The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16) by J.R. Ward

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1.) Dark Lover ★★★★★
2.) Lover Eternal ★★★★★
3.) Lover Awakened ★★★★★
4.) Lover Revealed ★★★★★
5.) Lover Unbound ★★★★★
6.) Lover Enshrined ★★★★
7.) Lover Avenged ★★★
8.) Lover Mine ★★★★
9.) Lover Unleashed ★★★
10.) Lover Reborn ★★★★
11.) Lover at Last ★★★★★
12.) The King ★★★★★
13.) The Shadows ★★★★★
14.) The Beast ★★★★
15.) The Chosen ★★★★

It always feels so good to jump back into JR Ward’s world. This is book sixteen, with so many spinoffs and novellas intertwined, so I feel like I can’t say much, but this is just a series I will always love. Basically, in the Black Dagger Brotherhood we follow a bunch of powerful vampires, that are in an elite group that protects humans, vampires, angels, and a bunch of other paranormal entities, and they all live in this big mansion, and they all are one big family that’s just saving the world.

But The Thief surrounds mostly four different storylines, even though we get to see most of the brothers, new and old, and their partners. And to make this easy, I’m just going to break down each of them.

“She missed the man she shouldn’t have ever had as if he were a piece of her soul, left behind.”

Assail and Sola – *swoons forever* I’ve been waiting for these two to finally have their book for a long while. And it was so worth the wait. Sola’s number one priority will always be taking care of her grandmother, so she is still on the run and in hiding with her. Assail is not doing so great after trying to detox the drugs from his body while in rehab in the brotherhood’s hospital. But his cousins go searching for the one thing that might bring him out of his endless sleep. I loved the dynamic between Assail and Sola and I pray that we get more of them in future books. Also, I loved Sola’s grandmother so much, and I can’t speak on the Latnix rep, but the Catholic grandmother rep was so on point!

Victoria – I’ll be honest, I hated her point of view. Victoria is in town, looking to find out what happened to her brothers, and to maybe get revenge for them. Honestly, I get why she had a point of view, and it obviously tied everything up in the end, but it still just felt pointless.

Vishous and Doc Jane – A lot of people were very scared, because JR Ward said that these two had a little bit of a rocky road ahead of them. And even though there is no cheating in this book, there is a close call. But seeing these two reconnect was honestly something that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. And it really put into perspective how important it is to make time for yourself and for your partner. Vishous also deals with his parentage and learns a few new things that will probably start to change the mansion forever.

Throe – Xcor’s former second in command has taken quite the turn. He is now a villain that I don’t think even I was prepared for. And the book sex scene was… something I don’t really have words for. But I enjoyed how he used his new-found power, and I thought it was pretty scary and really made for a page turner. And it is going to be very interesting to see how the Omega feels about all of this.

Overall, I just will never get enough from this world, these brothers, or this author. Every single time I open up one of these book, it feels like pure joy. I know that nostalgia factors in a little, because I’ve been reading this series for what feels like my whole life, but I also think this series is some of the best PNR out there still. And I absolutely cannot wait to finally actually meet Murhder. I have a feeling the wait is going to be very worth it.


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Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15.5) by J.R. Ward

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“I don’t have time to waste. And instead of finding out what things look like, I want to know what they feel like.”

Dearest Ivie is a short story set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and it stars two brand new characters, that I’m sure will weave their way into the main story now!

Ivie is a nurse working for Havers, and she and her cousin are in a bar when a vampire walks in who doesn’t look like he necessarily belongs at a human bar. And when Silas walks into the bar, only he knows that he is harboring many secrets.

And this is a JR Ward book, you know it’s going to have a swoon-worthy romance. JR Ward delivers time and time again, and Dearest Ivie was a great mini installment. And the brother that comes into play at the end of this story? All the tears. My sweet cinnamon roll baby.

My favorite part of the story was Ivie’s family. Like, where can I sign up to join? BDB is normally set in the city, so I always love the scenes and side stories that are set in the country, just because it’s so different. But everything involving Ivie’s family was a joy to read. I’m honestly in love with her dad.

But this was a really cute story, that ended up packing such an emotional punch. This is the type of story that makes you never want to take life for granted. The type of story that makes you cherish our short time here, with the ones you love most. The type of story that proves that love can conquer all. The type of story that you won’t forget any time soon.

