Sunday, March 30, 2014

War's Passion (Sons of War #1) by Lia Davis ~*~*~*~ Blog Tour and Review

War’s Passion, Sons of War book 1
By Lia Davis
Genre: paranormal romance, dragon-shifters
Heat level: 4 flames

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.

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Ty, get your ass down here. There are two of them. Nyx, goddess of night, just walked through the door. Seth sent the telepathic comment to his brother as he and the females walked back into the living room.
Unbelievable. Generally, descendants didn’t group together unless they knew their relations. However, by the low dose of magic Seth could sense, he guessed the women’s powers had been bound. Yet, they still carried enough of their godly energy that he could tell to which goddess they had been born.
“So, have you looked around? What do you think?” Elle’s voice brought his thoughts back to the subject at hand.
“The place isn’t too bad. It is definitely restorable. You said last night that you don’t want to change anything structural, right?” Seth sensed his brother before Ty came to stand next to him.
“That’s right. Gwen and I decided to keep the same layout and add some modern touches.” Elle shifted her gaze to Ty. The silver in her pale green eyes shimmered and she pursed her lips before turning to Gwen. “I got the bathroom cleaner you asked for, along with shampoo and soap.”
Gwen smiled as if thankful for the distraction. “Oh good. If you will excuse me?”
As soon as Gwen was out of earshot, Elle leaned in and spoke through her teeth. “Dragons.”
Inching closer to her, Ty growled, “How long have you had your sight?”
Straightening, Elle folded her arms and stared at them as if debating her next move. “As long as I can remember.”
Seth chuckled. “We know what happened to Gwen’s parents, or at least we have our theories.”
Glancing once in the direction her sister had gone, Elle put the oversized hat back on and pulled down her sleeves to cover her hands. “Come on, I show you the outside.”
Seth glanced at Ty, who shrugged, and they followed her to the side yard overlooking the ocean. Elle spoke without turning to face them. “We know that we are descendants of the gods. Gwen is the granddaughter of Aphrodite and I’m, like, the great-granddaughter of Nyx. Gwen stopped believing after her parent were killed.”
 “Why?” Seth frowned.
She dropped her shoulders. “Gwen said she didn’t want to believe in any goddess who would let her own son die.”
Witnessing her parents’ murder had undoubtedly left its mark on Gwen, but even gods were bound by rules. “The gods are forbidden to have any type of connection with their earth-bound offspring. Aphrodite didn’t have a choice. You both have to understand that.”
Elle tugged the hat down further on her face and he wondered if the small amount of sunlight peeking through the clouds bothered her. Being a descendant of night had some disadvantages, like being allergic to the sun’s rays. “I know that. I tried to tell her the gods can’t interfere with human will. Although her parents being slaughtered by a dragon isn’t really human will, is it?”
No, it wasn’t and that pissed him off. Still, Aphrodite couldn’t make direct contact. Of course, if she interfered indirectly—such as saving the life of her granddaughter, they still wouldn’t have been aware of the goddess’s actions.
“Did she really see who did it?” Ty asked before Seth could get the words out.
Elle nodded. “She said it was a black and silver dragon.”
“Fuck,” Seth breathed. “Why would he kill them?”
Elle whirled on them, her green eyes darker now with silver ringing the pupil. “You know who did it?”
Seth ignored her question, his attention on Ty. “And why would he not take Gwen?”
A knowing grin spread on his face. “He couldn’t see her.”
Elle waved a hand between them. “Hello? Who didn’t see who?”
Ty gazed down at Elle. “Be at the estate at seven tonight and bring Gwen.” Stepping back several feet, he shifted into his red and gold dragon and took flight.
Seth sighed. “He’s such a show off. Please don’t be late.” He ran toward the edge, jumped, and shifted in midair. The women didn’t need contractors—they needed protection.

