War of Hearts
New York Times Bestselling author Samantha Young writing as S. Young.Thea Quinn has no idea what she is. All she knows is that her abilities have been a plague upon her life since she was a child. After years of suffering at the hands of a megalomaniac, Thea escaped and has been on the run ever since.The leadership and protection of his pack are of the utmost importance to Conall MacLennan, Alpha and Chief of Clan MacLennan, the last werewolf pack in Scotland. Which is why watching his sister slowly die of a lycanthropic disease is emotional torture. When Conall is approached by a businessman who offers a cure for his sister in exchange for the use of Conall’s rare tracking ability, Conall forges an unbreakable contract with him. He has to find and retrieve the key to the cure: dangerous murderer, Thea Quinn.Thea’s attempts to evade the ruthless werewolf are not only thwarted by the Alpha, but by outside dangers. With no choice but to rely on one another for survival, truths are revealed, intensifying a passionate connection they both fight to resist. At war with themselves and each other, Conall and Thea’s journey to Scotland forces them to face a heartrending choice between love and betrayal.War of Hearts is a standalone paranormal romance.

War of Hearts Details

TitleWar of Hearts
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherSamantha Young
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Vampires

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  • Samantha Young
    January 1, 1970
    There is a possibility of more books in this world, but WAR OF HEARTS is a standalone paranormal romance. :)UPDATE: The 1st two chapters are on my website :) http://bit.ly/2xUHctpMy current WIP under my pen name S. Young. I'm so excited! Another Teaser!She looked him directly in the eyes. “I don’t have any plans to kill you tonight, Wolf Boy, so catch some z’s too.”Despite the flare of irritation he felt at the ridiculous nickname, C There is a possibility of more books in this world, but WAR OF HEARTS is a standalone paranormal romance. :)UPDATE: The 1st two chapters are on my website :) http://bit.ly/2xUHctpMy current WIP under my pen name S. Young. I'm so excited! Another Teaser!She looked him directly in the eyes. “I don’t have any plans to kill you tonight, Wolf Boy, so catch some z’s too.”Despite the flare of irritation he felt at the ridiculous nickname, Conall also felt more than a flicker of amusement. “But you plan to kill me eventually?”She was silent a moment and then she answered, and his instincts told him she was being honest. “I don’t know. What I do know is that there’s someone else after me and you’ve saved my ass twice. I can’t get rid of you so I may as well make use of you.”Her words caused a stirring somewhere they shouldn’t. Poor word choice on her part. “Make use of me?” his voice was gruff.She flicked him a casual look as she kicked off her shoes and got into the bed, fully clothed. “Bodyguard.” She reached up and switched off the lamp at her bedside.Surprised, Conall snorted. “And here I thought you didnae need a bodyguard.”“Me too. Until a vamp punched a hole in my chest.” Although she tried to hide behind levity, he heard the slight tremble of uncertainty in her words.“Is that the closest you’ve come to death, lass?”“No,” she whispered, the duvet rustling as she turned her back to him. “Death and I are old friends.”Here's an excerpt (it's unedited!)Marching away from the reception and prying eyes, Conall bounded up the stairs to the next floor, feeling Thea’s presence grow stronger. Anticipation flooded him, making his heart pound, and his hands flex. Glancing down through the drop between the railings, Conall realized he could take this back staircase to the exit without having to go through reception.Perfect.Thankfully, the hallway on the next floor was empty as Conall tried to move his hulking figure as quietly down it as possible. He stopped outside the door of the room at the farthest end of the hallway and rested his palm against it.Thea was behind the door.Brat.Grabbing the door handle he gave it a jarring tug, hearing the lock break with satisfaction. Conall strode inside, coming to an abrupt halt at the sight of Thea in fighting stance, facing him.She had her fists held up to her face like a practiced boxer, her knees bent.Exasperated at the thought of delaying their journey with a fight, Conall swung the door shut behind him and crossed his arms over his chest.Her olive skin was a little pale, her features strained from the obvious painful toll the mysterious drug had taken on her body. Dark circles were still visible beneath her wide tip-tilted eyes. She was still weak.Good.“I have no wish to fight you.”Thea grunted. “You’re trying to kidnap me, and you don’t expect me to fight you?”“Are you capable of fighting in this state?”She narrowed her eyes. “I could kick your ass any day of the week, Wolf Boy.”A growl erupted from him before he could stop it. “Call me that again and see where it gets you.”“I’m not afraid of you.”Conall tested the air and realized he couldn’t smell any hint of fear from her. Huh. Maybe that should give him pause. It didn’t.“Listen and listen carefully.” He took a step toward her and her lush lips pressed tightly together. “I’m no ordinary werewolf. You can run from me, Thea, but I’ll always be able to find you. So let’s give into the inevitable and not make a big deal out of this.”Thea let out an incredulous laugh and Conall tensed at the musical sound. “You’re delusional, Wolf Boy, if you think I’m going anywhere without a fight.”If she called him that one more time, Conall was afraid he’d change right in front of her. He tried not to curl his hands into fists, giving away his mounting anger. “I’m not kidding. How do you think I found you when others have failed? How do you think I found you here? I hear you have talents, abilities… well you’re not the only one. I have your scent, Thea Quinn. You’ll never be able to run from me again.”She studied him a moment, perhaps trying to deduce if he was lying or not. She wrinkled her nose. “Well, that’s not creepy.”Ignoring her sarcasm, he gestured to the door. “Let’s go.”Conall waited, studying her impatiently as she considered him in return. As her soulful eyes wandered over his body, an electric awareness shivered through him, reminding him of the call of the full moon.Ashforth was right. She was a dangerous creature in more ways than one.She relaxed her fighting stance, exhaling wearily. “Fine.”Relieved but still alert Conall nodded. He’d barely turned a millimetre toward the door when he felt the blast of a forceful wind against his back. A dark blur shot past him but his reflexes were fast and he reached out for what he hoped was the scruff of her neck.Making purchase he shoved her against the door and slammed his body into hers.She gasped, her cheek pressed hard to the door along with the front of her body. With a grunt she pushed against him but Conall leaned his entire weight into her. “How?” she panted, looking up at him in shock.Conall tightened his grip on her neck and bent his head to her ear. “You may be fast, lass, but I’m faster.”Her upper lip curled. “I’m not at full strength.”“Aye, well, I suppose we’ll see how we get on when you are.” He took hold of her wrists and brought them down behind her back.Thea squirmed, and he tightened his hold, knowing it must be painful, but she never showed it. “Let’s go.”“You really think I’ll believe you’re the world’s best bloodhound without testing that theory?” he heard the warning in her voice.In the name of expedience, he transferred his hold on her to one hand and quickly pulled the syringe out of his back pocket. Just like that the coppery, blood-like tang of her terror filled his nostrils and Conall forced down a prickle of guilt. He couldn’t imagine she felt guilty about all the people she’d murdered. He didn’t want to use the drug now he knew it messed with his ability to track her, but she didn’t know that. “Easy way… or hard way?”“I… I can pay you more than Ashforth.”“By stealing from people. No thanks.” Conall kept the syringe in one hand, while he yanked open the door and quickly grabbed her arm. His huge hand wrapped easily around her small bicep. For a fairly tall woman with generous assets, she felt fragile and small beneath his touch. Most human females did.But she wasn’t human, he reminded himself, as he yanked her out into the hallway.“I would think someone who is mercenary enough to hunt a woman he knows nothing about for money wouldn’t care where the money comes from.”Conall stopped and hauled her close, bending to enunciate the words in her face so she could make no mistake about his determination to finish this job. “Ashforth isn’t paying me. Someone important to me is dying and I hear you’re the cure. I bring you to Ashforth to answer for murdering his wife and he’ll give me some of your blood.”If she felt anything about this information, she did a wonderful job of not showing it. Instead, she tilted her chin in defiance. “I’ll give you some of my blood, if you’ll just let me go.”“No can do.” He shook his head and continued to pull her down the hall with him. “I struck a bargain with this man and my word is my honor.”“You’ve got to be kidding me, right?” she sneered, trying to yank free of his hold and failing. Conall gritted his teeth and held on tighter. If she kept fighting him, he’d inadvertently hurt her. Stupid lass. “Keep moving.”She stopped as they entered the stairwell. “Seriously. My life is more important than your goddamn honor.”“There’s a trail of bodies from the east coast of the US through mainland Europe that makes the latter questionable.”“You have no idea what you’re talking about.”Exasperated, wishing he could drug her without causing her pain or him to lose his connection to her, Conall let the growl show in his voice. “Let’s cease talking entirely.”To his surprise and relief, she did.
