If you’re a long-time Black Dagger Brotherhood fan, you know every book lays the groundwork for the next.
While immersed in the heady, angsty romance of Qhuinn and Blaylock in Lover at Last, I wasn’t thinking about whose story might come next. Instead I was wanting them to get out of their own way to make it work. (Read our spoiler-filled discussion post, if you want the details.) However, the second I hit the last page, my mind started churning scenarios.
What would happen in the next book and would the next love story be the one I wanted most?
On my ultimate wishlist would be Xcor and Layla’s story. There is a huge emotional upheaval quotient here. By being with Xcor, Layla would be betraying everyone she knows and loves. Could the traitor turn things around for his Chosen? It’s hard to say. I expect their journey requires losses, compromises, and epic sacrifices. As much as I can’t wait for that story, I doubt J.R. Ward is ready to tell it.
Lover at Last was big on the angst. Granted, it was those guys’ own doing. More importantly, though, Xcor needs to dig himself in even deeper. We need Wrath at his throat before Layla’s romance story can really take life. Besides, would a novel with more of the two of them longing to be together and fighting it be worth it? The buildup could make things ignite much as it did for John Matthew and Xhex.
If the Warden decides to make us wait for Xcor and Layla, who will come next? There are two solid choices.
First is Old Country vampire and drug dealer Assail and his bounty hunter Sola. In Lover at Last these two play a cat-and-mouse game that turns up the heat. While I’m not invested in Assail personally yet, I’m positive there would be insane heat between these two. Even the kiss in Lover at Last was hot. Imagine if they got the 700-page treatment. Scorching.
The other option would be Trez and Selena. The Shadow is avoiding a pre-arranged mating and has been on a sex bender with a whole lot of random human women. He knows he can’t treat Selena like that. With Trez now living at the Brotherhood house, it makes sense for his story to be next. He’s close with the brothers, there’s a nice set-up for he and iAm to become even more involved with the war, and Selena will keep coming by. I’m not sure about how steamy their connection will be, but there’s a seed for big complications here.
What do you think? Which couple would you most want to read about next? Do you think you’ll get your wish? Hit the comments and we’ll discuss the future of Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
Editor's note: Last year around this same time, J.R. Ward announced that Qhuay's book would be next, so be sure to get your predictions in before any news is revealed!
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