Wednesday, October 18, 2017

REVIEW: The Beast by JR Ward

Summary:

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...

Title:  The Beast
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 14
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  521 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

Here we have yet another book with A LOT going on. Some things are ramping up while others are just in flux. I'm just going to touch on Rhage/Mary and Layla.

Rhage and Mary face their first big obstacle as a couple since they got together and it's a doozy. That's not even counting the near death experience Rhage has. Bitty is GREAT and her introduction to the beast might be my absolute favorite part of the entire book.

This might be a mild spoiler, but Layla has the twins in this book, and the birth is INTENSE. It's a truly scary time for Quinn, Blay, and Layla and my heart just broke. The naming ceremony certainly went a long way towards stitching it back together though.

Bottom Line:

The Beast shows us a softer side of Rhage and it's a thing of beauty. This story is surprisingly emotional with some fun pranks to lighten things up. It's a pretty great read and refreshing after the last book.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

REVIEW: The Shadows by JR Ward

Summary:

Sold by his parents to the Queen of the s’Hisbe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer for years. On the run from a destiny of sexual servitude, he’s never been able to rely on anyone...except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing—and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Selena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around...but by then, it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due, and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Now Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others—or abandon the female he loves. When tragedy strikes and changes everything, iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice....

Title:  The Shadows
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 13
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  590 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I will say right now that this review will have spoilers. I feel it necessary to demonstrate a point. This was truly one of the saddest freaking books I've ever read. Hope was built up and then completely crushed leaving me quite depressed.

Selena wants to live as much as she can in the time she has left and do so with Trez. Their time together certainly has its ups and downs and everyone searches for a cure so Trez and Selena can stay together. They all fail and Trez suffers tragedy as Selena succumbs to her illness. The entire household mourns Selena as family and it's just so utterly heart wrenching.

There are definitely other things going on too, but honestly, only one of those plot lines ends remotely happily. Overall, it's a good book, just a rather depressing one.

Bottom Line:

The Shadows tugs at the heart strings so intensely that you'll need a happy read to follow it up with. The next book in the series, The Beast, ought to do it!

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