[600]: Blood Kiss by JR Ward

Series: Black Dagger Legacy, #1
Audible Audio, 12 hrs 39 minutes
Penguin Audio | December 1st, 2015
Adult Fiction | Paranormal Romance
Rating 3 out of 5 Stars

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.

JR Ward’s third release of 2015 was a spin-off of her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. A few fans of the series bemoaned the fact that most of the books has been nothing but fillers after Tohr’s story. I, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough. You must understand that BDB was my very first foray into adult paranormal series. I’m a huge follower, and as such, a loyal fan. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’ve enjoyed every single installment. In fact, the last one was a long-winded novel about well – nothing, I thought. I wasn’t really into the Shadows brothers, so I spent most of the time forcing myself to read the book. I wanted to read this one because I was promised a lot of things.


The BDB Legacy is JR Ward’s attempt to incite furor to the series once again. It’s meant to bring us back to the arch of the original novels. The training center has been reopened. This time, with new rules. No longer will the recruits be from a specific class. This time, it’s open to anyone who wants to join. But only the strong will survived. Because if they want the legacy of the Brotherhood to be revered, this breed of warriors needs to be as strong as their leaders.


We thus find ourselves meeting a whole new set of trainees. Starting with Paradise, daughter of the King’s First Advisor – whom, much like the other recruits – barely escaped the slaughter from the Lesser raids. But aside from self-preservation, each and everyone has their own agendas.  Outside of Craeg’s and Paradise’s stories, I felt that the rest of the recruits were but passing ships. Perhaps, the next few series will highlight their characters and personalities more, but this one was mere introductions.


Butch and Marissa are featured in this story as well. Their marriage is going through a rough patch, but if they were real people and I know them personally, I would have given them the “bitches, please”. That’s not a rough patch.  Geepers. Talk about making mountains out of molehills! We see glimpses of life in the compound, but I’m glad this book did not suffer from too many story arches branching out. Lassiter is a great source of entertainment. And Vishous finally admitted his deepest, darkest fantasy involving Butch in a precarious position. Lol.


It’s not as exciting as everyone was making it out to be. Not to me, anyway. I do like that I have something else to look forward to each year while waiting for the BDB installment. I think JR Ward’s attempt deserves a B for effort, but at this point, I don’t really know what she can do to rejuvenate the series for those who have lost interest. As for me, you know I’ll still buy them, regardless.

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