Welcome to the Black Dagger Brotherhood KhageMatchh, where we pit our favorite BDB Boys against each other in a fight to the—well, they're immortal, so not death, but something far, far worse (for them, at least): Defeat.
Instead of stalking your mail carrier for J.R. Ward's Lover Unleashed, show some real Brotherly love. Read the KhageMatchh and then tell us which Brother has won your heart by commenting below.
We'll randomly draw a name from the commenters who've posted with a date stamp up to midnight tonight (PST) and send the winner a brand spankin' new Heroes and Heartbreakers t-shirt. Editor's Note, 3/24/11: Congratulations to #74 rissatoo! Send an email to H&H at info[at]heroesandheartbreakers[dotcom] to claim your prize. Everybody else, put the gloves back on: Today's Black Dagger Brotherhood KhageMatchh is Vishous vs. Butch!
Oh, and don't worry if your favorite Brother isn't featured yet...the next Matchh starts tomorrow.
Get ready to ruuuuumble!
Wrath vs Phury: WRATH IS KING! (Cornerman: Megan Frampton)
Six foot nine. Two hundred and seventy-five pounds of unadulterated muscle.
The last pureblood vampire, and thus Vampire King, Wrath is a reluctant ruler, a grouchy king whose temper is as black as his hair. Wrath wears dark glasses all the time, but not out of a desire to look cool (as though a 6’9” behemoth wouldn’t look cool!), but because he is nearly blind. He relies, instead, on his other senses to lead the other members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Take a look at him from Beth, his heroine’s perspective, the first time she sees him in Dark Lover:
God he was gorgeous.
His jaw was a straight shot of bone, his lips full, the hollows under his cheeks casting heavy shadows. His hair was straight and black, falling to his shoulders from a widow’s peak, and he had the shadow of a dark beard. The black sunglasses he wore, wraparounds that fit his carved face perfectly, made him look like a hit man.
As if all that menace wouldn’t have given him away as a killer.
Wrath is menacing, broody, tortured and dangerous—the perfect leader for the fierce vampire warriors. But it’s not as if he wants to lead; he just wants to defend his race, his kind, from those who would seek to destroy them. His parents (his dad was named Wrath, too, although apparently that doesn’t make this guy Wrath, Jr.) were murdered by the vampire-killers, and Wrath blames himself. Consequently, although he’s not a weak king, he hasn’t embraced his kingliness.
He’s called The Blind King because of his eyesight—but perhaps also because he’s unwilling to see that he is a great leader. When he fully owns the fact of his kingship, he becomes the embodiment of Vampire Royalty. Six foot nine of gorgeous Vampire Royalty, with all the authority and power that inspires. I’m sure as hell inspired.
Images from our Black Dagger Brotherhood Fantasy Casting post
Wrath vs Phury: PHURY IS SWEETLY HAWT! (Cornerman: WickedLilPixie/Natasha Carty)
Phury, from Lover Enshrined, is 6’6, 275lbs of pure unadulterated man vampire meat. With yellow eyes and multicolored hair, 230 years old never looked hotter.
Did I mention he can dress—Hermes and Gucci, anyone?
Nothing is sexier than a male in a sweet suit and shitkickers who can kick ass at the drop of a hat. He’d rather talk painters over sports and his favorite thing about his shellan, Cormia, is the way she looks at him. Can we get a group “aww”?
He is the most romantic of the bunch; everyday he does something a little special for his love, from finding the perfect hawk feather for her in the woods to surprising her with a stone he found in a riverbed. Phury just screams old school romantic. He even cries, though he chooses not to share that info with anyone but his chosen.
Yes, I’m in love with Phury, can’t you tell? Phury is a former drug addict, which he describes in Lover Enshrined:
The rank joy on the addict’s face was a total head nailer. The guy was clearly on the express train to one hell of a bender, and the fact that it was a free fix was only a small part of the buzz. The real boon was the lush ecstasy of super-surplus.
Phury knew that orgasmic rush. He got it every time he locked himself in his bedroom with a big fat pouch of red smoke and a fresh pack of rolling papers.
In order to conquer his true love, Phury has to first conquer his addictions, which threaten to jeopardize his BDB calling:
Am I still a Brother? The king just stared at the dagger – which gave Phury the three word answer: in name only.
But with Cormia’s help, he kicks the habit and falls in love; the perfect love story.
Images from our Black Dagger Brotherhood Fantasy Casting post.
There you have it! KhageMatchh: Wrath vs. Phury. So, tell us who won your heart in the comments below.
We'll randomly select a commenter (comments must be timestamped by midnight PST tonight) to win a Heroes & Heartbreakers t-shirt. Wonder who's up next? Hint: They don't drink the same thing.
Editor's Note, 3/24/11: Congratulations to #74 rissatoo and KhageMatchh winner WRATH! Send an email to H&H at info[at]heroesandheartbreakers[dotcom] to claim your prize. Everybody else, put the gloves back on: Today's KhageMatchh is Vishous vs. Butch!