Just finished reading and beginning a review on the sister site Pumpkin and Egg Book Reviews. One of a kind J. R. Ward has produced a “cracker of a series” to use terms of the Brothers, titled Black Dagger Brotherhood. This would be book 14 in the series and admittedly I haven’t had enough yet!
Totally addictive! 🙌👌💯⭐️
Everyone should at least take a look at these books!
The Beast by J. R. Ward.
Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn The slayers of the Lessening Society are strong than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself.
For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect – or, at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved Shellan, is by his side and his King and brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand – or control – the panic and insecurity that plague him, terrify him and distance him from he mate.
After suffering a mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities. The answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world… and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from …
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Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on . . . except for his brother, iAm.
iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing – and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Selena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around . . . but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.
Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others – or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice . . .
By far the best novel of the series so far, Shadows the thirteenth book had me unable to take my eyes from the pages. I have really loved the storyline. The way the pain is portrayed, the anguish and grief. It is all set out raw and agonisingly painful. Trez using a phrase from these books – “Is such a man of worth!”.
The connection between Trez and Selena runs.so sensually deep that it is almost palpable within the words, and It really is touching to watch unfold. The addition of the complicated relationship between iAm and maichen is tantalising in itself, but hat It Is some sort of consolation of the great loss that is grieved for by those within the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But it does not overtake the main storyline of loss, the greatest heartache of all. The loss off one’s shellan.
Throughout the series I have officially grown to love these characters and I feel emotion permeating from these pages. This is the best of the series so far and I am pretty sure it will be hard to top. Overall, I feel that the over use of slang terms to be something that can be completely overlooked when reading something of this calibre. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the vampire and Romance novels. I give Shadows by J. R. Ward a rating of 9/10 stars.