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 stronger 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 his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…
And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and 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…
TWINSIE DEB’S REVIEW
So, this is like, what? The 14th book in the series… Holy hell Ms. Ward… you just keep pumping ’em out! Well, this one kind of brought me back to when the story of the Black Dagger Brotherhood began. Not only because it’s predominately focused on Rhage and Mary, but because the writing is similar to earlier books. I like that!
Rhage has been troubled by some strange yearning feeling. He’s not acting on it just yet, but more like trying to figure out why the hell he’s been so moody and why holding a baby would make him feel all weepy and sappy. I think he knows the reason why, but since his Shellan can’t give him what he craves, he’ll do his best to make these feelings disappear. I will tell you this.. I love this side of him. He’s melting my heart all over again.
Mary is working hard at Safe Place and is paying close attention to one case in particular. A little girl by the name of Bitty. Mary is helping her with the death of her Mother and with transitioning into a life without her. I think Mary is feeling a little overwhelmed with her job and personal life crashing into one another, but she’s keeping it under control for now.
There are a few side stories brewing in The Beast that I’m sure we’ll see more of in books to come. Xcor and Layla (I believe) will be the next book to come out called The Chosenand Assail struggling with his drug addiction which I’m sure hasn’t even begun to get bad enough for him to relinquish it.
So, this series is like a staple for me. A book comes out, you get it. No questions asked. YOU BUY IT! Simple as that. I just want to go on record for saying that JR Ward’s writing style is impeccable. She not only delivers a brilliant tale, she makes you a part of it. She has from the very beginning inDark Lover. The storyline is enormously persuasive, her dialogue flows with ease and even makes you crack the fuck up at times, and her characters are commanding and spot on. I love this series!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.