In Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward, Paradise, the only daughter of Abalone, adviser to King Wrath, is tired of being the dutiful daughter. She’s tired of the restrictions placed on her by the glymera. When Paradise learns the Black Dagger Brotherhood is opening up it’s training to anyone, she puts in her application and is shocked when she is admitted to the program. She’s pleased to see Craeg, a commoner who she met as a secretary to her father, was also accepted to the program. As the two begin the grueling training to become part of the Brotherhood, they realize that the attraction they feel for each other is more than just physical. Can Paradise convince Craeg that he is good enough for her? Can they survive the training to join the Brotherhood?
The original Brothers are back!!!! The sarcasm and friendship that made me fall in love with the BDB series are all in this book. I still love the original series but something has been lacking. This book has what the main series has been missing.
Paradise is a wonderful addition to the world of the BDB. Just like the other females in this series, she is a strong, well developed character that isn’t going to wait for a male to rescue her. Paradise knows what she wants in life and she goes for it.
The subplot in this book revolves around Butch and Marissa. Marissa finds a severely beaten female at Safe Place but the vampire dies before she can tell Marissa who she is. With Butch’s help, Marissa sets out to find out what happened to this female. Unfortunately, the whole ordeal drags up memories of Butch’s sister and even his time as a homicide detective. It was refreshing to see Marissa and Butch not only hit a rough spot in their relationship but for Butch not to place Marissa on a pedestal and ignore it like he has in the past.
Blood Kiss is the first (of hopefully many!!!) in the Black Dagger Legacy series. It is not a standalone read since it takes place concurrently with the BDB series. The book is an awesome addition to the world of the Brotherhood. Readers already addicted to the BDB should definitely read this book.
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About the Book:
Author: J.R. Ward
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Signet Books
Category: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased from local bookstore
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.