The Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling

14 Jun

The Heart of WarThe Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars!

Summary: Inside the heart of every warrior breathes the soul of a hero–even within The Heart of War.

Meet Ares God of War is the greatest Warrior the world has ever known, he’s also 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’ island is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a brash and sometimes manipulative Fey washes up on Ares’ island after believing she’s been shipwrecked. There is no wreck and her memory of events is sketchy at best. Branded with a golden chastity belt bearing the mark of Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death, Alena has been on the run from the Great Horned God for 200 years. As Ares and Alena grow closer discord erupts on the island as his head woman, Kat, plots to get rid of Alena and the Olympians plot to use her in their endeavor to discover who killed Artemis. Ares will have to choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena before dueling to the death with the God of the Forest.

Come along for an epic adventure of erotica, steamy romance, and drama in this Modern Day Greek Tragedy. Battle Ancient Gods and Fall in Love along side Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. Theirs is a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors.

The storyline is unique, especially for a romantica-type book. Although there are somewhat explicit sex scenes I find it hard to call this an Erotica. Ares begins this story true to his nature as a misogynistic bastard that uses his women for sex only. They have few comforts on his island where he is living in exile. Although set in the 21st century, Ares prefers living without electricity. No big deal for a god, after all, he can conjure up whatever he wants.

Sensing something odd on the island, he goes to the shore and finds a woman washed up from the sea. He thinks she is a hag because she has long silver-grey hair and decides he doesn’t need her, might as well kill her. That is until he realizes there is no evidence of a ship wreck or any other means which she may have gotten to his island. This is a puzzle interesting enough for him to decide to take her in for a bit. Discovering a golden chastity belt on her intrigues him further.

The relationship between Ares and this woman, Alena, goes from suspicion to love throughout the course of this tale. Alena’s time spent in Africa helping children adds to her mystery as Ares discovers she is fey. The gods become involved and all hell breaks loose.

The mythology in the story is very interesting. The story grabs you. I couldn’t put it down. The only reason I didn’t give it 4 stars was that there were several grammatical errors in the digital edition that distracted me. ( I do not claim to be able to write better.)

I will warn that there is graphic violence and rape scenes. I found them to be shocking but true to the real nature of violence. This isn’t a light-hearted romance, it is gritty.

I highly recommend this read to fantasy and romance readers who like a little edginess.

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