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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Book Review: Blood Kiss By J.R. Ward

Blood Kiss
(Black Dagger Legacy #1)
By J.R. Ward
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…be 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 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.
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My Review:

I really liked this book, but it could have been better. For starters I felt like I was reading two books at the same time because there were two major plots: a) Paradise & Craeg; b) Butch & Marissa. Had  I known that the former wouldn't effect the story for me in the long term I would have skipped all together instead of just skimming.

Paradise's story was very inspiring. She's been put on a pedestal your entire life and the only way she found to escape all that was to get into the training program of the BDB. Which apparently was the best decision of her life because she met her mate. Overall, I really liked her as a character.

Creag was a nice guy, but just a mere commoner. Which to him was a problem after he found out who she actually was. I still think that he put too many obstacles for the relationship. I did start getting annoyed in the last 25% of the book.

In the end all was well and I really enjoyed the story. My guess as to who will be the star of the next book is Peyton. I can't wait for him to leave his sleeping around tendencies behind.

My Favorite Quotes:

"If working for the king had taught her anything, it was that no matter what class you were in, tragedy didn't discriminate, justice could always be served, and nobody got out of this life alive."

"[...] true love didn't mean effortless, and ever-after wasn't about cruise control. You started with attraction, and then you opened your heart and your soul [...] but all that, which was no small thing, just got you to first base."

"Don't put me on a pedestal. All I'll do is fall from grace."

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