Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Blood Kiss
Author: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #1
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 12 Hours, 39 Minutes
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Book Review: I have very mixed feelings for the BDB series so when I saw there was a spin-off series, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but I was listening to all of them so might as well listen to this one!! But I must say, I actually really enjoyed this one. It revolves mostly around Butch and Marissa having some marital problems and Paradise, who decides to make something of her life and join the new training program.
Paradise, or Parry, is probably one of my favorite heroines of the BDB world. She’s definitely a strong female and determined to make everyone realize she’s not some weak girl but actually has a strong personality and can do just as much as any male of her race. I loved seeing her dominate the training program but what I really loved was her connection with Craeg. I ADORED Craeg. He tried his best to keep his distance from Parry but no matter what he did, how he treated her or anything, they kept going back to each other. The ending was one of my favorite moments and I totally had an “OMG, how great is Craeg??” moment. Their storyline made me fall in love with this book but when you add in actually SEEING how intense the new training program is? OMG, I just about died of happiness with this book.
The ONLY issue I had was Marissa. I never liked her as a female but in this one, I felt like she lost all the progress she made throughout the BDB series. I started liking her towards the end but in this one, she reminded me almost of a spoiler brat. I get her reasoning for why she wanted to avenge the girl who died but she was being childish in not even listening to why the males didn’t want her involved. At the same time, I found Butch’s perspective on the situation unfair as well so I didn’t exactly like the scenes that involved them. But even so, I feel like after all this time Marissa needs to get over her anger with Havers. I mean, SERIOUSLY give the guy a little break! I don’t like Havers but I felt her treatment of him was over the top and ridiculous.
In the end, the story was one of the best in the BDB world since the beginning of the series. I loved Parry and Craeg and hope the BDL series sticks to the amazing training scenes and also includes connections within the training program. I’ve love to see some of the guys (and girl) get stories of their own and really hope we see more of the Brothers!
Audio Book Review: Jim Frangione did a much better job of narrating this one than he did The Shadows. I felt like he was back in the grove of the BDB series. His pacing was good, pronunciation was much better (although there weren’t many odd words to pronounce) and all his voices were definitely distinct this time. I like him for this series and I can’t imagine anyone else doing this series!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*