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Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling

Title: The Heart of War
Author: Lisa Beth Darling
Sub-Genre(s): Erotic, GLBT
Publisher: Moon Mistress Publishing
Publication Date: November 21, 2010
Format: eBook from Author
Reviewer: Toni
Rating: 4 Cups

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

I can honestly say this is the most adult book I have read in a long time. This is a phenomenal epic tale of war, revenge, hatred and love.

Ares the God of War is in exile for a crime he didn’t commit. Isolated on his private isle, he is surprised one night by an unconscious woman who has washed ashore. Ares is a striking God with long wavy raven hair and standing at seven feet tall. He has dark olive skin and onyx eyes. His ego is beyond measure. Arrogant, demanding and sexually dominant he is a force to be reckoned with and initially a tough character to love.

Magdalena MacLeod is confused. How did she get from off a ship sailing from Africa to an island off the coast of Greece? Things just seem to get worse from there. Now she is also a virtual prisoner of Ares. Alena is a tiny woman, with fragile features, long gray hair and silver eyes with alabaster skin. She is powerhouse though when it matters most. Strong-willed and adaptable, she takes on the egotistical God and holds her own.

I think I enjoyed this book so much because it was so unique. Lately most books I have read are simple, A and B do C and they live happily ever after. The Heart of War had so many amazing facets that as one scenario was resolved another was one waiting. I was never bored and I was completely immersed in the story. Ms. Darling covered the alphabet from A to Z.

The supporting cast was phenomenal, from the other inhabitants of the island all the way to the top of Mount Olympus. Ms. Darling wrote engaging and believable characters. We always knew the Olympian Gods were an incestuously devious group, but WOW this interpretation was spectacular and honestly plausible. I do have to say, I think I hated them more than loved them, but it all made for an emotional ride.

This book could have easily been a 5 Cup book for me. Unfortunately, there were way too many typographical and grammatical errors for me to ignore. Most errors would have likely been missed by a spell checker, but a thorough read through would have caught the obvious problems. I do have to say though, the continuity was solid and the story flowed well.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written novel with adventure, emotional turmoil, sizzling sex and an intricate plot. The Heart of War is a mature read due to the content of the story. The violence is vividly written and highly detailed. This book includes: incest, rape and torture scenes. I am looking forward to the next installment of this exceptional series.

Available at:
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