A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.
Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.
As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous.
Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?
Even though Black Dagger Legacy is a separate series, it is so tied into The Black Dagger Brotherhood that probably needs to be read – as suggested – in the order published. I’ve done that, for the most part, but as usual, I’ve had to do some back tracking. I’m actually kind of glad that I did, because even though this book falls immediately after The Chosen, I read it right after Blood Vow. I picked up Black Dagger Legacy before I realized how strong the connection between the series was to the BDB. If I would have read them in the actual true order, I don’t think I would have been in tune to Ruhn as I was. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…
So, yeah, the Black Dagger Legacy series features the trainees as the main focus, but there is also a connection to familiar characters within the BDB. Glimpses that go beyond previous couples’ original stories. I’ve loved those glimpses so far, but in the case of Blood Fury, the focus is on someone that is long overdue in finding his HEA. Although I loved reading about Peyton and Novo, I adored Saxton and Ruhn’s story even more. ❤
Peyton has come a long way since he was first introduced in Blood Kiss. He was a spoiled aristocrat who was pining away for someone who didn’t return his feelings. Once she was bonded with another male within the program the attraction should have ended, but of course it didn’t. Once readers got to know him better, it was obvious that there was a lot more to him than the rich playboy. He was broken and he eventually realized that his attraction to Paradise was more about emotionally connecting to someone than connecting physically. It was nothing like the attraction he felt toward Novo.
Novo didn’t make things easy though. She was even more broken than Peyton and she held a tragic secret that she had shared with no one and never planned to. When she was hurt in the field, there was a shift in their relationship and it wasn’t just the guilt that Peyton felt for knowing that he unintentionally caused it. Their attraction grew, but trust was hard to come by for both of them.
Then there was Saxton and Ruhn. Readers already knew about Saxton’s heartbreak. He was loyal to the King and the rest of the BDB, but it was almost physically painful to be around Blay and Qhuinn. Ruhn was the first person that he had encountered that eased those feeling just a little. Rhun felt the attraction to, but he had no idea what to do with it. He was raised in a way that didn’t even consider anything but a male – female pairing. His attraction to another male was terrifying, but it felt more right than anything he had ever felt for anyone else. His back story was tragic and it was a past that he didn’t want to remember.
There was so much to love about Blood Fury…
• The working relationship and mutual respect between Wrath and Saxton.
• Wrath’s no-nonsense approach to ruling
• Manny’s no-nonsense and unapologetic approach to the care of his patients
• Manny’s comic relief during – he was the star of many interactions
• The way that everyone who knew about Ruhn’s past held no judgement agains him, only admiration that he had survived and was a true member of their family, regardless of his past
The BDB has focused on the ridiculous way that the aristocrats hold on to the old ways, but it seems like at times that aspect is front and center in the Black Dagger Legacy series. Maybe that’s because a lot of the trainees either come from those families or have been deeply affected by them and their actions. Wrath has no patience with their prejudice – which is rampant. Neither does the rest of the BDB, which is a great example to impart to the generation that they’re training.
Yeah, I know I rambled and I know that some readers have become disenchanted with the BDB. I’m one of those die-hard fans though. Of course, I have my favorites and I have some books in the series that I didn’t get drawn into as much as the rest, but I’m far from getting tired of the BDB. The Thief is next in the time-line reading order and it returns to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Since I’m just a little bit behind, I’m sure it won’t be long before I pick it up. 😉