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November 28, 2015

Loved It: Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Legacy 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Signet
Source: Publisher
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.










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48 comments:

  1. After reading the most recent BDB book, I said I was quitting Ward. Like you, I've been falling out of love with the series for a while. I haven't liked the million POVs and feeling like the romances have been lacking and the overall story arc going no where. I didn't like the idea of a spinoff. So, I was pretty much ready to give up, but I keep hearing great things about this book. I don't know, maybe I'll try it. I am glad to see that they got the same narrator as the BDB series. Maybe.

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    1. I hated when she started doing the multiple POV's, it kept taking the shine off the main couple. The other POV's were nothing more than distractions and the books are just a hodgepodge of half assed stories. Give this a try, the format and language is a throwback to the earlier BDB books.

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  2. This looks really good, I haven't read this series yet, but do have a lot of the books, so I'm glad there's hope :).

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    1. Yes, there's hope for the series yet! This reboot did it for me

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  3. That's awesome you like this new spin-off so much. I haven't read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I am curious! I hear good things.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. Read it! I'm sure your library has the books

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  4. Okay I just checked a little because they sent me this too. I have been SO over the BDB so wasn't too excited about this one. Will get it in the schedule for sure now :D

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    1. Read it! I hope it revives your interest. The format and writing is very much like the good BDB books

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  5. I cannot wait to read this one! I have long loved the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and while my love has occasionally waned (Shadows made me angry cry) I have still read every book. When I heard Blood Kiss was going back to the roots of the story I was super excited. Tuesday cannot come soon enough for me.

    Laura

    www.125Pages.com

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    1. Yay! Yes, read it! I held off reading Shadows because The King disappointed me, after BK, my interest is renewed. I'm doing a Ward marathon now

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  6. I am super excited to read this one as well!!! I had issues with the later books in the BDB series and I stopped after Book 9. But I am looking forward to this one.

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    1. Who doesn't?! The books just shifted in a direction a lot of fans aren't happy about. So glad the road forked for her and the old road became available for us again

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  7. I have the 5 first books of her initial series but i haven't tried them yet. I really should! I didn't know that she had a new one there.

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    1. Oh yes, the first 5 are hella good! Super addictive

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  8. For me it was Rhev's book. I read one more and was done. I wanted a book about him and got 40 % :/

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    1. Lol, I think it's with his book that Ward started slowly doing multiple POVs?

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    2. Lol, I think it's with his book that Ward started slowly doing multiple POVs?

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  9. Ahh...I never let go! I'm excited for this one! Can't wait for Tuesday to come. The Shadows will make you angry cry but there is always a reason for everything. I didn't feel Butch and Marissa much either, they were extremely different. I assumed though that this was more a young adult type series and that it focused more on the two initates... from your review, I was wrong?

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  10. Ahh...I never let go! I'm excited for this one! Can't wait for Tuesday to come. The Shadows will make you angry cry but there is always a reason for everything. I didn't feel Butch and Marissa much either, they were extremely different. I assumed though that this was more a young adult type series and that it focused more on the two initates... from your review, I was wrong?

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    1. Definitely not YA although this is not as sexually explicit as the other books. It's more emotional though

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  11. I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't the pleasure of the BDB books, so I won't have a clue as to what is going on here. Everyone seems to love her books, but I haven't yet. Glad you enjoyed this one!

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    1. Oh boy. Go to your library and borrow Dark Lover!

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  12. Oooh now I know that I NEED to get this book. I was hesitant since I lost interest in the later BDB books. Thanks for rekindling my excitement <333

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    1. I posted a few teasers on TS FB page. It's hella funny!

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  13. I read the BDB books prior to blogging so it's been YEARS. But in the last couple years I tried the next one (whichever number I'm on- 4 or 5) and just couldn't seem to get into it. I feel like as I got use to more YA I struggle more with the long books, not to mention the explicit sex. I guess it didn't use to bother me so much. I can skim it fine though I suppose. I just lack the patience for the long books. I'm glad that this one worked out for you and I'm glad she's back on track!

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    1. This isn't as explicit, just standard sex scene you will find in a romance. Maybe N17?

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  14. That's when I started moving away from BDB. Something was off. But I love that these gets back into the BDB we all know and love. Now I have to try it.

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    1. She changed the formula. Don't fix what's not broken rght?

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  15. The first time I picked up this series years ago, I thought it would never work. A year later got the 1st book and was crying fool because of the emotion and feels. Man was I hooked! JR Ward has her own shelf for sure. Some lag, but still love this author. Great review.

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    1. She hasn't made me cry yet, but I understand how emotional some of her books can be. Sometimes it's too much, but when she gets it right, it's FANTASTIC!

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  16. I started reading this series a while ago but the books got a little slow and I stopped reading them. But I do like the characters so I may have to give this series another try.

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    1. I don't blame you for your waning interest, I'm the same way. I'm just glad she came up with a good BDB. It's needed!

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  17. Glad this was a good edition to the series for you. This is one I have yet to try for whatever reason but I have been curious about it.

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  18. I skimmed your review and like how you chose to handle it. I mean how does one review a huge-o book like this. :) I've got this one too. I finally felt motivated to pick up The King and now I'm doing The Shadows to get to this one.

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    1. I'm reading Immortal then will pick up The Shadows... maybe

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  19. Dying. Dying for this book. Unlike you, I still have so much love for the Brothers. So I'm going to keep on fighting the fight. :D

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    1. Then you will pee-in-your-pants swoon over this! oh so good!

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  20. I'm happy to report I'm not fucking insane...I have met the BDB. :D I'm just behind. (naturally) I'm so happy to know that Ward returns to the good stuff in Blood Kiss, Braine. Makes me want to catch up with the Brothers real fast! ;)

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    1. Oh boy, I'm so happy she did a reboot and a successful one from the looks of BK!

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  21. So this is Butch's romance 2.0? It doesn't really focus on the couple that is in synopsis? I want to read it but this is probably my biggest complaint with Ward. The couple gets very little time so we get no chance to fall in love with them falling in love. I have it on hold at the library though because you made it sound like I would at least enjoy back to roots storytelling (at least for Butch). I imagine I will be annoyed that the new couple is in the background LOL (What can I say that started with me with Payne/Manny--I loved Manny but they didn't get much page time in their own story).

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    1. I;m with you on Payne and Manny plus I didn't like how she totally dumbed down Payne. She's supposed to be like Ronda Rousey!

      Paradise and Craeg weren't much of scene stealers like how it is in the other books. They got something going on, not sure if I was in the mood or if Butch and Marissa's story is just more powerful. They just felt secondary to me.

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  22. I should probably hide because I actually haven't started the BDB books yet... I keep meaning to BUT there are just so many books. I take it I should start them? haha Glad you enjoyed this one and great review!

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    1. Please do yourself a favor and start them!

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  23. Oooh.... I think I'd really like this. I think I'm up to book 10 or something in the series, but this slight turn sounds good! Glad you liked it Braine!

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  24. idk, you might convince me Ms Supe...maybe, maybe...

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