“Only with you, dearest Ivie. Only with you.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this. And it made me even more excited to read The Thief in a week or so! This series, this world, and these characters have meant so much to me throughout the years. And JR Ward just never stops impressing. And hopefully, she will never stop writing as well.

Trigger/Content Warnings: terminal illness, descriptive medical talk, some girl on girl hate, and a gross suicide joke.

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1.) Dark Lover ★★★★★
2.) Lover Eternal ★★★★★
3.) Lover Awakened ★★★★★
4.) Lover Revealed ★★★★★
5.) Lover Unbound ★★★★★
6.) Lover Enshrined ★★★★
7.) Lover Avenged ★★★
8.) Lover Mine ★★★★
9.) Lover Unleashed ★★★
10.) Lover Reborn ★★★★
11.) Lover at Last ★★★★★
12.) The King ★★★★★
13.) The Shadows ★★★★★
14.) The Beast ★★★★
15.) The Chosen ★★★★

Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy, #3) by J.R. Ward

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1.) Blood Kiss ★★★★
2.) Blood Vow ★★★★

“When you had everything in the world, it never dawned on you that there were chances to miss.”

I still really enjoyed this installment, but I have to be honest and say that this was my least favorite in this spinoff series thus far! I love Novo, I love Ruhn, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Saxton with the sum of my being, but I honestly dislike Peyton. And, like, look at the cover… he’s probably the main character of this book, even though he shares the spotlight with the three others.

But before I even get into this review major trigger/content warnings for miscarrying, talk of abortion, death of a child, and thoughts of suicide. The BDB world always has erotic sex scenes, violence, gore, abuse, killing, and war themes in general, but this book put a heavy emphasis on every mother’s worst fear: losing a child. I have never been pregnant, and it was still very hard for me to read. I was crying so very much while reading some of this book, so please use caution.

This is book three in a spinoff series to The Black Dagger Brotherhood which is publishing its sixteenth book in 2018. It’s a huge series that I love with all my heart, but I completely understand that it’s quite the task to catch up to be able to read this series.

In the Black Dagger Brotherhood we follow a bunch of powerful vampires, that are in an elite group that protects humans, vampires, angels, and a bunch of other paranormal entities, and they all live in this big mansion, and they all are one big family that’s just saving the world. Well, in this series, Black Dagger Legacy, we get to see a younger generation of recruits, trying to join the elite protection force.

Okay, so Blood Kiss is Paradise and Craeg’s story, Blood Vow is Axe and Elise’s story, and Blood Fury is Novo and Peyton’s story. Which leaves only Boone’s story, and he is such a man of mystery, and I’m so excited!

Peyton is the typical rich and stuck up vampire, with royal blood running through his veins. Novo is the tough girl, who distances herself and won’t allow anyone to get through her defenses. Yet, Novo has always had a soft spot for Peyton, no matter how much she tries to ignore her feelings. Unfortunately, Peyton still believes he is in love with Paradise, but he quickly realizes he doesn’t know the first thing about loving anyone, including himself.

Okay, so I said above that I’m not the biggest Peyton fan. He just makes everything so much harder for himself. And he makes so many insensitive jokes about suicide that honestly made me want to DNF the book every time I read one, and I’ve never felt that way about a JR Ward book ever. He also kept comparing so many girls, and borderline shaming them because of their appearances and being “too girly.” I hated being inside his head for most of this book. And obviously he gets way better the closer you get to the end of the book, but it was a long journey and it took me ten days to finish this book because of it, where normally I can’t put down any book set in this world.

But, Lord, help me, I almost converted to liking Peyton because chapter thirty-three was so damn good. JR Ward writes the best sex scenes, I swear to God. And I honestly want a whole book just about the Keys and all the “activities” that go on in that club

But Novo’s journey was beautiful, and heart wrenching, and completely perfect in every way. Reading her story was a joy and I give JR Ward all the credit in the world for telling this tale. Novo also had some very authentic panic attacks and anxiety representation, too, on top of seeing her deal with trauma and grief and the impact that everything had on her and everyone around her. I loved seeing her as a main protagonist.

Novo is also dealing with the pressure of her sister, who is seemingly perfect, getting married, and wanting a very human-like ceremony that she insists Novo be a part of! Novo does make one sort of gross comment about feminism at one of these wedding events, and it’s important to state and not make excuses for what she said, but I’m just going to try to ignore it. But I love how Novo completely tears typical beauty standards to shreds in this book, and shows that being strong and surviving is one of the most beautiful things in this world. I love Novo and I can’t wait to see more of her in the BDB world.

