Series: Black Dagger Legacy,
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on December 1st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Paranormal
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
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The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author...
Paradise, blooded daughter of the king's First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood's training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself...be herself. It's a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it's very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O'Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life. And that's before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated--and left wondering whether she's strong enough to claim her own power...on the field, and off.
I was overjoyed when I first learned author J.R. Ward was going to create a spin-off to her popular The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She didn’t disappoint. Blood Kiss, book 1 in Ward’s new Black Dagger Legacy series picks up the story from BDB’s Shadows. A new character, Paradise, decides to join the re-vamped training program despite her Glymera upbringing. To counteract the main story filled with a whole new cast of characters, BDB fans get a treat as a few of the Brothers make an appearance in the novel. Most Notably Butch O’Neal.
“I still think that every time I see you, after I’ve spent some time away from you. Thank God … he’s here.”
While Paradise is learning the ropes of the on-going War, and how to defend herself and others, Butch is dealing with some marital issues. Butch and his shellan Marissa met in the very first BDB book, Dark Lover, and have been through a lot. For the most part, things have been good between the two, but fans get a chance to see how the pair deal with everything that’s happened to them over the course of the past 13 books. If anyone has ever thought that the couples were too happy, something tells me we will be seeing more of the brothers dealing with everything they’ve been facing in upcoming books.
I really enjoyed Blood Kiss. Paradise and Craeg are a great addition to the BDB universe, and I thought their relationship was handled realistically. I also can’t wait to read more about the other new members of the Brotherhood’s training program. Aside from that. It was great that the Brothers were in the story, because I think it will help move the next BDB novel along. Another aspect of the story I really loved was the writing. Reading Blood Kiss reminded me of reading the earlier BDB novels. The story wasn’t too complicated. There also weren’t too many characters with many different storylines going off in different directions. This was the Brotherhood I fell in love with: wise-cracking, dealing with relatable issues, and no Band of Bastards in sight.
I would recommend this novel to fans of The Black Dagger Brotherhood, or anyone looking to get into a great romance series. While you can read Blood Kiss on its own, I wouldn’t advise it. The world the characters inhabit makes more sense if you start at the beginning with Dark Lover. I know reading 13 books can seem daunting, but trust me. You will burn through them, so if you’re checking them out from the library make sure you pick up several at a time. You’ll thank me later.