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  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    WAR OF HEARTS: Is a full length standalone paranormal romance novel by Samantha Young. (This is her first time writing a paranormal novel). Spoken in 'Dual POV's' This is Thea Quinn and Conall MacLennan's story. Whilst this was a standalone, it made me believe that there may be more books in the future. 4 WOLF BOY STARS I’ve not read many paranormal novels, I can count them on one hand so I was nervous about reading this one, but took that leap of faith knowing who the author was!! And I am soooo WAR OF HEARTS: Is a full length standalone paranormal romance novel by Samantha Young. (This is her first time writing a paranormal novel). Spoken in 'Dual POV's' This is Thea Quinn and Conall MacLennan's story. Whilst this was a standalone, it made me believe that there may be more books in the future. 4 WOLF BOY STARS I’ve not read many paranormal novels, I can count them on one hand so I was nervous about reading this one, but took that leap of faith knowing who the author was!! And I am soooo glad I did!! This was so unexpectedly easy to get into, from the storyline to the characters themselves made for an exhilarating read! Before I knew it I’d inhaled it! If this book is anything to go by I definitely need to dip my toes into this genre more!Twenty five year old Thea is on the run, moving from city to city never staying anywhere for too long, trying to outrun a pure evil man named Ashforth who insists Thea Quinn is a supernatural creature of unknown origin and he's out to cause her harm. Thea really has no idea what she really is, but definitely knows that she is not 100% human. If being hunted by one man wasn't enough now she has another one on her tail, and that is Conall MacLennan he's the alpha king belonging to one of the last werewolf packs in Scotland. If he can apprehend Thea, Ashworth has promised that her blood will cure his sister. Conall is good at his job, he can track like no other by scent alone. Ashworth has informed Conall that Thea is a dangerous killer and is not to be trusted.Thea has no chance in hell when it comes to evading him. The banter and interaction between these two characters was nothing other than perfection, their sexual chemistry simmered away in the background which I loved.
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  • arini
    January 1, 1970
    #1 war of hearts — 4.5 stars#2 kiss of vengeance (tbr) *cue in a flourish of MOON HOWLING wolf noises* fans of paranormal romance out there, let's R-E-J-O-I-C-E in the fact that this book exists to quench our thirst for the supernaturals, those otherwordly beings who make our pathetic mundane lives seem less boring bcs they've got more interesting stories to tell that our minds would gladly indulge in!! ✨ 4.5 "INTENSE SATISFIED GROWLING" stars ✨ this book was so good. i loved it. i cant believe it's only a standalone!! it was a solid one for sure. i couldnt help but marvel at thin!!noises* #1 war of hearts — 4.5 stars#2 kiss of vengeance (tbr) *cue in a flourish of MOON HOWLING wolf noises* fans of paranormal romance out there, let's R-E-J-O-I-C-E in the fact that this book exists to quench our thirst for the supernaturals, those otherwordly beings who make our pathetic mundane lives seem less boring bcs they've got more interesting stories to tell that our minds would gladly indulge in!! ✨ 4.5 "INTENSE SATISFIED GROWLING" stars ✨ this book was so good. i loved it. i cant believe it's only a standalone!! it was a solid one for sure. i couldnt help but marvel at the thought of what a series it could potentially grow to be had it been set as such since the beginning. thankfully, there's still hope i can cling to bcs the epilogue had definitely hinted at the possibility of a sequel. i'll keep my fingers crossed. L I K E S: ↠ intriguing, action packed, sometimes gruesome storylinethe story was very gripping. there was never a dull moment where i wished i wanted to stop reading. the beginning of the book held such a strong premise for the rest of the story bcs it already had an interesting start. and honestly it stayed true until the end bcs our author did not disappoint.i revelled in every single part of this book from the moment we met our protagonists, the hunt our hero was sent on to chase our heroine for the prize of saving his sister and the pack, the dilemma of choosing between love and duty, to the part where they teamed up to defeat the bad guy and ultimately the happily ever after.↠ toes curling, thighs clenching, moon howling alpha couple romancethe romance in this book was something to be devoured. it had that enemies to lovers dynamic. it was all consuming seeing how both of our characters’ emotions gradually shift from hostile to having mutual attraction and understanding until eventually feeling immense and intense love for one another.i loved that despite having everything happened between them in the span of a little over a month, the pacing of this book was steady and it didnt make the relationship feel too insta love-y. the heat from their passionate love making was practically blazing!! it was wild, and it happened for the first time only a little after passing halfway through the book. D I S L I K E S ― my NITPICKING a couple of things that made me scratch my head but ultimately didnt affect the rounded up five star rating i gave.↠ lovely albeit superficial supporting characters + visionary albeit bland villainthis is not a default flaw. i fully accept that these characters do not exist beyond their purpose as a plot device to further help the development in our main characters’ story arcs. they are not badly written. there were just no element of surprise to them bcs they behave exactly the way we expected them to.↠ quick & easy getawaysi would admit that there came a point where a couple issues were resolved a little too conveniently and effectively, but let's cut this book some slacks. afterall it is a full length standalone. while the plot couldve expanded into a marvelous series-worthy saga with thorough development in all aspects, this book had still presented a spellbinding read. TO SUM UP: reading this book had been like coming home to a world of supernaturals. i love paranormal romance, and this book delivered just how much i overjoyed reading about werewolves, mating bonds, and other wolf-y pack business. it really made for a highly addictive read. it felt like i was in my element. i believe this is something we can all admit to when reading from one of our favorite genres.while this book only focuses on two characters, it has a well constructed and engaging plotline with lots of badass action sequences and the electric whirlwind of a romance. not to mention, the story is set in scotland and its neighboring countries that bound to captivate you with their natural beauty. for a first timer paranormal writer, this author has undeniably shown a staggering feat with this impressive werewolves tale. HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE!!
