Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blood Kiss: a Black Dagger Legacy book

Blood Kiss
Black Dagger Legacy
by JR Ward
a Paranormal Romance

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.

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Review by pearls
After the raids, the vampire race must rebuild.  This spin-off follows the next generation as it steps up to fight for the race and to reshape the society.  Tradition and equality are at odds and this, not the evil Lessers, is the true conflict of the story.  But it's not just the young adults who need to rebuild the societal roles;  BDB favorites appear in the novel, also working to define their new role. While there were elements of a New Adult coming of age novel, there was also the gritty and sexually intense elements of the BDB brand that we have grown to love.  You do not have to have read the entire series to read this novel, though it will have some spoilers if you are planning to back read.  I enjoyed my visit back to Caldwell and look forward to see what's next in store for the race.

About the Author
J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

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