Tag: J.R. Ward

Blood Vow, by J.R. Ward


Ward is at the top of her game with this, the second in the Black Dagger Legacy series, and there wasn’t a single one of her many storylines that I wanted to skip over. So in this novel we have in play Axe, a tough but wounded guy, and one of the trainees in the Brotherhood’s training classes for new soldiers. We also have Rhage and Mary, adjusting to new life adorably with their adopted teen, Bitty. And finally we have Elise, and member of the aristocracy, who is struggling to get out of her father’s restrictive traditionalism by earning her PhD.

I enjoyed spending time with all these folks, and we still had fights and romance galore. Excellent installment in the series from Ward. For 18 and up.


Covet, by J. R. Ward


A celestial competition has been set up to determine the future of the world. Seven souls – if they go the way of good, we all survive and thrive, if they turn to evil, the world ends. From this opening (in the prologue!) we meet several people in various stages of conflict in their lives, and as their lives converge, Ward sketches out the combatants in the first heavenly show-down.

A fun read, done in Ward’s signature gritty, sexy style. Nice touch that it’s set in the same fictional New York town as her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and there are a few overlapping characters for those in the know. I’m looking forward to the series. For 18 and up.


The Angels’ Share, by J.R. Ward


Part two of Ward’s Bourbon Kings saga brings our bourbon-making Kentucky family little reprieve from their troubles. Son Lane is trying desperately to keep his family company alive in the wake of his late father diverting hundreds of millions of dollars; son Edward is trying to find his way out of bitterness after his father tried to have him killed; daughter Gin is prepared to marry a man she despises, and son Max is still God knows where. Lane’s girlfriend Lizzie is trying to hold down her job at the family’s enormous estate and chef Miss Aurora, the moral center in a dysfunctional world, is mortally ill.

Ward’s clipped and distinctive prose yanks us through the pages as scandals continue to unravel. All families are unhappy in their own way, indeed. A scorcher, for 18 and up.

Blood Kiss, by J. R. Ward


A sensational debut to this next-generation spinoff series of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, this book has everything we love about the BDB: sophisticated fight scenes, sexytimes as part of a powerfully unstoppable romance, and the wonderful characters Ward has created that we love spending time with over and over again. In this one, we meet a new couple-in-waiting and we also spend time with Butch and Marissa (among others) as they try to right a wrong in the vampire community. Fantastic for BDB fans and a nice introduction for those starting a new series without having read the prior one. 18 and up.

Many Bloody Returns, edited by Charlaine Harris


A solid anthology, with some great short stories from the worlds of Sookie Stackhouse, Harry Dresden, the Morganville Vampires, and Women of the Otherworld. All the authors were given the topic of vampires and birthdays, and the results range from humorous to bleak, from light-hearted to disturbing. If you’re a vampire fan, this is your anthology. For 16 and up, but most are targeted at adult readers.


The Beast, by J. R. Ward


Another steamy entry in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I was delighted to find that this one focused on Rhage, one of the BD Brothers, and his formerly human wife, Mary. Despite their continued love for each other, they have grown apart, with her focused on her social work and with him focused on a peculiar dissatisfaction that has come over him.

This has everything BDB fans like: the original Brotherhood, supportive and caring about each other, steamy bedroom scenes between loving lead characters, and battles with the BDB’s arch-enemy, the Lessers. It also advances the overall plot and brings in a new character or two. A great read – for 18 and up.

Lover Reborn, by J.R. Ward


I was glad to revisit Tohr, who lost the love of his life just over a year earlier in the series timeline. He is still struggling, day to day, and Lassiter, the angel who’s assigned to look out for him, can’t seem to help him pull out of a self-destructive cycle. I liked this story, because we get to see how Tohr’s pain ripples across the Brotherhood, and how they all support him in their own ways. Another great read.