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  • Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    *****FIVE STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}Conall wanted to touch Thea. Everywhere. And he wanted her to touch him. It was a haze that made his heart race, his breathing deepen, and everything else in his world fade out. All he was left with was want. For this woman.INCREDIBLE!! I have always been a huge fan of Samantha Young and have read a bunch of her traditional adult contemporary romances, but, WOW, she hasclass="gr-hostedUserImg">Author}Conall *****FIVE STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}Conall wanted to touch Thea. Everywhere. And he wanted her to touch him. It was a haze that made his heart race, his breathing deepen, and everything else in his world fade out. All he was left with was want. For this woman.INCREDIBLE!! I have always been a huge fan of Samantha Young and have read a bunch of her traditional adult contemporary romances, but, WOW, she has proven she can also write a spellbinding and all-consuming paranormal romance as well. I was completely hooked from the start. It’s been a while since I’ve read this genre and I’m realizing it’s time to dive back in. ”WAR OF HEARTS” is an epic story filled with intrigue and incredible main characters whose romance will steal readers’ hearts and souls! Conall is the Alpha of Clan MacLennan, the most powerful wolfpack in all of Scotland, if not the world. He is a man of honor who loves his family fiercely and will do whatever he can to protect them and his pack. Conall’s younger sister is slowly dying from an incurable illness. It is for this reason alone that he agrees to track a woman on the run for a wealthy American businessman. Normally humans avoid trespassing on his compound and Ashforth’s arrogance rubs Conall the wrong way, but when Ashforth tells him that the woman’s blood can cure his sister Callie, he proves that he has a bargaining chip that Conall can’t resist. Ashforth seeks his assistance because it is a well-known fact amongst werewolves and vampires, that Conall has a gift for tracking anything and anyone.Thea Quinn is the woman Ashforth is desperate to find. He describes her as being a thief and a ruthless killer to bias Conall’s opinion of her, but in reality, Thea is the victim of Ashforth’s diabolical desires. She lived with Ashforth and his family for years after her parents died in a tragic plane crash. It wasn’t until that crash that Ashforth found out that Thea wasn't human. He physically tortured her for many years in order to learn what she was. She may be living on the run and in squalor, but she would rather be homeless than end up back on Ashforth’s compound. Thea could use her powers to live the life of luxury and yet she never abuses them because her parents always told her to use her powers for good and not for self-gain.When Conall tracks down Thea, they play a game of cat and mouse. Conall learns quickly that Thea is not a weak damsel in distress. She has no problem taking him down with ease. They both feel an intense connection to each other and their passion will consume them. When Conall learns the truth about Thea’s past with Ashforth, his heart will be deeply conflicted. Can he sacrifice the life of the woman he is falling for to save the life of his sister? Or can Conall and Thea work together to solve the mystery of what type of immortal being she is, which may end up being the one solution to all of their problems?I am so excited to find out what Samantha Young has in store for us next!! I’m hoping for a bunch of installments because I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet!!Here are my overall ratings:Hero: 5Heroine: 5Plot: 5Angst: 4.5Steam: 4.5Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5++++”WAR OF HEARTS” is available now!! Make sure to one-click!!Amazon: https://amzn.to/2vKc7HIAmazon Worldwide: mybook.to/SYoungWoHAppleBooks: https://apple.co/2UkhdbyNook: https://bit.ly/2JQ4pFYKobo: https://bit.ly/2V2z0Bo
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  • Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Five stars!!! Five stars!!!!!!! FIVE. FREAKING. STARS!!!!!! This was the best PNR I’ve read in FOREVER! The drama, the feels, the characters, the romance, it was all so vivid, so addicting, so perfect! I’m in love with every word. I can feel one hell of a book hangover coming on! Just wow!
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARSHoly...WOW. I am HOOKED. Line and sinker on all of the words. On this amazing world. On what I'm desperately now hoping will be a series. Because this book seriously blew me away. I'm a HUGE PNR fan, and so it goes without saying I'm also ridiculously picky when it comes to the genre. But considering how much I adore Samantha Young's contemporaries, I knew without even reading the blurb to this book that I had to have it. And when I finally read the blurb? I was frothing at the mouth to get my hands on it.If 4 STARSHoly...WOW. I am HOOKED. Line and sinker on all of the words. On this amazing world. On what I'm desperately now hoping will be a series. Because this book seriously blew me away. I'm a HUGE PNR fan, and so it goes without saying I'm also ridiculously picky when it comes to the genre. But considering how much I adore Samantha Young's contemporaries, I knew without even reading the blurb to this book that I had to have it. And when I finally read the blurb? I was frothing at the mouth to get my hands on it.If there's one thing that is especially hard for PNR books to do, is the world building. All too often I'll read a PNR story that ends up being a data dump of epic proportions or there's just not enough world building to truly grasp or understand. This was none of those things. This felt like a movie reel unraveling behind my eyes as I was turning the pages. A magic, fantastical world that I couldn't get enough of.Thea Quinn is on the run but she's no weakling. As a matter of fact, she's frightfully strong. But the most frightening thing is she has no idea what she is or where her strength comes from. She's been on the run for years from something that threatens everything for her. Conall MacLennan, is the Alpha and Chief of Clan MacLennan, and one of the most fearsome and strong werewolves there is. When a man comes to him and offers him a deal to save his terminally ill sister in exchange for him hunting down a dangerous fugitive, it doesn't take him long to make up his mind. Being one of the best trackers, it doesn't take him long to track down Thea. Unfortunately it also doesn't take him long to figure out that neither Thea or everything else surrounding their situation is what it seems.The story was an action packed page turner. There's nothing I love more than a strong heroine, and boy did Thea check that box for me. The woman is fierce. At times, her power overshadows even that of Conall. But what I loved the most is that it never diminished Conall's intensity. If anything, watching the way he handles it just added to his appeal.The romance is a slow burn, and while it's a little tamer that what I'm used to from this author, it was no less satisfying. I loved these two together, but I especially loved the unraveling of their unique world and learning more about many of the mysterious secondary characters. There's enough of a hook at the end to make me think that there will be more to come in this world and I can't wait! If you're looking for an addicting and unique PNR, look no further. This will check all of your boxes!ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!(ARC provided by author) Thea Quinn is a 25 yr. old woman who looked like a perfectly normal human, but knew she was different. She’d had otherworldly abilities for as long as she could remember, but still had no clue what she was. She’d long ago given up the dream of having anything more, and for the last six years she’d been alone hiding in the shadows. Ot 4.5 Stars!(ARC provided by author) Thea Quinn is a 25 yr. old woman who looked like a perfectly normal human, but knew she was different. She’d had otherworldly abilities for as long as she could remember, but still had no clue what she was. She’d long ago given up the dream of having anything more, and for the last six years she’d been alone hiding in the shadows. Others seeking power wanted to harm her, so her life was about running, surviving, and trying not to draw attention to herself. She relied on her supernatural instincts, almost like a sixth sense to warn her of danger. Even though she was almost indestructible, she had to hide her gifts from the world and trusted no one. Conall MacLennan is the loyal, honorable alpha of the last werewolf pack in Scotland. Clan MacLennan were his family and as their leader it was his responsibility to protect and command the people and land. In the Scottish Highlands, there was no place more beautiful than the majestic landscape of Loch Torridon. It had always been his haven. Conall’s sister is ill, and means everything to him. When a businessman approaches him with a cure in exchange for his unique tracking ability, he makes a deal he can’t break. He must find and retrieve a dangerous woman named Thea Quinn. Heading to her last known whereabouts, he soon learns this feisty woman is not going to be a willing captive. Thea comes face to face with a massive Scottish wolf named Conall who is ruthless, intimidating, and one of the biggest men she’s ever seen. Everything about him screamed warrior and danger. She has no plans on letting him deliver her to her enemy, and clashes repeatedly with the belligerent, controlling wolf. As she attempts to evade him, outside forces intervene, and they have no choice but to rely on one another for survival. On their journey, things gradually begin to change between them as a connection forms. They try to ignore their growing attraction because it’s a complication neither needs. The thick tension between them soon becomes unbearable. Feelings are overwhelming, and they can no longer resist the fire between them. When they are suddenly in too deep, will they choose love, or to walk away? -Everything about Thea Quinn was a weapon, even her beauty.-She left a man feeling as though he’d never looked upon anything so lovely.-Why did he have to make her feel like she was the only one in the room when he looked at her?-He was magnificent.-He was like one of those Roman statues of male perfection. That feeling of primal female want and need that was becoming too familiar flooded deep in her belly. War of Hearts (A True Immortality Novel) by Samantha Young is a standalone paranormal romance written under her pen name S. Young. It’s the authors debut into adult paranormal and it’s fantastic! It’s a steamy enemies to lovers story set in the supernatural world. It has vampires, werewolves, secrets, lies, mystery, drama, action, excitement, and suspense. I love PNR books, and this is one of my favorites. I fell hard for this sexy, alpha wolf with a heart of gold. I hope we also get a book for Callie & James! ***NOW AVAILABLE***https://amzn.to/2mK0gss
