Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Blood Vow
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 459 Pages
Publisher: Random House Books/Ballantine Books
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.
For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.
Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.
As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.
Review: The only reason this is a half star shy of five stars is because it seemed like two books rolled into one. Which, considering how J.R. Ward has been writing multiple storylines per book lately, is an improvement, but I still think Rhage and Mary’s part should have been completed in their own book, The Beast. With that being said though, wow, I loved both storylines, even if I did feel like I was reading two books simultaneously.
Rhage, Mary, and Bitty continue down their path to being a family, which initially started in The Beast. We all know nothing comes easy for our beloved vamps, and the same is true for their attempts at adopting a child since they cannot have one themselves. We also knew that a mysterious uncle was mentioned but was a no-show during their book…but guess who was found? And oh my, did I really see Saxton and “Uncle” Ruhn check each other out? Me thinks that Saxton finally found his Blay replacement…and if so, I can’t wait to read about these two. I loved Ruhn even if his appearance rocks Mary and Rhage’s world.
But, the stars of this book, or at least the co-stars, are Elise and Axe. We met Axe is the first book and his story is kind of tragic. Dreadfully poor, he was abandoned by his mother when he was pre-trans, and his father was killed during the raids. He is a commoner who loves the hardcore sex he finds in the clubs, and hates the aristocrats. Enter Elise…two strikes against her right off the bat: she’s an aristocrat and Peyton’s cousin…and Axe hates Peyton. One thinks that Elise and Axe will have mountains to overcome, but for some reason, and thankfully, their love affair was not that drawn out nor completely riddled in angst. Yes, they have secrets and communication issues, but for the most part I kind of loved them together.
So, yet another BDB book completely hits the mark with me. I think it might be the few and far between Z sightings that keep me coming back. Or maybe I just want to check in and see how my favorite vamps are doing, but whatever it is I look forward to each book and never seem to be disappointed. If only I could get into the Angel’s series.
On a side note: lots of V and Lassiter in this one, so that could have been the deciding factor that pushed the four star rating to a four and a half. Either way, well worth reading and highly entertaining.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*