The Heart of War

The Heart of War

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by MS Lisa Beth Darling

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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

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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 are intended for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY and is NOT recommended for the Faint of Heart.

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The Heart of War 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Amy W. Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book With over 600 pages in the Kindle version, author Lisa Beth Darling has penned the first book in the Of War series. The Heart of War is one of those books that defies classification. It has erotic elements that would be found on the darkest side of the spectrum. It features characters from Greek mythology, but it takes place in our current time period. There is drama, murder, suspense, humor and a lot of action. Mixed together, you would think it would be a catastrophe. Instead, it is quite a compelling read as the author showcases the relationship between Ares, God of War, and a woman named Alena. Although it is a little rough around the edges and is begging for some editorial TLC, the overall concept is intriguing. While it might not appeal to readers who are uncomfortable with graphic material, all the events play an important role in the storyline’s development. You can’t have a story featuring the God of War without fighting. When a writer slaps a warning on a book about dark and graphic material, then readers should understand what to expect. Incorporating Greek mythology in the story couldn’t have been easy for the author because of the amount of research required. I especially liked how the author acknowledged commonly held beliefs about Greek mythology while providing a new twist. If I had to select words to describe the story, I would have to use “raw,” “unusual” and “unfiltered.” In order to successfully pull of this kind of story, the author had to fully commit and include the good, the bad and the downright ugly. She successfully completed this task. While The Heart of War may not leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy, it’s a powerful book.
SBMorales More than 1 year ago
This story is so addictive!! Ares the god of war has been exiled with his guards and women. Of course it takes more than one woman to satisfy the god of war. This story has everything. A very sexy love story, mystery, intrigue, and good old fashioned family feud! I was happy to see that the story wasn't cut short and made me wait till the next installment. It gave a complete story. Parts of the story made me cringe, but it wasn't overdone and it added to the story itself and was not just for shock value. I can't wait to see what the next book takes the Olympians through.
mwiegert2007 More than 1 year ago
** I was gifted a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review **  I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It’s been a while since I’ve read a mythical book and I’m glad that I read this one! Lisa Beth Darling does a fantastic job of connecting you to the character, whether they have big or small parts. And those sex scenes, holy steamy hotness!!  The book starts off with you meeting the God of War Ares. He’s been exiled from Olympus after being accused of killing his son Eros’ wife Psyche. Ares swears he never killed her but still he’s left to live a life in solitude. Ares isn’t ever technically alone though, he has a harem of females that keeps him company each night to help him with his forever need of sex. He’s a big boy ;) and he never is fully satisfied after one woman, he has to go thru multiples to fully scratch that itch. However, after hundreds of years of living on his island, a spunky little fae washes up on his beach and from then on, his whole life changes. Only he can decide if it will be for the better or for worse. Magdalena (Alena) McLeod washes up on Ares beach without the memory of who she is or where she’s come from. Slowly she starts to get pieces of her memory back. While she’s on the suborn God’s island, she’s faced to relive things from her past that she’s never wanted to revisit again. What other option does she have but to share with Ares who she is in order to get his protection? She never thought she would end up falling for the big lug after spending time with him.  Ares and Alena have a lot of obstacles in their way before they can ever have a chance to have a happily ever after. Someone is after Alena and will do absolutely ANYTHING to get her back. Ares family up in Olympus is full of conniving God’s out to get something for themselves by using Ares and Alena.  Will they be able to over come everything that crosses their path or will it all be to much for them and they fail?  This book does have some rape scenes and violence that is not meant for the faint of heart. If you are not able to handle those sorts of things, DO NOT try to read this book. I would recommend this book to those who are able to handle those sorts of situations though!! I can’t wait to see what happens next with Ares and Alena. I have a feeling there are more things to come their way to try to split them apart. Even though the book was long (over 500 pages) I think that was the perfect length for this. I think if Lisa tried to get all of this in a shorter book, it wouldn’t have been as good as it was. I’ll be adding Lisa’s other books to my TBR! 