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: War of HeartsAuthor: S. YoungRelease date: October 1, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: paranormal romance“A wolf is only as strong as his heart, and my heart belongs completely to you."I've been a reader of Samantha Young's for many years, but I'd never read any of her paranormal books. When I saw the announcement for War of Hearts, I was so eager to check it out. I haven't been able to find a ton of new books in the genre to catch my eye, so this was a more than welcome treat! You get a little bit of everything with this one: action, suspense, forbidden love, and mysteryromance“ANo2019YoungReleaseHearts Title: War of HeartsAuthor: S. YoungRelease date: October 1, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: paranormal romance“A wolf is only as strong as his heart, and my heart belongs completely to you."I've been a reader of Samantha Young's for many years, but I'd never read any of her paranormal books. When I saw the announcement for War of Hearts, I was so eager to check it out. I haven't been able to find a ton of new books in the genre to catch my eye, so this was a more than welcome treat! You get a little bit of everything with this one: action, suspense, forbidden love, and mystery regarding Thea's identity. It's all firmly packed together in one heart-pounding package. I read this book in a 24 hour period, completely drawn in from page one. Which is quite remarkable considering the detailed paranormal world that was introduced here. Typically you have some dry spells in the plot where you're just taking in information, but for me it felt so natural and seamless. There wasn't a moment of boredom or difficulty in holding my attention. Thea Quinn is on the run from a monster. After miraculously surviving the plane crash that her parents perished in, she was taken in by a man who became her worst nightmare. Horrifically abused, and used for her rare supernatural talents, she barely escaped the prison she escaped from. She'd rather die fighting than give up her freedom, so she travels from city to city, always looking behind her shoulder. Thea is a proud woman, very strong mentally and physically, and she has a soft heart despite the tragedy and mistreatment she's been through. This heroine is one of the most badass I've read in quite a while. Her power is almost limitless, yet untapped. Without full knowledge of what type of supernatural being she is, she lacks the awareness of her capabilities. They're used only when necessary-for others' protection as well as her own. Conall is the alpha of the last wolf pack in Scotland, Clan MacLennan. Though they can't compare in size to many other packs, their strength is undeniable. His parents were both alphas and head of the pack before they died, and he's continuing their legacy. His home and family at Loch Torridon are everything to him. He's protective, fierce, confident, trustworthy and honorable. Someone you could trust with your life if the situation arose. But what if he were the one working with your enemy to deliver you to the devil? He's the last person you want tracking you because once he has your scent there's no escaping him. Out of desperation to help his fatally ill sister, he agrees to deliver Thea in exchange for a miracle cure. What should have been a fairly simple job for him gets complicated fast. Conall is expecting a cold blooded killer, but after his first run-in he immediately starts to question everything he's been told about her. Nothing is quite adding up and his intuition is pricking him at the most inconvenient time. He grew attracted pretty quickly but fights it hard, knowing that his sister's life must come first. Of course, she wasn't about to roll over and accept defeat easily so it became a battle of wills between the two of them. There were a lot of adrenaline fueled fight scenes, narrow escapes, and betrayal as they made their way back to Scotland. Thea has become a target from another unknown source that puts everyone's lives in danger even further. I loved the revelations about Thea and the history regarding her identity. I was absolutely riveted after the truth came out and couldn't put it down. Even though the romance had limited time to develop in between the main conflicts, it never felt rushed. Thea and Connall had the kind of tension and chemistry that make you just a little bit giddy as you wait for their resistance to snap. There were a million reasons why they shouldn't be together, but one very big reason why none of them mattered. There was right and there was wrong; there was loyalty and responsibility. Everything he felt now was complicated and confusing.This couple was incredible and easily one of my favorites from the author. Even though this is listed as a standalone, the epilogue leads you to believe that there is still more to be told in this world. You're definitely going to want to get in on this addictive book now, as soon as it's out! I cannot recommend this one enough. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Lien
    January 1, 1970
    Do you know that feeling when everything fizzles out somehow?This is what I felt most of the timeAnd I can tell you the exact moment when all my excitement faded away. Tension ran high until the "enemies" part turned to "lovers". The transition was logical but kinda 'sudden' and therefore fell totally flat for me. People will probably disagree but this is just how I felt.And then it began... I found myself doing other stuff and felt absolutely no desire tofelt.And Do you know that feeling when everything fizzles out somehow?This is what I felt most of the timeAnd I can tell you the exact moment when all my excitement faded away. Tension ran high until the "enemies" part turned to "lovers". The transition was logical but kinda 'sudden' and therefore fell totally flat for me. People will probably disagree but this is just how I felt.And then it began... I found myself doing other stuff and felt absolutely no desire to pick up the book again (for ex., I had 3% left. 3%! And even then I was dragging my ass.). Things were happening on page but my feelings remained numb and my face expressionless. Sad but true.So yeah, I didn't love the book as much as I would have liked but I still think you should give this book a try. I'm just in a strange mood and you'll probably end up loving it.I mean, 3 stars is not bad and if I could, I'd give 5 stars for the first part alone, it was that good. The premise, gosh, I freaking loved it! The Hero was fed with false information about the heroine and now he's bound to bring her in or else his sister will die. Uhm hi dilemma! Let me welcome you with open arms lol.There was lots of action, so exactly how I like it when reading paranormal. A kickass heroine is also a must for me and let me tell you, she.was.BADASS! Plus a sexy alpha-werewolf as the Hero? What's not to love, right? "I've never felt so emasculated in my life as when you pushed me in that barn." She rolled her eyes. "You decapitated a vampire with your bare hand. Hand.""That is true." He mused. "That makes me feel slightly better." - Thea & Conall This book is a standalone but the ending does hint on a sequel with new protagonists, and even though War of Hearts wasn't a huge hit for me I will definitely anticipate S. Young's next releases.Trigger warning though: This book was a lot more gruesome than I anticipated. I didn't mind but squeamish people should probably stay away from it.PS: I found the wordplay with "wolf" absolutely charming btw. I couldn't help but grin every time I came across one of them (there weren't that many but still). Big compliment to the author for that lol. It just made the big, grumpy werewolf so much more adorable.
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  • Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem
    January 1, 1970
    On Dublin Street is one of my favourite OG contemporary romance book series. So when I heard that Samantha Young was writing a paranormal romance, I wanted the book…no-no… I needed the book ASAP!War of Hearts reignited my love for paranormal fantasy. What a thrilling and exhilarating read this book was!On Dublin Street is one of my favourite OG contemporary romance book series. So when I heard that Samantha Young was writing a paranormal romance, I wanted the book…no-no… I needed the book ASAP!War of Hearts reignited my love for paranormal fantasy. What a thrilling and exhilarating read this book was!
Everything about this book was intoxicating addictive! 
Thea Quinn is such a badass heroine! I love female leads that exude power and beauty. 
Conall MacLennan is DIVINE!! Male perfection at it’s finest. He’s a little bit possessive yet fair-minded. He is protective of Theo but he doesn’t bulldoze over her. 

Samantha Young’s War of Hearts is action packed, filled with angst, steamy senses and suspenseful to the T. 
I couldn’t put this book down and I guarantee that you won’t be able to stop reading it until the early hours of the morning.
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  • Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars! Haven’t read a good paranormal/supernatural book in a while and so glad that I’d heard about this one! Author Tillie Cole gushed about this book on Instagram and I knew I had to read it! She’s right to gush - it’s fast paced, action packed with loads of emotion and strong characters!! Would love to read more books set in this world. I could see that happening in companion novels, which I hope will happen *fingers crossed* Very entertaining, well written story! Highly recommend.
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    5 STARSSuch a brilliant story, this is the first paranormal book that I'm reading from Samantha Young and I'm impressed!She did an amazing job and I was immediately hooked!I fall in love with the story and the characters!“A wolf is only as strong as his heart, and my heart belongs completely to you. So who really has the power here?”A unique story, with a strong heroine and sexy hero!I love the tension between them, if you like slo 5 STARSSuch a brilliant story, this is the first paranormal book that I'm reading from Samantha Young and I'm impressed!She did an amazing job and I was immediately hooked!I fall in love with the story and the characters!“A wolf is only as strong as his heart, and my heart belongs completely to you. So who really has the power here?”A unique story, with a strong heroine and sexy hero!I love the tension between them, if you like slow burn then this is a book you should definitely read!Thea and Connall were fantastic!     
