The Chosen by J.R. Ward

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ 

Whoever writes these book cover blurbs suck. Seriously, am I the only one who finishes the book and then rereads the book blurb and think WTF were they on when they wrote that? Cause more times than not, the book blurb really doesn’t describe the properly describe the contents of the book right. But enough about that and onto my thoughts on this particular book.

The main reason why I gave this book a 4-star is because of Qhuinn and Tohr and how they acted for a good chunk of the book. And oh yeah, V because his current mindset is starting to piss me off big time. I suppose I could try to be considerate and think of their feelings and where their head’s at, but I’m not that nice of a person to real people let alone fictional characters. And before I go further let me put this out there that there will be dropping of SPOILERS. In the last book, which I’m fuzzy on the details cause it’s been a while, Xcor was injured and captured and is being kept alive and well until he wakes up so they can interrogate his butt for past actions.

Meanwhile, Layla while enjoying her beloved young is having major guilt issues because of her association with Xcor even though she knows her feelings for him or honest and true. Qhuinn mistakes her guilt and thinks she’s having post-natal depression and thanks to misunderstanding Layla accidently admits her association with Xcor and he goes apeshit and ruins his relationship with Blay and Layla while losing points with the Brothers. Seriously, he really needs to get a better handle on his temper before he gets a Rhage-like problem from the new deity of the vampires (who Layla learns of, but this is a spoiler I won’t drop on ya).

So because of his reaction and lack of reasoning to think that just maybe Layla would never purposely endanger her young (he was pissy because Layla was meeting Xcor while she was preggers) he acts like a dumb ass for most of the book and it’s only at the end that he redeems himself a bit in my eyes. However, he needs anger management lesson in a bad way because one day he’s going to do irreparable damage to those he loves. Tohr is an ass because of he leftover Wellsie issues (anniversary of her death and the knowledge that his kid would have been 2 if she lived). I’m a bit irked over this because he shouldn’t have let it make do such dumb ass things that get him in trouble with Wrath. Clearly, he needs more therapy with the resident fallen angel although I’m not sure how marathon watching the Kardashians will help Tohr (remember this assumption of the type of therapy based on what we have learned of Las’s TV habits).

And as for V…. okay I get he’s not getting his needs met, but it’s a two-way street. Yes, Jane is busy but so is he and he can man up and talk to her about it. I highly doubt Jane would continue working overtime if she knew how much it was affecting her relationship with her man. I mean V’s not even talking to his best bud, Butch about it. Oh no, instead the ass is considering cheating. Which is why he counts as deducting points from the book. Yeah, I know I shouldn’t take away points from a book because of character actions, but I’m more than annoyed with our boys.

But still overall a decent book despite the star deduction of stupid male behavior. I know some people get irritated with all the subplots to the main plot, but I like it. Besides it’s not as bad as trying to work out all the stuff going out in a Game of Thrones book (which a particular author needs to hurry up and finish the next two books; it’s bad when the TV series finishes before the books it’s based on).

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