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A War of Hearts: A Dark Romantic Psychological Thriller

Hearts in Torment, Book 1
Narrated by: Claire Riley
Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Jealousy. Lies. Betrayal. Murder.   

A toxic love triangle erupts into dark obsession.

Logan is poison and Kristen knows it. His lust for drugs, sex, and danger is spiraling out of control. Yet every time she tells herself it’s over, his seductive power draws her back. Caught in a vicious cycle of love and hate, she is on the verge of insanity. 

Until Jake.

An aspiring artist desperate to wipe out his dark past, Jake’s life is a constant struggle. A protector by nature, he needs Kristen to fill the void in his life. Together their worlds are rattled by a love so powerful it promises to change everything.

The master manipulator.

Logan has other plans. Driven by a fierce desire for power and control, he has everything he needs. He will never let anyone take Kristen or interfere in his life. Nothing will stop him from winning, not even his tenuous grip on reality.  

Obsessive love knows no bounds.

Jake will die for Kristen.

Logan is ready to kill for her.  

©2017 Karen Lynn (P)2018 Karen Lynn

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War is right!

This was a back and forth Love triangle that was like a train wreck to watch. You could see the trouble coming but couldn't look away. The female was so back and forth on what she wanted that I started to get whiplash. Cheating is not my favorite in books but that is just me personally. I did enjoy the book - The middle was a little slow going for me but the end packed a punch. All in all, good story, damaged characters (but that is just part of the story) :)

Narration was great. A pleasure to listen to and good character voices.

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  • Sandra
  • Wilson,Texas Usa
  • 03-23-19

very intense

Kristen is in a very rocky marriage meets jake who wants to help yet she cant seem to say no to logan her husband making things explosive and twisty very good can't wait to see how this all ends!

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Heartwrenching

This story hit a little close to home as it was very vivid. It was well written, well researched, and was refreshing honestly with how real world it was. I will be looking up more stories by this author.

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Whining baby

Okay this story was great the last hour. Before that I felt like it was just a whining mess. Going back and forth between both men, not understanding each other because we haven't know each other long, and over all over dramatic. This book could have been cut to about three hours and gave the same over all story.

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Pretty good!

I loved the story and the idea of it! I am not a big fan of third person, but if done correctly, I don't even notice. However, here, I became a little confused switching though between characters within the paragraph (without any spacing). I also wished they was more diverse dialog from the narrator. Sometimes I got confused on who was talking. Overall, I liked the story line!

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A War of Hearts

This book is about three seriously flawed characters making all kinds of wrong choices. The book moved along pretty slow for me at first although it did get more interesting as it went on. I was looking forward to finding out how it all ended when I realized this book actually ends in a cliffhanger which was rather disappointing. Then when I looked it up, it sounds like I have to listen to or read two more books to actually see how it ends. Claire Riley did a good job with the narration. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Troubling Triangle

This is a crazy back and forth Triangle.
It is a good story but it did seem a little long. It almost felt like a very long argument. Having said that it is refreshing to have a story with cheating and angst once on awhile. The struggle is real. Narration voice is good. Didn’t expect a cliffhanger.

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Riveting

A War of Hearts is a gritty, dark, intense psychological thriller that is not for a sensitive reader or listener. From beginning to end it will keep you guessing, shaking your head and asking why, and if your like me you will go for book 2.
We have three main characters Logan a crazy, stalking husband with a serious drug, alcohol and sex addiction.
Jake a starving artist/bartender who goal in life is to become known in the art community, sell his paintings and help Kristen get away, stay away and safe from her additive husband.
Then we have Kristen who seems to be a magnet to these two completely different men. She totally baffles me? She has Jake in the palm of her hand, he is good loving and kind, yet she continues to fall under Logan’s spell, knowing he will only continue to hurt her. Why?
I am reviewing this audible book for Audiobook Obsession and the author thank you.

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Spell binding

I have just started it to listening to this audible book. Must report that I am not finished. I feel there has been a spell cast on me and I can’t stop listening to it. I’m looking forward to finishing the audible book. When that time comes I will continue on with my review of this amazing book. The writers style instantly connected me to the characters. I would love to met her and give her my thanks for creating this spell binding book.

