This was another beautifully executed story by J.R. Ward. She brought out a hundred and fifty emotions in me during this book. Those are the best kind for me.
I don’t even know where to begin because there was so much going on in this book.
I guess I’ll start with Novo and Peyton. Both are in the Black Dagger Brotherhood training program. Novo is from a medium income family and Peyton is filthy rich. Both are totally promiscuous and emotionally detached or stunted. Novo is driven while Peyton is more of a quitter or maybe he just gets bored with things.
In a previous book, Novo seemed attracted to Peyton but he seemed to only have eyes for Paradise, another trainee who is already mated to one of the other trainees. Paradise is oblivious to it but everyone else sees it. Peyton propositioned Novo but she didn’t feel like being a substitute for Paradise so she turned him down.
In this book, Peyton starts to realize he’s attracted to Novo but they both have a really bad way of relating to each other. I got so frustrated with them that I just wanted to knock their hard heads together to wake them up.
Then there’s Ruhn and Saxton. Saxton has been around in the series for a while but I never knew quite how I felt about him. He was just always so formal and polite which seemed a little stuffy and off-putting to me but he has always been loyal to the King and Brotherhood. Ruhn is a new character who was introduced in Blood Vow. He’s quiet and polite but you just know he has some kind of past he’s not proud of so it peaked my interest.
I was more interested in Ruhn and Saxton’s romance than Novo and Peyton’s because of the way things developed and the way they handled Ruhn’s past. They just seemed so much more mature than Novo and Peyton who caused most of their own problems by the way they behaved or misbehaved.
I think this series might be winding down but there are still stories to be told and questions to be answered like, What the hell is going to happen with Assail? Everyone hears him screaming non-stop somewhere in the medical clinic. What is going on with the Omega? Does Boone get a love story? And then I have a brain hiccup. I remember something happening to Throw but was never really sure what exactly happened. Can anyone explain that to me?
Anyway, I thoroughly lost myself in this book. I don’t know how I’m going to wait another year for the next book.
I had kind of given up on this series when it became Black Dagger Legacy, a continuation of Black Dagger Brotherhood, for a few reasons. The first and biggest was because I am not a fan of revisiting couples from other books who had already had their time in the spotlight and I would have liked to think of them as living happily ever after. I didn’t want to think of them ever struggling or having relationship problems again. The only one I ever wanted to revisit was Assail and Sola who didn’t get a happily ever after. The second reason is because I didn’t know the new protagonists who were young and didn’t have hundreds of years of tortured history like the Brothers had. They hadn’t been around as background characters like the other protagonists had to build up my curiosity and anticipation about them. It was almost as if J.R. Ward had lost interest in this series and had thought about ending it so she didn’t bother introducing these new guys before but then had to invent them to finish up the series. And the last reason I was giving up was because I didn’t like having two couples sharing a book. I was really just waiting for Layla’s and Xcor’s story and I was going to quit the series.
But I missed this series so I decided to give it another try. I read this book and am now invested in these new characters, the trainees into the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I didn’t realize until after I finished the book and went to J.R. Ward’s website that this book was supposed to have been read before The Chosen. Oops!
I immediately judged Axe to be a dickhole but changed my mind later as I empathized with his plight. He had a sad childhood.
I liked Elise but she was a little too much of a goody goody for me.
I also had a problem with the whole rich girl with a poor bad boy storyline because the last storyline between Craeg and Paradise was the exact same thing.
Besides those things, the book was intense. There was one part in the book where I was so engrossed and tense that I didn’t even know it until I got up and realized I had my muscles clenched.
This is why J.R. Ward is still one of my favorite paranormal romance writers.
I can’t say that I liked this book as much as previous Black Dagger Brotherhood books. By the looks of it this is actually kind of a spinoff series called Black Dagger Legacy. I can’t really put my finger on just what bothered me about this book but it just didn’t seem as deep as the other books. Maybe I was annoyed that J. R. Ward revisited Butch and Marissa’s relationship which I thought was supposed to have ended in Happy Ever After but they seemed to be in some kind of rut which just blew my fairy tale ending. Naïve of me, I know.
I liked the new characters but they are all extremely young compared to all the other Black Dagger Brotherhood characters who have tortured pasts to make them badass. I don’t know how the new characters can compare.
This book focused on Craeg and Paradise, two new recruits who are training to become part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
By the looks of the next book called The Beast, it looks like J. R. Ward is going to revisit Rage also so this might be a theme throughout this spinoff series. I’m not sure I know how I feel about that. I don’t even know if this is a true spinoff series. It’s more of a continuation with a twist.
I also wonder what happened to the story of the Band of Bastards. I want to know what happens between Layla and Xcor. And what is Throe up to?
Despite not appreciating this as much as other BDB books, I still enjoyed it enough to continue reading the series. I mean, it is a kickass series…one that all other paranormal romances compare themselves to. I actually am looking forward to The Beast.