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Lisa Beth Daring Published by: Moon Mistress Publishing Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Series 1 Rating: 5 Review: "The Heart of War" by Lisa Beth Daring was a good mythology erotic dark romance read that was the first in a series...Of War. We find from this read that the main character named Alena who has been on the run hiding from Cernummos. Another main character was Ares who was ancient Greek God of War who had be exiled from Olympus to Greece. It was there that he finds Alena and becomes captivated by her as he learn more about this strange woman. Only before they can "have a relationship truth must be uncovered, and the psychopathic evil God stopped." Now, is the time that I say you must pick up this read to get the fool story of mythology. You will definitely see 'The Gods of Olympus are engaging with such characters that are simply strong and interesting. Be ready because there is heavy eroticism leaving you only to say Wow! There will be plenty of 'subplots and back stories' from many viewpoints Alena, Ares, Cernummos and Eros. Be prepared for a lots of violence...rapes, beatings...real violence. Do note that "The Hear of War" is a Adult read. I believed that author did a wonderful job with writing "The Heart of War" and I would recommend as a excellent read.
lrjohnson13 More than 1 year ago
A mythology lovers work of art. This Greek God paranormal thriller entices the reader from the start. The fast paced blending of the modern world and the ancient realm of immortals crosses boundaries in an epic love story. The Greek god of war, Ares is a compelling protagonist who makes the perfect match for Alena, the fey beauty. Darling’s portrayal of Ares is spot on presenting his strength of nature and disputable personality. Their chemistry is infectious and is communicated to the reader. The characters are extremely engaging throughout the story and even though the characters are immortal they portray the exact characteristics as the humans around them. I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Lovers of mythology will enjoy this dark, erotic romance and paranormal thriller that demands attention from the first sentence. Lisa Beth Darling consummately blends the realm of the ancient immortal Greek Gods with the modern world of man to create her own unique world and then seamlessly combines an epic love story within an intricate web of mystery, drama, and suspense. Ares, the God of War, captures the imagination as a complex and charismatic protagonist. Darling masterfully blends his Greek God of War traits—strong, dominant, violent, and moody—with an incredibly sexy and passionate lover. In the end, she creates a hero to die for. The author provides the perfect complement to Ares with the strong-willed and compassionate Alena. Their chemistry is explosive, dramatic, and passionate. This couple will haunt you long after you have finished reading their tale. I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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Bex_n_Books More than 1 year ago
The Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling Where to start? This book is pretty epic. Just as the book reaches a quite dramatic peak and resolution it simply keeps on going, pouring out the well-constructed narrative into even more drama. So be prepared for a pretty intense read. In The Heart of War, we are introduced the amazing world of the Gods and follow the male protagonist Ares. Ares is a pretty straight forward character until he meets the half-human, half fey female protagonist, Alena. Before Alena’s arrival, Ares is a perfectly happy egotistical God, absorbed in his own world of women, sex and war. He has taken a step back from the 21st century, being uninspired with how the world is developing. It’s not until the enigmatic Alena enters his world uninvited, that life’s turns upside for Ares and he opens his eyes to emotions and desires that he never had previously considered. The story takes many twists and turns and throws open many peaks in tension and drama. This book is most definitely not for the faint hearted. The novel is very hot and heavy. And it also comes with a very appropriate warning “WARNING: This novel is intended for ADULTS ONLY. It is not recommended for the faint of heart. It contains several scenes of graphic sex and violence.” Lisa Beth Darling tackles some pretty intense plot developments, and she does so with controlled, thoughtful dialogue, as well as imaginative and effectively crafted narrative. What I really enjoyed about this book in addition to how well it was written, was the delve into Greek Mythology. I’ve always been fascinated, yet completely clueless. The Heart of War gives an intriguing and interesting take on how the Gods of myth and legend would respond to the 21st century, and provides us with a gritty, yet at times endearing look at the Gods and their relationships. The smooth narrative flow and well-developed characters made The Heart of War an enjoyable read.
Vettech317 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading about Greek mythology. In fact I enjoy reading about most mythologies, and as in most mythologies this book is full of the required: sex, arguments, lies, and sex. Our main god in this case is Ares, the true to form Greek god of war. I actually really like how she writes Ares. I fully believe that this 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing isn't great. Ares seems predictable . I understand the whole tortured aspect however i feel he comes across very cheesey .