This book was all kinds of awesomeness! J.R. Ward’s 7th installment of Black Dagger Brotherhood series is a roller coaster ride leaving me, as always, wanting more. A quick confession, I absolutely love her as a writer, but her previous 3 releases in this series were not as good as her first 3 books. This book reads a lot like her 3rd book Lover Awakened, which is one of my all time favs. All I have to say is Ward still got it. I could not put this book down had to stay up all night just to finish it.
This is the story of Rehevenge, full time drug lord, pimp, and half sympath. You think you won’t, but you will fall in love with him. Because he’s part sympath, his identity needs to be kept secret- the revelation of which will result in his banishment to a colony for sociopaths aka the Sympath Colony. Ward does such a great job with this character and what he has to do for survival. The love tension with Ehlena, a vampire untainted by corruption, somehow works the opposites attract angle. Rehevenge will risk everything for the people he loves, even it means banishment to the crazy Sympath colony. Ward, again takes you into a whole other world of the Brothers and now the Sympaths.
If you’ve been on any of the forums you might have run across some comments regarding Rehv’s sympath half sister’s intimate relationship with Rehv. His half sister is blackmailing him and as part of his payment he has to have creepy sex with her. This sounds a lot worse then when you actually read it. It really is not a pivotal shock scene (I’ve read worse thanks to Kate Douglas this is NOTHING). It helps to understand his compassion, loyalty and why he would be attracted to Ehelna, a wholesome woman with a good head on her shoulders. I think the Vicious book had way darker undertones that shocked me more.
Things I liked about the book
Things That Could Have Been Better
We give this one 4 1/2 Smokinhot stars. A great read filled with sexy moments, great dialogue, and gritty scenes. Sigh, now we have to wait until Oct 09 in order to get our hand on her next series Covet, it’s about angles. Pay close attention to a certain call girl in Rehevenge’s story, she may be the focal point for Covet (unconfirmed).
If you’ve read the book let us know what you thought!
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