Published by Random House Publishing Group on January 9th 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, General, Fantasy
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In this sexy paranormal romance novel set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward tells the story of two couples—both fighting to find love in the midst of the war with the Lessening Society.
A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.
Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.
As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with a connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?
Praise for J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series
“Utterly absorbing.”—Angela Knight
“To die for . . . I love this series!”—Suzanne Brockmann
“Sometimes, nothing made you feel older and more worn out than the happiness of others. And yes, that was uncharitable—but that was why it was good that inner thoughts were things one shared only with oneself.”
The characters from J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series cross over more and more as the Black Dagger Legacy series continues to develop. In Blood Fury, readers finally get to read Peyton’s story, but also get a chance to catch up with the Vampire King’s lawyer Saxton. Though at first, these two stories may not seem to have a connection, as the novel moves forward it is easy to see how much Peyton and Saxton have in common. At times swoon-worthy, and at others a tear-jerker, Blood Fury was one of the best books in either of these series.
Peyton & Novo
For the past two books, readers have seen Peyton swoon over his best friend Paradise, only to watch her fall in love with another. Instead of moving on, Peyton has continued to wallow in booze and drugs. This has put him at odds with his family and made him distant from the other trainees. Novo, like Peyton, is a bit of an outsider. Though she’s the only other female in the program, Novo is the polar opposite of Paradise. Dark, athletic, and snarky, Novo feels more at home hitting the gym instead of the mall. Peyton has noticed Novo since the very beginning, but it wasn’t until the second novel that he became interested in her sexually.
When the idea of these two hooking up was first hinted at, I thought it was a great idea. Novo isn’t the kind of female to put up with any of Peyton’s crap, and the two seemed so lonely. Even though they both have friends in the program, Peyton and Novo often seem separate from everyone else. I really liked how their characters have developed over the course of the past couple books, and Ward did a wonderful job developing their relationship with this novel. Every bit of it felt earned, and as if this was the plan for the two characters all along.
Saxton & Ruhn
Saxton hasn’t done much as a character since his break-up with Blay. For the most part, he’s often in the background avoiding his ex and doing something lawyerly. Things have changed. Instead of being relegated to the background, Saxton got a main role in this novel, and finally a love of his own. Ruhn is Bitty’s uncle and has been living with the Brotherhood ever since he made himself known to Rhage and Mary. Now, he’s like one of the family, but unlike the others has nothing to occupy his nights. Not accustomed to such luxury, Ruhn wants to find a way to earn his keep. Not only does he wind up with a new job, but Ruhn also fights an attraction towards the straight-laced lawyer, Saxton.
I did not expect this pairing, but I really loved it! It’s about time Saxton became more useful. Not only does he get to practice law, but Saxton also gets the opportunity to go out in the field. It was great seeing a different side to the lawyer, and I really enjoyed getting to know Ruhn. I hope I get to see more of these two in future novels.
I loved everything about this novel, except for a few small details. Two of the details won’t be mentioned, as I hope they’re rectified in the next Black Dagger Brotherhood novel. Though I would have liked to see something in this one, I do realize that’s not the purpose of this series. The one thing I wish would be written better are the M/M sex scenes. They are as hot as the hetero scenes until it comes to the penetration. No lube? That just sounds painful, and not sexy at all. This may seem like a small detail, but it’s not realistic, and really pulls me out of the scenes as I cringe while reading it. Aside from this, I would definitely recommend this novel.