Release Date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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.
Like a lot of Black Dagger Brotherhood fans, my interest on the The Warden's vampires dwindled bit by bit with ever new book that comes out. In my case, I think it was Payne's book, Lover Unleashed, BDB 9, that started my defection from the series. Then J.R. Ward started doing multiple POV's, a personal book peeve of mine, then the story just kept veering farther and farther away from Wrath and the rest of the BDB. I mean you can't really call the series Black Dagger Brotherhood anymore if the books are no longer about the Brothers right?
BLOOD KISS is one of the things I'm gateful for (book-wise) not only because it's classic PNR, the novel also revived my interest for everything J.R. Ward and reminded me why I love these sexy vampires, oh, so much! Now I know a lot of you are either curious or excited or both, for BLOOD KISS so without revealing too much, here's some of the things you should know about Black Dagger Legacy 1.
BLOOD KISS 101
- After John Matthew, Butch is my next favorite Brother. I'm super duper excited that he and Marissa gets to introduce this spin-off. I'm a fan of these two, I think their coupling is sincere and one of those swoony, against-all-odds, kind of relationship. But I wasn't 100% convinced that they're a perfect match. BLOOD KISS helped me understand the disconnect and it's not me, it's these two! They have issues which piled up and put a strain in their relationship and I love how real their troubles are and how real the resolution is.
- Expect cameos from the other Brothers, especially V, and the standard snarky, male banter the Brothers have. I can't count the number of times I LOL!
- The arc pertaining to the glymera reboot is still ongoing, and though it's not a big plot driver, I did appreciate the sense of continuation and connection Black Dagger Legacy has with the original series.
- BLOOD KISS focused solely on the Brothers. Yay! And they're now recruiting a new batch of warriors to help Wrath deal with the lessers. If you recall, the Lessening Society massacred a lot of vampires in the previous BDB books so with all the avhenging that's going on and the glymera in shambles, their world needs order and one way of doing that is focusing their energy and attention on their common enemy.
- The BDB initiates are an interesting lot and from the brief introductions, they're as messed up as the Brothers.
- Side by side with Marissa and Butch, Craeg and Paradise, incidentally two of the seven BDB initiates, paired up. I didn't really care much for these two because of Craeg. Dude's got waaaaayyyy too many hang ups and a tad whiny for my taste. My only consolation is they remained in the background.
- You can't, or shouldn't, skip Black Dagger Brotherhood, and proceed to reading BLOOD KISS. I mean you can try, but I strongly advice against it. You'll miss a big chunk of the story from Butch and Marissa's backstory, to how they met, down to how the BDB world became what it is now. You have to understand, the series is more than these vamps and their sexy romantic lives, the series is the story of their WORLD.
- Ang if you haven't met the Brothers yet, you're fucking insane! Like you're losing out on all kinds of awesome. Sure, the series isn't perfect, the latter books aren't super great because Ward got too experimental, but the first 8 novels are solid. It's fantastic. Addictive. *insert fangirling*
To all my fellow Black Dagger Brotherhood fans who gave up on this series, please give Ward and her Caldie vamps another chance by reading BLOOD KISS. I thought it was all lost but the Scribe Virgin whispered in Ward's ears and sucessfully revamped the series. The novel pulled me in, had me falling in love with BDB all over again, had me excited for the coming books, and more importantly, I'm now encouraged to read the last BDB novel, The Shadows, which has been sitting on my shelf unread since it came out.