Julia Sykes writes some very, very steamy books. The books have a good story to go along with all that steam too, so that’s all good. War of Hearts fits really well into the rest of her books, so I was really happy that I got to read it.
Ashlyn is a Harvard student who does everything she can to get her father’s approval. She studies hard, keeps her head down, and generally stays out of trouble. Her only real bit of rebellion against her dad is that she is getting an art history degree instead of a psych degree like her dad wanted. While she is still working hard at school, she’s having a really hard time personally. A few weeks ago, a man named Marco came and told her boyfriend Joseph that he had to leave and go home. She is heartbroken and is trying to just get through life without Joseph.
Joseph has been moping around Marco’s house. He came home because he had to because of family politics, but he was much happier living in Cambridge and being a bartender where he could be with Ashlyn. He knows that he did the right thing to keep Ashlyn safe, but that doesn’t make his decision any easier.
Marco is Joseph’s best friend. They are close enough that they nearly brothers. They’ve shared just about everything in the past, including women. Marco is tired of Joseph moping around, so he does something about it. One day, he goes and tells Joseph that he has a surprise. Marco leads Joseph into his bedroom where a drugged Ashlyn is laying. Marco tells Joseph that he has had Ashlyn under surveillance to keep her safe and that their enemies have been nosing around her, so he brought her to the house to keep her safe, and oh yeah, now Joseph can stop moping around like someone has ripped out his heart because here’s Ashlyn.
When Ashlyn wakes up, she sees Joseph and is so happy to see him. Then she sees Marco. She’s terrified of Marco because he looks scary and he lays out some hard truths for her. Ashlyn keeps clinging to Joseph so that she doesn’t have to interact with Marco, and avoids Marco every chance she gets. That’s not always as easy as she might wish since she’s sleeping in his room, in his bed. She isn’t always as successful as she would wish, and avoiding him gets even harder when she finds his sketchbook where he’s drawn pictures of her that she can’t get out of her mind.
Alrighty, you know what’s going to happen now. I really like the interaction between everyone in this book, as separate couples and as the full menage. Both Joseph and Marco offer something to Ashlyn that meets separate needs that she has. She manages to meet both of their needs, so it’s a win/win/win all around. The external drama gets kind of scary at times, and it balances out the sweetness of the relationship that the three of them create quite well.
Marco makes a really good Daddy, and takes really good care of Ashlyn. I think that Joseph is more of a medium size M instead of a full capital M. He’s dominant to Ashlyn, but Marco is the one who ultimately controls everything when it comes to their sex life, at least. Marco and Joseph don’t have any sexual interaction, but that doesn’t mean that Joseph still isn’t getting Dom’ed. That’s just my opinion on the matter, so if you have a different take, I’d be more than happy to hear about it, please and thank you. I’m always happy to see what other people have to say about the books I read.
I didn’t quite see the end happening the way that it did, but I’m not going to say that I don’t like it. I do quite like it, and it was unexpected, so that was good.
OK, that’s all I have to say about WoH. There is a prequel to it that’s free, so go check it out for some backstory. We’ve got a couple busy days, so buckle up, buttercup. Meanwhile, happy reading!