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  • Betül
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**War of Hearts is Samantha Young's first adult paranormal romance (PNR) novel written under the name S. Young. The paranormal romance genre has a special place in my heart, and especially books that are about shifters/werewolves. This is one of the genres that I am very critical of, and I want the story to be **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**War of Hearts is Samantha Young's first adult paranormal romance (PNR) novel written under the name S. Young. The paranormal romance genre has a special place in my heart, and especially books that are about shifters/werewolves. This is one of the genres that I am very critical of, and I want the story to be a perfect blend of action, romance, and paranormal events. I think the author did a pretty good job in creating a story that had all the before mentioned elements. I especially loved the mysterious aspect of the main character Thea Quinn not knowing what she is. While she is running away from an evil and dangerous man, she is now also being hunted by Conall MacLennan, Alpha and Chief of Clan MacLennan, the last werewolf pack in Scotland, who was hired by this man. Conall is a true alpha who would do anything for his pack, and especially his immediate family.I loved how action-packed this book was, and I loved the dynamic between the two main characters Thea and Conall. Thea doesn't trust easily and has no reason to do so with Conall, however she also doesn't feel in danger when she is around him. I enjoyed the pace of how their relationship developed. It wasn't rushed, and the author took her time for the characters to trust and get to know each other. Thea has gone through so much in her life, and I just loved how strong she was. She didn't give up and is definitely one of my favorite characters in PNR. I love the world S. Young has created for this book, it was very well-thought-out and original. So I really hope for more books set in this world. I recommend this book to any reader who love paranormal romances. I would also recommend it to readers who haven't read this genre before, because you should always try to read a genre you haven't before, because who knows, you may find a new favorite.
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  • Ramona
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been reading Samantha Young for 6-7 years, if my memory is not failing me.. I am very familiar with her style, with her stories and I always loved the message she manages to pass on. Family is the most important element she uses and throughout her books she inspires us to do the same and love each and every member of our family. Friendship is also valuable for her and this warm feeling is growing deep inside every reader, because the message is loud and clear, you can’t miss it. 😊 I’ve been reading Samantha Young for 6-7 years, if my memory is not failing me.. I am very familiar with her style, with her stories and I always loved the message she manages to pass on. Family is the most important element she uses and throughout her books she inspires us to do the same and love each and every member of our family. Friendship is also valuable for her and this warm feeling is growing deep inside every reader, because the message is loud and clear, you can’t miss it. 😊“War of Hearts” was such a pleasant surprise, a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings I didn’t think I will feel while reading a Paranormal Romance story. It was intense and it made me read for hours without budging, because it was that good. As the plot progressed I began to feel a little obsessed with finding out what comes next and it felt like something very worrying, because I usually don’t act like that. Even if I was used to “Earthly” characters from Samantha, I got very attached to this supernatural ones and instantly loved them because they were intense and felt SO REAL. This is what I want you to take from this review: even if the story is a supernatural one, with magical creatures that exist only in movies or myths, the characters felt very real, with real feelings that inspire you to love, to be loyal and brave. As I was already aware, unity is important in every book she writes, because it is part of who she is and of course, she had to insert it in her stories.Thea is a very powerful character, one of the bravest and kindest I’ve read about. It was a pleasure meeting her and getting to witness her story, because she is really a lesson to learn here. Having lost her parents at a young age, Thea is being taken in by a family which soon will discover that she is different. Yes, she has gifts and this makes her really special. Even if her talents are not used and explored in anyway, her “father” realizes what she can do, in this way a nightmare is upon to start. She will be tortured in every way possible in order for him to understand her origins. I cannot begin to tell you what she went through and I nearly cried when she recollected that awful period. Managing to escape, she will not let anyone find her and tore her walls down. She will kill if necessary in order to defend herself and if running is the only way, so be it. She will do things she doesn’t want to do, but in order to stay safe and away from the person who hurt her, nothing seems difficult.Her destiny will interwine with Conall’s, a very brave warewolf who will do anything for his family. When Thea becomes his sister only salvation, he must track her and bring her to his home in Scotland, were his pack is. Yes, if you’ve been wondering, he is Scottish, with a delightful accent and a “lass” lover. Conall is the definition of alpha in every sense of the word, from stature to personality and actions. He is brave, loyal, extremely passionate and also stubborn as hell. He has to find Thea because her sister needs her. He will soon discover that he also needs Thea desperately, but for other reasons. 🙂Their relationship is the epitome of intense, because every scene together is powerful. Even if he is the leader of a great pack, Thea is soon to follow, having also the same passionate personality, but also a vulnerable side which opened Conall’s curiosity. What he believes about her will soon crumble, leaving aside a victim of a cruel man who didn’t do anything else but run. I liked the fact that they are both supernatural creatures, because I don’t recollect reading recently a similar story. In the previous one, one of them was human, mainly the heroine, and the hero was the special characters of the couple. So, points for originality. Beside, I liked the mystery, the permanent question pending in the air: “Who is Thea?” or “What type of creature she is?”As I was saying above, this couple was real because it inflicted real feelings to the story. They fought an inevitable attraction, they revealed to each other secrets that were carved deep inside and they began to feel trust as the plot progressed. Speaking of the plot, it was exciting, dramatic, full of action and “OMG” moments, leaving you without air. I also loved the secondary characters, especially Callie and James. Samantha also managed to drafts a very good antagonist in Jasper Ashforth, even if I wanted to kill him from second 1, I have to admit that she did a very good job building his story.I think this is my time to finally finish writing, but I want to say again how special this book was and what an amazing story I’ve read within the last days. Powerful characters that teach you great things about survival, love and loyalty + a great story to follow with your heart pumping fast and brain going with various scenarios all at once. It has been an amazing ride and the only question that remains now is if we will have a new series to look forward to. Anyone? 😀ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review.Read more on https://readwithloveblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Antonella
    January 1, 1970
    This book I would describe as a contemporary paranormal novel. Does that make sense? I mean, it all sounds very plausible. I believe your story, Samantha Young. Maybe I have an overly active imagination but this...it could be. So we have werewolves, vampires, fairies and humans. The tale is old as the time of power and morality. The choices we make. Our hero is an alpha wolf who is recruited to hunt down our heroine. She is something powerful that can heal the hero's sister. Through the chase ar This book I would describe as a contemporary paranormal novel. Does that make sense? I mean, it all sounds very plausible. I believe your story, Samantha Young. Maybe I have an overly active imagination but this...it could be. So we have werewolves, vampires, fairies and humans. The tale is old as the time of power and morality. The choices we make. Our hero is an alpha wolf who is recruited to hunt down our heroine. She is something powerful that can heal the hero's sister. Through the chase around Europe, we lean that the hero is not the only one who has an interest in heroine. This has very enemies to lover thing going on. I like the world-building. It is very believable and interesting, Premise is at the same time familiar and new, Writing is excellent. Our lead couple is everything I look for in PNR book. I would like that this becomes a series. The only thing I disliked is that at certain points I stopped reading and needed time to get back to it. So as I am late to read this and write my review for this book I don't know is that the reason or just ...life. The anticipation of learning about what really happened...who really are our lead protagonists...and the banter, the great and amazing banter between them...when that stopped I was feeling a certain way.I would recommend this book!!!Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Caitlin Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.I am a HUGE Samantha Young fan and I absolutely loved this book. I hadn't connected to her recent novels as much as her older books but this turned everything around. It's been awhile since i read a paranormal romance and War of Hearts made me wonder why I waited so long. This book had adventure, intrigue, love and friendship. The relationship between Thea and Connall was a steamy slow burn that left Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.I am a HUGE Samantha Young fan and I absolutely loved this book. I hadn't connected to her recent novels as much as her older books but this turned everything around. It's been awhile since i read a paranormal romance and War of Hearts made me wonder why I waited so long. This book had adventure, intrigue, love and friendship. The relationship between Thea and Connall was a steamy slow burn that left you wanting more. Thea and Connall were both really strong and relatable characters. Thea was a kick ass heroine and Connall was a sexy werewolf. What more could you want? It was so fun to join them on their trek around Europe! There were a lot of twists and turns in this book. Overall, this book was just really well written and difficult to put down. I definitely lost some precious hours of sleep last night devouring this book. I saw that Samantha Young wrote that there is a possibility for more books in this world and I am praying she writes them!
