Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Blood Kiss
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #1
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 496 Pages
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.
And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.
Review: What a great start to the new Black Dagger Legacy series. I admit I was a little unsure what to expect, but since it was promoted as a way for readers to keep in touch with the original Brothers, I knew I had to give it a shot. And I am so glad I did. The parts I thought would be blase turned out to be “edge of your seat” action. I am talking about the opening of the new training center run by the Brothers. Trust me, you won’t know what hit you and you’ll be wondering where Ms. Ward comes up with all these amazingly creative plots and plot twists. She pulled out all the stops with that opening scene, and I was thoroughly entertained and impressed. She had me when the lights went out…..
We get a very healthy dose of Butch in this installment, and with Butch, you know that V is very close by, so that will please a lot of BDB fans. Butch and Marissa are going through some “issues,” and by the end of the book, I liked her a lot more than I did in any other book. Marissa has grown up a lot; as she really needed to, I think. V was generously sprinkled throughout, and I realized how much I missed the arrogant bastard. He really is an amazing character. Watching him with Butch still makes me wish they hooked up…on page.
So, unlike the last few BDB books, this one didn’t run off in many different seemingly random directions. My biggest complaint in the past was the multiple story lines running simultaneously; Blood Kiss stayed on course and by the end, all the twists and turns ended up in the same place. They are connected even though we might not see the connection, at first. I also missed Zsadist. He was only very minimally involved, but I am hopeful when we get to his parts of the training we will get a lot more face time with my favorite Brother.
Paradise and Craeg meet, again, at the training center, but both are after different things. Craeg is looking for vengeance, where Paradise is looking for independence. I kind of liked that the girls weren’t treated with kid gloves. If they want to train to be soldiers, then they can be treated like the boys. Had they been given special treatment, it would have ruined the book for me, but that wasn’t the case. In addition to learning about fighting, killing, and more fighting and killing, the “kids” (and I use that term loosely since they are all postransitioned vampires so they are at least mid twenties) have lots to deal with as a group. It was interesting to see their interactions and watching Butch, especially, relate with them.
I am totally psyched for the next BDB and Black Dagger Legacy books. I like the way JR Ward seems to have gone back to the original writing style of sticking with a main story line and tying the loose ends together by the end of the book. Of course, there will always be parts that carry over, but for the most part, this is a complete book from beginning to end, even though it is part of a series.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*