by J.R. Ward
December 1st 2015 by Signet
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.
Blood Kiss may "technically" be the first in it's series, but it's an overall arc of the BDB world and characters. You can certainly start from here, I mean it's never too early to get in a J.R. Ward world, but readers from the ongoing saga will also love this edition. I sure did!
This is the exact type of story I love to read from Mrs Ward. Hard hitting, drama filled, angst, sexy vampire men, more drama and more sexy ass men getting buck wild with there ladies. I'll have seconds please! But here comes the hard part in a reviewers life, how do I review this without giving away all the goodies? So I'm keeping this review spoiler free and looking forward to hearing all your reactions after you've read it.
I will say that this latest edition had many follow ups with the previous charters I've fallen in love with. From Bella to Wrath and all the Doggen in between. You get a nice helping of the all-star cast while getting to know some of the less known or newbie vamps. The BDB has decided to open it's doors to all, including the ladies, and with that comes a cast of fresh recruits we have yet to meet. That whole progression throughout the rigorous program was a blast to read. (PS remind me never to sign up, too much carido for my liking.)
If you want to read pnr that's positively sure to entertain you, then this is the one for you. You can not go wrong with this series or author, it's pure magic!
Getting 5 Sheep
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.