REVIEW: Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

REVIEW: Blood Kiss by J.R. WardBlood Kiss by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy
Published by Penguin on December 1st 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 496
Source: Purchased
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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.From the Paperback edition.

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Romance
  • Narrative
  • World Building
  • Heat Level

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It is sometimes amazing how Ward manages to captivate her readers even after all these years. Blood Kiss is her latest book and the spinoff series to The Black Dagger Brotherhood (Black Dagger Legacy #1). In this first installment we get to meet a few new characters, each have a unique story and interesting characteristics that I am sure will make this spin-off series a hit.

We meet Paradise again, Abanlon’s daughter and who we get to meet a few books back. Her character’s story was exactly what I expected it to be. She is one of those characters one can’t help but like and enjoy reading about. She is intelligent, independent, stubborn and caring. Her character also brings an air of innocence to a story that is everything but. Though she is inexperience in many aspects her character does not fall under the dull and boring stigma.

The story is all about Paradise & Greag, both of these characters have a lot of things going from them, each have their own demons to fight and overcome but also they each share a passion that is what brings them together. While Paradise enroll to the BDB’s training program for personal reasons, Greag enrolls with the sole purpose of vengeance.

These two characters come from very different social status, Paradise born into privilege and richness, and Greag born into a low working class. Greag’s family murdered by the lessers during the raids. Ward paired these two characters beautifully. While they may not be exactly the perfect couple, their attraction makes them a favorite. The way in which their story flowed felt natural though of course love at first sight played a part I think Ward did a great job bringing in the conflict to keep their story interesting and a page turner. Adding to the drama was Butch and Marissa’s relationship troubles.

Butch & Marrisa are two of my favorites because of how unusual their story came to be and how much more complicated their drama was compare to the other characters story. Ward was able to maintain the same quality in this story as that of the first books in the BDB series. The exploration of their feelings was nicely crafted, she managed to give us a story that while at times dragged a little it came to a beautiful conclusion. I enjoyed the twist and surprises, the characters development and their interaction. Though Blood Kiss wasn’t intricate or complex we did get a good story, the characters interaction was exactly what one has come to expect from Ward, their dialog flowed easily. Their emotions gave us yet again a glimpse into their hearts while also providing the reader the ability to come up with conclusions and speculations. I enjoyed this installment and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Do I recommend this book? YES YES YES
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Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

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