Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I’m really into mythology as well mystical fantasy stuff so when I read the description for War’s Passion, book one in the Sons of War series by Lia Davis, I just had to give it a read. Check out the summary:
After losing her parents in a brutal attack from 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 earth bound demi-gods, known as the descendants, have banded together to start another rebellion against the gods, it becomes his number one 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.
First off I’m not quite sure why the book was named what it was. The book is not about War’s Passion but War’s, Ares’, dragon son and his mate. That threw me off a bit. I feel the title of a book should give me some idea as to what the story is about, which in this case, it didn’t.
Secondly, while I loved how it included lots about Greek mythology and the Gods, it was a bit too cheesy and dramatic for my tastes. The main character Gwen was rather whiny and a complete pushover. Even during the times it seemed as though she was standing her ground or putting her foot down, she still came across as shaky and weak. I mean come on! Would you let some dude FORCE you to have to stay and sleep in his bedroom when you didn’t even know him and were somewhat fearful of him?? I sure as hell wouldn’t! She also had a tendency to cry quite often and ran away consistently instead of dealing with the issues at hand. And don’t get me started on how she wanted to blame all kinds of people for the death of her father, especially Aphrodite her G-ma, who didn’t step in to save him in the beginning of the book because she was saving Gwen’s ass! There was a comment made in part of the book that she had studied along side her father in mythology so she knew all the stories of the Gods. So if that were true, would she not have known that the Gods/Goddesses couldn’t interfere or have direct contact with their children?? Too much of the story had holes in it and things that didn’t seem to line up with other pieces of the story to me.
Markus, the hero of the book, wasn’t too bad I guess. Though I do wish the story would have actually built more up them being mates instead of just be all like, ‘Oh they’re in love now…..no rhyme of reason to it cause it just IS!’. I personally don’t buy into that mess. Give me more than just ‘they are fated’, given that both Gwen and Markus seemed like complete opposites and not meant to be together based on their interactions. The only thing they remotely connected on was sex, which was far and in between. And even then that is not enough to build an eternal bond on!
I’m still debating on whether or not I am going to give book number two a try. It has to do with Ashlynn, daughter of Artemis goddess of the hunt, and the scared up dragon Ty. I was intrigued by both character’s personalities and how they acted around each other but if the story doesn’t build and follows the first one ‘s feeling of falling flat, then I will be extremely disappointed.
Here are all of the books in the Sons of War series: