Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy #2)
Ballantine / December 6, 2016 / $28.00 print, $11.99 digital
Today marks the release of Blood Vow, the second in the Black Dagger Legacy series, which if you have been living under a rock, is the spin-off series of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The BDB continues to train only the elite fighters to help them in their continuing battle with the Lessening Society. Yet, no BDB book is without drama, and the BDL series is no exception. Rhage and Mary’s newly minted family is thrown a curveball, which could destroy them.
In that moment, as he sought to relieve any and all of her anxiety—-and his own, for that matter—he nearly came out with the one thing Bitty didn’t know about her adopted parents. Yes, her new old man had a dragon living under his skin, but her new mom had an even fancier secret.
—“You’re never going to be alone, Bitty,” he repeated. “I swear to you.”
We get to witness more change and growth in Rhage, who isn’t so much Hollywood anymore, but a much more mature version who is at peace with himself. We also see how strong Mary is, for everyone but even the strongest need a good cry sometimes.
We get to head from some of our favorite BDB members through-out and as always, we have Lassiter providing wisdom and much needed comedic relief:
“Here,” he said. “Have a Snickers. You’re not yourself when you’re hangry.”
Axe on the other hand has some major demons, past and present addiction issues. Yet we must always remember, every hard shelled creature has a soft underbelly. He lives a hard life, with no electricity or heat and survives on ramen noodles. Yet he has the strength to fight for his race, every single day. To make money, he ends up becoming a bodyguard to a member of the Glymera and of course there is an instant attraction.
It was like a car accident in his head. One second, he was cruising along the deserted highway of his normal state as an oversexed, self shaming guilt-whore…and the next, all his thoughts, every ounce of cognition, even on his subconscious level, slammed into a five-foot-ten-inch blond female with eyes like an angel, a body right out of heaven, and the unusual combination of a spooked look and a jaw that was forged in iron.
J.R. Ward is a master at weaving a story with many characters and storylines, details and intricacies in a world that has so many complexities, yet making the reader feel as if they truly know the people in the story. Characters we are just meeting and ones we know and love, and have for ages.
I cannot wait to see what is next for the BDB and the BDL.
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Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.