Markus through the eyes of Gwen

Hi, I’m Gwen, the heroine of War’s Passion. Lia asked me to stop by and talk about my hero and dragon-shifter mate, Markus.
Here’s the thing. Markus is intense. At six foot three and 250 pounds of hard lean muscle, he takes charge every situation he walks into. He’s a born leader and more like his father, Ares, than his brothers. Markus has the ability to calm a chaotic situation and deliver some kind of outcome. Although most of the outcomes are a little violent.
He’s also a gentle lover and a compassionate mate. And a little overbearing. Oh, and he growls a lot. But he’s all mine. I love everything about him, including the dragon within. They are so much a part of my life now that I couldn’t see being anywhere else but by his side.
I must be going before my dragon comes looking for me. It was a pleasure being here today. Thanks for having me.

About the Author:
Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!
An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.
Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

Other books by Lia:
Ashwood Falls (shifters):

Stand alone:

Coming Soon
3/18 - Ashwood Falls Vol. 1 (includes Winter Eve, A Tiger’s Claim, and A Mating Dance)
Date TBD - Business Pleasures (Pleasures of the Heart #1)
5/27 - A Rebel’s Heart (Ashwood Falls 3.5) previously published in the Ever After anthology
Date TBD – Ashes of War (Sons of War #2)

Lia is giving away an executive swag pack (includes a War’s Passion fleece blanket, a hand sanitizer spray pump, a glass nail file, a War’s Passion spiral notebook, and a WP necklace hand made by Stone Soup Designs), a free eBook from her backlist (excluding War’s Passion), and a Lia Davis tote bag.

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War's Passion (Sons of War #1) by Lia Davis
Review by Theresa Esterline
Stars: 5 

Not all is fair in Love and War. This is a new series by Lia - Sons of War. It is about the sons of Ares, God of War, who were sent to Earth to keep peace - watching over the descendants to prevent more wars. I really enjoyed this story. Sometimes books that are more fantasy are hard for me get started with or follow or I get distracted by the explanations needed at the beginning. But this did not happen with War's Passion. The author balanced the new information I needed to learn to understand about the gods and dragons with a plot. The plot got me hooked right away and I wanted to keep reading to know what would happen next! And now a bit about the story...

After watching her parents brutal death at the hands of a dragon, Gwen has had a hard time coping. She knows she is a descendant of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, and her best friend / adopted sister Elle is the granddaughter to Nyx, Goddess of Night, so the whole man turning to a dragon in her living room didn't make her crazy. But still she has had a hard time trusting people and dealing with panic attacks. After leaving a small town in Nebraska, she ends up in Maine and not with one dragon after her, but five dragons. Except these dragons are different. She doesn't fear them as she does the man who killed her father. She actually totally overcomes her fear, with lots of help from Elle and Markus and puts together a plan to avenge her parents death. 

Favorite quotes:
- She shouldn’t encourage him, shouldn’t be allowing him to kiss her, to touch her. He was a dragon, the son of Ares, and dangerous. Yet, she wanted more of him. No, she craved more. It was crazy. They just met.
- Man, she was a mess when it came to Markus. She was also in jeopardy of losing her heart to the man, or having it broken into a billion pieces.
- she couldn’t let her fears rule her. It was time she grew a backbone and stood up to the monsters.
- It wasn’t good when love and war came together to visit.
- Why the hell did he have to be so complicated? One minute he was charming, the next he withdrew behind his internal walls.
- And nothing, or no one, was going to get in his way of having what he wanted.
- “Love, you’re a goddess. You were never normal.”
- "It’s not going to be easy. I’ll push you to your breaking point to prepare you."
- I’ll deal with you later. In my bed. Gwen met Markus’s gaze as he spoke those words telepathically. Heat spread through her like wildfire. Biting her lower lip, she thought back to him, I look forward to it.


  1. One of the most appealing things about dragons is their unpredictability and their invincibility... they seem so strong and powerful.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Tina! This is my second dragon book (well since Puff the Magic Dragon in elementary school) and I must say I love them too!

  3. There is just something about a dragon that entices you to read all about them every chance you get, be it only fantasy it is addictive and just makes us seek them out!!