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 …
The Beast, by J. R. Ward has been a fantastic addition to the series. It bring the forth a rainbow of emotions with this instalments storyline that it is hard for readers not to require at least one or two Kleenex! Another story of Rhage and Mary has been fantastic, and heart warming as they set out on a new chapter of their life together.
Neither Mary or Rhage thought they would ever be parents, but given the opportunity, the pair turn out to be perfect for the job. Even if the situation isn’t the most ideal. But together the couple manage to open their hearts which are so full of love and compassion that any young that would belong to them would be blessed indeed. My favourite scene however, has to be when their adoption prospect meets the beast that lives inside of Rhage. The way this is handled shows pure imagination and fantastic humour. I have to say it really had me laughing out loud.
Overall this has been a fabulous addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I would recommend it to any Vampire genre lovers as well as those interested in fantasy romance. I give this fabulous book a rating of 8/10 stars.