Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

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.

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ 

Before I start this review, I’d like to that I usually get my book summaries from GoodReads, however the one they have up for Blood Vow was crap and I went on Amazon. I don’t know where GoodReads got their summary, but it’s completely misleading as to what the book was about. And now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s start the review.

The first time I read the first handful of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series was in my early college years and I wasn’t that impressed or thrilled with it. The second time I attempted to read the series, I found myself enjoying it more and it’s one of those series that I hope to add to my collection one day (which I’ve now reached a new plateau in book dragonhood to admit that I need to put all my fiction on my Nook because I have too many damn books and I don’t want to drown in them; I’ll just keep specialty, manga, and nonfiction books as a physical thing). One of the things that I enjoy about the books, is that while each book focuses on a blossoming romance or to a previous relationship that’s hitting a new plateau, the book doesn’t just focus on the one couple, but also brings other storylines that are progressing. So you get to see past characters and see how they’re moving on; nothing is every completely a happily ever after which is how real life is even if this is a fantasy paranormal version of our world.

In all honesty I think the romance (rather whirlwind romance) between Elise and Axe was slightly above average in the scheme of things. I was more interested in the development between Novo and Peyton as well as Rhage and Mary’s family drama. But overall the story as a whole was solid. I am curious to find out whether Axe’s mother survived the raids in the earlier books; if she did, then it will bring an interesting further story for Elise and him to have Axe’s mother return in his life and the drama that causes for him and his relationship with Elise.

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