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Friday, August 14, 2015

Book Review: The Shadows (Book 13 Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J.R. Ward

The Shadows (Book 13 Black Dagger Brotherhood)
by J.R. Ward
March 31st 2015
by NAL
592 pages
Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... 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 Serena 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.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...

Trez had finally found his soul mate but there was no way he was telling her. Not only was his life complicated because he was pledged to mate the Queen of the S’Hsibe daughter and had been avoiding that forever but also because he was not worthy of his beloved Chosen Serena.

One of the most riveting Black Dagger Brotherhood novels yet! This story tugged on emotions more than any other book has in a very long time. Loved getting to know more about both the Shadows which has always been somewhat a secret. Up to this point Trez and iAm were always in the background of the series and you weren’t sure if you were supposed to like them, love them or ignore them.

Not as much fighting as some of the other books and that was okay. The Lessening society and some of the other drug kingpins were on the fringe keeping you wondering throughout the whole book. Also, there were two or three other story lines going in the background that definitely need to be resolved. Hopefully, this means that the next two or three books in this series will work with these storylines. As always one of my favorite series and can’t wait for more!

Getting 5 sheep

Denise B

About the Author:
J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

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