Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #18.5
Blay and Qhuinn always intended to do a proper mating ceremony, but life has a way of getting in the way. With a pair of young, responsibilities to the King, and a grueling fighting schedule, the two are exhausted and overwhelmed. When Qhuinn gives his male the proposal of a lifetime, however, they are excited for their special night and more in love than ever.
Everyone in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s mansion gets into the preparations, and the after party takes on epic- and immortal- proportions when Lassiter forms the Party Planning Committee. The celebrations promise to be all that the couple deserves… until a Nor’easter land locks Caldwell in a fierce storm, and things go from lighthearted to deadly dangerous.
Battling nature and responding to emergencies, Blay and Qhuinn get separated, and when a catastrophic chain of events puts one of their lives in jeopardy, the night they had so looked forward could mean the end of everything…
Paranormal Romance: Since several years, the author of the popular saga Black Dagger Brotherhood writes side stories inside the main saga between the big titles. If I have to be honest, those side stories are usually bad… even horrible and boring as the one starring Trez. But, following the same honesty thread, I must admit that this time the author has been able to deliver an engaging story full of emotion and wonderful characters. There is barely any action in this book… no need of it if you ask me.
M/M, Hot: The main couple is Blay and Qhuinn and I have a very soft spot for those two. I can’t read enough of their dynamics, even though sometimes I wish I could grab their necks and aqueeze until some kind of reason enters their bullheaded minds. Actually, I never have that feeling with Blay. Qhuinn’s temperament has always been a bit explosive… something that he displays again in this book. But it is nice to see that he is little by little getting more mature (his tantrum lasts less than normal). There is also a sex fest in every place and position you can imagine. The kind of feast I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy again in this saga.
Tears: If you expect Ward’s Christmas Special to be something similar to a Hallmark movie you should avoid this book. This story is a bit tough for the heart, with the kind of emotional punch that doesn’t rip open your soul; but it leaves it bleeding little by little to enhance the suffering. Do not worry. There are also plenty of situations where the other kind of tears can be shed freely, so don’t forget the kleenex for those cute scenes.