Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review: Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

Publication Date: 12/6/2016
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2
Rating:  5 Stars


 Official Blurb: 

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

Okay. Now that I have that off my chest, Blood Vow is so damn good.  

Elise is a privileged young woman who is desperate for a life she can call her own.  After a shameful murder, her father only wants to lock her away and marry her off to a worthy male, but that’s not what she wants.  She wants an education. She wants a life. She wants Axe.

Axe is the exact opposite of Elise.  He never grew up in a life of luxury and had to scrap for every piece of food he could put into his mouth.  Where Elise’s family tragedy shamed their line, Axe was left devastated and alone.  Being involved with the brotherhood has finally given him a purpose in life and given him an outlet for his grief and rage.  He’s rough around the edges and refuses to let anyone or any female stand in his way. That is until Elise.

The twists and turns will leave you just as breathless as the romance between Axe and Elise.  Five alarm fire!  Now the heartbreak in this story is all Rhage and Mary’s.  Life with Bitty isn’t simple and her past has hurt them all as we watch the newly planted family struggle with Bitty’s health concerns and Rhage’s dangerous job.  Throw in a long lost family member, and you have yourself one hell of a suspenseful ugly cry.

Blood Vow is one of those rare gems that leave you so emotional drained that you don’t know whether to smile or cry when you finished the last page.  It’s definitely a must read!

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