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  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    January 1, 1970
    I like when a book surprises me but I love when it makes me fall head over heels in love and completely immerse myself in the story. War of Hearts did both for me. It is an amazing paranormal romance with action, suspense, romance and unique characters you can’t help but root for. I loved Conall, he was a genuinely good guy. He was loyal, honorable and fierce when those he cared about were threatened. His deal with Ashforth seemed simple enough, track down a murderer, bring her back and in excha I like when a book surprises me but I love when it makes me fall head over heels in love and completely immerse myself in the story. War of Hearts did both for me. It is an amazing paranormal romance with action, suspense, romance and unique characters you can’t help but root for. I loved Conall, he was a genuinely good guy. He was loyal, honorable and fierce when those he cared about were threatened. His deal with Ashforth seemed simple enough, track down a murderer, bring her back and in exchange, his sister’s fatal disease would be cured. Using his special gift (once he captures a scent, he can track that person anywhere, anytime), Conall tracks down Thea Quin. Only Thea isn’t what he thought she was. Instead of a cold blooded killer, he finds a vulnerable woman, running for her life. Conall quickly realizes that things are not what they seem and no way can he send her back to the monster looking for her. Going from enemies to allies Thea and Conall have to learn to trust each other and their story is not an easy one but it is none stop twists and turns as they try to stay one step ahead of their common enemy.Between Thea’s snarky façade and Conall’s secret romantic side, I was glued to the pages and eating up their rocky romance from start to finish. I loved this read, one of the best of 2019 for me. I am definitely ready for book two and I’m dying to know more about the remaining Seven, King Fionn, and if Catha will make an appearance again! Favorite Line: “A wolf is only as strong as his heart, and my heart belongs completely to you. So who really has the power here?” Memorable Moments: There were a lot of memorable moments with these two but I loved the vampire showdown – it was packed with action, suspense and the emotions burst from the page during that whole scene. But my favorite has to be the moment when Conall has to reintroduce himself and brings a confused Thea back to the present. Their trust and love for each other during that scenes showed you how far they’d both come. Would I recommend? If you’re a fan of paranormal romance, I highly recommend checking this one out. I loved it and got Immortals After Dark vibes from it. * * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[Ages : Conall is 31, Thea is 25.Cheating : No. Conall is about to enter into an arranged marriage before he meets Thea. It was a political alliance and he breaks it off as soon as he can. OM/OW drama : Thea doesn’t take the almost fiancé news well and she is hurt by the news. Conall does everything in his power to reassure Thea of his feelings for her and she does come to terms with it without too much drama.Separation : None.Push/Pull : Yes from both sides. Thea can’t afford to trust anyone and she is overly suspicious of Conall’s motives. Conall also doesn’t trust Thea, believing the lies Ashforth tells him. Later he has to convince Thea that their mating was a blessing and just how far he’ll go to keep her safe. Main Pursuer of relationship : Conall was the main pursuer but I’d say it was mutual. Thea goes after what she wants and she definitely wanted Conall :)Possible Triggers : child abuse (off page, h), death of a parent(s) (off page, h), attempted rape (off page, no descriptive details) and graphic violence.HEA/HFN :Ends on a HEA and an epilogue 5 months later that hints at the next book!. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I am so in love with this paranormal romance! This is an enemies to lovers story based on Scottish myths, folklores and legends with a wolf alpha male and a powerful heroine. Story telling at it's finest with a heart stopping romance!Scottish men who also happen to be Alpha wolf of their packs are apparently my weakness. I just could not get enough of Conall MacLennan. He was fierce lover and protector, a bit possessive and also the sweetest talker. He has a special ability to track people and is approache Wow! I am so in love with this paranormal romance! This is an enemies to lovers story based on Scottish myths, folklores and legends with a wolf alpha male and a powerful heroine. Story telling at it's finest with a heart stopping romance!Scottish men who also happen to be Alpha wolf of their packs are apparently my weakness. I just could not get enough of Conall MacLennan. He was fierce lover and protector, a bit possessive and also the sweetest talker. He has a special ability to track people and is approached to use his gift to find the dangerous Thea in exchange for a cure to save his dying sister.This plot unfolded in the best way, keeping me intrigued every step of the way. Both Conall and Thea learn things are not as they seem and the way Scottish mythology blended into this suspenseful storyline was just masterfully done. There is a lot of action in this book and I couldn't get enough of watching Thea unleash her power. Especially over her enemies who seemed to always underestimate her. She was a total bad-ass heroine. Only an alpha male like Conall could be man enough to love her. And boy did he love her! This book is steamy and their love making had an animalistic nature that I could not get enough of. The wolf in Conall could always smell her arousal and I have no idea why that little fact always excited me. Lol!Gah! I can't say enough how much I LOVED this book! Please read this for an amazingly sexy, emotional and suspenseful storyline paranormal romance.5 StarsParanormal SeriesPOV: DualHeat Level: ModerateHEAFollow me for your next comfort read!
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis was my first paranormal romance of Samantha Young’s and I really did enjoy it! PNR holds a special place in my heart so when I heard SY would be writing a new book in this subgenre, I was jumping for joy. And not only is it PNR, it’s SHIFTER PNR! War of Hearts dives us into a fantastic, new paranormal world that I’m really hoping we get more of. I loved the main characters (there’s even a scene where they’re forced to share a bed in a hotel) and even though the book wasn’t perf 3.5 starsThis was my first paranormal romance of Samantha Young’s and I really did enjoy it! PNR holds a special place in my heart so when I heard SY would be writing a new book in this subgenre, I was jumping for joy. And not only is it PNR, it’s SHIFTER PNR! War of Hearts dives us into a fantastic, new paranormal world that I’m really hoping we get more of. I loved the main characters (there’s even a scene where they’re forced to share a bed in a hotel) and even though the book wasn’t perfect, I definitely say give it a try if you love this author or PNR!Thea Quinn is on the run from her abuser. She’s indestructible, has insane healing abilities, but doesn’t fit into the vampire/werewolf/witch/etc mold, and has no idea what she is. Conall MacLennan is the alpha of the Scotland werewolf pack, and in order to save his dying sister, he makes a deal to deliver Thea to a man in exchange for her healing blood. He’s told Thea is a lying, manipulative murderer, so why is it when he finds her and the more time he spends around her, the more he doubts that that’s who she is?Thea and Conall are BADASS. Thea can kick ass like nobodies business – she’s had to learn to defend herself since being on the run for years. I also felt for her too. She’s been through so much awful things that you can’t help but hurt for her. As the alpha of one of the most powerful werewolf packs in the world, obviously Conall can hold his own too. He’s gruff and intense and 6 1/2 feet of gorgeousness. I loved all the action and fight scenes Thea and Conall get into. Samantha Young did a fantastic job at keeping you on the edge of your seat and glued to the pages with all the action!As much as I loved Thea and Conall’s characters, I had some issues with the romance, particularly with the pacing of it. It’s pretty much non-existent for a good chunk of the first half of the book, except for some underlying chemistry. But that was fine, because I was loving the slow burn. But then the “oops, there’s only one bed in this hotel room” thing happened (which I’m a sucker for), and things moved at a warped speed. Yes, it is a fated mates kind of romance, which normally I love, but in this case I think it was a bit too fast for them to start saying “I love yous” so soon. Also, it was pretty obvious what Thea was pretty early on in the book. But I don’t know if it’s because I read a ton of PNR/fantasy romance?Still, this is a solid read I would recommend if you love shifter romances. It’s full of action, with great main characters. We get to travel all across Europe along with Thea and Conall. We’re left with a little tease at the end and I do actually want more books from this world. I also have a feeling that many of SY’s contemporary readers will want to give this a try, and I say go for it!Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.Amazon Ebook: https://amzn.to/2osd1ZbAmazon Hardcover: https://amzn.to/2n7Lo7uAmazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2ppccRbLiked this review? Subscribe to Booklovers For Life for more!
