Release Date: December 26, 2016
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns as her thrilling, original spin-off series set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues! When a brooding vampire warrior-in-training teams up with a quick-witted aristocrat to solve a deadly mystery, the only thing more dangerous than their mission is their undeniable attraction.
Trainees at the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center continue to prepare for the war against the Lessening Society, but fighting is the last thing on Axe’s mind. Still plagued with the guilt of his father’s death, the brooding loner finds himself battling an unlikely attraction to Peyton’s enticing, aristocratic cousin, Elise. Elise feels it, too – especially when the two are thrown together in unusual circumstances, and she must decide whether she can trust Axe as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her sister’s death.
Meanwhile, Mary and Rhage are fostering Bitty, a young pretrans orphan, and hope to adopt her… until the appearance of a young male claiming to be Bitty’s blooded uncle threatens to tear the new family apart.
Much like the first book in this spin-off series, BLOOD VOW basically follows the same formula: new couple and a Brother’s story thrown in together, different strokes same story basically. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of these Caldwell vamps. That said, it’s more of a hit or miss thing for me right now. There were a few installments that were good and some were entertaining, to say the least. As for BLOOD VOW well:
- Rhage and Mary: I’m wondering why we’re still talking/reading about Rhage and Mary when they were also the featured couple in The Beast (BDB 14). Not exactly complaining, but I was hoping we’d get facetime with the other couples before revisiting these two. Like maybe redoing Phury's story or Payne?
- Family Time: Not that I don’t love a good family story, the series is after all, about a Brotherhood, but there were a lot of corny moments I feel. The resolution was fitting, but it was also too neat and convenient (tough crowd right?!).
- Axe and Elise: I didn’t really care much for these two just like I could barely remember Paradise and whatshisface. Also their first sexy scene was a little too difficult for me to get on board with. The dude couldn't brush his teeth and yet can perform?! Whoa Nelly!
- Blueprint: Is it just me or are the new characters based off on the original ones? These new breed of warriors have a familiar feel to them, not exact copies of the Brothers, but each one have chracter traits that are reminiscent of the original cast. Like Axe and Elise reminded me of Zsadist and Bella, Novo is a lot like Xhex, Paradise is like Marissa with a shot of Beth, and so on and so forth.
I like BLOOD VOW but it didn’t have the magic that the first 7 BDB books have. I still wouldn’t miss it for the world, reading Ward’s BDB is like comfort food for me now, a reading habit that would be difficult to break (and I have no plans of doing so anyway).