J.R. Ward is no noob when it comes to characters and romance. I know I am severely late on beginning this series, but this Black Dagger Brotherhood series just knocked out all my other Vampire novels back a few notches on my shelf. I was half expecting this as her other books have captivated with me a thrill of heart flutters and sighs and cheers!
I absolutely love her version of Vampires. You have to have been born a vampire. As simple as that. Maybe a human woman fell in love with a male vampire, and they got the dirty down, and conceive, or maybe the mother was bitten while pregnant and the blood circulates to the womb. Not all females survive pregnancy though. They will not transition into becoming a vampire until they are in their mid-twenties, but when they transition begins, their survival is not guaranteed. They must drink the blood of the pure vampire to have a better shot. But all in all, a human cannot be turned by being bitten. They also feed off other vamps, and not humans. Though, they are sensitive to light and will incinerate if caught in the sun.
There is only one pure blooded vampire left to this day, and his name is Wrath. The king who refuses to take “throne” but leads his warriors, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, who protect the race from hunters called the Lessening Society. These lessers have sold their soul to the Omega, to live long and fight.
So, with this little background and history lesson for ya, I bring to you the butterfly’s in your tummy and those lungful sighs by speaking of the dirty and romaaannnce.
I am absolutely captivated by this series, which is a given since I am a total fan-girl for J.R.Wards style of writing. J.R. Ward does an outstanding job of providing us stories of love-at-first site, though, there was one scene I could only think of that infamous quote with Will Ferrell’s headshot, “Well, that escalated quickly.” Nonetheless, I am still head over heels for our main protagonists Beth and Wrath.
Beth is a half breed vampire who doesn’t even have a clue that she’s anything other than human and has grown up in foster homes her entire life. She robotically lives her busy and boring life day to day when all of a sudden, it seems like everyone out in the world is out to get her. Her father whom she believed to be dead just as her mother is, is alive and part of the Brotherhood. He has watched over Beth covertly, and realizes that she is nearing her transition. He’s begged Wrath to get to his daughter and feed her his blood to help her survive; Darius is afraid of being alone and is ready to approach Beth, to have her in his life. Wrath declines but alters his decision after a turn of tragic events. He decides to honor his brother, and grant his last wish. He will help Beth transition. Though, the man who has never loved is at a loss of words when he sees this dark haired beauty. He struggles with his emotions. After some hilarious and thrilling encounters of Wrath trying to approach Beth to explain what she is, she finally accepts the truth, and comes to live with him.
Wrath struggles with his feelings for her. He is afraid to love, and afraid to hurt her. Watching him gather his emotions, deciding whether he wants to stick around or not after she’s done with him and the change, is a beautiful story in itself. This powerful monster melts with every touch and hold from this beautiful girl.
J.R. indeed does not fail us again with a wondrous novel. It’s both exciting and romantic. The plot turns and mysteries in this book will have you thinking one thing, but out of the blue, another outcome is presented leaving you shocked. Ward does a fantastic job letting the reader attach to each and every single one of her characters. There are SO many characters in this book, but there was not a single character left without a perfect backstory to get the reader to relate, understand and love or hate each of them. Perfectly done! I will probably rewrite this review as I read further into the series.