Review: Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

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Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #1

Pages: 397

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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.

Paranormal Romance, Vampires: This is the first book of the spin-off of the Black Dagger Brotherhood saga by the same author. It has been a bit hard to relocate my mind in the correct spot of the timeline and I think the writer should have helped with that task instead of assuming everyone reads the book in the order they are published. Anyway, that sense of being lost lasts a pretty short time and it doesn’t diminish the enjoyment of the book. It seems this saga was born to bring the main characters back to the front page, while introducing new ones at the same time. Can anyone explain to me which is the difference with the main saga? None. The last bunch of books of the main title already follows that schema. I guess this spin-off is just to keep milking the cow, but I’m glad that at least we are given a good story in the process.

Mystery: The main story of this book is a classic whodunit in a no so classic world filled with vampires. And it is a pretty nice mystery to follow, even though it is solved in a rather unremarkable fashion. What kind of serial killer keeps leaving evidence all over the place? It is rather absurd to be honest.

What?: The way the Brotherhood uses to select the trainees is very elaborate but pretty crazy in an unbelievable way. When they started using real bullets in the middle of that chaos my brain just couldn’t take it. If they are as good as the author explains, they shouild already know that bullets do not follow orders. Many things could have gone wrong. It left me cold and rather sad that these guys would employ such extreme measures.

Fumes, Drugs: I’m not going to blast my usual rant about this issue. I only will point out that this story is very VERY annoying in that field. I wish the author would remove that kind of drug abuse from her books…

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