REVIEW: Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

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Black Dagger Legacy Book One

A Spin-Off of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

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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 didn’t realize how much I missed the Black Dagger Brotherhood until I started this book. J.R. Ward just encapsulates what good writing is, paranormal or not, and it While focus has shifted to the training program, it is still everything we fell in love with in the BDB, but so much more.

Paradise wants out of the aristocratic life she’s set up for. She wants to fight, to be part of something, to just be herself with no expectations or ramifications from the glymera. Having been accepted into the program, it turns out to be much different than she expected. The weeding out of the prospects is a training course from hell, and it takes everything in her to keep going. But what separates her from others is her deep compassion and need to help others. She’s never out for herself at any point in time, and she sees the good in those around her without fail.

A complication arises when she feels a soul-like connection with a fellow recruit. Something about Craeg makes her seek him out across a crowded room, and feel his presence before he is even seen. Craeg feels it too, but he doesn’t want a distraction. He can’t afford to let something like attraction change his course, but what is between them is unavoidable. He’s like a planet circling the sun; she becomes what is normal and vital to him. The push-pull between them created an erotic charge that kept building and building until it detonated in spectacular fashion.

It was amazing. Pure J.R. Ward brilliance. I couldn’t get enough of it, and didn’t want to put it down for real life things. The tension between Paradise and Craeg was electric. Each time he tried to push her away it made him even weaker to her, and it created an amazing attraction and connection. But what I enjoyed just as much was getting back into Butch’s head, and the way it was woven into the story perfectly. It didn’t feel like two separate storylines, but one grand one that featured action, suspense, and romance. Even if you’re new to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, start here (but then go read the original series), you won’t regret it.



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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