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Monday, October 3, 2022

Book Review: The Viper By J.R. Ward

The Viper
(Black Dagger Brotherhood:
Prison Camp #3)
By J.R. Ward

In this newest Prison Camp installment, #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward pens a heart-wrenching tale of love and betrayal in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world…

Framed for the grisly murder of his shellan, Kane is condemned to the notorious prison camp—unaware of the dark truth behind his arranged mating. Centuries later, when he is horribly burned while attempting to save others, he prays he’ll finally be reunited in the Fade with his mate…not knowing what revelations await him.

Nadya is a self-taught nurse who does what she can to ease the suffering of the prisoners. When Kane comes under her care, she cannot help but empathize with his condition for very personal reasons—and as the guards take him away one last time, she fears he is facing a terrible death.

After a daring rescue, Kane is offered a treatment that will change his very nature. Choosing life, for the time being, he goes back for the female who took such good care of him—but his duty to Nadya sets him on a collision course with his own past. When long-buried secrets are exposed, his self-destruction is inevitable…unless true love can save his soul.
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My Review:

* Anything in red is a spoiler.

Overall this novel was fantastic but there's one quite big detail that left a bad taste in my mouth. Therefore what should have been a 5 star read is going to be pulled down to 3 stars.

I'll start off with what I liked: Kane and Nadya's stories were heartbreaking. I wanted them to be happy for once in their landmine of a life. No one should have to be put through all that sh*t. 

I loved finally seeing the Black Dagger Brotherhood get in on the action. I can already see the possibilities for possible storylines with them in it!

I very much want Apex to get his story! Callum just has to make it through! It was such a sweet start to a possible relationship!

Now onto what I had an issue with: Nadya's transformation. This is going to be spoilery. I loved that the author made it so Nadya found the love of her life while she was very scarred due to an acid attack by someone her father was blackmailing into marrying her. I strongly disliked the *pure coincidence* -winkwink- she came upon in "pure happenstance" to then "cure" Nadya's face and make her traditionally beautiful even though her mate had accepted her and no one else ever brought up what a "problem" her face was. Could Nadya not have lived a full life full of love and learned how to accept herself from that point forward? I would understand her getting help for the pain that she was constantly in but to change her appearance under the guise of "fixing a problem" that wasn't a problem to anyone else in the first place, not cool. What does that say to people that could see themselves in Nadya? That they only deserve to live a good life filled with love if they have a perfect face and find a cure of some kind? There are people who have gone through acid attacks and have to learn to live from that point on with what happened who don't have the option of a miracle cure to fix what was taken from them. This could have been an empowering message to send.

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