Okay, Saxton and Ruhn! LORD, HELP ME. Okay, first off, perfection. They are perfection. Like, they are five stars. No, six stars. No, ALL THE STARS! If you guys go back and read my previous BDB reviews, you will know I shipped Blay with Saxton very, very much. Blaylock is my favorite little cinnamon roll, and I will protect him at all costs. Also, Qhuinn is easily my least favorite brother and my least favorite character in the BDB world. Like, he almost ruined The Chosen for me completely. But anyways, I went into this book scared that I wasn’t going to like Saxton and Ruhn together, especially with how Saxton was feeling at the start of this book. Boy, was I wrong. I love them both so much.

Saxton and Ruhn’s story gets started when Wrath assigns Ruhn protect and look out for Saxton, while Saxton is settling a property battle for a nice vampire widow that lives next door to Blay’s parents in the country. Saxton is very openly out, where Ruhn is learning and processing that he has attraction and feelings for a man for the first time.

Ruhn hasn’t had an easy life what so ever, and you learn all about his backstory in this book, but he is always there for his niece, Bitty, and for the rest of the brothers, too. He is so happy when Wrath asks him to be Saxton’s body guard, because he can finally feel like he is earning his keep. But things quickly progress at the country house, for the better and for the scary. I will be honest and say their relationship did feel a little instalove-y, and there wasn’t that much build up to make it super believable, but I loved Saxton and Ruhn’s love story, and I can’t wait to see so much more of them.

And I have a very strong suspicion that this won’t be the last we see on Minnie and her grandchildren, either!

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Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy #2) by J.R. Ward

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1.) Blood Kiss ★★★★

Okay, so December wasn’t the best reading month for me. I’ll be completely upfront and honest, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert put me in a terrible reading slump. I was blaming being busy, and/or the holiday season, but then I read this book in like twenty-four hours and realized that I just needed to read a good book that I actually wanted to read, and Blood Vow was honestly the perfect pick. I enjoyed this immensely and I feel so thankful that it is the last book I read in 2017!

Even though Blood Vow is a second book in a series, it’s a spin-off series to the Black Dagger Brotherhood which is publishing its sixteenth book in 2018. It’s a huge series that I love with all my heart, but I completely understand that it’s quite the task to catch up to be able to read this series.

Basically, in the Black Dagger Brotherhood we follow a bunch of powerful vampires, that are in an elite group that protects humans, vampires, angels, and a bunch of other paranormal entities, and they all live in this big mansion, and they all are one big family that’s just saving the world. Well, in this series, Black Dagger Legacy, we get to see a younger generation as recruits, trying to join the elite protection force. And since this is book two, the cast is narrowed down to six trainees.

The trainee that is the star of this book is Axe, who is kind of your token bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks character, while he is falling for a girl who he feels is out of his league. And it’s not just any girl, but Axe’s fellow classmate’s cousin. This is just a trope that JR Ward loves to write, but honestly, she does it so well, I’m not even going to complain, but just take note that it is there.

Elise is from a powerful and wealthy vampire house, but after the horrible tragedy that happened in BOOK ONE, her family is being extra protective of her. All Elise wants to do is to be able to finish her college degree, but her father is making it rather difficult. That is, until he hires Axe to be her bodyguard to watch over her. (I bet you guys didn’t see that coming! *wink*)

We also follow Mary and Rhage’s adoption story with Bitty, and it was a completely joy to read! I mean, just in general I think that BDB really showcases the importance and power of found families all the time, but this book has such a moving and wonderful discussion on adoption. I loved this subplot so much. This is truly a story about how blood is only blood and how we all have the power to love and pick our family. Yet, it also showcases how sometimes sharing blood with someone who is not so great doesn’t mean that everyone you share blood with is not so great. I can’t tell you how much I love this storyline and how much I can’t wait to read all about Ruhn, who I believe is gay or bi and I’m living for it.

Overall, I just love this world that JR Ward has crafted. She is the absolute queen of PNR and she continues to impress me with stories that feel new and fresh constantly. Also, she still writes some of the best sex scenes I’ve ever read, and you best believe that I was clutching my pearls reading that bonding scene. Lord, help me. I can’t wait for book three, Blood Fury, to drop on January 9th!

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