Review: Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

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Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2

Pages: 459

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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.

Paranormal Romance: This book follows the same schema as the previous one: a love story between two new characters and a meatier story with well-known characters of the main saga. That first couple would be Axe and Elise, while Mary and Rhage have the honor of being the other duet. And, frankly, the one that counts. It follows the story narrated in The Beast, so that book is a must if you want to understand Blood Vow. Do you remember that mysterious uncle that Bitty kept mentioning in that story? Ruhn was real after all and he has a serious claim to get Bitty’s custody. You can expect a little bit of drama in Rhage’s and Mary’s life, but I bet you already know how it is going to end. Zero surprises there.

Bodyguard, ZzZ: On the other side of the ring we have the young contenders: Axe and Elise. Axe looked like your usual bad boy, but once he meets Elise his personality is drained and becomes the male drone that Ward enjoys to write. All grunts and no fun. At least, in most books the author is capable of building a story around that, but this time we don’t even get that. Their scenes are boooring, loooong and uncharismatic. Their dialogs felt like a copy/paste from previous books… Maybe it is even more than a feeling. The bodyguarding part of the plot is underused and Troy easily discarded. In my opinion, something way better could have been built with the materials provided. Zero enjoyment there.

Fumes, Drugs: Until now I thought V was going to be my main nemesis in this saga, but it seems Peyton is jealous and he is upping the game to enhance my disgust. I hate a character that is always drunk and high. It actually blows my mind that someone like him would be considered as a trainee. I don’t think I’m going to be able to stomach his books if Peyton doesn’t change drastically. Zero interest there.

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