Title: Blood Vow
Author: J.R Ward
Category: Paranormal Romance
Source: Borrowed from library
Review by Candy
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When the Black Dagger Brotherhood puts out the word that they would be recruiting new members to fight the Lessening Society, the vampire Axe joined up. A loner by choice, Ace quickly proves himself to the Brothers as a ruthless fighter. So much so that he is recommended to take a job as the personal body guard to Elise, a member of the glymera. Axe doesn’t want or need the complications of being attracted to Elise but neither can seem to deny the heat between themselves. Meanwhile, Rhage and Mary are so very close to becoming parents as they proceed with the adoption of Bitty. When a relative comes forward the whole process is placed in jeopardy. Can Axe remain professional with Elise? Will Rhage and Mary finally become parents?
Axe looks like one of those guys that you don’t want to meet on a dark and lonely street. In actuality, despite his cold façade, he is really a caring individual who throws up walls to prevent from being hurt. His back story of growing up and how he lost his father was full of sorrow and explained so much of why he chose to become a loner.
One of the reasons I love reading Ward’s paranormal books is that her female characters are always so strong. Elise is another perfect example of this. She has been secretly going to school to work on her graduate degree against her father’s wishes. As the story progresses, Elise stands up to her father and to the confining expectations of what it means to be female in the glymera.
For me personally, the better story line was that of Rhage and Mary. Longtime fans of the BDB series have known that this beloved couple would adopt a young at some point. Traumatized and abused by her now dead father, Bitty blossoms under the attention and love of Rhage and Mary. It quickly becomes apparent that Bitty is meant to be with Rhage and Mary as their daughter.
Blood Vow by J.R. Ward is the second book in the Black Dagger Legacy series (not a standalone read). Ward as always has created fearless male warriors and strong female characters that are so real they become family to you. If you love paranormal romances, Ward is a must read in this genre.
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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.
In The Shadows by J.R. Ward, Trez and iAm, twin brothers from the S’Hisbe tribe have been on the run for years. Trez was sold by his parents shortly after his birth to the Queen of the tribe after it was determined that the stars said he would become the Anointed One to the Princess. Trez doesn’t want to be forced into a mating he doesn’t want and eventually the twins escape the palace and end up in Caldwell, New York as part of Rehv’s entourage. Trez and iAm know that they are running out of time before the Shadows come after him. When Trez falls in love with a Chosen and bonds with her, all bets are off. With the backing of the Brothers and the Sympaths, can Trez remain a free man?
I am a certified fan girl of The Warden ‘s. I have been known to talk about the series for hours (I even once spent an entire flight to Atlanta, Georgia discussing the series with my seat mate when she said she had read it). Vishous became one of my first book boyfriends before I even knew what the term was.
I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book because the twins are not one of my favorites. They’ve always been in the background as part of Rehv’s muscle, doing the dirty work when needed. It is hard to like Trez, who up until the last book had slept around and runs a prostitution ring out of his clubs. iAm was a bit more likeable at least with his protective streak towards Trez and having a more respectable job of running am Italian restaurant.