War's Passion is the first in a new seductive series that merges Greek mythology and dragons with the contemporary world.After losing her parents in a brutal attack by a monster straight out of her nightmares, Gwendolyn Preston tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Along with her best friend, she moves to a small fishing village on the coast of Maine to find a new life away from the nightmares that haunt her. Just when she believes her life could go back to normal, the deliciously dark and handsome Markus Sullivan disrupts her hopes to grieve in peace. Markus drew the short straw when it came to being the liaison between his father, Ares--god of war--and his brothers. When he discovers that the earthbound demigods, known as the descendants, have banded together to start another rebellion against the gods, it becomes his number -ne priority to stop them. That is until he meets Gwen, the granddaughter of Aphrodite and the next target of the descendants. Together their path is rife with passion and danger. It might take more than the son of war to win this battle...Gwen herself.
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I love dragon books, especially when there’s another story after this one. So, I look forward to reading/listening to Ty’s story after finishing this one about Marcus, and Aphrodite’s granddaughter Gwen, and Ares the brothers’ father. I won’t be going further than Ty’s story because the 3rd one only has 80 pages and that’s really not worth bothering with. IMO. I mean, this book had 250 pages. Ty’s story has 240 pages, but Zavier only has 80?
And, of course, the evil brother Garrick who killed Gwen’s parents 14 years earlier. Now on the run she ends up neighbors with the dragons and they are tasked with protecting Gwen and the Goddess Nyx’s daughter Elle, Gwen’s BFF. Needless to say, Gwen is the mate to Marcus and they are a wonderful twosome. Absolutely no angst between them, which I loved.
Overall, it really was a good book: Dragons, Gods, Goddesses, Nymphs, and a Cyclops or two? What more do you want.
There was explicit sex in this AND the word pu**y, which I find disgusting and such a dirty word, was used. I know a lot of you just love that word but not me. However, since it was only used 3 times I will go ahead and read Ty’s story, and hope it's not used more than that, but I will not be reading more from this author. Sorry!
There was swearing and the F-bomb was used 25 times.
As to the narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo is a good reader. He laughed out loud when it was called for, and growled when the dragons did that, too. The women sounded like women and Marcus’s voice was sooo sexy it was unbelievable.
I received this book for and honest review and to be honest I wasn't really sure if I was going to like it. The reason is because I've never read a book with dragon shapeshifters but I went in with an open mind and I'm glad I did. I will definitely be reading more of these books in the future. If you like Paranormal then this is a must read bc I think you will really enjoy it.
The love scenes and the action scenes were short and emotionless.
There is no emotion or excitement, he's got a great voice. I'm sure he's a good narrator... just not for this.
It would be a good story... with a big infusion of excitement and steam, lengthier action and love scenes, and a different narrator.
This series had some great potential, but it turned out to be a big disappointment to me.
I read. A lot. Audiobooks are my guilty pleasure--especially romance! Bring on the HEAs, please :)
A solid start to a new series!
War's Passion introduces us to the sons of Ares--dragon shifters and the only surviving warriors "born" when the teeth of Ares' slain dragon were sown in the ground. The brothers live together in a castle on top of a hill on the coast of Maine...
(I know. She had me at "coast of Maine". Throw dragons into the mix and I'm a goner.)
One of the brothers has gone astray, however--Gerrick is creating an army of demigods and plans to wage war on Olympus. Obviously, Markus and his other brothers can't let that happen. Their mission becomes even more urgent when Gerrick sets his sights on two women under their protection: Gwen, granddaughter of Aphrodite, and Elle, daughter of Nix.
(Each of whom are destined to be mated to a Son of War, naturally. This is Gwen and Markus's story--Elle's is still too come.)
War's Passion establishes the world in which the series takes place and sets up the background of the impending war, introducing (or at least mentioning, in the case of a few of the demigods) the main players. It's definitely a series book, and should be read first--Gwen and Markus reach a HEA of sorts, but Gerrick is still very much a threat at the story's end. Ashlynn, a daughter of Artemis and a woman with mysterious motivations in this book, is in real danger. It's not a cliffhanger ending, exactly, but it definitely leaves you wanting to get to book two.
The narrator did an excellent job--male and female voices are nicely differentiated, and his pacing and inflection were good. I'm looking forward to hearing more from this series!
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Really loving audiobooks, this has been the year of the audio for me. Huge booklover all the way around from romance to horror. :)
This is a new series about Ares son's and they are dragon shifters so I think that is pretty cool. Gwen is a demi goddess and has been traumatized by the death of her father at the hands of a dragon.
Now she has dragons protecting her, but she realizes the differences between these brothers and the one that killed her father. Aphrodite's is Gwen's grandmother and ask Marcus to protect her.
Not long after Marcus meets Gwen he realizes he has found his mate but there is a curse put upon them by Zues when it comes to relationships.
Marcus's brother Gary is the evil Dragon trying to awaken demi gods powers so he can make an army to fight the Gods. He needs Gwen because of her powers.
This one was short and a really fast listen. The romance was a bit quicker than I prefer but it was a whole finding my mate type thing. All in all I really enjoyed it and can't wait to check out the next one. This is definitely a series that you have to read in order because even if the romance between characters are resolved the Gary and his minions story-line isn't.
I am a big Lia Davis fan and she did not disappoint with War's Passion. I love when an author takes old stories and puts a new spin and their own personal touches to them. I really like how she shows the "I'm better than you because I'm a god" vibs but also the concerned parent side that people don't really put in their telling a of the gods. Can't wait to read/listen to the rest of them. :-)
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