A War of Hearts: A Dark Romantic Psychological Thriller

Hearts in Torment, Book 1
Narrated by: Claire Riley
Series: Hearts in Torment, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (118 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 has spiraled 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.

A protector by nature, Jake needs Kristen to fill the void in his life. Together, their worlds are rattled by a love so powerful it promises to change everything. 

Logan has other plans.
A master manipulator driven by fierce desire for power and control, Logan has everything he needs. Kristen seals the deal.
So, what went wrong?
Kristen always has and always will be his. 

Jake must be suicidal to disrupt his dream.
If he thinks unconditional love and devotion are enough, he is mad.
And dead wrong. 

Nothing stops Logan Holder from winning.
Not Jake’s passion.
Or Kristen’s stubborn persistence.
Not even his own tenuous grip on reality. 

They say:
Obsessive love knows no bounds.
They are right.
Jake will die for Kristen.
Logan will 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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Disturbing Story!

I must say that even though I couldn’t understand Kristen’s obsession with her abusive husband (and yes, I know abused women sometimes just can’t leave their toxic relationships behind), I became totally hooked while listening to this story. I kept hoping Kristen would come to realize Jake is the better choice... I was totally horrified at how psychopathic Logan acts and especially what he does at the end of this book. This book ends on a major cliffhanger, so you'll want to get the next book(s) if you want to find out what happens next… I received this audiobook at my request and I voluntarily wrote this review.

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Dark, intense romance

Loved this book. I could feel the pain of Kristen and dysfunction of her life. Karen Lynn does an amazing job of making you feel what the characters feel. I was angry, crying, happy, and every emotion in between while listening to this book. Very well developed characters and story line. I love how the characters have real flaws to work through, not an everyone is perfect, light-hearted romance. Definitely worth reading!

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New to me

I was asked to give a review after receiving book... this is an interesting story just not for me. I'm sure others will enjoy the story it just wasn't my type of listen. sorry 🙁

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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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interesting story

not into making women have sex the way her husband did, or the beatings. she must have a screw loose in the head. boyfriend just as strange

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Unexpected

I will admit, at the beginning I did not think I would like this book. I’m not one to read books with drug use involved, but as I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review, I felt that I should continue. I’m very glad I did. I got hooked on the characters and the interplay between all of them and their friends. Sometimes it seems that the main characters are very quick to anger, but reading I realized they are a bit emotionally immature and come with a lot of baggage between each other that provides the causation for their angry streaks.

I’m very glad I took a chance and saw it through. I can’t wait to see what happens next between Logan, Krissy and Jake.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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Amazing must read!

Loved this book could not put it down the Narrator did an amazing job. I loved how she changed her voice when it was Jake, Logan, or if it was Krissy or any of the women. Claire did a wonderful job being expressive when it came to the character's. I liked how she made me feel like the characters were in the room with me. Claire and the author Karen did an amazing job bringing the book to life for me. I literally could not put this book down. Instead of listening to music at the gym and cleaning my house I listened to Claire and voice and Karen story. This story was so enthralling I could not put it down. I so can't wait for book 2 I am dying needing my fix. I need to know will Jake find out about Krissy, and how long will it take before Logan goes back to his ways.

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Intrigued

Amazing story,
Dark, thriller with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. All in all a pretty amazing audiobook. Highly recommend giving it a listen!

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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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  • Sara B
  • 12-17-19

An Intense War of Hearts

This was a psychologically suspenseful tale. Karen Lynn takes the readers/listeners out of their comfort zone, onto a turbulent journey. The storyline is definitely intense with dark elements, dealing with emotional and physical abuse. The characters in this tale are intriguing but flawed and not easily liked, as it's intended.

Kristen and her abusive husband, Logan, have a very unhealthy and toxic obsession with each other. True, Logan is a master manipulator, but it's Kristen who keeps going back to him, hence eliminating any sympathy I held for her plight. She is not perfect, she is quick to anger with lots of baggage. To offset Logan's abuse, Kristen starts an affair with Jake. Jake falls in love with Kristen and convinces her to leave Logan. I liked Jake quite a bit, he tries to build Kristen up, mounting her strength.

The narration by Claire Riley is outstanding. She channeled the characters and their emotions, bringing them to life. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.

Overall, this was a different but enjoyable story, it delves into the human psyche and the inner demons. Karen Lynn takes the readers/listeners on a suspenseful and emotional rollercoaster. I'm excited to hear the rest of the series. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 04-15-20

a love triangle

This story started out great, I liked the details and the character building. But somewhere along the way, I got lost. Kristen knew Logan was no good for her, yet she kept going back. There came a point that I was just so mad at her. Logan is abusive and deserved to be poisoned, and did not deserve Kristen. Jake was the only character that I was able to like. Kristen meets Jake and realizes that there is better for her, but she still hangs onto Logan creating a love triangle. I was expecting more in the dark and psychotic part of the thriller. This was more a love triangle that had gone completely wrong. I am glad I did read until the end though. The ending twist was fun to read.

Claire Riley narrated this story. She has an easy to listen to voice. Ms. Riley was able to keep all the characters separate and distinct and easy to follow.She read at a slower speed than I prefer, but her narration was good.

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  • J. Allen
  • 11-12-19

trio of trouble

Okay...I am completely captivated by these twisted characters. I usually don't listen / read cliffhanger reads but was interested in this series based on the blurb provided. I am chomping at the bit to get the other books so I can find out what will happen next in this love triangle between Logan, Kate and Jake. All three have their own set of issues which feed on each other.

The author does a great job in writing this story line. The time frame is detail and precise. The characters are descriptive and you get a real feel for each of them (whether you like them or not). A good storyline with plenty of twists and a good flow to the storyline as well - you won't get bored listening to this one! The narrator also does a great job although I could also see this being read by two different people - male and female to break up the characters a bit more.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Emma Jane Marie
  • 09-19-19

Love the Story, Love the Narrator!

If you are looking for a physicalogical thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the one for you! I love how the narrator brought Kirsten, Jack and Logan to life! A huge five stars and I highly recommend this listen!

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  • Sarah
  • 09-17-19

Not for me.

This is the first book I’ve listened to that I couldn’t finish. I found it boring. Sorry!

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  • Helen
  • 06-14-19

Fab audio book

Really enjoyed listening to the audio book
Great dark romantic psychological book 10/10 can’t wait for next book

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  • Geri Nelson
  • 04-16-19

It wants what it wants

I enjoyed this book too much. Narrator was new to me. I enjoyed her voice. I Loved the story line. Had me in work reacting to certain parts of the book. People asking me if I was ok. This was a must read for me. I can't wait to jump into book two.

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  • Amanda
  • 04-09-19

First rate

Everything you need for a great, engaging read. I loved reading this book as it captivated me from the start. I was entertained by the characters and fully caught up in all the relationships. The characters were extremely well done and really pulled you into their lives. The dialogue between all the characters were exceptional and the book is well paced.

Absolutely first rate piece of work and I cannot wait to read more from this author.

The narrator really portrayed the characters well and I am in love with her voice.

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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.