This dark romance will entice & enrapture you!
I met Marco once, before the night he took me. He’d been dark and unquestionably dangerous, and alluring in a way I didn’t allow myself to contemplate. I’d clung to Joseph, looking to my first love to protect me from his intimidating best friend.
Then Joseph left me, alone and broken; vulnerable to enemies I hadn’t known threatened me from the shadows.
But it wasn’t his enemies I should have feared, since his best friend is the monster who abducted me. And when I wake up, taken and trapped, the man I love is by the monster’s side.
Joseph says he can’t let me go. Marco says he won’t let me go.
I’m conflicted about my feelings on this book. On the one hand, I loved Ashlyn, Joseph, and Marco together; particularly Ashlyn when she was alone with each of the men. On the other hand, I found the blurb to be a little misleading as far as the how the kidnapping was portrayed and how big of a part the enemies played in the book.
War of Hearts purports to be a stand-alone novel in its cover copy, but it is imperative you read the prequel, Battle for Love before you start this book. Otherwise, you feel like you’ve bee dropped into a story that’s a quarter of the way through. War of Heart is told in first person perspective from three voices, Ashlyn, Joseph, and Marco.
If you’re into straight-up erotica, this is a great story; there are several intense sex scenes running the gamut from vanilla to the safe edge of hardcore. However, if you want more story, more character growth, this story is a bit lacking. I had expected more action, given the blurb, but there was very little in the way of the mafia suspense I was hoping for. There were very few scenes I would qualify as action.
I loved the characters as they started out, I loved them together, but I wish they would have grown more, especially the men. Ashlyn grew enough to know she wouldn’t be happy living the way she had before she found Joseph, and that was satisfying. The men left something to be desired, for me. Their dynamic, especially when they were with Ashlyn together felt off, to me. Considering the things they both needed from a romantic or sexual relationship, it felt like their roles were off in relation to one another.
My biggest wish for this book would be that Ashlyn wasn’t made to call one of the men ‘Daddy’. There is nothing that throws a bucket of ice water on a scene faster than someone in a sexual relationship referring to a partner in a paternal way. I also wish the mafia element, the dangerous situation these characters were in, would have played a larger role in the story as a whole. There was so much potential there, and the few scenes that were included were great, I just wish there were more of them.
Julia Sykes is a new to me author. I feel like, had I read her before, I would have expected the book to be what it was, but since I came into this book expecting it to be like other mafia romances, I read I had different expectations. Having read this book, I may pick up another of her books and come into it with more informed assumptions. If there is another of her books that catches my attention, I may pick it up, but it would be highly dependent on reviews from trusted sources.
Julia Sykes is the USA Today bestselling author of the Impossible Series. She has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.
You can usually find Julia in Starbucks with a venti iced coffee clutched in her hand (two pumps of mocha, liberal half and half). If she’s not in Starbucks, you will find her with a glass of prosecco in hand, probably reading Harry Potter. Again.
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