Review: The Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling

Saturday, April 30

Title: The Heart of War*
Author: Lisa Beth Darling
Series: "Of War" series
Genre: Erotica
Publisher: Moon Mistress
Format: Ebook
Date/Year: November 2010
Reviewed by:  Julia

*The reviewer received a copy of this eBook from the author for review

Summary from the publisher:

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

Meet Ares God of War, 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.

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 her husband the Great Horned God for 200 years.

When the Olympians discover her presence on Ares' island, they send Apollo to the island while Ares is away with orders to bring her to Olympus. With nowhere to run and strikes a bargain with the God of War--her virginity for his protection.

Ares sees a sweeter deal; her in his bed and himself back in his rightful place on Olympus among the Gods. If it means turning Alena over to Zeus afterward, well that's of no consequence to it?

After Alena proves herself to the God of War in battle and in his bed, the Ares must choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena.

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, but will it be enough? Will love triumph, or will revenge and rage win the battle for the Heart of War?

My Musings:

I enjoy reading about Greek mythology. In fact I enjoy reading about most mythologies, and as in most mythogies this book is full of the required: sex, arguments, lies, and sex. Our main god in this case is Ares, the asshole true to form Greek god of war. I actually really like how she writes Ares. I fully believe that this dick can be a Greek god. Then we have Alena, also called Maggie, the chastity belt wearing fey descendant on the run. I don’t like her as much. She bores me to be honest.

Ares is in exile and Maggie gets washed on to his island. Hijinks ensue. But these crazy shenanigans take forever to get started. I found the book to be too wordy for me. It was just a lot of things that I didn’t really need to know about or things that dragged on. I found myself scanning through pages for main ideas quite a bit.

Like I said, I really loved how the gods were written. I don’t know how I would have felt if the story pulled me in more, but the fact is I was a little bored.

I have not read much erotica. In fact I don’t really think you can say I have read any before this. So that is my asterisk. The sex was pretty good. It was quite sensual. But (and again this may be a standard thing that I am just unfamiliar with) but sometimes it was a little rough. Like rape rough. I understand the threesomes and fun sex from the perspective of the gods but why did I need to read such random (in the context) violent sex? It just took me out of the story and I had to stop reading for awhile.

Overall, I thought it was okay. It has some things written well, like the characters, but I was not pulled in and some of the sex was a turnoff. But it was ripe with mythologies and was an interesting world that she built. If this sounds like your cup of tea, check it out!


Overall: 2 stars
Sensuality level: 5

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