So I’m steadily ploughing through this series and while some of the books have been amazing and I love them, others have been a bit disappointing. The world is amazing and the characters are captivating, but Ward’s writing style can get a bit frustrating. having said that I’m still very much stuck into this series and I’m reading on.
Book 4: Lover Revealed
What it’s about:
Butch O’Neal was a tough, no nonsense cop, before he got sucked into the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now, his best friend is a vampire warrior who glows when he’s angry and he’s in love with a vampire female who won’t give him the time of day. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a vampire civilian, his love might be the only thing that saves him… and he’s going to have to figure out how to keep her and the Brotherhood.
What I thought:
“Darkness will never take me… because I have you.”
So here’s the deal with this book – I loved the story, loved the twists and LOVED Butch… but Marissa made me want to tear my hair out. Hence the 3.5 rating. I really find it amazing that Ward can write such incredible stories, rich with hot men, mystery and passion, and yet the female lead is annoying and weak.
The thing for me is that I really love the Brotherhood and I think that each guy needs a woman like Beth and Bella, strong and loving. Mary was weak and a little whiny but Marissa was way worse. I’m not going to lie, I’ve out read the whole virgin thing and personally I think the only genre where a virgin is acceptable is Historical Romance, because it just makes sense there. But in modern society a virgin can be boring, but hey at least they knows what’s doing… but a 300 year old virgin?! Yeah, that’s just too much. I would have preferred if Marissa wasn’t so ignorant about sex, her lack of knowledge and Butch’s need to explain things to her made their relationship passionless and also a little awkward to read about. I also didn’t like her response to Butch wanting to fight. I felt like she was selfish and wanted a pet, not a man. By the end of the book she got a little better and I’m sure she’ll be ok from other characters POV in the next books, but not my favourite at all.
Having said that, the book was great. I loved Butch’s story and I really liked that we got to learn more about him. I have to admit, I kinda figured everything out quite early in the book but it was still great to see how it all played out. I also really enjoyed getting a bigger glimpse into V’s world and I’m SO excited to read his book. John’s story is also building really nicely with each book and Ward has done a great job of keeping me fully engrossed in the BDB world.
Book 5: Lover Unbound
What it’s about:
Vishous is the brother with some serious urges. He also has a curse that haunts him and because of it he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when he’s almost killed by a Lesser and taken to a human hospital, he put in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb. V finds himself lost in this human and he will reveal his inner pain and get a taste true pleasure for the first time – until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that does not include her.
What I thought:
“When I want you to beg, I’ll tell you.” – Vishous
For about 80% of this book I was ready to put it in my favourites shelf, professing my love for Ward and splattering the word ‘brilliant’ and ‘masterpiece’ whenever someone asked me a question, any question. This is definitely the best book in the series so far and I can’t tell you how much I loved the characters and the storyline. Ward revealed some secrets and dropped some serious bombs, and in the end I was in the fetal position crying and rocking back and forth. And… that’s the problem. I was so unbelievably heartbroken by the ending and even though there was a semi happy ending I still didn’t love it.
I kinda feel like this series revolves around John Matthews. While this book gave us so much of V and Jane, John was a big featuring character and we really get to know him so very well. I really love him and his relationship with Blay and Quinn. But what stole my heart in this book was the relationship between John and Z. Reading this book I fell in love with Z all over again and he really is just such an amazing character. While I want to cry when Ward changes POV’s from Jane or V to other characters, I also couldn’t wait to get more of John. I think his book is going to amazing.
Vishous and Jane are just AWESOME! I think Jane was the perfect female for V. At first I was a little annoyed that she was human but she held her own so well and was strong enough to stand up to any Vampire. V is just… incredible. I love him, out of all the brothers he’s my favourite. He made me feel everything from passion to deep sorrow. His sexual preferences and love of bondage made for some of the most erotic sex scenes ever. In the beginning of the book his interactions with Butch were so passionate and unbelievable. I’m not the biggest fan of M/M but I really kinda wished Butch and V would get together, just for the fact that V’s feelings for him where so intense. I couldn’t wait for them to be in a room together, even though I knew it was going to be painful, I really wanted them to be around each other.
Like I said, the ending wasn’t my favourite, not because it wasn’t good but because I wasn’t expecting something so heart wrenching and with everything V went through, I really thought he was going to have a great happy ending – which I guess he kinda did.
This book was full of shocking moments, with intense secrets revealed and jaw dropping realisations. I truly loved it and will always have a place in my heart for V.
Book 6: Lover Enshrined
What it’s about:
Phury has made sacrifices his whole life, first for his twin brother and now for the good of the race, by becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive. He hasn’t been able to complete the ceremony with his First Mate, Cormia. She’s everything he wants but she was thrust into the position against her will and Phury won’t force her into anything. But when time runs out and Phury’s decisions remove him from everything he thought he wanted, Cormia might be the only thing that can save him.
What I thought:
Ok so this book wasn’t my favourite, there were just a few things about this books that I just did’t like. With that in mind I’m going to review this book in two parts – the things I liked and the things I didn’t.
What I Liked
John Matthews: This book gave us so much about John, in fact for me this book was more about John than Phury. I loved the insights we get into his world and the way he interacts with Quinn and Blay. It was also great to see where his passion for Xhex starts. I enjoyed his story and found myself waiting for the POV to change to him.
Quinn: I just love this guy! I can’t wait for his book. His relationship with Blay was so intense and really made me feel for them both.
Unfortunately, that was pretty much it for the like part.
What I didn’t Liked
Phury: I really wanted to like Phury, I really did, but I found that he annoyed me. I didn’t like the way his addiction was handled and his expulsion from the Brotherhood was frustrating. He did have his moments but for the most part he was more of a supporting character in the book. I felt like this book really wasn’t about him and when I wasn’t skimming through his parts, I was waiting for the PVO to change to John or Quinn.
Cormia: I’m not even going to go into this one, I’ll just say that naivety is no longer sexy. I’m so tired of weak, submissive females who don’t know what a blowjob is.
The writing style: While I truly believe Ward is a great story teller I find her writing style increasingly frustrating. She has described the layout of the compound in vivid detail in every book to the point that I feel like I live there. While I enjoy detail in a book, after book three I knew what the place looked like and didn’t need to know the shape of the stain in the corner. It’s actually kind of exhausting and I find myself skimming a lot. She’s also incredibly verbose, I feel like she swallowed a thesaurus. I’m a writer and well read and I still have to look up some of the words she uses. Not to mention the texting words like SOP and SOB. Some of them are obvious but most the time I have no clue what she’s trying to say.
Switching of POV: Ok so I’m usually an advocate for different POV’s but I’m talking about switching between the two lead characters. While I’ve enjoyed the POV’s of John and the other Brotherhood in these books, it’s starting to take away from the lead characters. I mean for me only about 40% of this book had anything to do with Phury or Cormia. I find it quite frustrating when you are enjoying the storyline and then all of the sudden the chapter ends and she switches to a completely different POV, likeLesser. It makes the story feel a bit like a soap opera and I end up feeling like a week has past when it’s really only been one night.
The bottom line is that this wasn’t my favourite book in the series and I’m never going to love Phury or Cormia, but I still enjoy the story, characters and the world so I’ll be reading on. I have faith that the next one is going to be great.