her off of his mind?

“No woman made him feel this way. He didn’t just want to penetrate her, he wanted to take his time a savor every inch of her.”

Betrayal starts early for Alena on the island. With Ares away the main woman of the house wants to re-instill her place amongst the others, but Alena isn’t as fragile as she appears. She has to survive the island, survive Ares, survive Cernunnos, and survive the Olympian Gods who wish her dead.

Can Ares survive the one thing he’s never known…love? Or will he destroy it like he does everything else?

“He wanted the world to know that he belonged to her and her to him and there was no one else.” 

“Dear Gods, did You give her to me, make me fall in love with her, just to watch me destroy her?”

It did take me a little while to get into this book as it seemed like every few paragraphs it would change point of views to whoever was speaking and it was like an information overload. Once I was comfortable with the pattern of writing I did fall into the story and was swept away by its fast-paced never boring action. Whether it was discussions of betrayal, intense fighting, or descriptive sex it never slowed and never disappointed.

My Favorite Moments: So many things happen in this book that it’s hard to pick a single favorite moment. I loved it every time Alena would joke with Ares and the way it shocked him. I loved how no matter what happened to Alena she never gave up, not even when her love appeared to have turned on her. And I definitely loved it when Ares tricked the traitor into getting something he needed. 

My Favorite Quote: I have no doubt there will be more to this, which is probably why it intrigued me so.

“Protect her, Brother, keep her close to you, to you heart, and she will never betray you. She will fight for you she will fight with you because she is…” 

“Promised to me, I know.” 

Overall, I give The Heart of War 4 stars! 

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

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Filed under 4 Stars, Jennifer's Reviews, Reviews

3 responses to “Review of The Heart of War (Of War#1) by Lisa Beth Darling

  1. Ronda Tutt

    Great review! I love this whole series – absolutely addicting! Each book gets better and better.

  2. Pingback: Guest Post: Lisa Beth Darling – The Of War Series | Hines and Bigham's Literary Tryst

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