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Monday, September 3, 2012

Weekly Recommendations # 1: Lisa Beth Darling's OF WAR series!

I've had the idea to start doing recommendation posts on the blog for a while now, but I couldn't find a book or a series to kick the idea off with. 

Last weekend Lisa offered me the chance to beta read the first half of book 3 in this series.I jumped at the chance, excited to reunite with characters I've grown very fond of. I finished it last night and was once again BLOWN AWAY by her storytelling. And then I realized... There couldn't be a better series to kick this thing off with a bang! 

Why read the "Of War" series?
The OF WAR series is jam packed with mythology, action, romance, and lots of steamy sex. That alone was enough for me to check book one out. I've been a big fan since then! Lisa's brilliant storytelling is just the cherry on top! (Hehehe, cherries. ;) Only those of you who've read the series will understand that one!) The books, other than the Christmas story, are long in length, but are books that are nearly impossible to put down. They're the books that you stay up reading until 3 AM because you couldn't stop reading, you HAD to know what came next.

These books may not be for everyone. They're definitely not for the faint of heart. These books, after all, are about all the Greek Gods. There's death, war, sex between family members, an instance of rape, etc. But I personally think these things add up to a very believable and entertaining story. It's gritty, it's dark, it's sexy! I like that Lisa steps out of the box and doesn't hold back.

I hope that some of you will check out this fantastic series and give it a go! (18+)  

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.

My Review for The Heart of WarThe Heart of War is an amazing and brilliantly told story that sucks you in right away and doesn't let go of you. It's an emotional roller-coaster filled with anger, lust, betrayl, heart break, and love that leaves you on the edge of your seat until the book ends and I loved every moment of it!!!
Lisa weaves heart racing battle scenes and sizzling, toe curling sex scenes, that played in my head like a movie, with mythology. Ares is a fascinating character and the fact that he's the story's 'hero' makes the story quite unique. The descriptions are amazing. The world building is phenominal! The book is long, but never once did I feel that it was too long. It was the perfect length!

One of my favorite parts of the story was the dialog and how the different gods and goddesses interact with one another. Love the cover, too! This book has become on of my favorites. I can see myself reading it again and again, and am even considering buying a paperback copy to place on my bookshelf!

I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series.
I recommend this book to anyone that's looking for a steamy paranormal book, with lots of action, adventure, and something much more entertaining that vampires and werewolfs!!!

Because of the battle and sex scenes (including rape), I would suggest that readers be 18+.

(Book 2)

(Christmas short!)
(Book 3- Coming soon!)

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Both books are available in print and E-books!

I also really recommend following Lisa's blog! She's constantly posting excerpts, about her daily life, and other interesting things.

And don't forget to check out her fan page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter!!

Happy Reading!

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