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  • Milica's Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars! Don't get me wrong, I liked this story, even loved it at some moments especially at the end but this isn't Samantha Young which I'm used to. Maybe it's that this story is written at the third person narration, but simply something is missing in the whole story to make me be addicted to it.
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  • Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars‘He’s important. His future affects your future. He’s important, Thea.’War of Hearts by Samantha Young felt like the kind of old school paranormal which we love so much, the kind that feels like pure adrenaline inducing indulgence. Otherworldly beings, mythical creatures, drama and thrills, heat and passion. Paranormal romance is one of our favourites and this story absolutely confirmed why. Samantha Young writing as S Young nailed her first paranormal romance and we cannot wait for more from her. It had 4.5 Stars‘He’s important. His future affects your future. He’s important, Thea.’War of Hearts by Samantha Young felt like the kind of old school paranormal which we love so much, the kind that feels like pure adrenaline inducing indulgence. Otherworldly beings, mythical creatures, drama and thrills, heat and passion. Paranormal romance is one of our favourites and this story absolutely confirmed why. Samantha Young writing as S Young nailed her first paranormal romance and we cannot wait for more from her. It had everything we loved and in many ways it reminded us of why we fell in love with Samantha Young’s words to begin with, back in 2012. This is one of her best books in our opinion. “Death and I are old friends.” Slow burn romances, when done well, are so incredibly enticing and thrilling and War of Hearts had a perfect pace. Conall and Thea start out as hunter and prey but end up as so much more. It was compelling reading as we travelled across Europe, visiting familiar sights as well as sights added to our bucket lists.‘She wanted to be touched, to be loved, and to touch and love in return…’Thea is on the run. She knows she’s different but is unsure as to what she actually is and why, though she knows she has capabilities and gifts which are not human which makes her coveted by those who wish to harm her. Left an orphan as a teenager, she’s spent the six years since her parents’ death being prodded and probed like a science experiment and she has the scars to prove it. Thea is the epitome of strength with an immense survival instinct. We completely adored her and took her into our hearts. “You shouldn’t trust anyone who can never trust you in return.” Conall is on the hunt, the Scottish wolf pack’s powerhouse alpha has a unique gift which means he can track anyone and will always know their location even when they’re slippery evaders like Thea. We fell hook line and sinker for ‘wolf boy’ – what an incredible man! From the stunning Scottish Highlands, Conall travels to Europe to capture what he believes to be a life line for his sister who has a life threatening illness. “I took back my power. I realized the importance of facing my fear. I’m a fighter. You made me believe that.” War of Hearts had so many twists, revelations and exquisite drama it kept us enthralled as we devoured this passionate and gripping love story. We did not want it to end. The only thing we would have loved was a bit more ‘afters’ however, we understand that the end paved a way for more to come, and that, we cannot wait for! “If it helps them deal with how shitty the real world is, let people have their fairy tales.” Available to purchase belowAmazon USAmazon UKCome and say hi, at:✲ TotallyBookedBlog✲ TBB on Facebook✲ TBB on Instagram✲ TBB on Twitter✲ TBB on Pinterest
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  • Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best books I’ve read this year...one of the best PNR books I’ve read ever! Enemies to lovers, the heat, the bond, the alpha-ness OH MY!! Be still my heart ❤❤❤ One of the best books I’ve read this year...one of the best PNR books I’ve read ever! Enemies to lovers, the heat, the bond, the alpha-ness OH MY!! Be still my heart ❤️❤️❤️
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  • Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS! S. Young, best known as Samantha Young, will take you on a roller coaster ride with her debut into the Paranormal Romance genre! Thea Quinn is a 25 year-old powerful supernatural whose on the run from a sadistic man named Jasper Ashforth. See, Thea doesn't know what she really is and Jasper wants to use her for his own personal gain.So Ashforth seeks the help of Conall MacLennan, the alpha of the last wolf pack in Scotland. Conall is great at tracking and he's will 4 STARS! S. Young, best known as Samantha Young, will take you on a roller coaster ride with her debut into the Paranormal Romance genre! Thea Quinn is a 25 year-old powerful supernatural whose on the run from a sadistic man named Jasper Ashforth. See, Thea doesn't know what she really is and Jasper wants to use her for his own personal gain.So Ashforth seeks the help of Conall MacLennan, the alpha of the last wolf pack in Scotland. Conall is great at tracking and he's willing to hunt Thea in order to save his baby sister whose plagued with a blood disease that's slowly killing her as Thea's blood is the cure.Conall's main objective is to bring Thea back but he doesn't count on the sudden chemistry that develops between him and her. It's truly explosive... And with time, Conall begins to see that Thea is not who they say she is while Thea discovers her true origin along the way. War of Hearts was such a great read! I was constantly on the edge of my seat. It was addicting with a sweet, sweet slow burn feel. PNR is a genre that is dear to my heart and I'm so happy to have read this one. I'm hoping for more books in this world #fingerscrossed.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through Social Butterfly PR. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSI don't read PNR that much anymore, but this one sparked my interest. I believe it is S. Young's first PNR book, and it was actually quite good. I am already a big fan of her books, so I decided to give this one a try. Very interesting premise for the story. But I think there was just a little bit too much going on to keep up with. And I also felt like it was dragged out a litt 3.5 STARSI don't read PNR that much anymore, but this one sparked my interest. I believe it is S. Young's first PNR book, and it was actually quite good. I am already a big fan of her books, so I decided to give this one a try. Very interesting premise for the story. But I think there was just a little bit too much going on to keep up with. And I also felt like it was dragged out a little bit at the end. However, I did get drawn in. and found it to be quite the page-turner once it got going. I think, if you are a huge fan of PNR, you will definitely enjoy this book. If you dabble in PNR, you may get a little overwhelmed. Regarding the romance, I loved it. Thea's character changed however at the end, and I felt like she was just a little OTT; a bit too self-assured (cocky) for my taste. I think the story could have ended a chapter or two earlier and I would have been happier at the end. Otherwise, great story.
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  • Susan's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Scottish werewolves. Immortal Faes. Lots and lots of cringe-worthy violence. Unfortunately, I didn't realize what I was letting myself in for, never having read any of Samantha Young's paranormal stories before. (I've read a few her Young's YA novels - all well written.) I figured I would give this one a chance: War of Hearts is equally well written, although certain sections My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Scottish werewolves. Immortal Faes. Lots and lots of cringe-worthy violence. Unfortunately, I didn't realize what I was letting myself in for, never having read any of Samantha Young's paranormal stories before. (I've read a few her Young's YA novels - all well written.) I figured I would give this one a chance: War of Hearts is equally well written, although certain sections felt a bit rushed and the F-bomb appeared on almost every page of this novel. Poor squeamish me: I had to skim over the many, many, many, many gruesome sections of this novel. I'm still shuddering! The description of one character's transformation into a werewolf was particularly brutal - skin feeling like it was being burned in the fires of hell, bones elongating, snapping and dislocating. Yikes! I wandered down this road unawares: this is certainly not a genre that I will return to. Back when I used to read vampire or werewolf-themed novels, I can recall that Anne Bishop's werewolf stories were less gruesome (but I grew tired of Bishop's "go nowhere"/sexually dysfunctional/asexual - story lines). Glad to report that S. Young's characters do not have a sexually dysfunctional or asexual bone in their bodies! There is definitely a sequel in the offing (that I won't be reading). I'm sure fans of this violent, bloodthirsty genre will thoroughly love this story and will rate it much higher than I did. I promise not to play in this playground anymore!!!I rate this a 3.7 out of 5.
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  • Tracy C
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely fantastic. It's been a while since I have read a really good PNR. Thea has had such a hard life and has so many well earned trust issues. Conall has a lot riding on finding Thea and bringing her to Scotland. Such a great story with many twists and a marvelous HEA!. I hope S. Young makes this a series with some of the great side characters.
