Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Blood Fury by J.R. Ward

Publication Date: 1-9-2018

Series: Black Dagger Legacy #3
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb: 

A vampire aristocrat of the Glymera, 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 in Paradise—until she fell in love with someone else. 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?

Blood Fury was a story of duality and love. Though it followed two separate couples, their stories are intertwined. One part of the couple is from the aristocracy. The other from more unfortunate means and familial situations.  Each couple perfectly reflects the yin and yang of a relationship, and the delicate balancing act of how two people from far different backgrounds can make their life work.  It’s beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time.

Peyton and Novo’s beginning was a bit different than I expected.  Usually, the BDB has more a me, Tarzan, and you, Jane kind of feel to the beginning of the relationship. Yet, these two were very different. Even the first time they screw around had me scratching my hand and making sure that I was really reading a J.R. Ward book. But, I stuck with it, and soon realized that all beginnings don’t necessarily reflect the ending in romance.  These two characters are rough and tumble. Strong yet so similiarly riddled with weaknesses like holes in their armor.  On the outside, it seems as if they were never destined to end up where they do, but together, it makes sense. 

Saxton and Ruhn are almost the mirror image of this same sentiment.  Ruhn was all male and falling for someone who was also male came as somewhat of a shock to him.  Yet, unlike Peyton and Novo, Saxton didn’t have his family bearing down on him to make himself a gentleman for his families means of gaining more power and notoriety.  That was long since gone.  Saxton was a man who had been scorned and forced to watch the man of his then-dreams mate and find love elsewhere. All under the same room of the King he serves. His loneliness dripped off the pages. But Ruhn changed all of that.  Though tasked to solve an issue outside of the BDB mansion, they found the road to each other and eventual happiness.  Sure there were bumps along the way, but the ending was just as perfect as Peyton and Novo’s.

It’s those reasons why I love this series and just about every single book that J.R. Ward has written to date. Her stories are primarily about love, but underneath that, there’s something more. A lesson to learn, perhaps. You can never take her stories at just face value because by the end of the book, you’ll see things differently.  The preconceived feelings regarding certain characters will disappear into the Fade, and all you will be left with is pure happiness.

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