Book Review: Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

Blood Kiss
Black Dagger Legacy #1
Author: J.R. Ward
Reading Level: Adult
Genres: Paranormal | Romance
Release Date: December 1st 2015
Review Source: Signet

The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

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. 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.

This book by the WARDen brought on so many feels. I was beyond excited to start reading it. I was like a kid on Christmas. Why? Easy, because I was going to be back in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood before the next book (The Beast) publishes April 2016. I expected that not too much would be spotlighted on the actual brothers themselves but boy was I wrong. 

Blood Kiss is about the future of the training program, so we meet the new recruits but guess who trains these recruits? The Brothers! So be prepared to read about Butch and V. 

Alright, getting side tracked (Brothers will do that). Back to Blood Kiss, I loved everything about this book. I enjoyed how Ward detailed the initiation period for the recruits, it wasn't all fun and games to make it all the way. At times I thought the Brothers were taking it to far but a few make it and then starts the actual training. During this a romance begins to form that shouldn't be but like all things that are prohibited, they tend to draw one another closer. Then during all that you have a side story going between Butch and his Shellan, that will crush you and have you worrying about the future of those two. And the one fantastic part about this book that I am so thankful Ward left out, LESSERS! There is NO spotlight on them at all, zero, zilch. That was so great, because no part of the book was wasted on those annoying Lessers. Thank you Scribe Virgin for that! 

So I'm going to leave it at that, if your a BDB fan you won't need much persuasion to read this book. It worth every penny and then some. It helps pass the time until The Beast is in our hands. And if you haven't the first clue about this series or the Brothers, have you been living under a rock? Because I know we have talked and praised about this series before. Highly recommend for anyone old enough to read that loves a fantastic paranormal series. My favorite adult paranormal series of all-time! 

BDB Fans here is the 14th book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series:

The Beast
(isn't it sexy?)

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