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  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    This was an interesting paranormal world created by Samantha Young that was overall something I could invest in for this book but also for a series ahead. It’s been a while since she’s written in this genre and since I’ve read her older fantasy/PNR but I guess it’s like riding a bike because it worked for me.WAR OF HEARTS focuses on Thea, a human type of being from unknown descent and difficult to label. She was a loner and she’d been on the run for a long time. I really liked how he This was an interesting paranormal world created by Samantha Young that was overall something I could invest in for this book but also for a series ahead. It’s been a while since she’s written in this genre and since I’ve read her older fantasy/PNR but I guess it’s like riding a bike because it worked for me.WAR OF HEARTS focuses on Thea, a human type of being from unknown descent and difficult to label. She was a loner and she’d been on the run for a long time. I really liked how her character, powers and abilities were constructed; she was exciting to read about. I felt like it took a bit of time to get to know her, but she was kind of mysterious so this fitted in with the story.Conell was a shifter, a Scottish wolf and the alpha of his pack, sent to literally sniff Thea out. The story of Connell and Thea, in opposition to one another and grudgingly developing changes in perception, was superb to observe. I got very absorbed and involved. At the heart of this was a great romance and rode with the tide on this one.The story straddled Europe and that element made for engaging reading. I struggled a bit initially to get on board with the fae element of the storyline and the narrative of the past. I did come to appreciate parts of that, however.There’s so much to this story, needing world building and that was delivered. The characters were well developed and on top of enjoying this first story of the series, I think there’s lots of good reading to come with characters from this story merging into the next book.This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog here.
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  • Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars‘He’s important. His future affects your future. He’s important, Thea.’War of Hearts by Samantha Young felt like the kind of old school paranormal which we love so much, the kind that feels like pure adrenaline inducing indulgence. Otherworldly beings, mythical creatures, drama and thrills, heat and passion. Paranormal romance is one of our favourites and this story absolutely confirmed why. Samantha Young writing as S Young nailed her first paranormal romance and we cannot wait for more from her. It had 4.5 Stars‘He’s important. His future affects your future. He’s important, Thea.’War of Hearts by Samantha Young felt like the kind of old school paranormal which we love so much, the kind that feels like pure adrenaline inducing indulgence. Otherworldly beings, mythical creatures, drama and thrills, heat and passion. Paranormal romance is one of our favourites and this story absolutely confirmed why. Samantha Young writing as S Young nailed her first paranormal romance and we cannot wait for more from her. It had everything we loved and in many ways it reminded us of why we fell in love with Samantha Young’s words to begin with, back in 2012. This is one of her best books in our opinion. “Death and I are old friends.” Slow burn romances, when done well, are so incredibly enticing and thrilling and War of Hearts had a perfect pace. Conall and Thea start out as hunter and prey but end up as so much more. It was compelling reading as we travelled across Europe, visiting familiar sights as well as sights added to our bucket lists.‘She wanted to be touched, to be loved, and to touch and love in return…’Thea is on the run. She knows she’s different but is unsure as to what she actually is and why, though she knows she has capabilities and gifts which are not human which makes her coveted by those who wish to harm her. Left an orphan as a teenager, she’s spent the six years since her parents’ death being prodded and probed like a science experiment and she has the scars to prove it. Thea is the epitome of strength with an immense survival instinct. We completely adored her and took her into our hearts. “You shouldn’t trust anyone who can never trust you in return.” Conall is on the hunt, the Scottish wolf pack’s powerhouse alpha has a unique gift which means he can track anyone and will always know their location even when they’re slippery evaders like Thea. We fell hook line and sinker for ‘wolf boy’ – what an incredible man! From the stunning Scottish Highlands, Conall travels to Europe to capture what he believes to be a life line for his sister who has a life threatening illness. “I took back my power. I realized the importance of facing my fear. I’m a fighter. You made me believe that.” War of Hearts had so many twists, revelations and exquisite drama it kept us enthralled as we devoured this passionate and gripping love story. We did not want it to end. The only thing we would have loved was a bit more ‘afters’ however, we understand that the end paved a way for more to come, and that, we cannot wait for! “If it helps them deal with how shitty the real world is, let people have their fairy tales.” Available to purchase belowAmazon USAmazon UKCome and say hi, at:✲ TotallyBookedBlog✲ TBB on Facebook✲ TBB on Instagram✲ TBB on Twitter✲ TBB on Pinterest
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  • Bibliomedico
    January 1, 1970
    Check Out The Full Review On My Blog : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/20...***************************ARC provided by the publisher & Social Butterfly PR , Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read the book. *************************** ” You can Do anything You Put Your mind to , Thea ” After Reading Every Book By Samantha Young , Rereading and Loving them . I had to participate In this Blog Tour , Because Simply Samantha Can’t NOT write an Outstanding and Amazing Book . War Of Hearts Is Samantha‘s First Adult Paranormal Romance NBy/>/>ARC Check Out The Full Review On My Blog : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/20...***************************ARC provided by the publisher & Social Butterfly PR , Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read the book. *************************** ” You can Do anything You Put Your mind to , Thea ” After Reading Every Book By Samantha Young , Rereading and Loving them . I had to participate In this Blog Tour , Because Simply Samantha Can’t NOT write an Outstanding and Amazing Book . War Of Hearts Is Samantha‘s First Adult Paranormal Romance Novel Written Under the Name S. Young . And Let Me tell You Guys , This Book Is a masterpiece . It has Everything You wants In An Adult fantasy Novel : Brilliant , Complicated , Sarcastic and strong Characters , Unpredictable and Interesting Plot , Different and Beautiful Setting , In addition to a Great World Building . I actually Wasn’t surprised , Samantha Young Writing Style Is just Awesome , You have to like her Stories , Even When She Writes Romantic Contemporary Novels , Her Words Are gripping , lovely , sassy and beautiful . For Me , I really liked her Fantasy writing even More Than Contemporary . Looking Forward For more adult fantasy Books From Her . War Of Hearts is the Story Of Thea Quinn and Conall Maclennan , I won’t talk more about their story , Because Fantasy books are easily spoiled , but Thea And Conall are AWESOME , Both of them . Their relation was romantic , Compassionated , lovely , sweet and beautiful . Guys ! You have to read this book , If you are a fantasy Lover , romance lover , This book is definitely for you .
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  • Naadira Moodley (BookedMercy)
    January 1, 1970
    War of Hearts was everything I was looking for and more! I was anticipating this from the time it was announced and could not contend my excitement when I finally got it. It was gripping. It was adventurous. It was extraordinary!Thea on the run and hiding was caught by Conall, alpha of one of the strongest packs in the world, and was to be brought to someone who was going to give Conall the one this he desired the most- his sister’s life back. He would do anything for her and a murde War of Hearts was everything I was looking for and more! I was anticipating this from the time it was announced and could not contend my excitement when I finally got it. It was gripping. It was adventurous. It was extraordinary!Thea on the run and hiding was caught by Conall, alpha of one of the strongest packs in the world, and was to be brought to someone who was going to give Conall the one this he desired the most- his sister’s life back. He would do anything for her and a murderous vixen was not going to get in his way. Catching Thea was easy but keeping her was harder. She did not make it easy. Every action of hers contradicted what he was told about her. She was nothing like he imagined. She was one of the most powerful people he has met but they had no clue as to what she is. Every day into their journey brought them closer together and closer to the truth. Resisting each other became increasingly difficult. Theo was a totally Queen. I absolutely loved her! She is my spirit animal. She did not make it easy for Conall to hold onto her. They were the perfect enemies to lovers. Their relationship was not rushed and the fact that it slowly developed, made me love it all the more. Realistically speaking, it happened only within a few days but not so early in the book. I hate when characters hook up within the first couple of chapters. Especially when it’s this kind of trope. I want the hate. I want sexual tension. I want the remorse. I want to brought to tears with how frustrated the hero makes me. And this book did exactly that. I lost track on how much I cried while reading this book. Thea’s life brought me to tears and read the book all the more faster to get to the part where Conall discovers the truth. I will definitely be reading this book again in the near future. I don’t think I can get enough of it. Its like Slumber (one of my most ultimate favorite books ever!) all over again.
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