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Definitely Dark

This is certainly not a book for the feint of heart. It is a dark romance that helps me appreciate being married to a good man. The three main characters will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Not a big fan of cheating but I know battered women have trouble breaking the cycle they find themselves in. This book does end on a cliffhanger so if that is not your cup of tea then you should wait until the next one comes out. The book is a bit long, in my opinion, I think it could've been trimmed some and still been just as good. The narration was well done. Each character did have their own voices and emotions but I think the narrator, Claire Riley, needs to give the male voices a deeper tone. Overall, an interesting listen but won't be for everyone. I look forward to the next book to see how the (as another reviewer called it) train wreck ends.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • angeljoy
  • 02-07-19

WT...

This one will keep you guessing; it took me awhile to get into it. You can't help but wonder what is going to happen next.

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  • Tasha Barefield
  • 01-24-19

Sorry but not for me

I’m not sure how to rate this audiobook, it was entertaining but I’m not sure I actually liked it. I like dark romance and love triangles but something just didn’t quite work for me. I loved the suspense aspects of the story but I struggled with the domestic violence elements and although I know it’s realistic, I also didn’t really like any of the characters, I felt they were all manipulating each other. I thought the narration was good and kept me going.

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  • Toni swoffer
  • 01-22-19

Wow

This was my 1st audiobook From this author I found the story a bit confusing at times as there is three people but I did enjoy it will recommend it to friends

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  • Heather North @AudiobookObsession
  • 01-18-19

Great listen!

Great characters and story, with some twists that I didn’t see coming. Fantastic narrator who really captured the emotions in the story and brought the characters to life. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mickey
  • 01-17-19

Emotional love triangle

If you like psychological twists with drama and head games you will get confused and extremely emotional about. I will warn you it does have a good cliffhanger that your probably not going to expect. This was the first time I listened to a book from this author or of this kind of love triangle, and it is filled with a lot of drama and heartache.

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  • Jan M
  • 01-03-19

Complicated Love Triangle

A War of Hearts is unlike anything that I've listened to before. I wasn't expecting it to be such a complicated love triangle. The narrator did a good performance with this book, I just wish there would have been more distinction between character voices. The ending of this book surprised me.

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  • Shoe Monger
  • 01-01-19

DRAMA and Games of the heart

This story is well written but I wouldn't have called it a Psychological Thriller. Romantic drama in my opinion is more accurate.
I also wouldn't have called the book A War of Hearts, but more like Drama of Hearts.
This isn't my normal reading - perhaps because I normally stay clear of my friends with severe bad judgement with regards to relationships. This story tears at my heart, makes me mad, and a turmoil of emotions and head games, constant head games...and how communication hurts and solves problems. If you're looking for a book that will make you feel, empathize with characters, get angry at characters this is definitely a book for you.
Just an fyi - no HEA - there is a cliff hanger

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  • PATRICIA
  • 12-29-18

Psychological!

This is my first Karen Lynn book, and it left me just at the point that I needed to know the answers! This psychologically entangling story has a love triangle. Kristen is in a toxic marriage with Logan. He is a man with many issues, womanizing, drugs, controlling, you name it, he is the man that makes me cringe. Then there is the sweet side of him that shows me why Kristen married him. Kristen then meets Jake in the park. Here is the handsome, wonderful man that finds the best in Kristen. Their attraction is immediate, hot and full of passion. Jake seems like a great guy, but his insecurity at times was a bit disconcerting. Now put all three of these together with a cast of secondary characters, like Ray and Marti and we have a story that will catch your attention and keep you interested from scene to scene. There are secrets in Jake's past, danger that Logan brings, mass manipulation by both men and Kristen's surprise that will blow it all out of the water and create a decision that left me with my mouth hanging open! I can't wait for book two to see where this will lead!

Claire Riley narrates the story with precision and pace. I didn't think she always connected with the characters, but she does have good voices and carried them consistently through the book. I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next.

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  • Mandy Sawyer
  • 12-28-18

Great start, but I need more!!!

Great storyline, I’ve not read/listened to a book like this before. I’m not sure if I want to hug or slap the leading lady though! She’s very frustrating and has complicated emotional issues. If you like your books with lots of twists and turns this is the book for you. Looking forward to book 2.