Monday, August 22, 2011

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of The Heart of War

Lisa Beth Darling has been married for the last 25 years to her wonderful husband, Roy. The two live in New London, CT where they raised two (now adult) daughters.

Her latest full-length novel The Heart of War blends timeless Greek Mythology with Erotica, Romance, and Suspense as Ares God of War falls in love with Alena, a seemingly fragile Fey. The lovely Alena is on the run from Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death. The peace and quiet of Ares' secluded Greek isle is interrupted when the Olympians demand he turned her over to them. Glorious battles, hot romance, and dark passions combine in "The Heart of War".

On December 31, 2011 A God is Born when Ares and Alena and welcome their son, Raven into the world in Child of War

Lisa proudly boasts that her writing career began in her junior high school years, around the 7th grade. A fact which her fellow students adored but often got her called down to the Guidance Counselor's Office to discuss her stories. Not deterred by the counselors but instead spurred onward by them, her teachers, and her classmates, Lisa continued to hone her craft throughout those formative years.

Today, Lisa brings conflict, passion, love, and suspense to unique couples through her full length novels. Never one to shy away from the less pleasant things in life, and instead believing it is in the Darkness where Character is created, determined, and defined, her heroes and heroines have their love tested by demons from within and without.


The Heart of War, OF WAR series, Book #1
Author:  Lisa Beth Darling
Synopsis
The Heart of War blends timeless Greek Mythology with Erotica, Romance, and Suspense as Ares God of War falls in love with Alena, a seemingly fragile Fey. The lovely Alena is on the run from Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death. The peace and quiet of Ares' secluded Greek isle is interrupted when the Olympians demand he turned her over to them. Glorious battles, hot romance, and dark passions combine in "The Heart of War".

Our Review [By LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha-Michelle L Olson]: 
Ares, God of War, has been exiled from Olympus and lives on his own private island with his harem of women.  He’s pretty much what you’d expect from A God of War—a misogynistic jerk with little to no regard for the value of a woman and you can’t help but hate him.  When a new women washes up on his private beach, Ares is in for quite the surprise (or SURPRISES as it would seem), and you find yourself softening to him as the story progresses.
Maggie (Magdalena by birth, called Alena by Ares) washes up on a shore with a spotty memory, a gritty past, an attitude, and several secrets.  When she meets her new host, her life as she knew it becomes something entirely new.  When you first meet Alena it’s hard to like her because you really don’t know much about her.  You feel for her as tidbits are revealed, but at first she seems somewhat na├»ve and vulnerable.  That doesn’t last long.  She becomes the heroine you want in a paranormal romance and then some.
If you’re a fan of mythology you will absolutely love this book!  It explores close to all of the Greek Gods and Goddesses as well as several of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses and lesser magickal beings as well. 
As for overall storyline, this book has it all, but as Lisa’s website states, her books are not for the faint of heart!  The book was an action packed thrill ride full of twists and turns and surprises you’d never see coming.  It had steamy romance, gut churning violence, heart pumping action sequences, witty dialogue, vivid imagery, & head scratching mystery and intrigue. 
There were characters you loved, characters you loathed, characters you just couldn’t get a good grasp on because they were so mysterious, and supporting characters that brought everything together nicely. 
From a series standpoint, I felt that this first book was a greatly laid foundation for the next installments.  Though readers who dislike significant back-story may find pieces of it boring and drawn out, I personally felt that it was necessary to set up the remainder of the series going forward. 
I do have put in a caveat for Kindle eBook readers.  There are numerous errors in the Kindle copy from Amazon.  If you have an internal editor that you just can’t shut off, it might be wise to read the book in a different format.  Or just do as I did and tell your inner editor to shut the hell up because the story was too good to put down because of typos, missing words, etc!
All in all, LITERAL ADDICTION Paranormal Book Club gives The Heart of War 4 Skulls, and would definitely recommend it to Fantasy and Romance Readers who like their PNRs edgy, gritty, and not all hearts and flowers.   

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