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My life had a plan. Until he invaded it and stole it all away. My captor took me and I became a pawn.
His strategy changed and he sent me away to WAR, because money is everything in this world.
In my WAR, though, I found peace.
I couldn’t help but find love where I least expected it, with a man who lived a battle every day of his life
…all inside his head.
But then my captor came back for me.
Yet, this time, battle lines had been drawn and I was protected.
So we thought.
Even though my WAR was raging,
my captor would fight to the death.
The good guys always win, right?
All’s fair in love and WAR, right?
Not this time.
Where do I start with this review? For me, "This is War, baby" was a book of two halves (both in the physical and metaphorical sense) and each part elicited very different feelings from me. The first 30% or so left me so conflicted. I knew this was a dark read... a very dark read but this was something else. This was stark raving bonkers. Nothing seemed to make sense. It was warped and completely f**ked up. I couldn't work out motives and struggled to see where the story was heading. It wasn't helped by this air of mystery that surrounded the plot and certain characters which also drove me mad. Was this even a romance? would it ever be?
“Sometimes, sweetheart, you have to make sacrifices. You, doll, are a sacrifice.
Your part is small, but it is so significant.”
Equally, this first part of the story really made for uncomfortable reading. Think of every taboo subject when it comes to literature and this book ticked most of the boxes and then some. There was so much of the content that felt unnecessary. It was almost like it was there simply for shock value and to get a reaction out of the reader. What I would say is, if you have triggers when it comes to reading or if you have hard limits, tread carefully with this one. There was dubious consent and even no consent (which was horrific TBH) so like I said, take note of this warning and proceed with caution. On top of the that, the lead character was 17. Did she need to be? Did it have any bearing on what she went through? Not really. In fact, most of the time, in my head she felt older than her age by a good few years.
"Your light is already seeping into the dark parts of my soul
and I'm not about to let that slip away for a second."
So I hit the 30% mark with "This is War, baby" and wow, my view of this book completely changed. It was almost like I was reading something completely different. This second half definitely wasn't dark and I absolutely loved the direction the story took. I was introduced to War who I absolutely fell in love with. His character was so different to what we are used to reading about in romantic fiction. In fact he was as unconventional as they come but he was an absolutely brilliant character. His quirkiness, his habits, his condition and his past all made for very interesting reading and getting his POV really did add something special to the story.
Baylee's character did leave me a little torn. I was expecting her to be more affected by everything that had happened to her in the first half of the book (trust me when I say it was brutal) but I didn't feel that from her. Also, very quickly she developed feelings for War but in the same breath commented how much she loved her boyfriend. I guess there were too many times she became a walking talking contradiction for me to actually connect with her. I'm hoping my feelings will change in the second book.
“Why won’t you move your queen, Bay? It’s the only move.”
She starts toward the door but gives me a tender smile.
“Because the queen always protects the king.”
And then she whispers the last part. “Even from himself.”
With this book, what started off completely gaga and so very dark really did morph into something quite beautiful and spectacular. The ending (although predictable) now has me itching for the next book. Thank god we don't have to wait long. The end of March so only a few weeks.
I rated the first half of "This is War, Baby" 2 hearts and the second half 4 hearts so overall, this one gets ❤️❤️❤️Giveaway: $25 Gift Card
About the Author
K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she's active on social media connecting with her readers.
Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.
You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!
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