April 1 is a VERY special day for paranormal fans and vampire lovers, it's almost like a holiday!
Why? Because the much anticipated Black Dagger Brotherhood novel, THE KING, Wrath's book, hits the shelves tomorrow! So expect a lot of Goodreads, FB & Twitter updates about THE KING because a lot of us readers will be taking a short trip to Caldwell, New York, in support of King Wrath and Queen Beth's reign as crazy haters try and take the throne away from these two lovely monarchs.
BDB is special to me because it's one of the first PNR/UF series that I've read and reviewed for Talk Supe. I didn't know what I was stumbling into back then, all I know was that I was in the lookout for a vampire series to read. Didn't know I found something VERY special and unique until later on.
I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of all the books, some of the Brother's stories were either disappointments or complete WTF's. I've always had a problem with the original villains, the lessers, and how they're more of a nuisance than a serious threat; how the Scribe Virgin can be such a hypocrite sometimes not to mention she's not the greatest mother (how can you let your son be mated to a ghost?!); and some other petty stuff.
But it's the (Bro)ROMANCE that I'm so addicted to! The complicated, tense and sometimes homoerotic relationships, the highly entertaining shit talking, and other borderline jazz that makes BDB such awesome reads. Not to mention the unconditional love and loyalty these Brothers have for each other, what more could I ask for?
There's no doubt that J.R. Ward dominates this genre with BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD, an incomparable and superb paranormal romance series, with fans always wanting for more and looking elsewhere for something similar to help them get through the long wait til the next book.
Below are some suggested series that are more or less along the lines of BDB. I'm not saying that it'll be exact but these series have certain elements about it that echoes some parts of BDB.
Fallen Angels by J.R. Ward
This series is the natural go-to for fans as The Fallen Angels' world collides with BDB. Aside from the location, Caldwell, New York, The Fallen Angels shares the same snark, level of male camaraderie and homo-eroticism of BDB. However, none of these Angel books are as stellar as their vampire cousins plot wise. On that same thread, I love J.R. Ward's wit and writing voice so even if I don't care much for her Angels, I still devour this series just to get another hit from the Warden.
Chronicles of Yavn by Elisabeth Staab
Chronicles of Yavn (Yet Another Vampire Novel, get it?) by Elisabeth Staab is about warrior vampires and their efforts to protect their kind from bad wizards who are in a mission to annihilate their already dwindling race. Aside from featuring vampires, this series is snarky, funny, and downright sexy. Like the Brothers, Staab's vamps are their own race, they each have their own abilities, they're ruled by a monarchy and are embroiled in a vicious war. What makes this unique from BDB is the myth and mating lore plus I find Staab's villains, the Wizards, better developed, utilized and explored than the lessers.
All The King's Men by Donya Lynne
I've only read Return Of The Assassin in this entire series but it's enough to leave a strong impression. From what I've managed to get out of just one book, AKM has a huge and complex series plot, the relationships between characters are very angtsy and complex plus Donya Lynne added some dark erotic elements to make her series extra spicier. The world building is great and the characters that I've met in book 5 are distinct and their combination is unlike any other series I've ever read. I wish I could tell you more, I'll let the Goodreads and Amazaon star ratings speak for itself.
Sons of Wrath by Keri Lake
Demons! Yup, Keri Lake's creature of choice are demons. Crazy, snarky, hunky, hornless but horny demons who are real paternal brothers, living in the same house, battling different otherworldly creatures at night (mainly werewolves) while managing to find their one true love on the side. Sons of Wrath is one of my favorite paranormal series and I love it to bits! The world building is amazing, the dialogue is rich and entertaining plus and the characters drool worthy. I never thought I'll love demons and would ever want to be mated to one, (dibs on Gavin... SERIOUSLY!) but after meeting Keri Lake's kids, I'd willingly offer myself up to be their bride.
The Szolites by N. Isabelle Blanco
N. Isabelle Blanco is a voracious reader, a fangirl and a self-confessed BDB fan like us, she's also a very talented writer. N. Isabelle Blanco successfully created her own pantheon in The Szolites and boy, are her Gods and Goddesses a crazy bunch! The Szolites is character driven, the dialogue witty and snarky, her characters are archetypes of western pagan gods with a big dollop of contemporary qualities to make them current and appealing. She has a wicked sense of humor and can dish out super sexy love scenes, her myth is fresh made even more unique by her exotic character names. I highly recommend The Szolites to all paranormal romance readers.
DISCLAIMER: Now please note that these series that I've recommended are books that I've actually read and since I haven't really read a LOT of paranormal romance, I know that my repertoire is limited. That said, I'm on the lookout for more so please, feel free to recommend a book or series that you feel will have the same appeal as the epic BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD.