Book Review: The King by J.R. Ward

Reviewed by Susan65

The KingTitle: The King
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #12
Heroes: Wrath, son of Wrath and Beth Randall
Genre: M/F Paranormal
Length: 592 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Available at: Penguin, Amazon & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?


No big secret that I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and those who know me understand that they are real to me and I will cut you if you try to tell me that Zsadist is not all mine, mine, mine. I can’t imagine NOT waiting a whole year for when the next book in this series to be released and it will undoubtedly be a very poignant moment when it all finally comes to an end.

But with being said, I think this series has taken a detour from the style that I fell in love with initially. I treasured the times when each couple were the main characters in their own books and not relegated as a shared side story with others…in this case, too many others.

Wrath and Beth are well known throughout the series and so no history was needed to get to know them. You easily start reading and recognize exactly how they will act or react…and that familiarity is what I love about this series. The original Brothers are what made the BDB a huge success and I miss them. I missed them terribly in this book and I am afraid of what won’t happen in the next. I don’t want them pushed to the back burner; I want them front and center with their off-the-wall humor and antics. I feel that we no longer have that and it makes me sad.

Fortunately, I am a fan of Trez, iAm and Xcor so I was perfectly happy reading their stories. I have a huge space in my heart just waiting for Xcor to fill it, so if I can’t have one of my original Brothers then I want the next book to be his. And I want him to become a bona fide Brother and I want him and the original Brothers to work hard for it, and kick each other’s asses, but in the end I want him to finally find peace because that man has suffered enough.

Can you imagine Xcor playing the step-daddy to Qhuinn’s child…that will be awesome to watch play out.

And Trez…lordy that man has some serious issues to work out. I was not a big fan of his slut puppy ways in the previous books, but I began to understand and glimpse the real him in this one. He was screwed royally (pun intended) from birth so I give him a pass and offer him a chance to straighten his ass out. And holey-moley…the sex scenes with him and Selena…now that was hot and I foresee some amazing between-the-sheets sessions with those two coming up soon.

I HATED MARISOL (SOLA)….yes; those were all capital letters people. I skimmed every part of her and if the next book is hers then I will not read it…Point. Blank. Period. I did not hate Assail and even read some of his scenes, as long as they did not relate to her. Why did they need so prominent a role in these last two books?

Another thing that I need a conclusion on is the Darius/JM reincarnation and recovering-memory-inducing-seizures. I don’t know how that can play out, but I really want the Brothers and Beth to know that Darius came back.

But the star of this show was without question, Beth and Wrath. The sex across the floor at the beginning – the emotional mess in the middle – and the completed First Family at the end was just beautiful. The only thing that would have made it better was if Marisol didn’t keep jumping in the middle of my high…Go Away!!!!

So my review is pretty long and I still have thoughts, many thoughts, on this book and the BDB series, but I will stop here because I already feel like I’ve read an encyclopedia length book and don’t want to whine in an encyclopedia length review, so I will end it here with this: Stick with the Black Dagger Brotherhood and keep reading, but prepare to spend a lot of time skimming the parts that, to me, bring no value to the series. Others may disagree, but for me, that was not the case. This book was a labor in love…loved it enough to keep going, but sad that it’s starting to lose that which made it so special.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, M/F, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The King by J.R. Ward

  1. Trish

    Great post! We will agree to disagree on Trez 😛 but we will stay united on all others! P.S I am just as baffled with JM. Since day one the author has led us to believe on paper that JM is capturing moments from his past life, however, she has said time and time again in QAs that JM and the brothers will never know he is Darius. So then why have him pass out every time he sees Beth and then he whispers to her in the Old Language as a father would to his daughter? Argh!

  2. I have no idea where she is going with the JM-Darius storyline…at all. Either they will or they won’t find out, but just throwing out teasers that will never amount to anything just doesn’t work for me.

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