~ REVIEW: The Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling ~



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


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Michele's Review


4 Stars

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. It seems everyone one is out to get something from the two. 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! 

About the Author


Lisa Beth Darling is never one to shy away from the less pleasant things in life, indeed she believes that it is in the Darkness where Character is created, determined, and defined. Lisa’s heroes and heroines have their love tested by demons from within and without. Writing with a passionate flare and unflichingly venturing where other writers dare not tread, Lisa creates novels filled with heart stopping action, gripping drama, nail biting suspense, and hot steamy sex. This is Dark Erotic Romance at its gritty best. Therefore, ALL FICTION works are intended for Members of A Mature Adult Audience who love to submerse themselves in the rich seduction of worlds full of love, lust, rage, redemption, obsession, betrayal and madness. They are not intended for the faint of heart or those who enjoy a sweet read.

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