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 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.
It’s been a while since I’ve read any books in this world… well, actually it’s been a couple of months since I read The Chosen, but I had a LONG BDB dry spell before then. *sigh* I’ve also had this book for what seems like forever and it was one of the first that I picked up once I realized how long it had been since I had read a physical book. Now I make it a habit to read at least one book off of my actual shelves along with whatever I’m currently reading on my Kindle, but that’s another story.
Blood Kiss is the first book in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Legacy series and I love the concept. Along with new recruits, each book in this series revolves around a couple from the Brotherhood. This one revisits one of my favorite couples, Butch and Marissa. ❤
Paradise doesn’t take the easy way of rebelling against the aristocratic way of life. The initiation into the BDB’s program is NOT for the faint of heart. The only way that she thinks this will work is if she’s not recognized as an aristocrat to the rest of the recruits. Which is the only reason that she has a chance with Craeg. He has a good reason not to trust anyone with Paradise’s background. He may not be what her father would expect or want for his daughter, but he’s proven more than once that he’s a male of worth, which is all that matters to her.
As for Marissa and Butch? They’re suffering for a lack of communication and a need to protect each other. Nothing new, but it was great spending some time with them, even under stress. They both still had baggage from their past that they needed to unravel, they just needed to figure out that it was easier to do that together, rather than apart.
Although this series isn’t technically part of the main series, events overlap, so J.R. Ward has a reading order to follow. (Which I’ve already screwed up, BTW) You can find it on her website, if you want. I’m going to make a valiant attempt to follow it from now on… maybe?